How to view the developer options on your Amazon Fire TV

Your Amazon Fire TV device contains a hidden developer options menu. If you want to access some of the more advanced features of FireTV OS, you need to know how to make this menu appear. We’ll show you how.


What are developer options?

As with Android, on which FireTV OS is based, Developer Options are tools designed to be used by power users or app developers. Unlike Android, there are only a few settings in the FireTV OS Developer Options menu: ADB Debugging, Apps from Unknown Sources, and Deep Sleep mode.

ADB Debugging allows you to install applications remotely over your Wi-Fi network. Directly from your phone, for example. If you ever need to link an app to your Fire TV using its IP address, you’ll need to enable ADB Debugging.

The Apps from unknown sources option allows you to install apps from places other than the Amazon App Store. This process is known as sideloading and should be done with care. Apps from outside the app store may not have the same security checks.

Deep sleep mode puts the device into a kind of sleep mode, preventing network activity. This means that the Fire TV device cannot be started remotely by connected devices such as your Echo speaker.

Checking the Developer Options: Old Method

If you haven’t updated the FireTV operating system for whatever reason, the developer options may not be hidden. They can be accessed directly from the device settings.

  1. On your Fire TV device, navigate to Settings > Device.
  2. Scroll down through the device settings to find Developer options.
  3. Here you can enable ADB or apps from unknown sources.

In June 2022, an update to FireTV OS moved developer options. If you have updated your device and the above method no longer works, then you need to use the new method to access it.

Checking the Developer Options: New Method

If you’ve ever used the developer options on an Android phone, this process should be familiar to you.

  1. On your Fire TV device, select the gear icon to open Settings.
  2. Navigate to the My Fire TV section, then select About.
  3. At the top of the menu is the name of the Fire TV device, e.g. Fire TV Stick 4K.
  4. Stay with the name highlighted on the clicks Action button on your remote until you see “You are now a developer” to appear.
  5. Return to the previous menu to select the . to see Developer Options . Menu.

After an update to the FireTV operating system, the developer options may disappear from the menu. They are still available, you just need to repeat the steps above to reveal them again.

How can the developer options be used?

The developer options are hidden for a reason. Installing apps from unknown sources can sometimes be problematic. But as long as you’re careful, using these options can really expand the things you can do with Fire TV.

You can install apps from alternative sources, connect your phone to your Fire TV with ADB, connect a mouse, and even take screenshots of the Fire TV screen.

There is a more complete menu of developer tools available on your Fire TV device, but it is really geared purely towards app developers. Opening and changing the options it contains is not recommended unless you really know what you are doing.

Keep the . pressed to view this menu Action button on your remote for a second before pressing the . press Direction ring. After 3-4 seconds, release both buttons and press the Menu button.

View the developer options on Fire TV

Revealing the developer option for your Fire TV device gives you access to some powerful tools. Make sure to be careful with all the different options.

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