Amazon Adds Smart Device Dashboard to Fire Tablets

Amazon just made it a little easier to manage all your household spyware. They have rolled out an update for late-model Fire tablets which adds a dashboard that gives a convenient and simple way to control Alexa-compatible smart home devices such as thermostats, smart lights, cameras, switches, smartplugs, and more.

The new Device Dashboard can be accessed on compatible Fire devices by clicking on the new Smart Home button on the left end of the navigation bar. According to my source, it features quick toggles at the top to turn on or off all lights, switches, or plugs at once. Below that is a list of smart devices; this list can be customized by pinning specific devices to keep them at the top of the list. Also, recently used smart devices will be closer to the top as well.

The Device Dashboard shows the current state of each device. Adding a device to the Dashboard, however, requires the use of the Alexa app.

I can’t see it on my device, but I’m told the Dashboard is currently only available on the latest (2019) Fire 7 tablet, the new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus tablets, last year’s Fire HD 10 tablet, and 2018’s Fire HD 8 tablet.

The Dashboard is still rolling out, and from what I gather you will need to enable the “show” mode and Alexa features in order to use it (this may be why I can’t see it).

There’s no word yet whether Amazon plans to add the Dashboard to older models.

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. Joan Juner7 November, 2020

    I live in an small apartment. I don’t use Alexa. The ad for dashboard pops up every 15 seconds. I don’t want it. How can I get it to stop?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder7 November, 2020

      I am not bothered by it at all. I think that might be because I have Alexa turned off. Have you tried turning off Alexa in the settings menu?

      Reply

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