Did you know the Amazon Fire TV Stick has not just 1 but 2 secret menus?
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a popular streaming device that allows users to watch movies, TV episodes, music, and even play games on their televisions. While the Amazon Fire TV Stick is simple to use and has an intuitive design, it also contains a hidden developer menu that can be accessed by entering a secret code. The “Developer Options” menu provides a variety of sophisticated options and functions not available in the ordinary user interface.
How to Invoke the Developer Tools Menu
The easiest way to access this menu is by using the Amazon Fire TV Stick remote.
On the directional pad, press and hold the Center button for a second; then (still holding down Center), press the Down button too. Hold both buttons for about 3-4 seconds. Then release both buttons and press the remote’s Menu button. (If this doesn’t work, try holding Center and Down simultaneously instead of staggered.)
You’ll know it worked when you see this menu:
Once open, this hidden menu gives you access to several options directed at Developers and advanced users who are curious about what is going on with the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- System X-Ray: This is a diagnostic tool that allows you to view information about the device’s system performance and network status. You can access the System X-Ray menu by pressing and holding the Home button on your remote for about 5 seconds.
- Advanced Options: This is a developer tool that allows you to view information about the media being played on the device. You can enable the Advanced Options feature by going to Settings > Device > Developer Options and turning on the “Advanced Options” toggle.
- Snapshot: This is a diagnostic tool that allows you to view detailed information about the performance and status of the device. You can access the Snapshot feature by using the adb (Android Debug Bridge) command-line tool.
Keep in mind that these tools are intended for use by developers and advanced users, and may not be suitable for all users. If you are not familiar with developer options or the command-line, it is recommended that you seek assistance from a knowledgeable individual or seek further information before attempting to use these tools.
System X-Ray Menu
The System X-Ray feature on Amazon Fire TV Stick is a diagnostic tool that allows you to view information about the device’s system performance and network status.
The System X-Ray menu displays the following information:
- Display: Shows the current resolution and frame rate of the display.
- CPU: Shows the current CPU usage and temperature.
- Memory: Shows the current memory usage and available memory.
- Network: Shows the current network connection status and information, including the IP address, signal strength, and connection type.
You can use the System X-Ray menu to troubleshoot issues with your Fire TV Stick and monitor the performance of the device. To exit the System X-Ray menu, simply press the Home button on your remote again.
The Advanced Options feature on Amazon Fire TV Stick is a developer tool that allows you to view information about the media being played on the device. When you enable the Advanced Options feature, an additional display will appear on the right side of the screen when you play media using the Android MediaCodec APIs.
The Advanced Options display shows the following information:
- MUL: This stands for Multimedia and displays information about the audio and video being played, such as the codecs being used, the bitrate, and the frame rate.
- AUD: This stands for Audio Focus and displays information about the audio focus of the device, including the audio focus state and the audio focus gain.
You can use the Advanced Options feature to troubleshoot issues with media playback on your Fire TV Stick and to learn more about the media being played on the device. To access the Advanced Options feature, you will need to enable developer options on your Fire TV Stick. You can do this by going to Settings > Device > Developer Options and turning on the “Advanced Options” toggle.
If you would like more information on the options available in this secret menu, check out the official Amazon Fire TV Stick website.
Quickly Access the Amazon Alexa Hidden Menu
So far the only way I’ve found to access this Alexa menu is by using the Alexa button at the top of the Fire TV Stick remote. The Alexa Visual Menu is a feature on Amazon Fire TV Stick that allows you to access the voice assistant’s capabilities using a visual interface on your TV screen.
Normally you hold this Alexa button in and use voice commands to control your Smart Home devices. If you push the button once, you will be presented with a menu at the bottom of your screen where you can choose Smart Home, Weather, or Get Started.
If you have any Smart Home devices setup in your household, such as Lights, Cameras or a Thermostat, you can access and control these devices right from this menu.
I’m not sure why this menu isn’t advertised but it’s extremely useful. You can check which of your devices are turned on or even check the weather.