Amazon Fire TV Hides Developer Options, But There’s a Workaround


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Amazon’s Fire TV Sticks are popular streaming devices and many TVs come with the Fire TV operating system as the main interface. Amazon just released an update that hides an important feature, but you can bring it back.

Fire TV OS has a Developer Options menu in the Settings app, which contains settings for Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and sideloaded apps. Both of these features are important for installing apps that are not available on the Amazon Appstore, or even installing third-party app stores like F-Droid.

The Developer Options menu used to always be visible in Settings, but depending on AFTVNews, Amazon is rolling out an update for some models that hide it by default. Thankfully, it’s not gone forever: just navigate to Settings > My Fire TV > About, and then keep clicking the device name until you see a “You are now a developer” popup. After that, the Developer Options menu appears as usual.

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Enabling Developer Options on a Fire TV Stick AFTVNews

The new behavior involves a few extra steps, but it’s closer to how normal Android and Android TV/Google TV devices handle developer options. The menu has a lot of settings that can break apps or other expected features, so hiding it from people who might accidentally press some buttons is probably best.

Source: AFTV News