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How to pair third party controllers with your fire tv and fire tv stick

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Amazon offers a Bluetooth controller to pair with their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media units, but if you’re not a fan of shelling out $40 for a controller (especially if you already have some game controllers laying around) you don’t have to. Read on as we show you how to pair both wired, wireless, and Bluetooth third party controllers.

Why Do I Want To Do This?

Forty bucks for a game controller for your streaming media box/stick is a bit steep, especially if you’re not sure if you’re even ready to commit to turning your Fire TV/Fire TV Stick into a game machine.

Mobile gaming on the television set is still in its infancy (and in most instance a novelty at best if you’re limiting yourself to playing current generation Android games that have been ported to the platform you’re using as opposed to emulating older games). We hardly blame you if you don’t want to sink a bunch of money into buying Amazon-branded controllers when you can either reuse controllers you already have or purchase controllers that you can easily shift to a different system if you’re not particularly enamored with gaming on the Fire TV.

While we typically outline what you need for a tutorial first thing in the tutorial, the materials list varies based on what kind of controller(s) you’re pairing with your device. As such, we’ll go over what you need in each section.

Also, if you’re here to pair a controller with your Fire TV Stick you should jump down to the last section focused on Bluetooth controllers as the lack of USB port on the Fire TV Stick precludes users from using anything but Bluetooth-based solutions. Again, for emphasis, you cannot pair wired or wireless (2.4GHz) controllers with the Fire TV Stick; you can only pair Bluetooth controllers.

Wired Controllers

Although the USB port on the Fire TV is unfortunately hobbled at the moment (it doesn’t, for example, support mounting of USB media) it’s still useful for the purposes of this tutorial as you can plug in USB input peripherals including game controllers.

Right out of the box the Fire TV supports a variety of wired controllers including the official Xbox 360 controller and the Logitech F310 and many other Logitech controllers like the F510 and Dual Action (no longer in active production but many people own them and they’re widely available used). Although you can’t pair wireless PlayStation 3 controllers without rooting your device the Fire TV includes a keymap for the PlayStation 3 controller; although we didn’t have a third-party wired PlayStation 3 controller on hand to test it out we’re inclined to think it would work given the presence of the keymap file for the controller.

To use a wired USB controller you can simply plug the controller into the USB port on the back of the Fire TV. Multiple controllers with a USB hub also works; not only were we able to plug in more than one wired Xbox 360 controller this way but the support for 360 controllers is advanced enough that the correct player number was even illuminated on each controller.

Even if the controller doesn’t work well for navigating the Fire TV menus, we’d still recommend trying it out with some games before giving up on the controller (especially if the games/emulators you’re using allow for key remapping).

Wireless Controllers

In addition to supporting directly wired controllers via USB, the Amazon Fire TV also supports wireless controllers via dongle (just like the Xbox 360 dongle we used in this tutorial). Using the wireless-to-dongle method works for Xbox 360 and Wii U Pro controllers.

In order to take advantage of the connectivity you’ll need an appropriate dongle for each controller standard like this Xbox 360 Windows Receiver or this Wii U Pro Receiver. Plug the dongle into the USB port of the Amazon Fire TV, press the sync button on the dongle and the sync button on the wireless remotes, and you’re in business.

Although we didn’t have any trouble pairing wireless Xbox 360 controllers to the Fire TV directly, some users have reported that they need to plug the dongle into a computer and pair the controllers to it first before swapping it over to the Fire TV. Like with the wired 360 controllers, there is full support including illuminating the correct player number.

Bluetooth Controllers

If you have a Fire TV Stick this is the only way to add on a controller to your device. To demonstrate the steps we’ll be using the Bluetooth controller that came with previously reviewed Ouya microconsole, but you can use just about any generic Bluetooth controller. If you already have a controller on hand, we’d suggest attempting to pair it and see how it works before buying a new one (or attempting any sort of firmware updates if available).

Nyko makes a version of their PlayPad Pro for the Amazon Fire TV (and Fire TV Stick) that runs $20 and works right out of the box with the Fire TV system. Alternatively (and because the Fire TV-specific pad is back ordered for months at the moment) you can buy the cheaper Playpad Pro for Android unit ($17) and flash it with a free firmware upgrade.

The Playstation Dualshock 4 controller works out of the box (and the Playstation home button in the center of the controller even works as a Fire TV home button). Some users, however, report odd key mappings that can only be fixed if you have a rooted unit wherein you can install new key maps. If you’re using the controller with games that allow for in-game remapping this isn’t an issue.

Unlike the plug and play ease of the wired controllers (and the plug and sync options for the wireless controllers), the Bluetooth controllers do need to be synced properly to the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Let’s take a look at the pairing process; the steps are identical for both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

Navigate on your device to the Settings menu (the last item in the main left-hand navigation list you see when the device starts up). Select the settings menu and navigate to the right until you reach the “Controllers” section as seen in the screenshot above. Select the entry and then select “Bluetooth Game Controllers.”

Select “Add Bluetooth Controllers” in the subsequent menu.

At this point the device is actively searching for available Bluetooth devices. Press and hold the pairing button on your Bluetooth controller and wait for the controller to sync to your device.

Typically the controller will be identified generically as a “Gamepad” when the sync begins but will then, assuming the controller supplies a name, be given a more specific name as seen in the screenshot above where our controller was correctly identified as the “OUYA Game Controller.”

At this point you should be good to go if you have a known compatible controller like the OUYA or the DualShock 4, otherwise it’s time to take the controller for a spin and test the functions. Remember, even a controller that works poorly navigating the default menus in the Fire TV can be remapped in some games (and most emulators) to work flawlessly for that particular game or emulator system.

Why purchase a Firestick for gaming if you can’t enjoy it with friends? Luckily, there are plenty of gaming controllers that are specifically designed to work with the Firestick OS.

If you’re looking for the best gaming controllers for Firestick to pair with your Amazon Fire TV then you’ve come to the right place.

Best Gaming Controllers for Firestick

We did some research to bring you what we consider to be the best gaming controllers for Firestick.

1. Amazon Fire TV Gaming Controller

The Amazon Fire TV controller is usually the first option for most gamers. This is because it’s easy to access and you can purchase it straight from Amazon. Clearly, it pairs well with the Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition and it comes with a lot of nice features.

This includes Bluetooth connectivity and a built-in microphone. You can use the microphone to give voice commands to Alexa and other voice assistant programs. This feature really comes in handy when you want a convenient way to look up the latest games, data, trends, music, and movies.

Amazon didn’t stop there though. This controller also comes with a headphone jack which you can use to experience immersive sound when playing games or listening to movies and music. Plus, it’s compatible with the 2 nd generation Fire TV.

Attention: Read before you continue

Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users online activities. If found streaming or browsing content on your Fire TV Stick, mobile or PC, you could get into serious trouble.

Currently, the following information is visible:

  • Your IP:
  • Your Country:
  • Your City:
  • Your ISP:

If this is your real information, you need to use a VPN to protect your identity.

We strongly recommend you to get a good VPN and hide your identity so that your online experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
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Fire TV Stick makes a great streaming device. But do you know what else you can do with it? Gaming! Yes, you can play games with the Fire TV Stick either using the remote or a dedicated fully-fledged gaming controller.

Now I have a 3rd generation Fire TV Stick and the 8BitDo Pro 2 gaming controller I bought for just $49.99 on Amazon. Even standard gaming consoles such as PS4 or Xbox controllers should work. I downloaded some cool games such as Red Ball 4, Sega Classics, Sonic CD, Pac-Man Championship Edition (Fire TV), Sonic The Hedgehog, Tetris, or PBA Bowling Challenge. I managed to connect the gaming controller to my Fire TV Stick and enjoyed myself.

Gaming controllers that connect to the Fire TV Stick should be able to support Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. However, you can also connect the controller to the Fire TV Stick through USB by use of an OTG cable for less latency.

How to connect Bluetooth controller to Fire TV Stick

To connect your controller to the Fire TV Stick, make sure that it’s in pairing mode first. It should be within range of the Fire TV Stick, that’s about 10m without obstacles. If you’re in front of the TV, then there shouldn’t be a problem.

Now go to Settings and then select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.

Settings > Controllers & Bluetooth Devices

Select Game Controllers.

Select Add new Game Controller. Fire TV Stick will start scanning for nearby Bluetooth game controllers. If your game controller can’t be found, make sure that it’s in pairing mode first.

Add new Game controller 8BitDo Pro 2 Game controller

The controller will now be connected to Fire TV Stick and ready to be used in games with controller support.

We live in a day and age where everything is becoming more convenient and automated by the day. However, despite all of the advancements in wireless technology, some things still don’t quite sync like their supposed. There’s a lack of rhythm when there should be seamless interconnectivity.

You can’t directly control your Bluetooth headphones or speakers with the volume control on an Amazon Fire Stick remote. You can pair a Bluetooth headset & Bluetooth speakers with a Fire Stick without a problem but you will need to use a third-party app in order to control your Bluetooth volume with your Firestick remote.

Of course, as it is with everything nowadays, there’s an app for that. Once you’ve paired your Bluetooth headset to your Fire Stick, you’ll need the app if you want to use the volume controls. Unfortunately, it’s not a straightforward app download. You’ll have to sideload it on your Fire Stick.

How To Pair Your Bluetooth Headset/Speakers With A Fire Stick

To get started, you’ll need to get your Bluetooth headset and your Fire Stick paired. Regardless of what kind of Bluetooth headphones you’re using, put them in pair mode.

  • On your Fire Stick, open the Settings Menu
  • Slide across to Remotes and Bluetooth Devices
  • Select Other Bluetooth Devices
  • Next, choose Add Bluetooth Devices
  • Wait for your headphones to pop up and then select them

Once your Bluetooth headphones are selected, they will automatically start the pairing process. When it’s complete, all of the audio will now be sent to your headphones. Many Bluetooth headphones have the audio volume up and down buttons or touch controls on them.

If you still prefer to use the remote, or just don’t like using the controls on your headphones, you’ll need to sideload the app that will let you use the Fire Stick remote for volume control.

How To Sideload An App On Your Fire Stick

The app is called Precise Volume, and it’s an Android app that you usually get through the Google Play Store.

First things first, you’ll need to change the Fire Stick settings so that you can sideload apps.

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  • Make your way back to Settings
  • Select My Fire TV
  • Highlight and select Developer Options
  • You will see two options: ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources
  • Set both options to On

Now you’ll need to backtrack a little so that you can pull up your IP address for the Fire Stick. You’ll need to take a picture of this or write the IP address down for later use.

  • Select Device
  • Highlight and select About
  • Select Network

You’ll see your IP address displayed on the screen so make a note of it with whatever method you prefer. On an Android smartphone or tablet, download the app, Apps2Fire. You’ll need this app to sideload what you want to download to the Fire Stick.

  • Open the Apps2Fire App
  • Go to Setup
  • Enter the IP Address you wrote down earlier
  • The Apps2Fire app will now connect to your Fire Stick
  • Select OK when prompted to complete the process

You should see the PreciceVolume app that you downloaded earlier as a list of apps on your Android that you can sideload onto the Fire Stick. Select it and then choose, Install.

Using The Fire Stick Remote To Control Volume On Your Bluetooth Headset/Speakers

Now that everything is installed and the app PreciseVolume has been sideloaded onto your Fire Stick, you’ll need to activate it each time you turn on your TV, Fire Stick, and Bluetooth headphones.

Go ahead and put on your headphones—if you paired them earlier, they are a remembered device and should instantly connect to your Fire Stick—and grab the Fire Stick remote

When you turn on the Fire Stick and you’re on the home screen, press and hold the Home button on the remote to bring up the downloaded apps. Select the PreciseVolume app to launch it.

Now you can control the volume that you’re hearing in your headphones with your Fire Stick remote.

If you’re done using your headphones with the Fire Stick and you want the volume to return to the speakers on your TV, simply put the headphones back into their charging case, which will effectively turn them off.

It sounds like a lot and it kind of is. Unfortunately, though Amazon uses a modified version of the Android operating system, Amazon—for some strange reason—doesn’t allow you to access the full gamut of Android apps on Amazon devices.

Unfortunately, sideloading is one of the many responses that was developed to counter Amazon’s decision to narrow Amazon device access to Android apps.

Final Words

On the bright side, once you have the apps PreciseVolume and Apps2Fire downloaded, the rest is a pretty quick process when it comes to operating your Fire Stick in coordination with your Android devices and Bluetooth headphones.

If you can get through the initial pain in the neck routine of opening the Amazon OS to the entire library of Android apps, you’ll really be able to enjoy the full range of possibilities with your Fire Stick.

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Once paired to a Fire TV, the only buttons on the Chromecast remote that work are the Home, Back, Directional (up/down/left/right), and Select buttons. Even if you first configure the TV power, volume, and input buttons on the remote using a Chromecast, those buttons stop working as soon as you pair it to a Fire TV. The voice button, Netflix button, and YouTube button also do not work with a Fire TV.

At this point, you might be thinking why even bother trying to use this remote on a Fire TV when so many buttons don’t work, and I don’t blame you. I’d personally recommend waiting for a Fire TV Stick to go on sale and buy it just for the remote, since it’ll probably be less expensive that way than buying the standalone Alexa Voice Remote because that remote hardly ever goes on sale. If you can’t wait for a sale, you can always consider getting the old non-Voice Fire TV Stick remote, which should be cheaper than even the Chromecast remote and works with every Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube model. Lastly, you could always just use the Fire TV Remote App on a mobile phone to control your Fire TV, but be sure to never factory reset your Fire TV because you need a physical remote to complete the initial setup process.

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  2. Select “Add Bluetooth Devices” and then immediatly hold down the Home and Back buttons on the Chromecast remote until a white light begins to pulse at the bottom of the remote. Once the light on the Chromecast remote begins to pulse, release the buttons and you’ll see “Chromecast Remote” appear on the Fire TV.
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The remote used by Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Smart TVs has several secrets and hidden menus that are accessible by pressing and holding special button combinations. Some of these remote tips simply provide a quicker way to access certain aspects of the Fire TV interface, while others bring up hidden menus that are not accessible in any other way. Here is a full list of all such tips, secrets, and hidden menus related to the Fire TV remote.

Restart the Fire TV

Press and hold the SELECT and PLAY buttons simultaneously for about 5-10 seconds and the Fire TV will reboot. This is equivalent to pulling the power cable and plugging it back in but more convenient. This is handy to do if the Fire TV or an app isn’t working quite right.

Reset the Fire TV Remote

If your Fire TV remote is not working or not connecting no matter what you do, the first thing you should do is check the batteries. If you know the batteries are fine and still can’t get the remote to work, you can try resetting the remote itself. This procedure is different depending on the remote you have, so follow the appropriate instructions below:

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  • 1st-gen Voice Remote (Remote has microphone button but no power, volume, or guide buttons): Press and hold the LEFT and MENU buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds.
  • All other Fire TV Remotes: Press and hold the LEFT, MENU, and BACK buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds.

After you’ve reset the remote, wait at least 10 seconds and then remove the batteries from your remote. Your remote is now reset so to connect it to your Fire TV, unplug and replug the Fire TV in, wait about 1 minute, then put the batteries in your remote. Lastly, press and hold the HOME button on your remote for about 10 seconds and it should pair with your Fire TV. If it doesn’t pair, repeat the steps from the start of this paragraph that start by removing the remote batteries.

Factory Reset the Fire TV

Factory resetting your Fire TV is the best way to solve any problem, but remember that doing so wipes everything off as if it were a new device. If your Fire TV issue is so bad that you can’t access the Factory Reset settings menu, then your only hope is to use a special remote button combination to initiate the reset. To do so, press and hold the RIGHT and BACK buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds. Once you’ve held it long enough, a selection prompt and countdown will appear giving you about 20 seconds to cancel the factory reset before it automatically begins.

Launch Developer Tools Menu

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Launch Network Diagnostic Menu

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Launch Quick Access Menu

Press and hold the HOME button on your Fire TV remote to launch a quick access menu from anywhere, even within apps. This has been part of Fire TVs for a very long time but many people still don’t know it exists. The quick access menu contains shortcuts to your profile switcher, apps. and settings. It also lets you start screen mirroring and put your Fire TV to sleep. Lastly, it shows the time and date, which can be handy to see without leaving the app that you’re in. Note that with Fire TV Smart TVs, holding the HOME button will open the same right-side menu as the SETTINGS button.

Access Hidden Display Resolutions & Refresh Rates

If you go into your Fire TV’s display settings, you’ll have the option to switch between 720p, 1080p, and 2160p resolutions which are all locked to a 60Hz refresh rate. There are actually many more resolution and refresh rate combinations that can be accessed by holding the UP and REWIND buttons on your remote simultaneously for about 5 seconds. Doing so will cause the Fire TV to begin to cycle through all the resolution and refresh rate combinations that your TV supports. With this feature, you can drop down to 480p if you want, which is useful if you’re connecting to an old TV or tiny display. It also allows you to select 24Hz and 30Hz refresh rates, which might better match the content you are playing at the time.

Remap App Buttons

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Switch TV Input

If your Fire TV remote has power and volume buttons, it can also switch inputs on your TV, Soundbar, or AVR even though it doesn’t have an input button. This is done by configuring the remote and using voice commands. Details on how to do this can be found here.

Control Bluetooth Headphone/Speaker Volume

If you have a device running Fire OS 7, which includes the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, and Fire TV Stick 4K Max, then your remote can control the volume of heaphones or speakers connected via Bluetooth to your Fire TV. Just pair the heaphones/speakers and use the volume buttons on your remote. More details on this newly added feature can be found here.

Enable Voice View

For those who are visually impaired, the Fire TV has a feature called Voice View that will read out what is currently highlighted on the screen. To enable Voice View, press and hold the BACK and MENU buttons simultaneously for about 5 seconds.

Enable Screen Magnifier

Another Fire TV feature for visually impaired users is the Screen Magnifier, which allows you to zoom in/out and pan around the interface. To enable or disable the Screen Magnifier, press and hold the BACK and FAST-FORWARD buttons simultaneously for about 5 seconds.

Enable Text Banner

The final feature for visually impaired users is the Text Banner, which displays a large text description at the bottom of the screen of what is currently highlighted. To enable or disable the Text Banner, press and hold the REWIND and FAST-FORWARD buttons simultaneously for about 5 seconds.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick has a wide range of apps that are better optimized for touch-screen devices and mice. If you try to navigate them via your Firestick remote, they can leave you frustrated and waste plenty of your time.

However, since you can’t physically connect a mouse to your Firestick, you need to find alternative options. Fortunately, there’s an app that can turn your Firestick remote into a temporary mouse.

In this article, you’ll learn how to install the Mouse Toggle App and make it easier for you to navigate through the Firestick Menu.

First Step – Allow Third-Party Apps

Amazon Fire TV and/or Firestick don’t allow apps from unknown sources by default. However, you’ll need to enable this since the Mouse Toggle app is still deemed as an unknown source by Amazon. Don’t worry, it won’t harm your device in any way.

To allow third-party apps, do the following:

  1. Turn on your Firestick device.
  2. Open the ‘Settings’ menu from the home screen.
  3. Select the ‘Device’ menu.
  4. Go to ‘Developer options.’
  5. Navigate down to the ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’.
  6. Toggle it on.

This will allow you to install apps that are not listed in the official app store. When you toggle this option, you’ll be warned that there are various risks to your device and Amazon account if you enable this option. Just ignore the message and proceed.

After you enable it, you’ll be able to install the Mouse Toggle app.

Second Step – Download a Sideloader

Since your app is not in the official app store, you’ll need to find another way to download it. The best way to download third-party apps is with the help of a sideloader. The most popular sideloading tool is the ‘Downloader’ app.

You can get this app easily from the app store. Follow these steps if you don’t know how:

  1. Open the home screen of your Fire TV Stick.
  2. Go to the ‘Search’ icon (magnifying glass) to the left of the bar.
  3. Type in ‘Downloader’ with the on-screen keyboard (navigate the keys via the remote)
  4. Choose the ‘Downloader’ from the list of available options. It should open the download menu.
  5. Choose ‘Get’ and wait for the app to download.

Third Step – Download Mouse Toggle

Once you enable third-party apps and install the ‘Downloader’, you can easily get the Mouse Toggle. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the home screen of the ‘Downloader’ app.
  2. Navigate to the URL bar in the designated field.
  3. Type in the following link: tinyurl.com/firetvmouse.
  4. Press ‘Go.’ This will automatically start the download.
  5. Wait for the download to finish (you can track the download progress).

When the download is finished, the ‘Downloader’ will manually start the installation of the APK file. You will see a new dialog box asking you if you want to install the Mouse Toggle for Fire TV app.

  1. Select ‘Install’ and wait for it to finish.
  2. Click ‘Open here’ once the installation finishes if you want to use the app right away.

If you want to delete the APK file you’ve downloaded (but not the app), you can return to the ‘Downloader’. A window saying that the file downloaded successfully will appear. Just select the ‘Delete’ button.

Accessing the Mouse Toggle

There’s no difference in accessing the Mouse Toggle app compared to other Fire TV Stick apps. You can find it in the app library among all the other installed tools.

Once you open the app, you’ll only find one screen. Here you can choose whether to enable or disable the mouse service, automatically launch the app on startup, or customize the ADB settings. You should always keep the ‘ADB Debugging on’ – it’s usually the default setting.

To display the mouse pointer, you just need to hit the Play/Pause button on your Firestick remote twice. The ‘Select’ key on your remote replaces the left click. You can also press the Play/Pause button and the Down key to scroll with the remote.

Lastly, the pointer will go away if you don’t use the remote for some time. To make it reappear, simply double-press the Play/Pause button again.

As you can see, it can be convenient to use Mouse Toggle, especially for those who are more used to navigating their apps via a mouse. With this app, your remote will turn into a mouse on your command. If you find the app underwhelming, you can easily disable it.

Be Careful with Unwanted Apps

The Mouse Toggle app requires you to disable the prevention of unwanted apps. However, you should be careful about which apps you get afterward.

Make sure to always download the apps from the official app store to prevent the intrusion of any malicious software. This app is tried and tested, but some other apps may not be.

It’s also recommended to enable the protection from downloading unknown apps once you’ve installed the Mouse Toggle.

Are you satisfied with this app? Did you manage to install it? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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For the last ten years, streaming movies and television shows have gone from a niche, nerdy way to watch your favorite entertainment to the way most people spend free time. One lesser-known but powerful feature of the Amazon Fire TV Stick is mirroring a smartphone or tablet screen to your TV. You can even mirror Windows 10 to a Fire TV Stick or Cube. This feature lets you do things like play movies or TV shows from your phone, play games with a giant display, or have a big-screen video chat. You can mirror just the screen or the screen plus audio.

Note: This article refers to mirroring your phone or tablet screen to a Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube, not casting to it as you do with apps like Netflix, YouTube, etc.

Regardless, since Amazon and Google only partially collaborate, you have to take extra steps to mirror an Android phone to your Fire TV device. As for iPhones and iOS tablets, they don’t mirror to Fire devices either so you need additional steps there too. Isn’t that great?

Anyhow, setting up mirroring from Android and iPhone/iOS to your Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube is not that difficult—just requires multiple actions. This article shows you the steps required on Android and iPhone/iOS to mirror them to a Firestick. Let’s get started!

How to Mirror/Cast iPhones & Android Phones or Tablets to Your Fire TV Stick

The first step to mirroring your phone or tablet to your Firestick or Fire TV Cube is to activate the feature. Now, Amazon incorporates a mirroring option in the “Settings” menu, but it doesn’t work with Android or iPhone/iOS devices.

Amazon wants you to subscribe to Prime Video and also mirror their exclusive products, such as Fire tablets—all while Google wants you to use their specific products and services, such as Google Pixel smartphones and Chromecast laptops, The same goes for Apple. Can you see the dilemma now? So much for a Miracast standard, right?

In order to mirror your Android device to your Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube, the Fire device requires a mirroring app such as “Airscreen.” This app works on both Android and iOS/iPhone devices so it is often recommended as the app to use.

Even though Fire devices have a mirroring option and your phone does too, they usually don’t communicate with the default settings. This situation is why you need help from a third-party application. Here’s how to install Airscreen on the Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube and your Android/iPhone device to start mirroring with ease.

Activating Android Mirroring on Your Firestick using AirScreen

  1. On the “Home” screen, scroll down one row (from the preview section at the top to the menu bar below it) and select “Find,” then choose “Search.”
  2. Type “airscreen” or a shorter variant into the search bar and choose “AirScreen” from the list. You no longer need the “Easy Fire Tools” app to install AirScreen—it is available in the Amazon App Store.
  3. In the window that appears, choose the “AirScreen” app.
  4. In the Airscreen app window, select “Get.”
  5. Launch AirScreen and select “Confirm.”
  6. A new screen appears, displaying a QR code and a URL. You’ll use one of the two on your smartphone to link them together.
  7. If the visual examples in the steps above do not match your Firestick, it probably needs an update or is an older model. Go to “Settings -> My Fire TV -> About” and select “Install System Update” or “Check for System Update.”
  8. On your smartphone or tablet, scan the QR code that appears on your TV, or go directly to the speciifed URL.
  9. Choose from “In App content” or “Entire screen.”

Your Android device now mirrors on the Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube, which appears on the TV.

Note: YouTube may automatically include your Fire TV Stick as a casting source after installing AirScreen on the Fire device—this was confirmed on Android 11 Motorola G Fast. However, other phone apps like Netflix and Disney+ may require you to scan the QR code or go to the displayed URL in the AirScreeen Amazon app to mirror your phone or tablet (not casting). Non-Amazon devices like Chromecast with Google TV and Roku appear for mirroring without any third-party intervention.

Once you enable the mirroring service on your Android device, your Fire TV Stick should begin displaying whatever is on your device’s screen.

How to Mirror/Cast iOS Phones or Tablets to Your Fire TV Stick or Fire Cube

Fire OS does not support Apple AirPlay, the default mirroring app on your iOS device, but a third-party app called AirScreen works with AirPlay to deliver the casting functions you need.

  1. On your Fire TV Stick, search for and install “AirScreen.”
  2. Launch “AirScreen” on your Firestick and select “Confirm” once you have both the Firestick and iOS device on the same network.
  3. Use you Iphone, iPad, or other IOS device to scan the “QR Code” that appears on your TV.
  4. When prompted for what to mirror, select “Entire screen” or “In-app content.”
  5. Follow the instructions to mirror on your iOS device.
  6. Swipe down fron the top of your iPhone or other iOs device and choose “Screen Mirroring.”

In closing, mirroring the content of your Android device or iOS/iPhone device to your Fire TV Stick, or even Fire TV Cube, is relatively easy. Third-party apps like AirScreen let you mirror your device’s display to your Fire TV Stick from almost any device, except you can’t mirror streaming apps like you can with native mirroring options. As for iPhone and other iOS devices, Fire OS does not support AirPlay, but apps like AirScreen work with AirPlay’s features to deliver the goods!

Like myself, many Fire TV Stick users run into one problem or another while using the streaming stick. The other day, my Fire TV Stick wasn’t showing pictures. Before that, I was experiencing a delay in audio output while watching movies on Netflix. Such snags are fixable. However, a friend told me he almost dumped the Fire TV Stick because his TV wouldn’t recognize it. So, like a good friend, I guided him through the troubleshooting process, and he could use his Fire TV Stick again.

So I’ve compiled those recommended checks and solutions to help anyone facing a similar problem with the Fire TV Stick.

There are varying reasons why your TV might fail to recognize the Fire TV Stick. The problem could stem from the streaming stick, the TV, the ports, and the accessories. We expand on the likely problems and solutions in the next section. Check them out.

Note: The solutions listed in this guide apply to the basic Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, and the Fire TV Stick Lite.

1. Change Power Source

If your Fire TV Stick isn’t powered on, the streaming device can’t be recognized by the TV it’s connected to. Make sure the device is plugged into a functional electric socket, not your TV’s USB port. That’s because the Fire TV Stick requires 1A power and your TV’s USB port can’t provide that much.

Also, you should also check that the power outlet/extension is working correctly. Try charging some other devices (perhaps your smartphone) via the power outlet and see if it works.

2. Change Accessories

If the socket powers other devices, then the problem could be from the Fire TV Stick’s accessories. Check that the streaming stick is properly connected to the power adapter via USB cable. You should also ensure that the cable’s micro-USB end is tightly fitted into the Fire TV Stick. Likewise, you can try using a different USB power cable and check if things change.

We recommend using the original USB accessories (power adapter and cable) that shipped with the device. Third-party or counterfeit accessories might be unable to provide sufficient power required to boot the Fire TV Stick and keep it on. You can use them, but make sure they are authentic. And even more importantly, check that the USB power adapter has an output rating (5V/1A) equivalent to the official one.

3. Try an Alternate HDMI Port

Should the TV still not recognize your Fire TV Stick after troubleshooting the power source and accessories, check that the device is fitted completely (not halfway) into the TV’s HDMI port. And if the TV has multiple HDMI ports, try switching the Fire TV Stick to a different port.

4. Use HDMI Extender

Although you can plug the Fire TV Stick dongle directly to your TV, Amazon strongly recommends using the bundled HDMI extender. In addition to improving Wi-Fi connectivity and remote performance, the extender also allows you to properly fit the Fire TV Stick into your TV’s HDMI port.

Proceed to the next troubleshooting check if your TV still doesn’t recognize your TV despite using the extender.

5. Check Input Source

Setting your TV’s active input source to HDMI 1 while the streaming device is connected to HDMI 2 or HDMI 3 could make you erroneously think that the TV doesn’t recognize the Fire TV Stick. This is a common occurrence on TVs with multiple HDMI ports. Therefore, we recommend verifying that the active input source is set to the corresponding HDMI port holding the Fire TV Stick.

6. Check TV/Port Compatibility

The HDMI ports on your television set are rated to support specific resolutions and refresh rates. To use the Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K, your TV’s HDMI must be capable of handling at least Full HD (1080p) or HD (720p) content at 50/60 Hz refresh rate. Many users with a Fire TV Stick struggled using it with their HD TVs until they it switched to a different TV with a 1080p HDMI port.

This is prevalent in old television sets. Many new-generation TVs have HDMI ports that will recognize and work (without glitches) with all versions of the Fire TV Stick.

If you’re facing a similar predicament, and none of the troubleshooting solutions mentioned above made any difference, you should check your TV ports’ ratings. We recommend checking the instruction manual or the manufacturer’s website to know the supported resolutions and refresh rates for your TV. You can also search for your TV specifications online; that’s a lot easier.

Tweaks to Fix

There are external gadgets and accessories (ethernet hubs, HDMI splitters, etc.) that can help to elevate your streaming experience on the Fire TV Stick. However, these accessories can also lead to one issue or another. Remove any accessory attached to your Fire TV Stick and check if your TV now recognizes the device. If you’ve exhausted all possible solutions and the device still doesn’t work, you should contact the Amazon Device Support center for assistance.

Next up: Can’t enjoy new features/services because your Fire TV Stick apps are not installing? Read the article linked below to learn how to fix that issue.

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick Lite were launched in 2020.

The Fire TV Stick (3rd gen) is priced at Rs 3,999 while the Fire TV Stick Lite is priced at Rs 2,999.

Both devices support 1080p output and HDR.

The Fire TV Stick is a great device if you want to turn your old TV into a smart TV or have a smart TV whose features aren’t very smart. A Fire TV can do a lot of things like let you play content from your favourite streaming platform; giving you access to Alexa and can also control your Alexa enabled devices. If you have an Amazon Echo speaker in your house, you can control your Fire TV stick from the Echo speaker too. But before we get into the details of the performance of the Fire TV Stick (let’s save that for the review). Here is a quick and easy step-by-step guide on setting up your new Fire TV Stick. Please note that the setup process for the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick lite is the same except for 1 step, and we will highlight that below.

Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite: What’s in the box?

In the box you get the Fire TV Stick device, an Alexa enabled remote control, MicroUSB cable, wall adapter and a pair of AAA batteries. You also get an HDMI extender, which is a must, since the Fire TV stick is thick and can block the other ports on your TV.

How to set up the Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) and Fire TV Stick Lite,

As mentioned above, the contents of the box and the setup process is pretty much identical for the 2. So here is a step-by-step guide on setting up and making the most of the Fire TV Stick (3rd generation) and Fire TV Stick Lite.

Step 1: Plug it into the wall, please

This may seem like an obvious step, but most people plug the Fire TV Stick into the USB port of the TV for power, instead of the wall. While the device will work this way, it is advisable to plug it into the wall for a more stable experience. This is more stable when updating the Fire TV Stick. Also, chose an HDMI port that’s either separate from the other connectors or in the corner. This way, you should be able to plug the Fire TV Stick alone without the included adapter. There’s nothing wrong with the included adapter, in case you are wondering.

Step 2: Press the home button for 10 seconds

Once you have plugged the Fire TV Stick into the TV and the wall, switch on your TV and switch to the HDMI port you have plugged the stick in to. You will be greeted with a message asking you to press the home button for 10 seconds. Doing this pairs the remote with the Fire TV Stick.

Step 3: Connect to Wi-Fi

After pairing the remote and selecting your language as English (India) you will need to connect to the Wi-Fi. If you have a dual-band router, we suggest connecting to the 5GHz band as that will offer a more seamless experience. However, note that 5GHz has a shorter range, so if the router is in a different room, you may want to check the signal strength before connecting. Once the Wi-Fi is connected, the Fire TV stick will update. This can take a while if your internet is slow so be patient, maybe grab a cup of coffee and check Twitter while this happens.

Step 4: Log into your Amazon account

This is pretty simple and straight forward. Open a browser on your smartphone, tablet or computer, and go to amazon.in/code. Enter the code you see on your screen and your account is logged in. After you log in, you will be asked if you would like to enable parental controls or skip.

Step 5: Remote Control

This is where things differ. If you have the Fire TV Stick 3rd gen, it comes with a remote control that has a power button and a volume rocker. A sound will play and you will be asked to control the volume using the Fire TV remote control. If this works, then your remote control is synced with your TV. If it doesn’t, you may be asked to select a brand and model for your TV. One of the advantages of this setup is that the Fire TV can be used to control a soundbar also making the remote control truly universal.

This is the step you will miss if you have the Fire TV Stick Lite as the remote control it comes with lacks the power button and volume rocker.

Step 6: Select the apps

This step will showcase a list of popular apps like Zee5, Netflix, Apple TV, VOOT, and many more which you can choose to download immediately. If your favourite app (like Plex, for example) isn’t here, then worry not. You can always download it later on the device.

Step 7: Monitor Your Data

In the next step, you will be asked if you want to enable data monitoring. This is a crucial step for those of you that have a data cap with your broadband connection. In this step, you can not only set the quality of playback (good, better, best) but also set a data limit for the Fire TV Stick. If you like, you can choose to skip this step as well and can revisit it in the Settings menu, later.

Step 8: Make some popcorn

After this, all you need to do is log into the various services you are subscribed to like Netflix, Apple TV, Disney+ Hotstar, etc. and start bingeing.

Have you used tools to install many third party APK files on your Fire TV devices?

If you have, then you know the issues you have to deal with. This process takes a long time because you get several dialogue prompts during the process. So you always have to be at your remote when you install apps.

But you don’t have to stress anymore. AppTuner remotely installs apps on your Firestick and make things easier for you! It allows you to drink a coffee while it installs as many apps as you like, in the background.

How to fully load Amazon Fire Stick? All you need is a Windows PC and your Amazon Fire Stick fully loaded!

Attention: Read before you continue

Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users online activities. If found streaming or browsing content on your Fire TV Stick, mobile or PC, you could get into serious trouble.

Currently, the following information is visible:

  • Your IP:
  • Your Country:
  • Your City:
  • Your ISP:

If this is your real information, you need to use a VPN to protect your identity.

We strongly recommend you to get a good VPN and hide your identity so that your online experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
We use IPVanish which is the fastest and most secure VPN in the industry. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon Fire TV Stick. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like their service, you can always ask for a refund. IPVanish also runs a limited time offer where you can save 74% on your VPN and they allow you to use one account on unlimited devices.

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Michael Crider is a veteran technology journalist with a decade of experience. He spent five years writing for Android Police and his work has appeared on Digital Trends and Lifehacker. He’s covered industry events like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress in person. Read more.

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV stick technically runs Android…but you wouldn’t know it from looking. Amazon has a wall of content for its set-top box, and doesn’t want Google (with its own competing platform) to crash the party. But even though the Fire TV only has official access to Amazon’s Appstore, you can install other apps too.

Most Android apps are made for phones, and lack the necessary API calls and design to work with a TV remote interface. There are a few exceptions, most of which are already available for either Android TV or Fire TV. Simple games, like 2048, tend to be playable on the TV as well. Don’t be surprised if you see visual bugs or crashes from apps that don’t officially support the Fire TV platform, though.

First: Enable Third-Party Apps in Settings

In order to install apps from outside Amazon’s Appstore—a process known as “sideloading”—you’ll need to enable a setting first. Go to the Fire TV home page, then navigate all the way to the Settings tab on the far right. Highlight “Device,” then “Developer Options.”

Update, 6/24/22: A Fire TV update from Amazon caused the Developer Options menu to be hidden by default. However, you can reveal developer options again by opening the “About” menu and selecting the device name seven times.

Highlight “Apps from Unknown Sources,” then press the center button. Select “Turn on” on the warning screen. That’s it—you’re ready to install apps from outside the Amazon Appstore.

Now you’ll just have to find the apps you want, in the form of APK installers. You have a few options for doing so: you can load them from your Android phone, browse the web from your Fire TV, or load them from a cloud storage service like Dropbox.

Option One: Load Apps From Your Android Phone

The fastest and simplest way to get an app over to your Fire TV, without having to use third-party apps or any tedious TV remote typing, is to use an Android phone (if you have one). The Apps2Fire app on the Play Store allows you to transfer any app that’s already installed on your phone over to the set-top box. So download the app, then make sure that your phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Fire TV device. You’ll also need to make sure that “ADB Debugging” is enabled in the Settings > Device > Developer Options screen on the Fire TV.

Open the app on your phone, then tap the three-dot button in the upper-right corner and select “Setup.” In this screen, tap “Network.” Wait for the scan to complete, and you’ll see all the devices connected to your local network, identified by their IP address and device name.

In my case, the device labelled “amazon-c630d5b29” is obviously my Fire TV. If you can’t tell which one is the right device, use the Fire TV remote to navigate to Settings > Device > About > Network. The IP address is in the display on the right. Tap the correct device, then select “local apps” from the tabs at the top of the screen.

From this list, you can tap any of the apps on your phone, then “Install,” and it will be sent over the network to your Fire TV. You don’t even need to do anything on the TV, it will install itself in the background and appear on your home screen automatically.

Option Two: Download Apps From the Web on Your Fire TV

If you don’t have an Android phone, you can download apps manually to your Fire TV from thwe b. Go back through the Settings menu until you get to the Fire TV home page. Then, using either the Search tool on the far left or the Alexa voice search button on your remote, search for “Downloader.” Highlight the result below to get to the app page on the Amazon Appstore.

This little app exists for one reason: to download other apps. It’s a barebones browser that will let you navigate to any site on the web and download APK files, then automatically open the installer window. Navigation is either direct to a download address from the home page, or with the browser on the side menu. You can use the remote to move the cursor and the on-screen keyboard to type web URLs or search terms.

You can find Android APKs anywhere, but be wary of sites you don’t know, We recommend using APK Mirror. It’s a highly trustworthy source that only accepts verified apps that have been scanned for modifications, and only hosts freely-available stuff, so there’s no piracy involved. (Full Disclosure: I used to work for the owner of APK Mirror.)

Once you’ve selected a file, the Downloader app will automatically begin the installation process. Highlight and select “Install” to start, then “Done” to finish. Your app will appear on the home page and under “Apps.”

Option Three: Download on Your Computer, and Load from Cloud Storage

However, what if you’ve already got the APK files you want to install? (Or what if you’d rather browse from your computer than your Fire TV?) In that case, you can download the APK files on your PC, then throw them on your favorite cloud storage client, like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Then switch back to your Fire TV unit and use the Search menu or the Alexa voice button to search for “ES File Explorer.”

Highlight ES File Explorer in the results window, click it, and then download the app. When it’s open, use the directional buttons to navigate to the left-most column, then click on “Network.” Highlight “Cloud” and click it.

From here you can select your preferred cloud storage service, log in, and connect to your files.

Highlight the APK files in the folder you created above, click them, and follow the on-screen prompts to download and install them. Easy.

There are other ways to load your APKs onto a Fire TV device, but they’re a bit more involved. You can use Android’s Debug Bridge (ADB) either via a direct USB connection or Wi-Fi, or you can load up APKs on a flash drive and use a file explorer to open them directly (if you have one of the older versions of the hardware with a standard USB port). ES File Explorer even has local server and FTP connections available. But these three options should be enough to get you started, so you can get whatever apps you want right on your TV.