Last Updated on January 13, 2022
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a streaming accessory that has been game-changing for watching TV. Resembling a large USB stick— it plugs straight into the HDMI port of your television and enables you to transform any TV into a smart TV.
Once you get one, you can’t go back. That’s why it’s frustrating if your Fire Stick is working really slowly or just seems off. If that’s happening to you, there are a few things you can try to get it back to normal. In this article, we will cover the first point of call. Resetting your Fire Stick.
- 1 Steps to reset your Fire Stick
- 2 If it doesn’t improve? Restore Fire Stick to Factory Settings
- 3 What happens when you restore Fire Stick to factory settings?
- 4 What is wrong with my Fire Stick? – Reasons why it is not working
- 5 Can you use Alexa with Fire Stick?
- 6 Fire Stick models and features
- 7 What streaming apps can you get on Fire Stick?
- 8 How to set up your Fire Stick
Steps to reset your Fire Stick
In order to do this, you can follow these simple instructions:
- Turn on your television and click any button on your Fire Stick to make sure the stick knows you are trying to engage with your Fire Stick interface.
- Using your Fire Stick remote control, press and hold the “Home” button for several seconds— the one with the white outline of a house on it.
- Then, use your remote to click on the “Settings” tab of your interface, which is shaped like a gear or is simply the word “Settings.”
- Once you’re in settings, click on the icon that says “My Fire TV.”
- This will show you a menu of options. One of these options should say “Restart.” Click “Restart” and wait while your device restarts itself.
This is definitely the first option you should try if you find that your Fire Stick isn’t functioning at top speed. In many cases, this will quickly fix any issues you’re having and will allow you to continue enjoying the various features your Fire Stick has to offer.
If it doesn’t improve? Restore Fire Stick to Factory Settings
If you attempt to restart your Fire Stick and you find that there is little to no improvement in the performance of your Fire Stick, you should attempt the second option: resetting your Fire Stick to the factory settings. There are two ways to do this.
Here are the instructions for the first method:
- Turn on your TV and activate your Fire Stick by pressing any button on the remote control.
- Use your Fire Stick remote control to navigate to the “Settings” menu, which will either look like a gear or simply be the word “Settings.”
- Alternatively, you can navigate to the settings menu by holding down the “Home” button on your remote, which is a round button with a white outline of a house on it.
- Once you’re in “Settings,” scroll through the options and select “My Fire TV.”
- Scroll down the menu that appears and select “Reset to Factory Defaults.”
- You may be prompted to enter your PIN before the factory reset proceeds. If this is the case, enter your PIN as prompted and proceed.
- Your Fire Stick will begin to reset. This will likely take a few minutes.
While your Fire Stick is resetting, it will likely show you a message that advises you to leave your Fire Stick plugged into the TV and the wall. Failing to do either of these could potentially damage your device and will certainly mean that you need to begin the resting process all over again.
During the reset process, your Fire Stick will restart itself before optimizing system storage and apps. After these processes have been completed, your Fire Stick will then restart itself for a second time.
As mentioned earlier, there is also a second way to reset your Fire Stick to factory settings. This method is a failsafe in case your Fire Stick has completely frozen and you can’t access the reset through your Settings menu. Here are the steps for the second method:
- Turn your TV on and engage the Fire Stick by pressing a button on the remote.
- You will need two fingers or hands for this next step, as it requires you to press two buttons on your remote at one time. Press the “Back” button (shaped like a U-Turning arrow) and the Right directional button on the large circle at the same time for a minimum of 10 seconds.
- If you’ve done it correctly, you should be prompted with a message that asks if you want to reset your device. Click reset and wait for the reset process to complete itself as described in the method above.
What happens when you restore Fire Stick to factory settings?
When you reset your Fire Stick, you are essentially wiping all of the saved and cached data stored on the stick and returning it to the settings that were present when you first unboxed and installed your Fire Stick. This means that any apps you downloaded will need to be downloaded again, and you will also need to log back into any streaming services that you intend to use.
You will also need to reconnect your Fire Stick to your Wi-Fi network as well as log into your Amazon account.
What is wrong with my Fire Stick? – Reasons why it is not working
While there are a ton of benefits to purchasing a Fire Stick (and the price is hard to beat at $17.99 for the most basic model), the Fire Stick can run into some issues after extended use. Many types of technology— like computers, gaming devices, and phones— benefit greatly from being completely shut off for a short period of time and then restarted.
This gives the technology a chance to rest so it can function properly and have a longer lifespan. The Fire Stick is similar, and occasionally needs a chance to rest and reboot.
Faulty sleep mode
The Fire Stick, which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port as well as a wall outlet, doesn’t turn off when the TV is turned off. Most Fire Sticks will go into sleep mode after sitting idle for 20 minutes, but sometimes this mechanism doesn’t trigger, and your Fire Stick can stay on for a long time or until your next use.
There isn’t anything wrong or concerning about this, though, but it may impact the speed of the Fire Stick’s information processing and interface use.
Many Fire Stick users find that, at some point, their Fire Stick stops functioning as quickly or smoothly as it did when they first purchased it. This can manifest as difficulty moving the selection box or slow reaction times after trying to open an app.
Occasionally, these types of issues will resolve on their own with no action required from the user. In some cases, however, you need to take action in order to get your Fire Stick in tip-top shape again.
Can you use Alexa with Fire Stick?
Newer versions of the Fire Stick even have the added feature of using Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. Through the microphone on the Fire Stick, you can instruct Alexa to play movies or television shows, recommend something to watch, search on the internet, and even show you recipes for food.
Fire Stick models and features
When the Fire Stick was first released, it came with a simple duo of a remote control and the stick that plugs into the TV. Through the years, Amazon has developed a ton of other options that are more advanced and come with a plethora of extra features, bells, and whistles.
For the straightforward Fire Stick, you can choose from 5 options: Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, and Fire TV Cube, which is described as their “fastest and most powerful hands-free streaming media player.”
In addition to the Fire Sticks, they also sell smart TVs that come fully equipped with the Fire Stick and Alexa technology. You can purchase a variety of sizes and options of the Amazon Smart TV, and they all come highly reviewed.
Additionally, Amazon also sells a surround sound soundbar that has all of the Fire Stick features and comes with a Fire Stick remote.
What streaming apps can you get on Fire Stick?
You can also download a ton of different games that you can play using your Amazon Game Controller, which can be purchased on the Amazon website.
How to set up your Fire Stick
Setting up your Amazon Fire Stick is super easy, too. You simply need to plug it into a power source, and then put it into your HDMI port in the TV. You can then use your Fire Stick remote control to navigate through the welcome and setup messages displayed on your TV.
During this process, you will need to connect your Fire Stick to the Wi-FI, log into your Amazon account, and download and log into any apps and streaming services you intend to use on your Fire Stick. You may be prompted (or given the option) to set a PIN for your Fire Stick.
The platform will then ask for your PIN any time you try to make a purchase using the Fire Stick, such as a movie rental or in-app purchase.
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