This article discusses how to use the mouse toggle for fire tv and firestick. Mouse toggle for fire tv apk is a mouse app for fire tv and firestick. This ultimate mouse toggle apk installation guide is written in the context of firestick, but the same steps can be applied to firestick as well.
The OTT platforms are continuously releasing new content almost every day and the users opt for their preferred device instead of a cable/DTH to watch live TV and movies. On top of it, the introduction of streaming devices has just accelerated the trend of online streaming.
Amazon Inc. offers such streaming devices viz Fire TV, Fire TV cube, Firestick Lite and Firestick 4k. Among these, firestick is very much popular due to its low cost, easy setup and flexibility. And this device has also seized the streaming devices’ market in no time. Amazon has also its own app store for firestick called the Amazon app store which holds various apps for installation on firestick. The firestick is built on Android, thus, if your preferred app is not available on the official Amazon store, its APK can be installed on the firestick with a little tweak.
Firestick is a pen drive shaped (a little bulkier) device that can be inserted into the HDMI port of the display device. It comes with a power adapter and a remote. Its remote has a navigation button among others to roam around the screen. But, the firestick remote seems to be of limited use for the apps which are developed solely for touch devices. Such apps either require a touch on a smartphone or a physical mouse, if the app is installed on a computer.
If such apps are installed on the firestick they don’t perform well. The provided firestick remote by Amazon is designed to navigate the on-screen options but not for smooth navigation like a mouse. And the absence of a USB port on the device prohibits the use of a real hardware mouse. Here comes the mouse toggle application to make our life easier.
Before moving ahead with the mouse toggle app let me share that if you ever find your firestick remote not working, we have a firestick remote troubleshooting guide where we have covered every possible problem and its solution reported by the community.
Mouse Toggle APK
What the mouse toggle application for firestick does is that it switches the tabbed or arbitrary movement of the firestick remote to a smooth one, just like a mouse navigates on a computer screen. This way you need not go up and down several times to reach your desired location on the screen.
Mouse Toggle for FireTV APK Installation guide
The mouse toggle apk installation on the firestick requires three steps, viz.
1) Install Downloader app
Mouse toggle is not available on the official Amazon store. This means that there is no direct means to install it on the firestick. But the firestick is based on the Android OS, thus we can install the apk with a little tweak. We need to install a third-party app, downloader, to get started.
Follow the below steps
a) Click the Home button on your firestick to reach the firestick home.
b) Select Find
c) Search for Downloader. From the results, select Downloader
d) Select the Downloader app, shown on the screen.
e) Click the download button beside Get
2) Prepare Firestick for Installation
Before we can install the mouse toggle app, we need to tweak some settings in the firestick.
a) Can you see the settings icon on the extreme right hand of the device home screen.
b) Here, select My Fire TV
c) Select Developer Options
d) Switch ON ADB Debugging (to use the mouse toggle app, turning ON the ADB debugging is necessary)
e) Select Install Unknown apps
f) Turn it on for the Downloader app
g) Press the Home button on your remote and select the settings icon once again
h) Here, open Preferences
i) Click Privacy Settings
j) Switch OFF Device Usage Data & Collect App Usage Data
3) Install Mouse Toggle APK
a) Open Downloader app
b) Select the text field to input the URL
c) Type in the URL http://bit.ly/Mouse4firestick in the URL text field (URL is cAse sensitive) and click Go
d) Click the download button
e) Download of the APK starts
f) Select Install
g) Let the installation finish
h) Select Done
i) Select Delete (The APK installation file is of no use anymore and only occupies the space on the firestick. So delete this APK file)
j) Confirm Delete the APK file.
The Mouse Toggle App Settings
Open the mouse toggle app. Its screen looks like below
Make sure that your mouse toggle screen matches the below settings.
a) Make sure that the Enable the mouse service option is turned ON.
b) Auto-start of the app is switched ON.
Mouse Toggle App Placement
Although the mouse toggle app will rarely need to be clicked for its usage with the other apps, however, if you find that the app is not at its right location (quite far or near), you can change its placement. To do so, follow the below steps
a) Long press the Home button on the remote
b) Select Apps
c) Select the Mouse Toggle app
d) Press the Menu button (yes, the three horizontal bars) and select Move
e) Use the navigation buttons on your remote to place it at your optimum position.
How to use Mouse Toggle APK with Firestick
Whenever you want to use the mouse toggle, just press the play/pause button twice. That’s it. Now the remote will start functioning as a mouse.
Troubleshooting the Mouse Toggle App
In case the remote doesn’t behave like a mouse, start the app and verify at the bottom left whether it’s stating started or starting. If it is in starting mode, you must have not switched ON the ADB Debugging. Follow the below process for the solution;
a) Select the ADB Debugging within the app interface and the app will take you to the firestick ADB settings
b) Switch ON the ADB Debugging. If it’s already ON, you need to switch it OFF then again switch it ON.
This will solve the problem.
Sometimes you may have to repeat the double-clicking the Play/Pause button to get the app working.
Also, with FireTV 3rd Gen and Fire TV Cube, the mouse position may be affected and not work smoothly. The app won’t work unless the display settings are set to 1080px 50Hz.
Follow the below steps to get it done on your fireTV
a) On the Home screenselect Settings
b) Select Display & Sounds
c) Choose Display
d) Choose Video Resolution
e) Choose 1080p 50Hz
f) Select Confirm
That’s it. Now the mouse toggle app should work as expected on your FireTV 3rd gen and Fire TV Cube.
The FireTV, Firestick remote is not well suited for the apps that are developed solely for touch screen devices. These apps either require a touch on the smartphone or a physical mouse on the computer. On the FireTV or Firestick, an additional app is required to convert the firestick remote to behave like a mouse. This app is mouse toggle app. It’s not available on the official Amazon store but can be installed by following the steps given in this article. After installing the mouse toggle app, the firestick remote can be switched to behave like a mouse by double-clicking the play/pause button. In case, you get stuck with a non-working mouse toggle app, the article also has the troubleshooting steps to solve the problem.