How to identify which model and version of Amazon Fire TV, Stick, Cube, Edition that you have

With all the different Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks (a.k.a Firesticks), Fire TV Cubes, Fire TV Pendants, and Fire TV Edition televisions that have been released over the last few years, it’s difficult for some people to figure out exactly which model or generation device that they own. This guide will help you easily determine what you have. Read more ›

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How to move and organize Fire TV apps with the new Pinning feature

As of software update for older Fire TV models, like the Fire TV boxes and Fire TV Sticks, and software update for newer Fire TV models, like the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube, the way to arrange the order of your apps and channels on the home screen and the app grid has changed. It’s no longer possible to move apps up and down the list. Instead, you can now select to pin apps to the front of the list. I’m told that the ability to move apps will be added to the new pinning feature in a future software update, but, until then, here is the best way to control the arrangement of your apps and channels. Read more ›

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How, and why, to pull video recording files off of the Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR

With access to the internal hard drive of the Amazon Fire TV Recast, it’s easy to transfer video recordings off of the internal drive. This guide will walk you through how it’s done and explain why you may want to do it in the first place. There are more reasons than simply to save recordings and free up space. Read more ›

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Fire TV Recast Teardown Guide — A look inside Amazon’s over-the-air DVR

The Amazon Fire TV Recast among the best ways to stream and record over-the-air channels through a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It has a lot of great features, but the one thing I’m asked about the most is if there’s a way to pull recordings off of the device. Since Amazon doesn’t provide that functionality, it might be possible with a bit of creative exploration. The best way to do that is to access the device’s hard drive. To start things off, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to take apart the Fire TV Recast, as well as a close look at its components. Read more ›

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How to Skip Pre-roll Ads from Prime Video on Amazon Fire TV devices

I spend most of my time covering what is new or has changed with Fire TV devices that I often forget that there are many minor things that the majority of users don’t know about. I want to do a better job of surfacing those things from time to time, so here’s how to skip the pre-roll video ads that occasionally play before Prime Video movies and TV shows on Amazon Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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20 things to do first when setting up any new Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick device

Here is a list of 20 things you should do, or at least consider doing, when you first set up a new Amazon Fire TV device. This list covers a wide range of things from configurations to improve picture quality, settings that reduce internal storage usage, options that protect your privacy, methods to make setup quicker, and much more. Read more ›

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How to stop an Alexa icon from quickly appearing and disappearing in the Android Notification Tray

If you have an Android phone and have the Alexa app installed on it, you may have noticed that a tiny Alexa icon will occasionally appear in the notification tray, to the left of the time, and then quickly disappear. If it annoys you, here is how to stop that from happening. Read more ›

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How to cast YouTube to the Amazon Echo Show from an iPhone or Android phone

Now that the Amazon Echo Show has gained both Amazon Silk and Firefox browsers, it’s once again possible to watch YouTube videos on the device. Unfortunately, the mobile interface of YouTube that loads in these browsers isn’t exactly ideal for a device like the Echo Show. Thankfully, with just a little bit of initial setup, it’s possible to cast YouTube videos from mobile devices, like iPhones and Android phones, to the Echo Show. If you don’t mind using a phone to start and control videos, casting is a much better way to watch YouTube videos on the Echo Show. Here’s how to get it working. Read more ›

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How to stream Dolby Atmos surround sound on Amazon Fire TV devices

Yesterday’s premiere of Amazon’s latest original series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, marked the arrival of the first Prime Video content to support Dolby Atmos surround sound. Some Fire TV owners eager to finally fully utilize their advanced home theater audio equipment have been perplexed to find that the new TV series isn’t lighting up the Dolby Atmos indicator on their A/V receiver. That’s because Dolby Atmos is not automatically enabled, like other surround sound formats, and must be manually selected. Read more ›

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How to change the Alexa wake word and ESP behavior of an Amazon Fire HD 8 / HD 10 tablet

Now that Show Mode and the new Show Mode Dock have been released for Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, there’s now more reason than ever to use the hands-free Alexa capabilities of these tablets. If you’re looking to change the Alexa wake word on one of these tablets and are confused to not find the setting in the Alexa app, which is where it is changed for all Echo devices, here is how to do it on a Fire tablet. If you’re wanting to change the wake word because the tablet is not working well with another Alexa device nearby, there is an ESP Behavior setting you can adjust as well. Read more ›

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