Amazon Fire TV Stick Tips and Tricks

By | December 7, 2019

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The Amazon Fire Stick is a small versatile computer that is very popular.

Currently in the 3rd version it has become the go-to video streaming unit for many.

There are lots of different tips and different tweaks that can make the Fire TV Stick experience better.

Many of these tips you may already know or may seem obvious so if you are an expert you are likely already familiar with the options in the list below.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Tips and Tricks 2
For example, recently I mentioned to a friend about display mirroring which is now on 4k Fire Sticks or most any of the recent Amazon devices.

You can now mirror your smartphone display directly onto your Amazon device without using any kind of third-party software.

He was surprised about it because he had no idea, so with that in mind I thought I would create this quick list.

Basically, share some of these tips which some of you may already know but some of you may not know and for the people that don’t these tips can greatly improve your experience with the Fire Stick.
 




 
Amazon Fire TV Stick Tips and Tricks

  1. Mirroring a Screen to the Fire TV Stick
  2. Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features and Settings Srceen Mirrioring
    The Fire TV Stick now comes with built-in display mirroring.

    If you don’t have this feature check for an update from Settings–>My Fire–>About section.

    To access this feature press and hold the Home key on the remote and select Mirroring.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features and Settings Screen Mirroring
    On your smartphone find the mirroring option and select it.

    For example, on an Android Galaxy S8, it is called Smart View which is available form the top and swiping to the right.

    Selecting the option on your smartphone will display the screen to the Fire TV.

    When using a Browser if you auto-rotate sideways/portrait mode it will display a full screen.
     

  3. Close Background Apps
  4. The Fire TV Stick can keep many Apps running in the background using up memory and processing power.

    This can lead to a slow down and buffering when streaming videos.

    To manually close an app running in the background go-to Settings–>Applications and select the app to close by clicking Force Stop.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features Force Stop
    Manually finding and closing background apps can take time with an app called Developer Tools Menu which can help manage them.

    Developer Tools Menu has an option called List Background apps that can display and close them.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features Force Stop 2
     

  5. Adding Bluetooth Devices
  6. Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, mouse, and headphones, can be used with the Fire TV Stick.

    To manage the connections go to Settings–>Remotes and Bluetooth Devices–>Add Bluetooth Devices.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features Blutooth
    Using a Bluetooth Keyboard with the Fire Stick is very useful.

    As good as the remote is there are times it doesn’t work with an app and using a small mini-keyboard is much more handier.
     

  7. Control the Fire TV Stick with Your Smartphone
  8. There is an app called Amazon Fire TV that can be installed on your smartphone and control the Fire Stick.

    To install it go to the Google Play or App Store search for Amazon Fire TV and install it.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features and Settings Phone Control

    It has all the main controls including voice commands, keyboard, along with a box in the middle for swiping.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Secret Features and Settings Phone Control 2
     

  9. Use an OTG Cable
  10. An OTG cable can extend or expand the storage of your Fire Stick.

    They plug into the Power port on the Fire Stick and add a USB plug.
    Amazon Fire TV Stick Tips and Tricks OTG Cable
    You can plug one in and have a full-size USB port that many devices can use including a Flash Drive.

    Once a Flash Drive is added the storage can be set up in different ways such as playing movies stored on the drive.

    OTG Cable on Amazon
    [2 PACK] TV xStream USB Port Adapter, Micro OTG Cable and Power – Compatible with Streaming Sticks, Media Devices, Rii and Logitech Keyboards, and Nintendo Switch, SNES, NES Classic

     

  11. Use Aptoide TV
  12. Aptoide TV is a free alternative to the Amazon App Store and has many Apps that usually need to be side-loaded.

    If you like to use APKs or other apps that usually need to be side-loaded Aptoide TV likely has them.

    This makes it easy to install many apps that otherwise would take time to side-load.

    Read Here for how to Install Aptoide TV

Summary
The Fire TV Stick is a great low-cost streaming device that many people use daily.

If you don’t see the options above on your device, it is possible that your Fire Stick is not running the latest version of the Fire OS operating system.

To check the Fire OS version go to Settings–>My Fire–>About at the bottom, you will have the option to install any updates.

If you are an advanced user you likely already aware of the above features.


 




 

8 thoughts on “Amazon Fire TV Stick Tips and Tricks

  1. Marla Ortegren

    I want to stream the NCAA Nebraska volleyball tournament matches. How??

    Reply
  2. Munchy22

    But alexia on the 4k fire stick still dosnt work with plex even after learning skills and selecting right player, which took many many hours ro do tmstrangly and its wh6 i have ordered a shield and moved all my devices on my harmony over to google assistant and bought a google hub.

    Reply
  3. Cheese

    I’ve never been able to get Display Mirroring to work on my Fire TV Stick 4k and my Google Pixel 2. It only works when I use the Air Screen app.

    Reply
  4. Geemeister

    What’s the difference between clear caches and force stop on firestick?

    Reply
    1. wirelesshack

      Force Stop terminates the app from running . Clear cache removes any temporary files the app might have generated

      Reply
    2. Victor

      What is the best app to use on fire stick to get my local channels . Such as the local news in my area I can watch.

      Reply

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