Amazon Fire TV for Dummies Cheat Sheet - Dummies (2023)

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Fire TV makes your life easier by bringing a range of streaming services under one roof. However, this simplicity hides a complicated system that takes a while to master. To help you smooth that initial learning curve, this cheat sheet provides a handy reference to a few important onesThings my Fire TV. Here's a quick guide to essential Fire TV settings, a list of 50 - yes,50- The most useful Alexa voice requests related to Fire TV and a comprehensive glossary of words and phrases related to Fire TV and streaming stuff.

10 essential Amazon Fire TV settings

Amazon Fire TV works perfectly right out of the box, but is configured for the average user. If you didn't answer the description "average," consider going through the following list of settings to customize Fire TV to your liking:

  • Parental control:Create a five-digit PIN that prevents kids from launching Fire TV apps or making purchases on Fire TV. You can also restrict Amazon Video content based on ratings. Select Settings→Settings→Parental Controls.
  • Sleep-Timer:If you fall asleep watching TV at night, you can make sure your Fire TV device falls asleep too by setting the sleep timer. Select Settings→Sleep Timer.
  • Channel management:If you have a Fire TV Edition Smart TV or a Fire TV Recast, you have access to live TV. Use channel management to work with these channels (e.g. adding a channel to the favorites list or hiding a channel). Select Settings→Live TV→Channel Management.
  • Uninstall:Remove any Fire TV apps that you no longer use. Go to Settings→Applications→Channel Management, select the app and then select Uninstall.
  • Image settings:Make your TV look its best by adjusting mode, contrast, brightness and other settings. Select Settings→Display & sounds→Picture settings.
  • Sound settings:Get your Fire TV's sound output just right by optimizing bass, treble, balance and more. Select Settings→Display & sounds→Sound settings.
  • Navigation sounds:By default, Fire TV displays a small "click" each time you press up, down, left, or right on the remote's navigation ring. If you find this annoying, you can disable it. Select Settings→Display & sounds→Navigation sounds.
  • Selected content:These settings allow you to control whether the Recommended Content rotator that appears on the Movies and TV Shows tabs automatically plays video and audio when you navigate to the rotator. Select Settings→Settings→Recommended content.
  • Do not interrupt:Enable this setting to turn off all notifications from all apps. Select Settings→Preferences→Notification Settings→Do Not Interrupt.
  • Start anew:It's not really an attitude. Instead, select Restart to shut down and then restart your Fire TV device, which is a useful troubleshooting step. Select Settings→Device & software→Restart.

The 50 Most Useful Alexa Voice Requests for Amazon Fire TV

Fire TV comes with Alexa to make voice requests. Access Alexa using the voice button on the Alexa Voice Remote, the voice icon on the Fire TV mobile app, or by saying "Alexa" to the Fire TV Cube (or an Alexa-enabled device like the Amazon Echo). As a Fire TV user, how useful is Alexa to you? See for yourself by checking out the following 50 voice prompts tailored for Fire TV.

Bypass the Fire TV interface:

  • "Go home."
  • "Go to life."
  • "Go to Your Videos" (or "My Videos" or "Videos").
  • "Go to DVR" (only if Fire TV Recast is installed).
  • "Go to the cinema."
  • "Go to TV shows."
  • "Go to Apps."
  • "Go to Settings."

Search shows:

  • "Show me the movie [movie title].“
  • "Show me the TV show [series title].“
  • "Show me [actor] Movie."
  • "Show me [Genre] Movie."
  • "Show me [Genre] TV shows."

Play movie trailer:


  • "Play the trailer for [movie title].“
  • "Show the trailer for [movie title].“

Controlling movie or TV show playback:

  • "Pause."
  • "Resume" (or "Play").
  • "Rewind" (rewinds 10 seconds).
  • "RewindX
  • "Fast Forward" (10 seconds fast forward).
  • "Fast forwardX
  • "Next episode."
  • "Previous episode."

View the channel guide:

  • "Channel guide."
  • "Open channel guide."
  • "Show me the channel"

Change channel:

  • "Change [Channelornetwork].“
  • "Go to [Channelornetwork].“
  • "vote up [Channelornetwork].“
  • "Watch [Channelornetwork].“

Change the playback volume:

  • "Turn up the volume."
  • "Turn up the volume."
  • "Turn up the volume."
  • "Volume up."
  • "Volume down."
  • "Turn down the volume."
  • "Turn the volume down."
  • "Softer."
  • "Turn the volume upX" (substituteXwith the desired volume setting).
  • "VolumeX" (substituteXwith the desired volume setting).
  • "Mute."
  • "Unmute."

Get information about TV shows and movies:

  • “What is the IMDb rating for [Title of a TV show or movie]?”
  • "Tell me about the movie [movie title].“
  • "When was a movie [movie title] released?"
  • "Who plays in [Title of a TV show or movie]?”
  • "What is [actor]s latest movie?”
  • "Which movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in [Year]?”
  • "Who won the Oscar for Best Actress in [Year]?”
  • “How many Oscars has [actor] won?"

Some Amazon Fire TV terms you should know

Okay, you're slowly but surely becoming a Fire TV fan, maybe even a connoisseur. However, in this day and age, just being good at something is not enough. No, you have to toosounds likeYou're good at that something. The best way to do this is to sprinkle your cocktail party conversations and social media posts with a few choice words and phrases that will tell everyone you know what you're talking about. For Fire TV, here are a few to consider:

  • 1080p:A screen resolution that uses 1,080 scan lines with progressive scanning.
  • 4K:SeeUltra-HD.
  • 720p:A screen resolution that uses 720 scan lines with progressive scanning.
  • A la carte:A streaming media service where you only pay for the channels you want to watch.
  • Audio-Streaming:Mostly recorded music from services like Amazon Music and Spotify, and podcasts from services like myTuner Radio and Plex.
  • Puffer:A memory area used to store the next few seconds or minutes of playback.
  • Cable replacement service:A streaming service that offers TV show and movie packages similar to cable services.
  • Subtitling:Seesubtitle.
  • Contents:Another term formedia.
  • Wire cutter:A person who ends their relationship with their cable company and finds alternatives to cable elsewhere.
  • discoverable:A Bluetooth device broadcasting its availability to pair with another device.
  • Fernfeldmikrofon:A microphone optimized to distinguish a voice from the surrounding noise, even when that voice is far away.
  • HD:SeeHDTV.
  • HDTV:A screen resolution that supports both 1080p and 720p.
  • horizontal resolution:The number of pixels in a single scan line from left to right across a television screen.
  • input source:The incoming connection that the TV uses to display a signal on its screen.
  • Interlaced scanning:A TV technology that renders the odd and even scan lines of the screen separately.
  • IR-Blaster:SeeIR-Sender.
  • IR-Sender:An electronic component that sends commands to a device using infrared signals.
  • Live-Streaming:Current audio or video, e.g. B. On-the-air TV programs provided by your cable provider or Fire TV Recast, live concerts or sporting events, Internet-based audio or video calls, or video feeds from a specific location or scene.
  • Media:Anything you can "play" on Fire TV, including movies, TV shows, games, music, slideshows, and home videos.
  • Reflection:Sending a mobile device's video stream to a Fire TV device.
  • above the air:A live TV broadcast signal that can be received via an HDTV antenna.
  • exaggerated:A TV service provided over a broadband internet connection.
  • OTA:Seeabove the air.
  • OTT:Seeexaggerated.
  • Pair:To connect two Bluetooth devices.
  • Pixel:A picture element; a point of light that uses a combination of red, green, and blue.
  • progressive scan:A television technology in which all scanning lines of the screen are displayed simultaneously.
  • Resolution:The sharpness of a television screen, measured in pixels.
  • Rotator:A Fire TV UI element that automatically rotates through content when you navigate to the Featured section of the Movies or TV Shows tab.
  • Scanlines:The number of pixels in a vertical column from top to bottom on a television screen.
  • Second Screen Experience:View media on a main screen (e.g. your TV) and use a second screen (e.g. tablet or smartphone) to control playback and display additional information about the media, e.g. B. Cast and music.
  • Voter:The Fire TV interface feature that tells you which screen element is currently selected.
  • thin bundle:A streaming media service package that includes only a small number of channels.
  • smart home:A home that contains one or more devices that improve home life by increasing convenience, providing information, and enabling automation.
  • stream:A method of sending media over the Internet from a server to a computer, where media playback begins within a few seconds and continues until the media is complete.
  • streaming media device: A device that allows you to access and view streaming media.
  • Streaming Media Playback:The ability to play, pause, rewind, and fast forward an incoming media stream, usually by pressing buttons on a remote control that comes with the streaming media device.
  • Streaming service interface:A method of discovering and interacting with services that offer audio, video, or live streaming.
  • Subtitle:Text transcriptions of the voice track in a TV show, film, or video.
  • UHD:SeeUltra-HD.
  • Ultra-HD:A screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
  • vertical resolution:Seescan lines.
  • Video Streaming:Most recorded TV shows and movies via services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
  • wake word:The word you speak to put Alexa in listening mode on a Fire TV Cube or similar Alexa-enabled device.
  • X-ray:A feature that displays background information about the media currently playing, e.g. B. Cast, music and scenes.

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Does Amazon Fire TV have a TV guide? ›

To navigate to the Channel Guide on Fire TV, go to your Home screen, scroll down to the "On Now" row, press the menu button on your remote, and then click Channel Guide. You can also click the mic button on your remote and say, "Channel Guide."

What do the buttons on my Fire TV remote do? ›

The big round button on your Fire Stick remote is the directional keypad. Press the right side of the circle to scroll right or press the left side to scroll left. Similarly, the top and bottom parts let you scroll up and down respectively. These buttons work like the arrow keys on your keyboard.

What channels are free with the Firestick? ›

Firestick supports plenty of channels that let you stream movies and TV shows for free. Free Firestick channels include Tubi, Plex, Xumo and Pluto TV. PBSKids and GoNoodle are two of the best kids' Firestick channels.

Is everything on Fire TV free? ›

There is no monthly fee associated with Amazon Fire TV Stick and other Fire TV variants. All you have to do is buy the device and you can start streaming. What channels are free with the Firestick? Amazon Firestick allows you to watch hundreds of channels, which includes free as well as paid options.

How do I add channels to Fire TV? ›

Navigate to Live TV > Channel Guide, open the Options menu (3 lines) > Filter Channels > your input name. The inserted channel should appear on the screen as a row. Navigate to Settings > Live TV > Manage Channels.

How do I change the channel on my Fire TV remote? ›

To change channels you use the Fire Stick remote and click on the 3 bars button, then select your options. Once setup you can view live channels, Netflix,and other available app. On your live channels (from antenna) you have the capability to pause and fast forward them as well.

How do I navigate my Amazon Fire TV without a remote? ›

You can control your Fire TV Stick by downloading Amazon's Fire TV app on your phone from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS). The Fire TV app offers all the controls provided on a Fire TV Stick remote, including voice control.

Which is the menu button on Fire TV? ›

The Home screen includes the Main Menu, which allows you to access your account and device settings, along with movie, TV show, game, and app content libraries. Press the Home button on the remote to return to the Home screen and Main Menu options.

What is the button with the three lines on the Fire Stick remote? ›

g) The "Three horizontal lines" button will display the "OPTIONS" available when watching a show, will move you between low and high numbers when setting a password and will show the entire show description when on the home screen.

How much is FireStick per month? ›

There is no monthly cost to use an Amazon Fire Stick. So once you've paid the initial purchase fee, there's no additional cost just to use your fancy new streaming stick. However, several of the apps and channels available on the Fire Stick will require subscriptions in order to access them.

Can you watch normal TV on Amazon FireStick? ›

And, with almost 200 Amazon Fire Stick channels just a button (or voice command) away, it is no surprise that the streaming stick reached over 34 million users last year - but, can you watch normal TV on an Amazon Fire Stick? The simple answer is yes.

Is Roku or FireStick better? ›

Both devices give you access to the most popular channels like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Hulu, etc. But Roku offers over 3,000 free channels. The Fire Stick offers closer to 200 free channels.

What's the difference between FireStick and FireStick? ›

What Are the Differences Between Firesticks? Aside from price, the biggest differences between the various models of Fire TV Stick are the video and audio formats they support.

Is CBS free on Fire TV? ›

Amazon Fire TV users can access this content by downloading the Paramount+ app for their device and log in using their CBS customer credentials. Paramount+s has 2 plans available, which start at $5.99/mo. or $59.99/yr. for the ads included Limited Commercials service and $9.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.

What is the advantage of a FireStick? ›

It lets you to watch your favorite TV shows and movies from top services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, and Amazon Prime in one place on a popular, easy-to-navigate platform.

Do you have to pay monthly for Fire TV? ›

A: No monthly charge for the fire stick.

Is Hulu free with Fire TV? ›

Even though the Hulu FireStick app is free to download, to watch your favorite content, you need to sign up for a paid subscription. Hulu currently offers the following 3 plans and a bundle: Hulu for $5.99 per month with ads (1st month free) Hulu (No Ads) for $11.99 per month with (1st month free)

Can you get ABC NBC and CBS on Firestick? ›

ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, and other networks all have apps that you can install on your Fire TV device.

How can I get free local channels? ›

Free local channels without a TV antenna

A number of local ABC, CBS, FOX, CW and NBC stations have their own apps available on Smart TVs and streaming devices. You can find these apps by doing a broad search for a station (e.g. NBC), or by searching for a station using its call sign.

How do I get my remote to change channels? ›

Remote control won't change TV channels
  1. Make sure there are no obstacles between the remote and your TV.
  2. Move closer to the TV and make sure the remote is pointed directly at the TV's front panel.
  3. Make sure the batteries are installed correctly.
  4. Try fresh batteries.
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Can I control my cable box with my Fire TV remote? ›

Control your other devices too

So, your Fire TV remote could control devices like your cable box, soundbar, and more, turning them on, controlling volume, and more.

Is there a monthly charge for a fire stick? ›

There is no monthly cost to use an Amazon Fire Stick. So once you've paid the initial purchase fee, there's no additional cost just to use your fancy new streaming stick. However, several of the apps and channels available on the Fire Stick will require subscriptions in order to access them.

Is there a monthly fee for fire stick? ›

A: No, there is no monthly fee to use the Fire TV Stick itself but keep in mind that being a Prime member greatly increases its value and services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, HBO (required for HBO GO), etc all have their own associated subscription costs. Helpful?

How does a Firestick work on any TV? ›

If there's an HDMI port on the TV, you can still connect and use the Fire Stick. If your TV doesn't have any HDMI ports or they're all being used by other devices you can purchase a component or composite converter and use it to connect the Fire TV Stick.

Can you watch normal TV on Amazon Fire Stick? ›

And, with almost 200 Amazon Fire Stick channels just a button (or voice command) away, it is no surprise that the streaming stick reached over 34 million users last year - but, can you watch normal TV on an Amazon Fire Stick? The simple answer is yes.

Which is better Fire Stick or Roku? ›

Both devices give you access to the most popular channels like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Hulu, etc. But Roku offers over 3,000 free channels. The Fire Stick offers closer to 200 free channels.

Can I get local channels on Fire Stick? ›

Fire Stick offers free Live TV apps with a wide collection of live and local channels. For more Live TV options, you'll need a subscription to a network that offers what you need. Be sure to select a service that features all the channels you need.

How long does a Fire Stick last? ›

Most reviews i read said it would last 3-5 years.

What is the difference between Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Fire Stick? ›

Since the Fire TV Stick is an Amazon device, it comes with access to Prime Video. If you aren't a Prime member, you can still buy and rent movies and TV shows through Prime Video on the Fire TV Stick, but you won't have access to the free shows and movies.

Is there a difference between Fire Stick and Fire TV Stick? ›

For starters, there aren't a huge number of differences between the two devices. Both come with almost identical features and offer the same access to the streaming world as well as the chance to make use of innovative voice control technology.

How can I watch local channels for free? ›

Most people don't need a streaming service to watch local broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW and PBS and dozens of sub-channels. You can watch the most popular TV shows on local broadcast channels for free using a TV antenna.

How do I get local channels on my smart TV? ›

If you've been wondering how to get local channels on a smart TV, you'll either need to purchase a high-definition digital TV antenna or download a free app or two from your TV's app store. Using an antenna only has a one-time cost and doesn't even require an internet connection.


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