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Best Four Amazon Fire TV Hacks

Written by  Oct 06, 2017
If you’ve been using Amazon Fire TV stick for a while, you’d already know that it’s one of the best ways to convert any basic TV viewing into a much smarter device!
We recommended that you subscribe to the best VPN for Firestick when you use this service, as it can protect you from all kinds of online threats. They give you various Amazon Fire TV hacks you can use to get the most from the service. Here are four tips from their collection:

Enjoy your gaming experience through a gamepad

Many games available on Amazon Fire TV may not work through the remote that comes with the device, or at least not very well. The remote is way too basic for the console type of games you have available on the platform. You should invest in a Fire TV gamepad which can make these games a lot more freedom and functionality. Some of the titles that work far better with the gamepad include: Asphalt 8, RipTide GP2, GTA: San Andreas, The Bard’s Tale, Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Pre-order the new Amazon Fire TV for £69.99 at Amazon

Also see: Amazon Echo Dot UK Review: Low cost Alexa

Choose iPlayer and Netflix shows that work with voice control

When it first came out, Amazon Fire TV with mic used to allow look up of only the Amazon apps and movies through the voice control feature. This was limited and the lack of choice did not go down well. However, things have changed, nowadays using this device you can easily look up videos on iPlayer and Netflix. You should make the most of this feature and make your TV watching smoother.

Add voice support to even non-mic TVs

As also mentioned earlier Amazon’s Fire TV games work best when you use their gamepad. This gamepad is a lot like the ones you get with PS4 or Xbox One these days. But, this one has an additional feature. Apart from mirroring all the controls present on a regular Fire TV remote, such as the playback buttons etc., it has a mic which allows you to directly speak to the media box. So, once you get the fire TV gamepad, the remote will be more or less surplus to requirement.

Also see: Best Lightning Headphones 2017 for iPhones UK 

You can sideload apps to give you more choice

The app library of Amazon Fire TV may seem pretty limited, more so if you just have the TV stick, instead of the more extensive Fire TV. However, you are allowed to sideload apps, implying that you can install them manually. And, it’s pretty easy to do that! All you need to do is access Settings > System > Developer Options and then enable the feature ‘Allow debugging and apps from unknown sources.’ Once you’ve done that, you’d be able to download the Apps2Fire on your smart phone. It will enable you to install the apk files (Android app files) directly on the Fire TV, through your phone. It's very useful and I am sure the choices will increase in the future.

Pre-order the new Amazon Fire TV for £69.99 at Amazon

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