Like many people these days, you have a terrible habit of falling asleep to your Fire TV. All you need to do to drift off at night is listen to the soothing sound of your favorite comfort show for half an hour. Unfortunately, the show you fall asleep to is often still playing when you wake up.
Is there a way to set a sleep timer on an Amazon Fire TV stick/cube? How do you know if your Fire TV has a sleep timer, and if it doesn’t, what are some other ways you can ensure it turns off automatically?
Keep reading to find out!
How Do I Know If My Fire TV Stick/Cube Has a Sleep Timer?
While several Fire TV devices have a sleep timer feature, many others do not.
Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if your Fire TV will have this function from its model number. So, you’ll have to verify if it has it by looking for it in its settings.
Long-press your Fire TV remote’s Home button to open the Quick Menu. Then, look for Sleep Timer here. You can then open this option and adjust it accordingly.
If instead of Sleep Timer, you only see a Sleep option, then your Fire TV does not have a sleep timer.
Luckily, there are a few alternate ways to use a sleep timer with your Fire TV that doesn’t natively support this feature.
5 Alternative Methods to the Sleep Timer
Your Fire TV may not have a Sleep Timer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ensure it will turn off after a few hours of watch time. There are several other ways you can use a sleep timer with your Fire TV using your TV’s settings, apps, or external devices.
Let’s learn how!
1. Activate the TV’s Sleep Timer
While your Fire TV device may not have a sleep timer, your TV might. This feature will still turn off your Fire TV device even when activated through your TV’s settings.
Many notable TV brands have a sleep timer hidden in their settings. Let’s learn how to activate it on a few famous TV brands.
Step 1: Open the Settings.
Step 2: Navigate to General.
Step 3: Go to Power and Energy Saving.
Step 4: Head to Auto Power Off.
Step 5: Choose a time frame (four hours, six hours, etc.) from the drop-down menu.
Step 1: Go to the Settings.
Step 2: Head to System.
Step 3: Navigate to Date & Time.
Step 4: Open Auto Clock Display.
Step 5: Click on Sleep Timer.
Step 6: Select a time frame for your TV’s sleep timer.
Step 1: Press the remote’s Settings key.
Step 2: Navigate to All Settings.
Step 3: Click on General.
Step 4: Go to System.
Step 5: Head to Time & Timer.
Step 6: Open Timers.
Step 7: Go to Sleep Timer.
Step 8: Click on your desired time frame.
2. Download the Auto Sleep TV App
Just like a sleep timer, the Auto Sleep TV app will automatically turn off your TV after a certain amount of time. This app is available in your Fire TV’s app store and is free to install and use.
Follow the steps below to learn how to install and use the Auto Sleep TV app.
Step 1: Navigate to the Fire TV app. Then search for and install the Auto Sleep TV app
Step 2: Once installed, launch the app.
Step 3: Select your preferred time frame from the app’s options. Then, close the app and continue using your Fire TV as normal.
3. The Sleep Feature
If your Fire TV doesn’t have a sleep timer, it probably has a Sleep function that can be used to serve the same purpose. That said, you must activate the Sleep function manually. It will not automatically enable as a sleep timer does.
Once Sleep mode is enabled, you can hit the Fire TV remote’s Select key to “wake it up” and continue using the Fire TV’s apps, games, and so on.
Follow one of the two methods listed below to manually enable Sleep mode on your Fire TV.
Step 1: Long-press the Home button on your Fire TV remote to open the Quick Menu.
Step 2: Scroll and select the Sleep option.
Step 1: Head to Settings, before going to My Fire TV.
Step 2: Click on Sleep.
4. Download the Amazon Fire TV App
While your Fire TV device may not have a sleep timer, the Amazon Fire TV app does. This handy app allows you to control your Fire TV remotely over Wi-Fi and adjust certain settings, like its sleep status
Follow the instruction below to download and use the Amazon Fire TV app to enable your Fire TV’s sleep mode.
Step 2: Open the app once installed.
Step 3: Log into your Amazon account. If you haven’t already created one, do so now.
Step 4: Ensure your Fire TV device and smartphone are connected to the same network. Otherwise, you will not be able to pair them.
Step 5: Enable your smartphone’s Bluetooth function.
Step 6: In the app, head to Remote. Under Connect to Remote, tap your Fire TV name.
Step 7: In the top-left corner, tap the Gear icon. Then, tap Sleep.
5. Use a Smart Plug
If you’re willing to purchase an external device, consider using a smart plug as a sleep timer. Smart plugs can be used as sleep timers since most of them come with a timer function that will shut off the smart plug, turning off your Fire TV device in the process.
Please note that setting up a timer on your smart plug will cause it to suddenly cut power to any connected devices. So, only consider using this solution as a last resort to avoid any unexpected power outages that may damage your TV.
There are a variety of smart plug brands, but let’s use the Kasa Smart Plug as an example. The Kasa smart plug can be connected to your Google Home device so you can control it remotely with voice commands.
Let’s learn how!
Step 1: Follow the steps outlined in Google’s guide to pair your smart plug to your Google Home device.
Step 2: Plug the TV connected to your Fire TV stick/cube into the smart plug. Then, connect the smart plug to a wall outlet.
Step 3: Now, you can use voice commands to control your smart plug’s power status. For instance, you can say commands similar to “Hey Google, turn on the smart plug for three hours” or “Hey Google, turn off the smart plug in two hours.”
Wrapping Things Up
Your Fire TV may have a sleep timer, but you won’t know for sure until you check its settings. If your Fire TV does not have a sleep timer, you’ll have to explore some alternate solutions.
First, check if your TV has a sleep timer, and if it does, enable it accordingly. You can also install the Auto Sleep TV app from your Fire TV app store.
Alternatively, you can manually activate your Fire TV’s sleep mode through its settings or by installing the Amazon Fire TV app on your smartphone.
Lastly, you can use a smart plug with a timer function to cut off your TV’s power after a set amount of hours. Many smart plugs can be controlled via a Google Home device, allowing you to easily set and adjust its timers. However, remember that smart plugs run the risk of randomly cutting power to your TV while you’re using it.
What’s your experience setting a sleep timer on an Amazon Fire TV stick/cube? If your Fire TV doesn’t natively support a sleep timer function, what’s your favorite way to automatically or manually enable its sleep mode?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.