Amazon recently made it easier for you to access the features you use most on Amazon Fire TV devices by launching the Alexa Shortcuts Panel. New features, available starting in mid-December 2021, make it easy to see what’s currently saved in your library or check the weather in your area, for example. With that in mind, we’ve put together this handy how-to explaining how to access the quick panel on your Amazon Fire TV device.
How to Access the Quick Panel on Amazon Fire TV Devices
Alexa Shortcuts is one of the latest features to roll out to Amazon Fire TV devices, including Amazon Fire TV Sticks. While the new Quick Panel functions similarly to the Quick Access Quick Screen launched by pressing and holding the Home button, there are some key differences. Here’s how to access the quick panel on your Amazon Fire TV device via the Alexa Voice Remote.
- click and release Alexa or microphone button at the top of the Fire TV remote.
The shortcut panel will contain Smart Home, Weather, Libraries, and information.
- choose any shortcut you want to use and get started.
No matter what you’re doing on Fire TV—whether you’re in an app, navigating the Fire TV interface, or in Fire TV’s settings, the shortcut panel should appear in the bottom third of the screen.
How to use the Alexa Quick Panel
As mentioned above, the Alexa Quick Panel includes four options to choose from: Smart Home, Weather, Library, and News. It’s worth pointing out that the smart home dashboard recently got a makeover on Amazon Fire TV devices, which means it may look slightly different than what users are used to. Currently, the Smart Home Dashboard lets you access and control any smart home accessories you’ve synced to your Amazon account, including smart lights, plugs, and security cameras.
Selecting the weather shortcut will show Alexa’s standard forecast card wherever you configure it in your Fire TV settings. The Weather shortcut is also the only shortcut that doesn’t take you away from whatever Fire TV screen or app you’re viewing at the time. Instead, a bar graph will appear at the bottom of the screen showing the current temperature along with the current weather forecast for the week.
Meanwhile, selecting the Library shortcut will take you to the Prime Video Watch Center, and clicking the News shortcut will launch the Fire TV News app.
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