Update Your IP Address with Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts

If you have encountered an unexpected service disruption, then you are probably aware that it often happens after your ISP gives you a new IP address, which is unknown to our authentication system. The biggest indicator of that happening is if some basic things aren’t working, like the selection menu for Amazon Prime Video US not loading, or if the front page of Showtime gives you this:

instead of this:

 

iOS 12 and Siri Shortcuts

With iOS 12 (released earlier this week), Apple launched a new app called Siri Shortcuts, which allows you to create workflows and map them to a Siri command.

By creating a simple workflow, you can update your IP address for our authentication system, so if you get a new one from your ISP, all you have to say is “Hey Siri, update my IP address”, “Hey Siri, I’m gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow” or whatever command you assign to that shortcut.

Here’s how:

  1. Download the Siri Shortcuts app from here.
  2. Download our Shortcut by clicking here.
  3. Now, go to http://playmo.tv/dashboard/profile/ and copy your unique “Update location URL” to the clipboard. (The best way to do that is to click and hold the link, and then select Copy).
  4. Click the three dots next to our shortcut to edit it.
  5. Paste the URL from step 3 into the URL field
  6. Click the icon displaying two toggle buttons in the upper right corner (just below Done).
  7. Now click Add to Siri and record the phrase that you would like to assign to this shortcuts. To demonstrate we set it simply to “Update my IP address”, but you can set it to whatever you want.
  8. Now click Done three times to get back to the main screen of the Shortcuts app.
  9. Test it by saying “Hey Siri” along with your Shortcut, or add the Siri Shortcuts widget to your lock screen and run it from there.

How to install apps from different regions on the Amazon Fire TV

If you have a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you are probably familiar with the following experience: You read about a great service that you wanna try out, but you are not able to because you:
a) Can’t find the app when searching for it on your Amazon device or:
b) You get a geo error when you try to download or install it.

By simply changing your account settings for a minute or two, you can download apps from multiple regions (like say, Filmstruck from the US and TVPlayer from the UK) and install them on your Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, so you can enjoy the best apps from USA, UK and other regions alike without making any sacrifices. Here’s how:

  1. Login to your Amazon account, and go to Manage Content & Devices, and click Settings.Amazon - Content and Devices
  2. On this screen, click the Settings tab, and change the Country Settings to your preferred country.Amazon - Country Settings
  3. After you select a new country you will be prompted to enter an address. Just search for some the address of some major retailer in your selected country online and enter it. It should work without issues.
  4. Once you have changed countries, try searching the application you want again. This time you should be able to see it and download it to your Fire TV/Fire TV Stick.
  5. If the app is not automatically downloaded to your device, then you can manually Sync Amazon Content on your Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, by going to Settings > My Account and select Sync Amazon Content. Once you have done that, try searching for the application again.
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