The Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions don’t technically have a way to just password protect the entire device from being used, like you would lock your phone or tablet. However, a recent change to the options for child profiles on the Fire TV does now provide a way to essentially lock out the regular Fire TV interface with a PIN code. Here is how to do it.
- First, head over to the “Child Profiles” menu in the Fire TV’s Settings area. Note that, currently, this option is not available on the Fire TV Cube (both 1st & 2nd-gen) or the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick.
- If you don’t already have a child profile created, you’ll need to create one by selecting the “Add a Child Profile” option. This child profile will be accessible without needing to enter a PIN, so if you’re doing this to lock access to your Fire TV entirely, just be sure to not give the profile access to any videos, services, or apps by selecting the “Not Now” option whenever asked.
- Once you have a child profile created, set the “Show Profiles at Wake” option to “ON”.
- Next, select the “Manage Child PIN” menu item and select “Child PIN” to turn it on. You will now be asked to enter a 5 digit numerican PIN and then be asked to re-enter it for confirmation. Be sure not to forget this PIN because you will be locked out of your Fire TV without it.
- That’s it. Now when the Fire TV wakes up or is rebooted, you will be asked to select a profile. The “Fire TV for All” profile is what takes you to the regular Fire TV interface and selecting it will always require you to enter a PIN.
- Remember that the child profile(s) will always be accessible without a PIN. If you created a dummy child profile just so that you can lock out the regular Fire TV interface, the child profile should be completly empty without any access to apps or videos.