If you’re someone that sideloads apps onto your Fire TV, you’ve probably installed an app at some point that ended up looking squashed, stretched out, or even cut off. If not, it’s probably only a matter of time before it happens to you. This is because a lot of smartphone apps rely on the device they’re installed on to tell them what screen orientation to use. Since the Fire TV expects all apps to only be displayed in landscape mode, some sideloaded apps intended for smartphones behave strangely in that unexpected environment. The solution to this is dead simple and it’s thanks to an app that I have been recommending for years and that I install on every one of my Fire TVs.
The app to fix this Fire TV screen issue is called “Rotate Screen Orientation.” When configured correctly, it solves the problem by forcing all apps on the device to use a landscapeand format, regardless of what the app defaults to or the device tells it. You can get it by entering
Once you sideload the app, you’ll want to launch it and set the “Device rotation” setting to “Landscape.” You should also enable the “Start on boot” option, otherwise, you will need to launch the app manually before launching the app that you want it to fix. The various notification settings in the app don’t apply to the Fire TV.
That’s all there is to it. Any app you launch will now be correctly oriented in landscape mode. If you ever need to temporarily revert back for some reason, just force quit the Rotate Screen Orientation app. Uninstalling the app will return everything to the way it was. The app is tiny at under 1MB and uses a negligible amount of device resources. I just install it on all of my Fire TVs and let it do its thing to fix apps when it needs to. I’ve been using this since the first Fire TV was released in 2014 and while there have been fancier screen orientation apps released since then, this simple one does the job well and has yet to fail me.