Fire TV Cube Tips and Tricks
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The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a powerful media streaming device making waves in the industry, and it’s not hard to understand why. The streaming device gives you a window to a world of entertainment, from music to movies. And you also get Alexa!
However, that’s not all you get from the Fire TV Cube. A little digging into the interface will unveil a plethora of amazing features that will take your entertainment to the next level. That’s where we come in. If you’re looking to make the most of your Fire TV Cube, we’ve provided some handy tips and tricks to help you do so. Let’s jump right in. Shall we?
How Do I Get the Most Out of My Amazon Fire Cube?
Whether you’re a first-time Fire TV Cube owner or you consider yourself to be an advanced user, there are still some things about the device that might elude you. If you’re looking to get the most out of your Fire TV Cube, take a look at some of these helpful tips and tricks.
1. Customize Your Home Screen
Many Fire TV Cube users will tell you that one of their favorite features is the ability to customize the home screen. With this feature, you can change the look and feel of your Fire TV Cube by adding or deleting some apps altogether. If you’re looking for a way to make your Fire TV Cube stand out from everyone else’s, try customizing it.
Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the Home tab.
- Selects an app under “Your apps and channels”.
- Press the menu button (the three horizontal lines) on the remote.
- You’ll see two options, Move the app and Move to front if the app isn’t already in the first slot on the far left. If you choose to move it, use the navigation wheel to change how high it appears on your list of apps.
You can also customize your home screen by:
Going to Settings > Preferences > Featured Content
This option allows you to turn off autoplay for the mini-trailers apps display as you move over them.
2. Control Fire TV with a Smart Speaker
You can use Alexa to control your Fire TV Cube through the remote the device came in. However, it’s also possible to use voice commands with a connected Alexa-enabled smart speaker like the Echo.
To link the smart speaker:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone
- Next, tap More, TV & Video, Fire TV
- Link your Alexa device
As long as your Fire TV and the speaker are on the same WiFi network, you’ll be able to control what’s happening on the Fire TV with Echo.
3. Control What Your Kids Watch
Fire TV devices have comprehensive parental controls that can be used to limit the content your children have access to.
To set up parental controls:
Open Settings > Preferences > Parental Controls
You can also add PIN protection to any Prime Video or app store purchases you’ve made through Fire TV. Additionally, you can limit the age limit for movies and TV shows accessible in the Prime Video app.
These restrictions only apply to Amazon apps and services. If you wish to restrict access on platforms like Netflix, you’ll have to change the settings in those apps as well.
4. Install the Remote App
Another handy tip is to install the Fire TV Remote app for iOS or Android. With the app, you’ll be able to use your phone as a remote control rather than struggling with an on-screen keyboard when entering passwords.
Not to mention, you’ll still be able to control your TV when you can’t locate your remote. Besides, this option makes it way easier to jump from one streaming app to another.
5. Connect a Gaming Controller
You’ve probably not thought about using a gaming controller with Fire TV, right? Well, you should. The games on Fire TV are surprisingly good. Not to mention, they’re more enjoyable when played using an Xbox-style gamepad.
However, if you decide to play games on our Fire TV, it’s advisable to use a game controller because it offers a better experience than the Alexa voice remote. What’s great is that most modern controllers work just fine through the USB port of your Fire TV, and you can also connect the controller via Bluetooth.