It's been hard to get your hands on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick but they are finally back in stores. With 4K output and a huge library of shows to watching, including many Amazon Originals, you can get a lot of mileage out of the streaming service, and it's perfect for those who like to binge watch content.
The Fire Stick can be modified too so if you want to enjoy the more custom features, then there's plenty of options there too, check out this Firestick jailbreak guide to do so. Here is our pick of the best tips to help you make the most out of Amazon's Fire Stick

Stream Content from a Phone or Tablet


The Apple TV and Chromecast may lead the market but you can send content from Fire TV devices to a HDTV using Miracast. Share your media onto multiple screens, or connect your device to the network that your other devices are on, and enjoy content where you want it. Just go to Settings and then tun on the Display Mirroring feature under Display and Sounds. You can then connect the compatible device by holding down the Home button and selecting 'Mirroring'.

Share from Your Computer Too

You can also broadcast content using the Plex app. Download the Plex media server, add the media that you want to share, and then download the app via your Fire TV. Sign up for the app, and then access the files by navigating to the portal. It couldn't be easier.

Expand Storage Via a Flash Drive

Fire TVs have 8GB of internal memory, which is sufficient to use apps and to store a few videos or some music, but you may want to add more content to them at some point. The good news is that this is easy to do, just plug a flash drive into the back of the set-top box and then move content from the device to the USB stick by going to Settings & Applications, and choosing "Manage Installed Applications".

Use Your Phone as a Remote

If you really want to feel like you're living in the future, why not use your phone as a voice remote? Amazon supplies a voice remote with the Fire TV devices, but it is easy to lose or damage the stock one, and who wants to pay $30 for a replacement if there's an easier way? The good news is that the Fire TV App lets you use an Android or iPhone device as a Voice Remote. Just connect it to the same WiFi network as the one your TV is on, and then pair it using the four digit code from the TV screen. You can use your phone to access the voice features you have become accustomed to, or use the phone's keyboard as a search tool.

Use Kodi on Xbox One with Fire TV

Kodi offers a lot of Netflix like features and free content, and it's a nice way to expand your library. The FireStick and FireTV can pair with the open source player and let you enjoy your content on the same TV. Just plug the Fire TV or Stick into your Xbox One's HDMI input, and use OneGuide to access the content. It's incredibly easy to use and will really broaden your streaming horizons.

Use Yatse With Kodi

While you can use the Fire TV remote with Kodi, it's not great. You'll find that the app is much more intuitive to navigate if you use Yatse instead. This unofficial app lets you access all of Kodi's features via the Android phone, and it's pretty easy to set up too. Once you start using it you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

Build a Film Library With Trakt

If you have a Fire Stick that has Kodi pre-programmed on it, then you can use Trakt to build up a personal collection of movies and TV shows so that you can access them instantly. Trakt lets yoou keep track of upcoming episodes so that you don't miss a thing. It's perfect for people who are trying to follow several different seasons of content and who are worried that they might forget what's on when, or who can't be bothered to search for shows every week.

You will need an account on Trakt.tv to follow content. Then you can add the service via Exodus & Tooks & Settings: Accounts. You need to authorize the account by visiting the URL that the app provides you, and entering your PIN code. Once you have done this, anything you save on Trakt will show up on Exodus.


Use Ethernet instead of WiFi

If you are using a wireless network then you are most likely going to end up with buffering from time to time when streaming high-quality content. Using an Ethernet connection will undo a lot of the buffering problems. Just connect the cable select the Wired option from the Network section of the Settings, and then hit the home button and you're back to surfing and streaming at a better speed.

Download the Real-Debrid Addon

If you use Kodi, then you could get a lot of benefit out of using Real-Debrid. The majority of the file hosts that you can find on Kodi are ones that have restricted bandwidth, which means that buffering is common. Since thousands of people are probably watching the stream at the same time as you, there can be buffering problems caused by that too. Real-debrid is a paid service that lets you access more popular file hosts so that you can stream higher quality content that way. Just create an account, choose a paid package, and then set it up in Kodi. There are plans that start at just $5 a month, with discounts for longer subscriptions.

Delete Your Voice Recordings

Fire TV will save voice searches. If you don't want to run the risk of people finding out what you are searching for, then you can log in to your Amazon account and delete the searches. They are under Manage Your Content and Devices. Just select the device, click Manage Voice Records, and select Delete.

Listen Privately with Wireless Headphones

You can use wired headphones with Roku, and you can use wireless headphones with Amazon's set-top boxes. Just select Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices, and pair your headphones under 'Other Bluetooth Devices'.

View Your Photos from the Cloud

If you are an Amazon Prime member then you will have access to a Cloud Drive, and you can store up to 5GB of media on your account, as well as back up an unlimited number of photos. Fire TV devices will sync to your Amazon account and you can access your photos via them and view slide shows or browse through the photos one at a time on your TV, hopefully having a much better view of them than you would on a smaller phone screen. You can have multiple devices connected, and back up photos from your Kindle, phone or other devices with ease.

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