As streaming enthusiasts, we all love our Fire TV devices. They bring entertainment and convenience right to our screens.
However, as we indulge in a world of apps and content, there comes a time when we’re met with a dreaded message: “Storage Almost Full.”
The usual solution? Uninstall an app and lose your data.
But not anymore! Amazon has introduced a game-changing feature – App Offload – to free up space on your Fire TV without the hassle of full uninstallations.
Amazon Fire TV Storage Predicament
Ever since the inception of Fire TV, the only way to clear up storage space was by completely bidding farewell to an app.
That is, uninstalling the app entirely. Sure, you could temporarily clear cache files, but caches tend to pile up again over time.
Uninstalling meant starting from scratch when you wanted the app again – configuring settings, logging in, and adjusting preferences.
This is probably far from a seamless experience.
The FireTV App Offload Feature
Recognizing this inconvenience, Amazon rolled out the App Offload feature presenting a compromise.
App Offload gracefully removes some of the app’s data, creating storage space while leaving essential data intact.
This way, when you reinstall the app, your settings and account information are ready to roll.
Apparentlly Fire TV apps occupy storage space in three main forms which are:
- Application Data: This includes the core app downloaded from the Amazon Appstore.
- User Data: All your personalized changes within the app, such as login credentials and settings.
- Cache Data: Temporary files like image thumbnails and video previews, enhancing your app experience. These files can be removed without affecting app functionality since they redownload as needed.
Opting for app offloading means that only Application and Cache data are removed, leaving User data untouched.
When you decide to reinstall the app, you’ll find all your changes, including login credentials and preferences, intact.
While offloading doesn’t clear as much space as full uninstallation, it’s far more convenient if you plan to use the app again.
Amazon makes it effortless. Automatic app offloading is enabled by default on your Fire TV device.
If your device’s storage starts running low, it will automatically offload apps, preserving user data.
This feature removes only apps that haven’t been used in the last 60 days.
If you prefer manual control, you can disable automatic offloading under your device Settings.
Here is how to go about it:
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll way down to My Fire TV.
- Select About from the options.
- Then select Storage.
However, you can also take matters into your own hands and offload the app manually. To do this:
- Go to Settings.
- Manage Installed Applications and select the Offload option.
- You’ll see how much space you’ll free up before confirming the offloading.
Another method is to highlight an app on the Fire TV home screen or in the app grid and press the menu button to access the Offload option.
Using this method, the app will be offloaded right on the home screen without navigating through the device settings.
While this method is quicker, it doesn’t show the amount of freed-up storage space. For that, use the Settings menu.
Identifying Offloaded Apps
Offloaded apps don’t vanish entirely.
They stay in your app list with a small cloud icon in the upper right corner of the app icon, signifying their offloaded status.
This icon appears in the app grid and Fire TV settings for the app, but not on the Fire TV home screen.
If an offloaded app appears in your navigation bar or recent apps list, there’s no visual cue of its offloaded status.
The App Offload feature has a limitation – there’s no option to reinstall an offloaded app through the Fire TV settings menu.
You’ll find only the option to fully uninstall the app, including user data.
To reinstall an offloaded app, you must select it from your app grid or the Amazon Appstore app.
Launching an offloaded app immediately triggers reinstallation, with user data intact as soon as the app finishes installing.
App Offload Limitations and Compatibility
Unfortunately, App Offload isn’t available on Fire TVs with Kids profiles. Adding a Kid profile will remove app offloading options entirely.
The automatic offload option remains under settings, but all manual offloading choices disappear.
Also, the feature won’t be coming to older Fire TVs running Fire OS 5, including the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV box and the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick.
Keep an eye out for the rollout of this feature, available on most compatible devices in the coming weeks.
With App Offload, you can maintain your favorite apps while liberating precious storage space on your Fire TV.
This feature is a perfect balance between storage management and convenience.