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Do you have the Fire TV update? How cord cutters can make the most of it

As promised in February, Amazon has started rolling out a major update to more Fire TV devices.

The update significantly changes the look of the Fire TV home screen, and while it launched back in December for Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, it now arrives on the Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and hanging Fire TV. (Support for the second-gen Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Edition smart TVs is coming later this year, but it sounds like Amazon is leaving the original Fire TV Stick and Fire TV boxes behind.)

While the new Fire TV experience is generally an improvement, it can take some getting used to, and it has some new features that you might not notice right away. Once you̵

7;re up and running with the new Fire TV experience, these tips should help:

Get the update

If your Fire TV device is eligible for the upgrade and you don’t see any major changes yet, go to Settings> My Fire TV> About and select ‘Check for updates’ or ‘Install update’. This can trigger the update on your device, but it’s also possible that Amazon hasn’t rolled it out to your device yet. In that case, you just have to be patient as there is no way to force the update on devices that didn’t receive it.

Rearrange your apps

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To change the order of apps on your Fire TV’s home screen, click the apps button on the home screen, which looks like a set of three squares and a + sign. From there, select the app you want to move, press the menu button on the remote and select ‘Move’ or ‘Move forward’.

Choose your best apps wisely

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When rearranging apps, keep in mind that the six apps you place at the top will be given a special status. They will appear at the top of your home screen and some will even suggest things to look at as you scroll over them. This is a great way to get quick recommendations from some of your favorite video sources. (Not all apps support these “app peek” recommendations, but I’ve found Netflix, Prime Video, Disney +, Apple TV + and Paramount +, HBO Max all work fine.)

View previously installed apps

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Here’s a long-awaited improvement in the new Fire TV interface: Amazon no longer lumps current and previously installed apps into a single, bulky menu. Instead, only your installed apps will be displayed when you load the full list of apps.

However, that doesn’t mean your list of main apps is gone. Simply click on “App Library” at the bottom of the all apps menu for a list of everything you have previously installed.

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