Amazon finally fixes the most annoying issue with Fire TV app sideloading

If you have a Fire TV devices running Fire OS 7, like the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and you sideload many apps, you’ve probably experienced the annoying bug where the icons of some sideloaded apps appear as grayed out missing icons. This bug has been present since at least early 2020 and is a result of the Fire TV home screen launcher not checking all possible locations for an app to store its icon image file. After over 2 years of Fire TV owners living with this bug, Amazon has finally addressed it in a recent update where all sideloaded app icons are now being correctly displayed. Read more ›

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Your Fire TV Stick 4K Max might be switching down to 1080p without you realizing it

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a great new device, but if you picked one up during the ongoing $34.99 sale and think the picture looks a bit soft, then you might be facing a bug that some people are experiencing. If you have a Fire TV Stick 4K Max connected to a 4K TV, take a second to check that it is actually outputting in 2160p resolution because some devices, including mine, seem to be switching down to 1080p even though they’ve been set to use the best resolution. Read more ›

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Backslash “\” in wifi password trips up Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

If your wireless internet password contains a backslash, the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will not be able to connect to your network. Redditor FDL1 stumbled across this odd bug when trying to setup their new Fire TV Stick. It’s uncertain if there are additional special characters that cause issues, but if you’re sure you’ve entered the correct wifi password yet your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick will not connect, try changing your password to one that only contains alphanumeric characters.

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Bug in screensaver could be consuming extra bandwidth

Amazon has done some investigating into a blog post blaming the Fire TV’s ASAP feature for consuming 80GB of bandwidth in one day. As a result of the investigation, Amazon uncovered a bug with the Fire TV’s screensaver which, if set to the non-default Mosaic option, may not be caching images correctly. This bug causes the Fire TV to re-download images every time the screensaver starts.

“There is a small possibility if a customer uses the ‘mosaic’ feature—not the default setting—on the screensaver, images will not be cached,” an Amazon representative said. “We’re working on a software update that will fix the bug, and in the meantime customers can turn off the mosaic view for the screensaver to avoid the issue.”

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