Amazon’s Fire TV, available on a variety of devices and built into some TVs, allows you to access all your content and even take it with you on the road. This includes the latest streaming hits on Prime Video as well as content from your other favorite streaming platforms, video games, and more. And with the help of Alexa, you can control both the Fire TV and your home from the comfort of your couch.
But if you’re often using the Fire TV as your entertainment center, there are some settings tricks you should know, like how to increase your privacy or make your viewing a little quieter. We’ll help you get started with these quick tips and tweaks to get the most out of your Amazon Fire TV, as well as fix some of the little things that might be bugging you.
Create different profiles for different users
When the Fire TV first arrived, you could register your Amazon account, but there was no way to create separate user profiles, such as one for each person in the family or roommate in the house or apartment. But that feature is now available, allowing you to create one primary profile and up to five secondary profiles for personalization, like watch lists, watching history, and recommendations. Here’s how to create a profile.
step 1: Look for the icons on the left on your Fire TV’s startup screen. You should see an icon that says profile, You can also press your Alexa Press the button on the remote and say, “Profiles.”
step 2: choose add profile,
step 3: Choose whether this is an adult profile or a child profile (for children under 12, the child profile adds additional restrictions and protections).
step 4: Choose a name and icon, and you’re done.
Keep in mind that profiles are not available for Fire TV (1st generation), Fire TV (2nd generation), or Fire TV Stick (1st generation).
Learn more about what you’re watching
You may have noticed that when you pause Prime Video, you’ll get an overlay that pops up on the screen with information about the actors and more. But you can also go much deeper. When you’re watching something, press Above on your Fire TV remote, and you’ll find the entire “X-Ray,” powered by Amazon-owned IMDb, including current scenes, behind-the-scenes information, information about the cast and actors, and more. This is a handy way to learn more or get some nice reminders if you can’t keep up with all the characters from your favorite show.
turn off navigation noise
The Fire TV uses very few navigation clicks as you move between icons and make selections. Sometimes this can be very annoying, especially if you are browsing many different titles. Luckily, Amazon included a way to turn it off.
step 1: choose Adjustment, You can find the icon, instruct Alexa to go there, or (our favorite option), press and hold the remote Home button to bring up Adjustment Immediately above.
step 2: choose Display and sounds,
step 3: choose Audio,
step 4: Disable navigation sounds.
Switch on your Bluetooth headphones
Sometimes you need quiet while watching a show or playing a game on Fire TV. Luckily, the Fire TV supports Bluetooth headphones, and all Fire TV options have Bluetooth support, so you should be able to switch to headphones or earbuds right away. This is how you can connect a wireless controller to Amazon games!
step 1: Make sure your Bluetooth headphones are on and in their pairing mode.
step 2: go towards Adjustment On Fire TV.
step 3: choose Controllers and Bluetooth Devices,
step 4: choose other bluetooth devices,
Step 5: Wait for the Fire TV to pick up your Bluetooth headphones and pair them.
turn off autoplay
For some reason, autoplay continues to plague TV streaming apps, bombarding you with advertised content or sound and video clips from the current show you’re watching. Luckily, you’re not tied to heart-touching autoplay on the Fire TV, because Amazon (unlike some others) gives you a way to turn it off.
step 1: go towards Adjustment From the Fire TV home page or via the remote.
step 2: Go Like,
step 3: choose featured content, Here, you will find options to disable autoplay video, autoplay audio, or both.
step 4: you might want to spend some time Like After getting rid of autoplay, change other things as per your liking.
Improve your privacy
Privacy is an understandable concern when working with streaming services and voice assistants. Alexa has its own privacy settings that you can disable, but there are other steps you can take on the Fire TV to make things less invasive.
step 1: Amazon has a page dedicated to all the devices registered to your account. Navigate it here. You can choose your Fire TV or Alexa app.
step 2: In action tab, you can select delete voice recordingAnd in some cases, Delete Location History, For maximum privacy, you may want to do both. You can also adjust Alexa settings to automatically delete voice command recordings after a certain amount of time.
step 3: Now navigate to your Fire TV home screen and select Go Adjustment one more time.
step 4: choose Like , Privacy settings,
Step 5: choose interest-based advertising And disable them. Your Fire TV will no longer serve you any targeted ads… although you will still get standard ads.
Choose your own screensaver slideshow
The Fire TV has a slideshow mode that will show different nature scenes if it’s not being used for a certain period of time, to entertain your dog or help keep your OLED TV from burning out. But if you don’t like the default slideshow, you can customize it by using Prime Photos to store your photos in Amazon’s cloud storage. Prime members get free, unlimited photo storage, so you can easily transfer your photos from elsewhere before you get started.
step 1: Go Adjustment,
step 2: Go Display and sounds,
step 3: choose screen saver, Here, you can choose from photo collections saved in Prime Photos and choose how fast the slideshow runs.
Use the Fire TV Remote App
Older Fire TV remotes do not have voice command options or in some cases, you may find the remote layout clunky to use. But there is an alternative too! You can download the Amazon Fire TV app to your phone or tablet and use it and its built-in voice commands instead of relying on the remote (also very useful when traveling with the Fire TV Stick). You can download it for Android here and for iOS here.