How to fix a Fire TV or Firestick stuck on the boot start up logo screen

Fire TV devices will occasionally fail to boot and endlessly display either the “Amazon” or “Fire TV” boot-up logo. If this happens to your device, it, unfortunately, usually means the Fire TV is dead with no way to fix it. This most commonly happens if the Fire TV is powered off at the wrong time, which is why plugging it into a TV’s USB port is a bad idea. In rare cases it’s possible to fix the issue, so here are the steps to try before giving up on your Fire TV. Read more ›

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Solutions for Missing Broken App Icons on Fire TVs, Fire TV Cubes, Firesticks, and Fire TV Smart TVs

Fire TVs, Fire TV Cubes, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Smart TVs have had a long-running bug that prevents the icons of certain sideloaded apps from appearing on the home screen or the Fire TV’s app list. This bug only affects devices running Fire OS 7, but it makes it difficult to determine which app is being launched since neither the app image nor app name appears in the newer Fire TV interface. While there is no way to stop this issue from happening, there are a few things you can do to make it a lot easier to differentiate between the apps that are affected by the issue. Read more ›

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How to find the Package Name of any Amazon Fire TV app — Installed or not

The package name of an app or APK file is a unique name that identifies the app. For various reasons, it’s sometimes necessary to determine the package name of a Fire TV app. Here are several methods to quickly and easily determine the package name of any Fire TV or Firestick app. Read more ›

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How to diagnose and fix a slow, unresposive, or sluggish remote on your Fire TV Smart TV

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 ›

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How to Ensure your Fire TV or Firestick is ACTUALLY displaying HDR or Dolby Vision video

Did you know that it’s possible for your TV to indicate that you’re watching HDR10 or Dolby Vision video but your Fire TV is actually streaming plain old standard dynamic range SDR content? This is due to how most streaming services ramp up and down the type of content that you’re receiving based on available bandwidth and connection speed. If you ever find yourself questioning whether what you’re watching is actually in HDR or Dolby Vision, here is how to tell on a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Smart TV. Read more ›

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How to default to HDMI Input when a Fire TV Smart TV is turned on — Works for Insignia, Toshiba, Grundig, JVC, Onida, Croma, and more

A very common question among Fire TV Smart TV owners, formerly known as Fire TV Edition TVs, is if its possible for the TV to be powered on to something other than the Home screen, since most “dumb” TVs just show the last input you used when they turn on. Thankfully, the answer it’s yes and it’s the case for nearly all Fire TV Smart TV models, including those from AKAI, AmazonBasics, Croma, Grundig, HomeX, Insignia, JVC, OK, Onida, and Toshiba. Read more ›

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How to install / sideload the real TikTok app on Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, or Android TV (Updated)

A fully-featured TikTok app has been released that is compatible with Amazon Fire TV devices and Android TV devices. The app can only be installed on select device models and in select countries. If you don’t have one of the officially compatible devices or don’t live in a country where it is available, you can easily sideload it on any Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Edition, Shield TV, Android TV, or Google TV devices with these instructions. Read more ›

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How to disable Video Ads on Fire TV & Firestick Home Screen

Since Google TV devices have started playing video ads with no way to disable them, I thought it was a good time to remind people that it is possible to disable these kinds of ads on all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Smart TVs. These are the video ads that appear if you scroll up to the large ad banner at the top of the Fire TV home screen. Here are instructions for how to disable the video and/or audio from playing, which forces these ads to just be a static photo slideshow. Read more ›

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How to update your sideloaded Peacock TV app on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — New MAY 2021 APK

Peacock TV is still not available on Amazon Fire TV devices, but a new v1.1.3 updated version (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) has just been released. If you’re new to sideloading, you might not be aware that updating an already sideloaded app is as straightforward as installing the new version right over the existing one. If you followed my guide to sideload Peacock TV or are using my Downloader app, simply use the URL bit.ly/firepck (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) in the Downloader app to sideload the latest version of Peacock TV. You don’t need to uninstall the existing version or do anything special if the older version is already installed on the device. Just sideload the new version as you would any new app. After launching the app and signing in, if you get only audio when playing content or the video is frozen, force quitting the app or restarting your Fire TV should solve the issue. To force quit the app, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and select the app. To restart your device, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart. If you need more detailed instructions for sideloading, see this guide and use the URL mentioned above. Note that it seems like the 1st-gen Fire TV and 1st-gen Fire TV Stick are not compatible with the Peacock app. This could change in the future, so there is no harm in trying to install the latest version.

Update

8/17/20 For Version 1.1.10, enter 2110 (or aftv.news/2110) into Downloader.
9/9/20 For Version 1.2.14, enter 2111 (or aftv.news/2111) into Downloader.
10/12/20 For Version 1.3.3, enter 2112 (or aftv.news/2112) into Downloader.
10/15/20 For Version 1.3.13, enter 2113 (or aftv.news/2113) into Downloader.
10/29/20 For Version 1.3.17, enter 2114 (or aftv.news/2114) into Downloader.
11/26/20 For Version 1.4.0, enter 2115 (or aftv.news/2115) into Downloader.
12/16/20 For Version 1.4.8, enter 2116 (or aftv.news/2116) into Downloader.
2/16/21 For Version 1.4.21, enter 2117 (or aftv.news/2117) into Downloader.
5/18/21 For Version 1.5.14, enter 2118 (or aftv.news/2118) into Downloader.

NOTE: The versions above are Android TV versions. The versions below are official Fire TV versions. If you have any of the versions above installed, you should uninstall them first before installing any version below.

6/24/21 For Version 1.5.38, enter 2119 (or aftv.news/2119) into Downloader.

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Where to find Fire TV Recast DVR content, recordings, and settings in new Fire TV interface

The new Fire TV interface is a bit more minimalistic when it comes to its navigation menu. While that results in a cleaner and more appealing aesthetic, it also comes with the consequence of burying aspects of the Fire TV under multiple menu layers. The people hurt most by this are Fire TV Recast owners who went from having a “DVR” tab in the navigation menu of the old interface to having to dig several layers into the new interface to find their recordings. To help those Fire TV Recast owners that are still lost, here is where to find your recordings, settings, and OTA channels. Read more ›

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