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Hack the Amazon Fire TV Screensaver

The company is currently testing using the screensaver to showcase the latest and most popular programming available without running ads

The very first screensavers were designed to protect computer monitors from having the same image displayed for so long that it burned a permanent ghost image on the Cathode Ray Tube. What began as a functional solution quickly became a fun way to express your creativity.

If you own the easy to use Amazon Fire TV, leaving the menu screen idle for too long still launches a screensaver. The Fire TV automatically launches a series of scenic photos which is admittedly more attractive than staring at a static menu.

Display your photos instead

As a Prime member, you’re eligible for free, unlimited cloud storage service for your photos. You can upload your favorites through the Amazon Photos app or turn on automated uploads for every photo on your phone as a backup. Either way, you can create albums, and sort them using the intuitive app or browser interface.

Once you’ve uploaded photos to Prime, you can see all of your special memories or favorite works of art using the Prime Photos app on your Fire TV. Or, enjoy a large screen view of your favorite photos on your Amazon Fire TV by setting your screensaver to display your album instead of the default.

Set your screensaver to use your photos instead of the stock images with these steps.

  1. Turn on your Amazon Fire TV
  2. Select Menu
  3. Navigate to Settings>Display & Sounds>Screen Saver
  4. Click on Amazon Collection
  5. Select a new collection or folder of images on Prime Photos

You can also change the way the pictures move on the screen, the speed at which they refresh, and how much time passes before the screensaver kicks in.

Upcoming additions to the screensaver options

Amazon is always on the lookout for better ways to get new content to the top of your Watch List. The company is currently testing using the screensaver to showcase the latest and most popular programming available without running ads or disrupting your viewing experience. The newly repurposed screensaver makes it easier for customers to discover great new movies, TV shows, and live events from Prime Video, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, History, Hallmark, YouTube, and more.

Are you part of the limited rollout of the new feature? Let us know what you think!

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Article Author
Megan Southard Contributor

Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."

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