The app buttons at the bottom of the newest Fire TV Remotes and Fire TV Smart TV remotes can either be fantastic or useless. They’re great if it’s an app that you use often, but they’re a complete waste if you don’t even have the app that they’re for installed. This guide will show you how to reassign the app buttons to open any app you want. This method uses my Remapper app and works for Netflix, HBO, Hulu, PS Vue, Disney+, CTV, Crave, DAZN, TVNOW, and other buttons. It works on the new remote paired to a Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Firestick, as well as Fire TV Edition devices from Element, Toshiba, Insignia, Onida, Grundig, JVC, and more.
UPDATE: Amazon has made changes to prevent my original remapping method from working. I have updated this guide with a workaround that should circumvent Amazon’s changes. If you previously installed any Remapper, it is best to uninstall it and carefully follow this guide from the very beginning. Enjoy this workaround while it lasts, but you should expect that Amazon will likely block it as well eventually.
UPDATE #2: The original workaround did not work on Fire OS 7 devices. The guide has been updated again to now work on all Fire OS versions. Read more ›
Fire TV Smart TVs, like those made by Toshiba, Insignia, Pioneer, or even Amazon’s own Omni and 4-Series TVs, can end up in a weird limbo situation where the remote control isn’t fully paired but most remote functions still work. The result is a remote that works but feels strangely slow or delayed. A symptom, for example, is pressing and holding a direction button to scroll through a long list, but instead of quickly zipping through the list, the Fire TV steps through each item slowly, one by one. Here is how to figure out if your remote controller is in this limbo mode and how to fix it. Read more ›
While looking for more information about the unreleased “Pico” Fire TV remote that recently received FCC approval, I stumbled on a regulatory filing in Japan for a new Fire TV Smart TV remote with Japanese text on its buttons. Since Amazon does not yet sell Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan, the existence of this remote seems to suggest that Japan will soon be among the next new markets for Amazon’s line of smart TVs. Read more ›
Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba and Insignia now have a new remote that includes one small but noteworthy change. The HBO app button that used to take up the bottom left-most spot on the remote has been swapped out for an IMDb TV button. An HBO button has been on Amazon’s Fire TV Edition television remotes ever since the 2nd-generation models debuted in 2018. That 3 year run now ends, possibly due to the disagreement between Amazon and HBO that kept HBO Max out of the Amazon Appstore for 6 months. Read more ›
Somebody asked me if the Sideclick Remote Attachment was compatible with the new 2020 Fire TV Edition remotes that are now included with Toshiba and Insignia Fire TV Edition televisions, as well as TCL and Nebula Fire TV Edition soundbars. Sure enough, the Sideclick fits perfectly. That was no surprise, since, unlike the old remote which is thicker, the newer Fire TV Edition remote is the exact same width, thickness, and shape as the Alexa Voice Remote which comes with Fire TV Sticks and Cubes. Read more ›
The new line of 2020 Fire TV Edition televisions come with a new remote that is backwards compatible with all past and present Fire TV Edition televisions made by Toshiba and Insignia. Among several differences, compared to the old remote, is a new “Recent” button. Here’s an overview of how the button works and the hidden menu that it opens. Read more ›
The new Fire TV Edition remote for Toshiba and Insignia televisions is now available to order for $29.99. While this is the new remote that you get with the new 2020 Fire TV Edition televisions, it is also compatible with all older 2018 and 2019 Fire TV Edition televisions made by Toshiba and Insignia, regardless of model, year, or screen size. If you have a TV made by either Toshiba or Insignia that runs the Fire TV OS, this remote will work with your TV and it comes with several advantages over the older remote. Read more ›
The first bit of information about the next generation of Fire TV Edition televisions was announced this morning. Not much about the “more than 10” new TVs has been revealed, other than being made by Toshiba and Insignia, and that they’ll come in 4K and 1080p variants. The one high-resolution image of the first TV made by Toshiba being released does include a view of the remote which shows new buttons not found on the current Fire TV Edition televisions or any other Fire TV device. Read more ›
I would love to be wrong about this, but it appears as though Amazon’s 2nd generation Fire TV Game Controller and 2nd generation Fire TV Voice Remote are not compatible with Element’s Fire TV Edition televisions. Nothing I tried could get them to pair with the TV. It’s not too big of an issue that the voice remote doesn’t work, as long as you don’t lose the one that comes with the TV, since Amazon does not yet sell replacements. The bigger issue is the Fire TV Game Controller, since that is the only official game controller that Amazon makes anymore. Read more ›