I’m excited to announce the release of my newest Fire TV apps, which I’m calling Loader Shortcut Apps. While these new apps are very simple in their functionality, they will hopefully help Fire TV owners save a lot of time in the long run by helping you access frequently visited areas of the Fire TV more quickly and easily. When a Loader app is launched, it will immediately take you directly to a specific part of the Fire TV. For example, if you’re a heavy user of the Fire TV’s watchlist, then the Watchlist Loader is for you. If you’re always pairing and unpairing Bluetooth headphones, then the Bluetooth Devices Loader will save you countless clicks. If you constantly force quit apps or clear app data/cache, then the Manage Installed Applications Loader takes you directly to your list of installed apps. The list goes on and on as there are 35 different Loader Shortcut Apps in this initial release, so you’ll hopefully find at least one that is useful to you.
There is a wide variety of Loader apps to choose from and I hope to release more in the future if people find them useful. Some of them bubble up parts of the Fire TV home screen, like the Recently Watched Loader which lets you once again jump right back into what you were just watching, since the new interface has buried that row. Others bring things back to the home screen, like the Text Search Loader or the DVR Loader, since the new interface has removed those from the main navigation menu. If you want to browse content more easily, consider using the Movies Loader, TV Shows Loader, or Free Movies & TV Loader which all jump to those former Fire TV menu tabs that still exist but are buried under layers of menus and clicks.
For the tinkerers among you, there are numerous Loader apps that take you directly to commonly used settings. The Network Settings Loader lets you directly configure your connection, or just use the Network Test Loader to quickly check your connection status if you’re having buffering issues. Check storage usage and other device vitals with the Device Info Loader, adjust the AV sync with the Audio/Video Sync Loader, or just quickly see if the next software update is available yet with the Check for Updates Loader. If you or someone in your home has trouble seeing, the Text Banner Settings Loader, Voice Assistant Caption Settings Loader, and VoiceView Settings Loader will help them get to key options without needing to read the tiny text in the numerous settings menus.
If you have the new Fire TV remote with app buttons or a Fire TV Smart TV remote with app buttons, my Loader Shortcut Apps work very well in conjunction with my Remapper app by assigning one of the remote app buttons to launch a Loader app. A particularly useful configuration is assigning a button to open the Apps Loader so that you are always just a single button press away from seeing all of your apps. Another handy one to combine with Remapper is the Settings Loader so that you can jump into a setting, make a change, and jump right back out to what you were previously doing.
All of my Loader Shortcut Apps are free, but you can choose to support the apps, if you’d like, through a small in-app purchase. By default, the apps will occasionally ask if you’d like to support the app through a one-time purchase, which is currently $1.99, before the app loads the intended destination. If you decide to support the app, you will never see the interruption again in that particular Loader app. The purchase does not remove the interruption from all Loader apps, just the one that you are using, but that one purchase applies to all of your Fire TV devices and the app remembers the purchase was made even if it gets uninstalled and reinstalled later.
While the apps seem simple on the surface, it took a lot of work to figure out how to directly access so many different parts of the Fire TV interface, so I hope you understand why I couldn’t just make them completely free. I’d love to rely strictly on in-app donations, as I have done for Downloader and Informer apps, but that’s impossible for these Loader apps because they don’t have an interface where a donation button can be placed. I hope the purchase request isn’t too bothersome and remember that your free no-rush shipping credits will automatically be used for these types of in-app purchases if you have them.
I hope you find these Loader apps useful and I hope they make using your Fire TV just a little more pleasant. You can view the full list of Loader apps here, each with screenshots of their destination screen, or directly on Amazon. Unfortunately, they’re a bit hard to search for, especially through voice, so you may want to send them to your device through the amazon.com page. Lastly, if you like the apps, please consider leaving a review on your favorite ones. It helps the apps gain traction and really helps me learn which ones you find the most useful so that I know the direction to take for my next apps.