Amazon Firestick has become the most used streaming device due to its amazing performance. But the majority of the users are not using the fire stick to its fullest potential. In spite of all these, the sales of the firestick are skyrocketing. And the firestick community grows on a daily basis. A lot of new problems and solutions are framed by users.
To use the firestick to the fullest potential, here we are sharing some of the best firestick tricks and hacks. I am sure you won’t believe if these things can be done with your firestick.
5 Best firestick tricks and hacks you should know
All the tricks listed in this article are obtained from the firestick forum. We have personally tested them and it works great. We had tested more than 15 tricks and hacks. But here we would like to share the five best Firestick tricks and hacks which you can try out.
1. Access Network Storage
One of the main drawbacks of the firestick is the storage capacity. Firestick allows you to watch 4K but it doesn’t allow you to store the 4K contents. Most of us might have our favorite content on a PC or an external Hard disk. By default, firestick doesn’t allow you to access these contents.
So we will be using a third-party application like Plex to access these locations by forming an Adhoc network among the devices. Obviously, all the devices should be connected to the same devices.
First, install the Plex application on your firestick device. You can directly install the application by a simple google search. After that, you need to set up the Plex server on your PC or Laptop. The set up is simple. Just download the software and follow the on-screen instructions to set up the server.
After that, connect both the device to the same network. Now open the app on your firestick, and under the network tab, you can find all the available content on your PC or Laptop. Just open it to start streaming them on your Firestick.
2. Easy fire tools
Want to install your android apps on firestick? It’s easy peasy! Just install the Easy-Fire Tools app on your Android device. You can install it directly from the play store or app store. Open the app and scan for the available Firestick or Fire TV. Make sure both mobile and firesticks are connected to the same WiFi network. After that, select the device which you want to connect.
You need to verify the connection on your Firestick or Fire TV. Once both the devices are connected, you can install or sideload any apps from your Android device. It also has a File Manager to access all your firestick files.
And from the media center section of this application, you can directly install the Kodi and stream any media content for free. It makes the sideload process easier. No URLs have to remember. If you are a new user, you should definitely install it.
3. Bluetooth Headset
You might be wondering, why this should come in firestick tips and tricks. If you are using firestick for a while, you might find it hard to connect a Bluetooth device. And in the recent update after the release of Firestick 4K, this bug had been fixed. Now it’s very easy to connect your Bluetooth headset to your firestick.
Go to controller and Bluetooth device and navigate to other Bluetooth devices> Add Bluetooth device> select your device. Before that make sure to put your Bluetooth device in the pairing mode. Once your device is connected, you can enjoy all the content without sacrificing your privacy.
4. Screen Mirroring
Screen Mirroring is one of the major features we expect in any streaming device. When you compare the screen mirroring of Firestick with the previous version, it’s improved. But when compared to other devices, it’s pretty dull. This can be rectified with the help of the third-party application called “AirScreen“.
You can directly sideload this application using Easy Fire Tools. And the bonus feature is, it works with Apple devices. Now you can cast any devices to your firestick.
There are some lags while playing games. But casting videos and picture works perfectly great. If you are using a Windows PC and plan to play games via casting, you can try out Miracast.
5. USB OTG
Firestick doesn’t allow you to connect any other device. But with this little trick, you can connect Pendrive, external HDD (up to 1TB), Keyboard, Mouse or any other USB based devices. You might be wondering, Firestick only has a MicroUSB port, then how to connect all these devices into firestick.
You can’t use a normal OTG cable since you can’t power the device. So you need a special cable called “Firestick USB OTG cable” This cable has three ports likely, USB female, Micro USB male, and Micro USB female. Connect the power adapter to MicroUSB Female Port.
Connect the Micro USB male to your firestick and connect any USB device to a Female USB port. You can even connect the USB to extend the connection to multiple devices. This trick comes handy most of the time. And you can access all the contents, via File manager.
Well, these are the five best firestick tricks and hacks you should know. Hope these tricks will make your firestick experience better. If you are facing any other issue, do comment below. We would be glad to solve your issue.