Install Custom Launcher on Amazon Fire TV (Easy Guide)

This process has only been tested on a 4K Fire TV Stick!

If you are looking for new ways to make the most out of your Amazon Firestick, you will be happy to know that there is a custom launcher on Amazon Fire TV which will change the look and feeling of your device. You should definitely check it out as soon as you can. The new launcher is none other than the Leanback Launcher (new version), but accompanied by “Fire TV Settings” and “Fire TV Helper” applications to make the installation easier. 

Well, you may think that this article is just about custom launchers for Fire TV like many others. But take it from me that the Fire TV Settings App and the brand new Fire TV Helper App are relatively unknown but among the most useful apps for Firestick.

Let’s take a look at what these apps and the launcher on Amazon Fire TV do all together!

What are Fire TV Settings and Fire TV Helper Apps?

With the Fire TV Settings and Fire TV Helper App the whole process of switching your Fire TV launcher will be easier than ever.

All you need to do is just to start the application. Select your favorite launcher or choose the Leanback Launcher option we describe in this article. Then click on save. Once you will have a clean looking brand-new custom launcher on Amazon Fire TV with a custom background.

The Fire TV Settings app helps you to create a new custom launcher with a new background without having to use any complicated commands or go to any remote ADB device. Just start the new application and it will do all the necessary tasks for you. This is a very useful app that every Firestick user should have by now.

How to Easily Customize Your Firestick with Custom Backgrounds and Launchers

You can fully customize your Firestick without doing any typing in a very simple and quick process. To make this process work, you need to make sure that you have ADB Debugging enabled on your Firestick device.

Keep in mind that, like I previously stated, you don’t need to do any manual typing or ADB. The application will actually do all the necessary tasks on your behalf.

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Download the Necessary Applications

After you have ensured that “Apps from unknown sources” is enabled, press the home key. Go to FileLinked, then download the Fire Tv Settings Helper App from the WST FileLinked store.

If you haven’t installed FileLinked on your Firestick, here is a short guide how to do it.

To use a custom launcher on Amazon Fire TV, you’ll also need to download the following three applications from WST store, using 11111111 (eight ones) as a code:

continue on WST store
  • Fire TV Settings
  • Fire TV Helper
  • Leanback Launcher 1.9
  • Wallpaper or Custom background if you want to change your Firestick background (optional)

Fire TV Settings App

The Fire TV Settings app helps you to choose a specific launcher that you want to use. It’s a small 1.8MB file. Once you have downloaded the application, click on install, and then click Done. You can then download the Fire TV Helper app, which will do all the work in the background.

Here are the steps to follow:

1. Search for the Fire TV Settings app.

2. Wait for the download to finish.

install FireTV Settings app via WST store

3. Click Install.

install FireTV Settings app

4. Click Done.

open FireTV Settings app

Fire TV Helper App

Here are the steps you should follow:

1. Search for the Fire TV Helper and wait for it to download.

install Fire TV Helper app via wst store

2. Simply click Install.

install Fire TV Helper app

3. Click on Done.

open Fire TV Helper app

When you open the Fire TV Helper app, it will connect automatically with the ADB. It will type the necessary commands on your behalf.

The app will take you to the Fire TV Settings application. It will ask you to select the launcher you want to use. It is a very useful application that saves you the time and effort of typing and making ADB commands when you want to select a new launcher for your Firestick device.

One important thing to note about the Fire TV Settings Helper app is that it is designed as a one-time use application. This means that once you have downloaded, installed, and used the app, you can uninstall it. If, for any reason, you need to use it again, you’ll have to uninstall it from your device then install a new copy.

Leanback Launcher

Keep in mind that you’ll need to download the latest version of Leanback Launcher. It happens to be the 1.9 version at the moment.

Leanback Launcher allows you to create custom backgrounds that look really nice in your custom launcher on Amazon Fire TV. The app allows you to download any wallpaper you like and create your own customized backgrounds.

Here’s how to install it:

1. Download the LeanBack Launcher 1.9

install Leanback Launcher 1.9 via WST store

2. Install it.

install Leanback Launcher 1.9

3. Open Leanback Launcher.

install Leanback Launcher 1.9

When you download any wallpaper that you want to use on Firestick, make sure that you have given the new wallpaper a special name and saved it in its own directory. When you put the wallpaper in a special directory under its unique name, you’ll easily be able to use it on Leanback Launcher.

After you have installed the three applications, press and hold the home key, go to applications, and locate the Fire TV Helper app at the bottom of the screen. As soon as you launch the app, it will make an ADB connection for you and automatically start the Fire TV Settings applications in a quick and easy process.

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How to Use the Fire TV Settings App and the Fire TV Helper App

First and foremost, check the Fire TV Settings app default status. Notice that Accessibility Services are  Stopped and Secure Permissions: Not Granted. If not done yet, to change these parameters, we will use just one click on Fire TV Helper app.

fire tv settings app

Note: It is important to mention here that the Fire TV Settings Helper app doesn’t work on 2nd Generation Fire TV Cube devices. 

The first thing you’ll see when you open the Fire TV Helper application is a key prompt asking you to Allow USB Debugging. Click on OK and leave the app to do its magic. Uninstall Fire TV Helper App because as previously stated it is a one-time use application and you will no longer need it.

Uninstalling apps that are no longer used helps to keep your Firestick device neat and better organized. Once you have uninstalled the app, click on the Home Page Key, and check your new custom launcher.

Let’s recheck the Fire TV Settings app status one again. The app will then launch the other applications and even show you Accessibility Services have Started and Secure Permissions Granted.

Fire tv settings started

You can then choose your preferred launcher from a list of options provided. In our case, we’ll choose the Leanback Launcher.

Leanback launcher on Fire TV settings app

Leave the three options provided below Leanback Launcher ticked on default and just click Save.

Save deault launcher on Fire TV settings app

Customize Leanback Launcher

The new launcher has a sleek design, is faster, and doesn’t have sponsored content. All the apps you need are also available on your homepage.

Leanback launcher 9.1 interface

Going Back to Default Launcher

In case you want to go back to the default launcher for any reason, such as to check something on the settings, just scroll down to the bottom of your screen and click on System which will take you to the normal Settings page.

Settings Leanback launcher 9.1

You can then press the back button on your remote once. You’ll be automatically taken back to the Firestick default launcher. You can then check for anything you want.

Firestick Settings

If you want to go back to the Firestick stock launcher permanently just uninstall the Fire TV Settings app which makes the custom launcher on Amazon Fire TV.

Fire tv settings on leanback launcher

To do this press the context key / hamburger button on your remote and scroll down to App Settings. 

App settings in Fire tv settings on leanback launcher
Click on Uninstall, and confirm Uninstall. When you press the home key, you’ll be taken back to the default Firestick launcher.
Uninstall Fire tv settings on leanback launcher

Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions about the steps you need to follow here!

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Lauren
Lauren
1 month ago

I get an error message when I try to download the 1.9 version of the launcher. Am I doing something wrong?

wags1
wags1
1 month ago

Tried all this on two different FireTV Stick 4k’s. Works fine until you sleep the device for more than a few hours. When it wakes back up it is completely unresponsive to the remote and the stick has to be power cycled to get it to work again. It appears to be an issue with the FireTV Settings app as it exhibited the same issue when using a different launcher. Fix the app and this might be a good solution. Until then it’s not very useful.

Derek
Derek
1 month ago

This is one of the easiest launchers to install. Happy with the new look.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

I have put launchers on my older 2nd generation fire tv box and 2 T95Q android boxes. My favorites are wolf launcher and tv launcher 3. I follow tech doctor YouTube videos to customize my devices

Sa
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Sa
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

We are happy you follow us too!

Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
1 month ago

I do not understand the reasoning for the this fire tv launcher. Why would I need it, I guess I just do not get it.

Sa
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Sa
1 month ago

To have a clean, ad-free Firestick interface

Teri
Teri
1 month ago

To be unique and tailored just for you

STEVEN day
STEVEN day
1 month ago

installed on android and works fine. any idea how to get to any apps that dont appear on the main screen. with there being no my apps tab then only way seems to be settings then apps then open them from there.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

I can’t get it to change wallpaper

Kim Welch
Kim Welch
1 month ago

Thanks, I like things neat and tidy. Getting rid of unwanted annoying apps present that I don’t use is very pleasing to the eye.

Kim Welch
Kim Welch
1 month ago

From this application or another once installed how does one put FireStick to sleep? I like to do that so it stays cool while not in use. Thank you

Mark mccartney
Mark mccartney
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim Welch

Hold the home button for a few seconds then let it go

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