Amazon is throwing a curve ball into its remote lineup for Fire TV devices, and I’m not just talking about the introduction of the new introduction of the new Alexa Voice Remote Pro. Bundled with the new 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube is not the same 3rd-gen Alexa Voice remote that the previous Fire TV Cube came with, as I initially incorrectly stated in my coverage of the new flagship streaming device. Instead, Amazon is bundling in the same remote that has been included with all Fire TV Smart TVs, which is a first for a stand-alone Fire TV streamer. Read more ›
In addition to the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube, which was expected, Amazon has also announced a new premium remote, the Alexa Voice Remote Pro, for use with Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and even Fire TV Smart TVs. The new optional remote retains all the capabilities of the 3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote and adds several new capabilities to make life a little easier. Read more ›
The Remote Plus V2 by Third Reality is a new gadget that attaches to your Fire TV remote to add several handy capabilities. If you lose your remote a lot, the Remote Plus V2 has a built-in speaker that will beep when you say “Alexa, find my remote” to an Echo device. The gadget also has a headphone jack that allows you to use wired headphones to listen to your Fire TV’s audio. Lastly, there is an LED, which is pointed up at the Fire TV remote buttons, that can make using the remote in a dark room easier. Read more ›
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 ›
Amazon has released a new version of what it calls the “3rd-gen” Alexa Voice Remote. The new remote looks and functions identically to the one released in March 2021, which is likely why Amazon isn’t officially considering it a new remote, but this new remote actually has a new model number. The new remote also has a new FCC ID number, which suggests that the electrical components in the new remote are new as well. Read more ›
Amazon has released a new 2nd generation version of the Alexa Voice Remote Lite that is bundled with the Fire TV Stick Lite. The new remote is identical to the previous version, which debuted in 2020, except the new version now has four app shortcut buttons along the bottom. Also changed on the new 2nd-gen remote is the voice command button which has been changed from a black button with a microphone icon to a blue button with the Alexa logo. Read more ›
2nd-gen Alexa Voice Remote (left) and 1st-gen Alexa Voice Remote Lite (right)
A new Alexa Voice Remote Lite, which is what Amazon calls the remote that comes with the Fire TV Stick Lite, has just gone through regulatory approval. This remote, which is the only Fire TV remote that does not have buttons to control TV power and volume, was released just over a year ago, yet it seems that Amazon is already gearing up to replace it with a newer version. Read more ›
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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 ›
The remote used by Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Smart TVs has several secrets and hidden menus that are accessible by pressing and holding special button combinations. Some of these remote tips simply provide a quicker way to access certain aspects of the Fire TV interface, while others bring up hidden menus that are not accessible in any other way. Here is a full list of all such tips, secrets, and hidden menus related to the Fire TV remote. Read more ›
Last week, Google announced that user profiles were finally coming to Google TV devices next month. TW Electronics, the manufacturer of the Google-designed G10 remote that many Android TV devices have been shipping with, has revealed in a tweet that manufacturers can actually select whether they want to include a user profile button in place of the bookmark button that has been on all G10 remotes so far. Read more ›