Picture in picture is an incredible feature for TV watchers. It allows you to watch your favorite show while checking email, browsing the internet, or even playing games on your TV. But can you use this function on Fire TV Cube?
In late 2020, Amazon announced that selected Fire TV devices could automatically display picture-in-picture (PIP) feeds of video doorbells and security cameras when an action occurs. However, this capability wasn’t included in all Fire TV devices. Therefore, ensure the device you intend to buy has this functionality if it’s a crucial feature for you.
The convenience of viewing your security cameras without interrupting your favorite show is a feature worth paying for. Hence, if you’re in the market for a Fire TV Cube, it’s crucial to know which devices have this functionality and how to make the most out of it. That’s where we come in. We’ve provided everything you need to know about Fire TV Cube PIP feature. Here’s what you should know.
Can Amazon Fire TV Cube Do Picture in Picture?
Imagine being able to watch your favorite show while simultaneously watching security camera footage. That’s exactly what Picture in Picture mode allows you to do on Fire TV Cube devices that have this feature.
The ability to view two screens at once is one of the many reasons why more and more customers are choosing Amazon over other streaming device companies.
So, can all Amazon TV devices do Picture in Picture? In late 2020, Amazon announced that select Fire TV models would be able to automatically display PIP feeds of video doorbells and security cameras when an action occurs.
The new capabilities were made available for:
- 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube
- 2020 Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition
- 2020 Insignia 4K Fire TV Edition
Also, Ring video doorbells are compatible with the feature. However, non-doorbell security cameras by Ring, Wyze, Nest, Logitech, and others can also utilize this feature. Nonetheless, you must ask Alexa to display the PIP if you’re using a non-doorbell security camera.
How to Set Up Picture-in-Picture on Fire TV Devices
It’s crucial to note that the picture-in-picture feature is not available on all Fire TV devices. Therefore, before attempting the steps below, take the time to confirm that your Fire TV device has the feature available.
Currently, the feature is available on:
- Fire TV Cube
- Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Once you’ve confirmed that your device has the picture-in-picture feature, you can begin setting it up. Set up picture-in-picture by linking your smart home camera in the Alexa app. To do so:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Click on More.
- Click on Add a Device.
- Select Camera.
- Select the brand and follow the on-screen instructions.
You can now use voice commands to view and manage your camera feed. Say things like:
- “Show camera.”
- “Switch to full screen.”
- “Switch to picture-in-picture.”
- “Minimize to picture-in-picture.”
- “End picture-in-picture.”
You only have to use these voice commands if you’re using a non-video doorbell. However, if you have a Ring Video Doorbell, picture-in-picture automatically appears on-screen when you receive a Ring notification. This is because it’s currently the only video doorbell camera that’s compatible with Fire TV Cube.
How Do I Check My Fire TV Cube Version?
As we’ve mentioned, only the 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube has the PIP feature. Therefore, if you want to use this feature, you must check to ensure that your Fire TV Cube is the correct model.
The easiest way to do this is by looking at the model number on the rubber bottom of the device. However, to know for sure, you need to know which model number to look for. If it’s a first-generation device, then, unfortunately, there’s no PIP feature for this particular model.
If you have no idea which generation the model number represents, consider using the Informer app. The app is available for free on the Amazon app store, and it will tell you exactly which generation the device is, the model number, specs, and which year it was released, among other things.
To install the app:
- Search for Informer right in your Fire TV Cube.
- Locate the app from the list of selections that show up.
- Install the app.
- Once the app has completed the installation process, launch it.
- Now you should be able to see all the information you need about your Fire TV Cube.
If you were wondering whether or not the Fire TV Cube has picture-in-picture capability, you now have your answer. Only 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube devices have this feature. Therefore, check for compatibility before you begin the set-up procedure provided in this article. It’s also important to know that only certain camera feeds can support this feature at this time.
Again, check to ensure that your non-video camera is among the supported list of brands. Currently, Fire TV Cube only supports the Ring video camera.