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New Firestick Features Have Been Released

Amazon recently released new Firestick features currently available on most people’s Fire TV and Firestick devices.

The new updates are something some people will claim they don’t need. But a majority of Fire TV and Firestick users will agree that these are quite useful features. In this article, we will tell you what the new features are. We will also go through how exactly you can use them to improve your Fire TV and Firestick usage.

There’s one thing you’ve probably noticed when you turn on your Fire TV or Firestick. It is a brand-new message that tells you “What’s New on Fire TV.” This shows you new features including Timers, Alarms, and Reminders for Fire TV. The update is now available on both Fire TV and the Firestick including the 4K version.

The new Firestick features are becoming available in waves or phases. So, don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s soon coming your way when it hits your region. You’ll soon see it in the next few days or weeks depending on your region.

Check If You Have the Latest Updates to Get the New Firestick Features

If you are not seeing the new features, it could probably be because your system is not updated. To check if you have the latest updates, just go to Settings. Move down and all the way across to My Fire TV.

Then click on About, then Updates from where you can check for any available updates that you have not installed. If there are any, you’ll have to Install Updates. Just check the new updates available and install to continue enjoying more functionality from your Fire TV or Firestick.

It only takes a few moments after you click Install updates for the new updates to be installed. After you’ve finished, the new message will now say ‘Check for Updates.’ This is instead of the previous one that said Install Updates. You’ll then know that your Fire TV is fully up to date.

So basically, the new features are Alexa timers, alarms, and reminders on both Fire TV and Firestick. To use the features, just hold down the voice control button on your remote and speak directly to Alexa. You can give voice commands for all types of timers, alarms, and reminders. These are actually helpful and convenient features as we shall shortly show you.

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Let’s take a quick look at how each feature works.

• Timers

Timers are very useful, especially when you are watching a movie and trying to do something else such as cooking something in the kitchen. In this case, if you need to take a quick break of like 10 minutes, you can now set a timer to remind you of to go back to your movie.

All you need to do to set this new Firestick feature or timer is to click the Alexa button on your remote control and hold it down like you do when you want to speak to it. Then simply give the command, “Alexa set the timer to 10 minutes” or even 5 seconds depending on how much time you need.

Firestick Set Timer

Alexa will instantly respond with a confirmation “10 minutes. Starting Now.” Then will start a countdown immediately.

Once your requested time is finished, you’ll get a message on the screen. This message states, “Your 10 minutes timer has finished.” You’ll get a bell sound alarm when you set the timer and after your specified time has finished. If you want to dismiss the timer, just press the enter button on your remote. The timer will instantly be dismissed.

Firestick Timer Finished Dismiss

• Alarm

The second of Firestick new features is an alarm that you can set for any time depending on your needs. You can set the alarm for a specific time of the day or night. Or after a given number of minutes, hours, or even seconds.

To set the alarm, just click on the Alexa button as you did for the timer. Tell Alexa to set the alarm for a specific period. For example, you can say, “Alexa set the alarm for 10 minutes.” Then Alexa will respond and confirm, “10 minutes, starting now.” You’ll see the universal alarm clock icon on your screen as the countdown starts.

When the time has elapsed, you’ll get an alarm on your screen showing you that “Your 10 minutes timer has finished” complete with an alarm bell audible enough to catch your attention.

The alarm feature is easy to set and extremely handy when you want to catch a particular show or event. You can even use it just like you use your phone alarm to wake you up or remind you of an appointment.

• Reminder

The other Firestick new feature is the reminder. This is a really great feature that you can set for whatever purpose or event you want to be reminded about. It is also quite easy to set up, just like the alarm and timer.

Simply click on the Alexa icon and say, for example, “Alexa, remind me to order for pizza after 10 minutes.” Alexa will respond with a confirmation stating, “Ok, I’ll remind you in 10 minutes.” Then you’ll see a reminder icon on your screen with the message Order for Pizza.

Firestick Alexa Reminder Set

After 10 minutes, you’ll see on your screen the time and a message reminding you to order for pizza or whatever you had instructed Alexa to remind you about. Alexa will even state loudly from your TV, “here is your reminder, order for pizza.” You can also dismiss the reminder by pressing the enter button on your remote.

Firestick Alexa Reminder Finished

Conclusion

These are the new features on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick. They are quite cool and handy features that add more functionality to your Fire TV and Firestick.

The new Firestick features may look like a small update at present but they are definitely an extra bonus that can be quite helpful in your Fire TV and Firestick usage. They can even be seen as a unique way of introducing the smart home concept to your home via your smart TV.

Let us know about your experience with these new Firestick features in the comments section below! 

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Tom
Tom
6 months ago

I love hearing about the new features. Again the only problem is the bangei app does not clear caches off the stick at all. File cleaner works well on the 2nd generation but not on the fire stick with dangle speed 1.5 ghz or the 4K stick 1.7ghz speed. And of course the buffering on cyberflix etc is still present. Thanks for the emails.

J.D.
J.D.
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom

G’day Tom – You might consider the CINEMA app instead of Cyberflix. To avoid the buffering issue you might also try out the latest stable version of KODI (18.5) running yoda add-on or Exodus Redux add-on. Cheers!

Sevenfooter
Sevenfooter
6 months ago

Very good keep up the good work

James Grantham
James Grantham
6 months ago

Well that seems to be just borrowing from all of the other Amazon devises. These three new updates have been available on all of Alexa speakers. I have been using this feature for long period of time.

jay
jay
6 months ago

I use Alexa to check Time & Temperature – Very helpful.

Garcia Manuel
Garcia Manuel
6 months ago

I notice that they are having problems with the Cube. A lot of apps do not show the icons and now Prime doesn’t even work.

Marivan
Marivan
6 months ago

I have also had these features for a bit now, they just came with the auto update and no announcement was given. I do get a kick out of Alexa, every time I use it. However, like someone wrote, I’ve had challenges with Cyberflix, also. When this happens, I change the location on my IP Vanish to another city. Sometimes this helps, but not always. Is it Cyberflix, Firestick or the servers?

Lydia
Lydia
6 months ago

Great feature

Juan
Juan
6 months ago

Pointless features for me. I would really like the ability to remove apps even from system like Free Time and free up space and ram.

Sa
Admin
Sa
6 months ago
Reply to  Juan

Please take a look at this article where it is shown step-by-step how to remove apps and how to free up space on your Firestick.

Keith Petersen
Keith Petersen
6 months ago

How can I configure my Fire TV to always show an individual app of my choosing as the very first icon on my HOME page? – e.g. I watch live TV via Game Master X and would love to see it always placed first on my list – no matter what I was watching prior to powering down. Hope there’s a way to do this.
Thanks.

Lee
Lee
6 months ago
Reply to  Keith Petersen

Go to the app, cluck the three white lines and select move to front. It’ll be your first icon on home page.

Keith Petersen
Keith Petersen
6 months ago
Reply to  Keith Petersen

Thanks for the info. I’ll try this tonight and report back my findings.

Sa
Admin
Sa
6 months ago
Reply to  Keith Petersen

We appreciate any feedback!

John.nolan
John.nolan
5 months ago

Fantastic and very useful features, thanks for the info.

Marie Dillon
Marie Dillon
5 months ago

IAM confused but would like to ck out the VPN because I don’t like ppl spying on me.even though I broke my fire stick I still to pay for apps certain movies.can you help me out with this? Marie

Trevor White
Trevor White
5 months ago

thinking of getting a VPN here in uk, is it easy to add VPN on to firestick?

Sa
Admin
Sa
5 months ago
Reply to  Trevor White
Roy L Halpin
Roy L Halpin
5 months ago

Thank you I was not aware

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Thanks , i have gotten very useful tips from you.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago

For some reason I was messing with d firestick 2 weeks ago and it did that,all 3,now I don’t know if it was up there b4 I had d stick for about 2 years now,but thanks

Jules
Jules
6 months ago

Does anyone know if I can update my fire stick in Spain? (pre loaded in the UK) I don’t want to lose the UK content. I have a VPN installed on it.

Sa
Admin
Sa
6 months ago
Reply to  Jules

Use the steps explained in the article for the manual update.
You won’t lose the UK content for sure!

Maria Georgilas
Maria Georgilas
6 months ago

I AM TRYING TO ACCESS FILELINK TO GET TO ELECTRIC MD I GET AS FAR AS WHERE TO PUT THE CODE AND IT NEVER LETS ME DO IT IT JUST KEEPS COVERING THE PLACE WHERE I AM TO PUT THE CODE. WIFI IS FINE EVERYTHING ELSE IS GOOD. THIS USE TO WORK WHY CAN’T I ACCESS AREA TO PUT THE CODE. I HAVE EVEN RESET THE WHOLE FIRESTICK AND UPDATED IT AND STILL CAN’T GET TO ELECTRIC MD WEB SITE.

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