In this post, we are discussing how to install and use a Mouse Toggle on your Firestick. Furthermore, this guide applies to any Firestick, Fire Cube, or Fire TV. On occasion, you may find you need a mouse to navigate the screen, scroll and select areas you can’t access with the Firestick remote. Make sure you read the entire guide or follow along with my video so that you learn how to use a virtual Mouse Toggle and all of its functions correctly.
The Amazon Firestick is undoubtedly the most popular streaming device on the market right now due to its low price and ability to jailbreak it with just a few simple tweaks. It’s a perfect streaming device for beginners as well as advanced users who wish to cut the cord.
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What is a Mouse Toggle?
A Mouse Toggle is a virtual mouse that you can install and use on your streaming device, such as a Firestick, Fire Cube, or Fire TV.
Why Do You Need a Mouse Toggle?
Some applications that are installed on the Firestick, such as sideloaded apps are difficult to navigate. This is because they weren’t designed to be used with the Fire TV interface. They were designed for touch-screen Android devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
These applications have parts of the screen and buttons to select that can’t be reached using the remote control. Generally, these apps work just fine on a mobile or phone or tablet where you can use your finger to move around it.
Installing a virtual mouse such as Mouse Toggle can help to overcome these navigation issues.
How to Install Mouse Toggle
The Mouse Toggle app is not available to download from the Amazon app store. However, you can sideload it. In order to do so, your Firestick must be jailbroken so that you can install apps from unknown sources. Once your Firestick is, jailbroken you can then install the app from my Downloads page. Follow along with my video tutorial or the written instructions below instead.
How to Use Mouse Toggle
Turn On ADB Debugging
Before you open the Mouse Toggle application, you must make one change to your Firestick settings. ADB Debugging needs to be turned to ON in order for the virtual mouse to work. Follow the instructions in the video or the written guide below instead.
Start the Mouse Toggle Service
Within the application is an option to turn ON or OFF the mouse service when you start up your Firestick. This is set to ON as a default. However, if you prefer you can select the toggle option to turn it OFF.
I personally prefer to leave this option turned ON. This is so that I can always activate a virtual mouse on my Firestick wherever I need it. The mouse service requires minimal resources to run in the background and will not affect your device’s performance.
Activate and Use Mouse Toggle
Once the Mouse Toggle service has started it is now ready to use. It has all of the features of using a regular mouse such as point and click and scroll. Refer to the following table for how to use each feature. If you’d prefer to see this in action, please watch the video tutorial.
|Turn Mouse ON||Quickly press the play/pause button on your remote twice in order to activate the mouse pointer|
|Navigate (up,down,left,right)||Press the navigation circle to move the mouse pointer around the screen|
|Right mouse click||Press the Select button on your remote|
|Scroll down||Press the Fast Forward button on yoru remote|
|Scroll up||Press the Rewind button on your remote|
|Turn Mouse OFF||Press the play/pause button on your remote once in order to deactivate the mouse pointer. However, the pointer will automatically deactivate if left idle for 15 or more seconds|
Once you’ve watched the video or finished reading this guide, you’ll have successfully learnt how to install and use a Mouse Toggle on your Firestick. However, if you need further help select from one of the following buttons.