The Fire TV Stick is one of the best options if we want to turn a dumb TV into a SmartTV. Not only does it have a very affordable price that we can find on offer from time to time, but there are versions for all types of users and it is a device with a complete operating system.

One of its virtues is that it’s highly customizable, and if you’re interested in development, there’s a hidden menu on the Fire TV Stick that lets you fiddle around with the system, and it’s also interesting if you’re just curious. Below, we’ll tell you about its possibilities and how you can access this secret menu of the Fire TV Stick.

How to Get Into the Fire TV Stick’s Secret Menu

Activating this secret menu of the Fire TV Stick is quite curious. It’s like we’re introducing some cheat commands from the PlayStation 2 era, and it’s probably going to take you more than one try. The reason is that you have to synchronize the press of some buttons very well for the menu to appear.

If it doesn’t work out right the first time, don’t worry, but here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Being in the main menu, for example.
  • Press the middle button on the controller (the ‘select’ button) and the down button at the same time for five seconds.
  • As soon as that time passes, stop pressing the buttons and run to the one with the three horizontal lines, the one next to the ‘Home’ button.
Secret Menu Fire TV

Depending on your Fire TV, it can be instantaneous or take a couple of seconds to appear, but if you’ve clicked correctly, the ‘Developer Tools Menu’ will be superimposed with a number of elements that come out of the box, but that we can activate.

They are as follows:

  • X-Ray System: This option displays system information in an overlay that is permanently visible at the top of the screen.
  • Advanced Options: Display media information when Android MediaCodec APIs are in use.
  • Log & Share: Allows developers to collect metrics logged through the command line.
  • Safe Zone: This option shows the over-deviation area of the screen.
  • Options for developers.

The most interesting ones if you’re not a developer are the first two, as these allow us to have interesting information about the display, resolution, network usage, and the general condition of the Fire TV’s hardware.

In addition, we can see the audio and video codec, if they are accelerated by hardware, the color standard (if it is BT2020 or HDR10, for example), and the resolution of the content and its frame rate.

It is, as we say, a menu that is interesting if you like this type of parameters, but if you are taking steps in development, you may be interested in knowing how to play with a Fire TV.

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