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11 Hidden Firestick Settings You Should Change Today

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Amazon Fire TV is a device that can be connected to your TV or monitor using an HDMI connection port and acts as an operating system for your display device. Similarly, A Firestick is just like a USB device that can be plugged into your display device’s HDMI port.  

Both of these devices can easily grant you unlimited, unrestricted, and uninterrupted access to your favorite shows, movies, games, and many other things. Since they are portable, you can also carry them with you anywhere. 

While you can always enjoy the digital content from your region, with the help of a virtual private network. You can also stream, play, and use various geographically restricted content. 

While these streaming devices are costly, we understand that not everyone can afford a VPN subscription on top of the streaming device and service subscription. We know what you are thinking at this point. 

Are there any free VPNs for Firestick? If this is exactly what you are thinking then don’t worry, there are several free VPNs available for Firestick.

Now, if you have used a FireStick or Fire TV, then you must have an idea of some settings. That are necessary to prevent Amazon from collecting sensitive data/information about you. Those settings can also greatly impact the overall performance of your device. 

But if you don’t know then don’t worry. Today we will tell you all about them so that you can get the best out of your FireStick/Fire TV when it comes to buffering during streaming, online privacy, and many other things. 

But before we continue with those settings, make sure that your FireStick/Fire TV is up to date with the latest operating system and user interface. 

Apps from unknown sources

Since Fire Stick/Fire TV uses the Android operating system. You can also download the applications that are not available on the Amazon App Store. This practice is commonly known as “jailbreaking.”

But before you can do that, you have to enable the “install apps from unknown sources” option from the developer’s settings.

Once you have enabled this option, you can sideload the most popular applications on your FireStick/ Fire TV directly by using their APK download links.  

Privacy settings

You can alter the privacy settings of your FireStick/Fire TV device from the device preferences option. 

Using these settings, you can disable interest-based ads, device usage data, data monitoring, video autoplay, and more.

Background apps

You can install a “Task Killer” tool on your FireStick/Fire TV. This tool is capable of closing unwanted background applications at once. 

By closing all the unwanted applications at a single go. You will be clearing up space and boosting your device performance as well. 

If you cannot find this application on the Amazon App store. You can always sideload it using its APK download link. 

User interface with custom launchers

Do you not like the design of the default FireStick/Fire TV user interface? No problem. You can now change your user interface by using customer launchers. 

You can directly download them from the App Store or install them via the APK download link. 

Screen mirroring

You can now mirror everything from your phone to your Fire TV. Talk about movies, TV shows, games, photos, videos, or even VOIP calls, all of which transferred to your big screen. 

All you have to do is download a specific application from Amazon App Store, and you will be able to cast directly from your phone or tablet onto your Fire TV. 

Screen Mirroring one of the more popular “hidden” Firestick settings on this list.

Firestick storage

Fire Stick users have always complained about the device’s limited internal storage. Well, they don’t have to worry about it anymore. 

OTG cable and any USB flash drive can easily expand the storage capacity. They can now install more applications directly on the flash drive. 

Developer tools menu

This application is available for download on Amazon App Store and allows the user to conduct an X-ray scan of the device. 

Meaning, you can obtain essential information about your FireStick/Fire TV, such as the device’s memory, CPU, resolution, and more.

Fire TV application for remote

You can also install an application on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and tablet that will turn that device into the remote of your Fire TV

Using this application, you can also type in your Fire TV, and it is much faster and easier than the default remote for the Fire TV. 

Navigation sounds

Are you also annoyed by the navigation sounds your FireStick/Fire TV produces? Well, you are not alone, as many users complain about it. 

Fortunately, you can disable this sound from the Display and Sounds settings options

Sleep mode

You can put your device directly into sleep mode by pressing the Home button and selecting sleep. 

This is quite a handy feature since Fire TV/FireStick doesn’t give you an option to turn it off. 

Virtual private networks

By installing and using a VPN on your FireStick/Fire TV, you can avoid ISP throttling and other speed-related issues. 

Most VPN providers nowadays offer multiple encryption protocols such as OpenVPN (UDP), OpenVPN (TCP), and IKEv2. By switching between these protocols, you can acquire greater speeds for your purposes.