How to remap the App Buttons on Fire TV Remotes with Remapper — Updated January 2023

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.

Updates

4/16/2021: Support for Disney+ buttons has been added

2/25/2022: 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.

3/3/2022: 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.

1/26/2023: Support for ABEMA, DirecTV, and Peacock TV buttons has been added.

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New unreleased Fire TV remote passes through FCC with closer ties to Amazon

The FCC has just approved a new unreleased Fire TV remote in the US. All indication points to this new remote being a direct replacement for the Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote that currently ships with the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube and all Fire TV Smart TVs from Amazon’s own Omni and 4-Series TVs to 3rd-party TVs from Hisense, Xiaomi, Toshiba, Insignia, and others. While the remote will likely look and function identically to the existing remote, the FCC submission seems to indicate that Amazon is now taking the lead and pulling this remote in-house for the first time, instead of relying on a 3rd-party. Read more ›

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TCL announces its first-ever Fire TV Smart TVs — The TCL CF6 Series with 4K QLED in 50″ & 55″ sizes

TCL has announced its first-ever Fire TV Smart TV models. Having one of the largest and most well-respected names in TVs onboard to make Fire TV Smart TVs is a massive win for Amazon and the Fire TV lineup. TCL is kicking off its partnership with Amazon with the release of its new TCL CF6 Series Fire TV Smart TVs in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. These Fire TVs will come in 50-inch and 55-inch sizes and feature 4K QLED screens and support for all the top HDR standards, including Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new Fire TV Omni QLED Series 4K Fire TV Smart TVs

Last year, Amazon released its first self-branded Fire TV Smart TVs with the introduction of its 4-Series TVs and its hands-free Omni Series TVs. Amazon is now following up those TVs with a more premium version of the latter with its announcement of the Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED Series of Fire TV Smart TVs. These new TVs from Amazon step up the picture quality significantly with quantum dot displays, full array local dimming, adaptive brightness, and more. Read more ›

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Best Buy’s Insignia releases new 2022 model budget Fire TV Smart TVs with 720p, 1080p, and 4K resolutions

Best Buy has released a new set of budget Fire TV Smart TVs under its Insignia house brand for 2022. These TVs include 720p and 1080p resolution F20 Series TVs and 4K resolution F30 Series TVs. So far the released sizes include 24, 32, 42, 65, and 70 inch TVs, but there’s evidence of additional sizes yet to be released. Unlike Insignia’s more premium F50 Series TVs with QLED screens, these TVs offer basic features but, as a result, are usually the least expensive Fire TV Smart TVs available. Read more ›

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Hisense’s larger 58-inch flagship Fire TV Smart TV is now available for pre-order

Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the 58-inch Hisense 58U6HF QLED 4K U6 Series Fire TV Smart TV at the expected price of $599.99 with a release date of September 15th. Hisense released its first Fire TV Smart TV back in May, the smaller 50-inch version of this same TV, and said a larger version would be coming soon. Apart from being larger, the 58-inch TV shares all the same specs as the 50-inch model which make it one of the best Fire TV Smart TVs available, including Dolby Vision support, a Quantum Dot QLED display with impressive 600 nit peak brightness, Full Array Local Dimming, and a variable refresh rate. Read more ›

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Amazon’s lightning deal on its 50″ 4K Fire TV Smart TV sold out in 5 minutes

Amazon has a lot of great deals on its devices during Prime Day this year, many of which are at all-time low prices, but none were better than the 50″ Amazon Fire TV 4-Series 4K Smart TV for $99.99. At an impressive 78% off its regular price of $469.99, it was certainly the deal to get. However, as a lightning deal with limited stock allocated for the rock bottom price, it was pretty obvious that the deal would sell out fast. The sale went live at 6:00 am PT today, as expected, and within 3 minutes the real-time purchase tally indicated that 50% of the TVs were accounted for. Around 6:05 am, just 5 minutes after the deal went live, the purchase count indicated 100% and the deal was sold out. Read more ›

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Xiaomi Fire TV Smart TV continues the cookie-cutter trend of having the same internal specs as all other Fire TVs since 2020

After it was revealed that Hisense’s first Fire TV Smart TV had the same specs as every other 4K Fire TV Smart TV from the last two years, I didn’t have much hope for Xiaomi’s first Fire TV Smart TV to be any different. Sure enough, the specs of the Xiaomi F2 Series Fire TV Smart TVs, which were published this morning, are identical to the 2020 Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia. Under the hood is the same MediaTek MTK T31 Cortex-A55 quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, Mali-G52 MP1 GPU running at 504 MHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11ac WiFi 5 as all 4K Fire TV Smart TVs released since 2020, regardless of manufacturer. Read more ›

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Hisense’s new Fire TV Smart TV shares the same old recycled internal specs as 2 year old Fire TVs

When Hisense announced its first-ever Fire TV Smart TV last month, it was a breath of fresh air to see one of the worlds leading TV manufacturers join the Fire TV lineup. That’s one of the reasons why I called it the most important TV in Amazon’s Fire TV lineup. With impressive screen features like a Quantum Dot screen, Full-Array Local Dimming, a variable refresh rate, high peak brightness, Dolby Vision, and more, this TV was shaping up to be a cut above other Fire TV Smart TV models. Unfortunately, its differences only cut so deep because internal specs revealed today show that, under the hood, the Hisense U6HF Fire TV Smart TVs uses the same old guts that have been common in most Fire TV Smart TVs for the last two years. Read more ›

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Xiaomi releases its first 4K Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs to the UK in 43″, 50″, and 55″ sizes

Xiaomi joins Hisense by crossing Google’s line with the release of its first Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs. The Xiaomi F2 Series Fire TVs are a set of 4K LED LCD TVs in 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes for the UK market. While these TVs have a few premium features, like support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), they are primarily going up against budget TVs and are a welcomed addition to the Fire TV lineup. Read more ›

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