Many customers, in particular, have gotten extremely upset with advertisements and Amazon-recommended content since Amazon recently put out the New Fire TV Interface, also known as Fire OS 7, on their most recent iteration of the Fire TV stick.
For instance, if I go to Settings, scroll down and click on the My Fire TV tab, in the menu that displays, I can choose About and then drop down to Check for Updates to see if there are any new versions available. You’ll notice over on the right-hand side of the page that it tells you the version of the operating system your Firestick is using; in my case, it’s Fire OS 7. And now, if you go to the main homepage, you will see that these are the video advertisements that appear if you scroll up to the giant ad banner at the top of the Fire TV home screen. You can access this banner by going to the main homepage.
Relax, you’ve stumbled upon the Smart DNS Proxy. And now, we’ll demonstrate how to alter the user interface by modifying one of the parameters that are listed below. Let’s begin.
1. Change Privacy Settings
If you just updated your Fire TV Stick or purchased a new one, you may have noticed an increase in the number of ads tailored to your specific interests and videos that automatically play. Amazon allows you to disable the Firestick’s privacy settings in the settings menu, even though the default setting is “ON” (meaning active).
From the home screen, navigate to the Settings menu on the Firestick. Launch the Preferences menu, and after clicking the Privacy Settings button, you will see several available choices. In this section, deactivate the following options: Device Usage Data and App Usage Data Should Be Collected.
In addition, I will turn off interest-based advertisements just to be on the safe side.
Now, press the back button once more to access the preferences menu and select Data Monitoring from the list. To disable this setting, click the Data Monitoring button once more.
After that, select Featured Content from the menu that’s located in the Preferences section. Stop the autoplay of both the video and the audio by turning off Allow Video Autoplay. Due to this change, ads that automatically play videos will be replaced with a slideshow of still images. If you wish to watch the advertisements without hearing any sound, you can turn off only the audio option if you choose to do so. However, you should be aware that doing so would result in the absence of any subtitles. Because audio cannot play unless the video is playing, turning off just the video option has the same effect as turning off both.
2. Change the Amazon Appstore settings
Now that you have blocked interest-based advertisements and auto-play videos, it is time to disable a few items in the Amazon app store settings. For example, you should make sure that you do not wind up making inadvertent in-app purchases, and you should also turn off Appstore notifications.
Reopen the Settings menu on the Firestick attached to the Fire TV stick. Select the Applications option, and then select that choice. After that, you should open the App Store. Here you will see the following options:
Automatic Updates: Keep it ON. Be aware that if you select this option, the only apps that will receive automatic updates are those downloaded from the Amazon Appstore. Any third-party apps that you may have installed will not be affected. Therefore, this is a secure method.
External Market Links: Certain applications contain links that, when clicked, will take you to the Amazon Appstore, where other applications can be downloaded and installed. I like to set it up as “Ask Before Opening” (recommended).
In-App Purchases: If you have children who use the Fire TV stick, this is important. Make sure this option is turned off. It will prevent you from making unintended purchases within the app if you enable this feature.
Manage My Subscriptions: you can skip this.
Notifications: it’s better to turn this option OFF to avoid Appstore notifications when watching TV or using an app.
3. Disable Notification from apps on Fire TV Stick
While you and your family are enjoying TV together, you may find certain messages from Alexa or third-party apps distract you. Let me show you how to stop them entirely or only for specific third-party programs that have been sideloaded onto FireStick. Thankfully, the Fire TV Stick allows you to turn them off, so let me demonstrate how.
Launch the Firestick Settings app, navigate to the Preferences menu, and select Notification Settings from the menu. If you wish to stop receiving notifications from all of your apps, you may do so by activating the Do Not Interrupt option. This will temporarily prevent notifications from appearing on your Fire TV screen from any apps you use. Do Not Interrupt can be turned off later by selecting the corresponding menu option once more, which will cause it to be disabled.
However, if you only want to stop notifications for certain apps, click the App Notifications button and select the app from the drop-down menu that appears. If you discover an application on the list that you do not want to use, you can delete the application from your Fire TV. Because of this, you won’t ever have to worry about dealing with the app alerts or the storage concerns it generates.
Now that you have it all figured out, these are the top three Firestick settings you need to turn off immediately. Please let us know what other features of your Fire TV stick you would like to disable.
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