Want to easily control all your favorite apps on Fire TV using just your remote? By installing the Mouse Toggle app, you can navigate any app with the precision of a mouse pointer.
In this guide, I‘ll show you how to download and set up Mouse Toggle on any Firestick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV streaming device.
Having mouse support opens up so many possibilities and makes web browsing, gaming, and using touchscreen-focused apps so much better on Fire TV.
I‘ll walk you through Mouse Toggle installation from start to finish. Just follow these steps below to get up and running with flawless mouse control on your Fire TV!
What is Mouse Toggle and Why Do You Need It?
The Amazon Fire TV operating system is designed specifically for big screen TVs. It utilizes a minimal remote control that works well for watching movies and shows.
However, many apps are optimized for touchscreens and don‘t translate perfectly to a remote. This can make tasks like:
- Clicking small buttons or links
- Selecting text
- Precision navigation like pinch/zoom
- Typing with an on-screen keyboard
Awkward and frustrating.
This is where the Mouse Toggle app comes in. It enables mouse support so you can control any app just like you would on a phone or tablet.
With Mouse Toggle installed, you simply use your Fire TV remote as the mouse. For example:
- Left Click – Press Select button
- Right Click – Hold Select + Right button
- Scroll Wheel – Menu button to scroll up, Fast Forward button to scroll down
- Move Pointer – Use directional pad
It gives you the intuitive control of a mouse to fluidly navigate apps, browsers, games, and more.
According to AFTVnews.com, Mouse Toggle has been installed over 13 million times making it one of the most popular Fire TV utilities.
And with good reason – it solves the remote limitation problem with a simple and effective solution.
Let‘s get into how to install it.
Install Mouse Toggle in 5 Easy Steps
Here are the steps to download, install, and start using Mouse Toggle on your Fire TV device:
1. Enable ADB Debugging
The first thing you need to do is enable ADB Debugging. This allows you to install unsigned apps like Mouse Toggle on your Firestick or Fire TV.
Here‘s how to do it:
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options.
- Select the option for ADB Debugging.
- Toggle it to ON to enable it.
If you don‘t see Developer Options under Settings, here‘s how to enable it:
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV > About
- Click on your Fire TV name 5-10 times in a row.
- You‘ll see a prompt that "You are now a developer".
- Now Developer Options will be available in Settings.
Enabling ADB Debugging allows sideloading apps from outside the Amazon App Store. This is required to install Mouse Toggle.
2. Download the Mouse Toggle APK
Next, we need to download the APK file for Mouse Toggle.
The easiest way is to use the Downloader app:
- Open the Amazon App Store and install Downloader.
- Launch Downloader and type
http://bit.ly/mousetoggleapkinto the URL box.
- Select Go and it will download the latest version of Mouse Toggle.
- Once finished, select Install to install Mouse Toggle.
This Downloader method makes getting the APK quick and easy.
Once installed, I recommend deleting the APK file to conserve storage space. You can always redownload it again if needed.
3. Allow Apps from Unknown Sources
Before we can install Mouse Toggle, there‘s one more setting we need to enable:
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Security & Privacy
- Turn on the option for Apps from Unknown Sources
- This allows you to install apps outside of the Amazon App Store.
With that enabled, we‘re ready to actually install Mouse Toggle.
4. Install Mouse Toggle on Your Fire TV
Now that you‘ve downloaded the APK and enabled unknown sources, it‘s time to actually install Mouse Toggle:
- Return to the Downloader app.
- Locate the Mouse Toggle APK file you just downloaded.
- Highlight it and select Install.
- It will install Mouse Toggle onto your Firestick/Fire TV.
- Once complete, select Done.
The app is now installed but we still need to enable the mouse service within the app.
5. Enable Mouse Toggle Service
To complete setup and start using Mouse Toggle we need to enable the mouse service:
- Launch Mouse Toggle from the Fire TV app menu.
- Toggle the switch at the top to the ON position.
- A prompt will appear, check the box to Always allow from this computer.
- Select OK and the mouse service will activate.
That‘s it! Mouse Toggle is now up and running on your Fire TV.
Now I‘ll go over how to use it and some additional tips.
How to Use Mouse Toggle on Fire TV
The great thing about Mouse Toggle is how simple it is to use.
To activate the mouse pointer:
- Double click the Play/Pause button on your remote.
- This will bring up the mouse pointer on screen.
Now you can navigate and click anything using:
- Move Pointer – Use directional pad
- Left Click – Press Select button
- Right Click – Hold Select + Right buttons
- Scroll Up – Press Menu button
- Scroll Down – Press Fast Forward button
To stop using the mouse, just press Play/Pause again to disable it.
It really couldn‘t be any easier. Now you have full mouse control over any app on your Fire TV!
Tips for Using Mouse Toggle
Here are some tips for getting the most out of Mouse Toggle:
You may need to double click Play/Pause 2-3 times for it to activate if it doesn‘t work right away.
Try closing and relaunching apps if Mouse Toggle isn‘t responding.
Disable and re-enable both ADB Debugging and the Mouse Toggle service if issues pop up.
Adjust mouse settings like speed and size within the Mouse Toggle app settings.
Consider connecting a wireless mouse or air mouse for more convenient control.
Use multi-touch gestures like pinch-zoom and two finger scrolling for intuitive navigation.
Refer to our ADB debugging guide if you have any issues getting it enabled.
Take some time to play around with the various mouse capabilities. It really opens up a whole new level of precision control.
Alternative Options to Mouse Toggle
While Mouse Toggle is a simple and effective way to add mousing capabilities, there are a few other options worth considering:
Wireless Mouse/Keyboard – You can connect external wireless mice or keyboards via Bluetooth or USB. This gives you expanded control and physical buttons. Look for models with multifunction media keys.
USB OTG Cable – This allows you to directly connect wired USB mice, keyboards, or other peripherals to your Fire TV.
Air Mouse – Air mice are specialized remote controls with motion sensing capabilities to control an on-screen mouse cursor. Popular affordable options include the Rii K12 and Gyration Air Mouse.
Apps like Laptop Mouse – Similar utility apps to Mouse Toggle are available that may work if you have issues with Mouse Toggle. But most find it to be one of the most reliable and customizable.
So while Mouse Toggle is generally the best software-based option, external mice and keyboards are great alternatives depending on your needs and budget.
Troubleshooting Mouse Toggle Issues
Mouse Toggle is usually easy to set up, but here are some troubleshooting tips if you have any issues:
Mouse not showing up
- Double-check that ADB Debugging is enabled in Settings
- Try re-enabling the Mouse Toggle service under the app settings
- Attempt activating mouse several times by double-clicking Play/Pause
Mouse moves but can‘t click
- Be sure you are pressing Select for left click, not Play/Pause
- Try an alternate click method by going to Mouse Toggle settings
- Check that the Mouse Toggle service is enabled
Mouse Toggle stops working
- Disable and re-enable the Mouse Toggle service
- Restart your Fire TV device
- Toggle ADB Debugging off and on under Settings
- Update to the latest version of Mouse Toggle
Mouse is slow or delayed
- Adjust movement speed under Mouse Toggle settings
- Reduce graphics quality in demanding apps like games
- Check for wireless interference if using wireless mouse
Hopefully these troubleshooting tips help resolve any issues! Feel free to reach out if you have any other problems getting it working properly.
Customizing Your Mouse Toggle Experience
Once you have Mouse Toggle working smoothly, consider fine-tuning the experience to your liking.
Under Mouse Toggle settings you can configure:
- Left/Right click methods
- Movement speed
- Scroll speed
- Mouse pointer size and design
Take some time to dial in these settings for the perfect mousing feel on your Fire TV.
You can also connect external wireless mice and keyboards for expanded options. Having a keyboard makes typing passwords, URLs, and searches far quicker.
With the right settings and peripherals, you can customize Mouse Toggle to give you flawless desktop-like control of Fire TV apps and games.
Unlocking More Features on Fire TV
Now that you have mouse control setup, consider these other popular hacks to get even more from your Firestick and Fire TV Cube:
Install Third-Party Apps – Access tons of apps like Kodi and Cinema APK outside the Amazon App Store.
Put Alexa on Firestick – Enable the Echo Dot‘s Alexa assistant for hands-free voice control.
Change Firestick Region – Unlock geo-blocked content from other countries.
Remove Ads – Banish those annoying on-screen ads from the Fire TV interface.
Reset Firestick – Start fresh by wiping your Fire TV back to factory settings.
With Mouse Toggle installed, you‘ll have greater control over all the awesome apps, add-ons, and tweaks you can now use on Fire TV. The possibilities are endless!
Hopefully this guide provided everything you need to know to successfully install Mouse Toggle on your Amazon Firestick, Fire TV Cube, or any Fire TV model.
With touchscreen-like navigation, you can get so much more utility out of your Fire TV.
If you found this tutorial helpful, feel free to check out my other Fire TV articles for more ways to get the most out of your device.
You can also reach out to me directly with any questions or issues in the comments below. Enjoy your newfound mouse controls!