What is Amazon Fire TV? A guide to the streaming device and how it differs from its competitors

An Amazon Fire TV Stick remote.
Amazon Fire TV devices plug into your TV and use the internet to stream entertainment content.

  • Amazon Fire TV is a video streaming device first released by Amazon in 2014 that now has five different models.
  • Fire TV has a remote control with Alexa-powered voice recognition.
  • In addition to Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV has access to thousands of streaming channels, streaming music like Spotify, and even games.
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Amazon Fire TV is a video streaming device created by Amazon – it connects to a television or monitor and lets you watch TV shows and movies streamed over apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and thousands of others.

Amazon released its first version of the Fire TV in 2014, and has since developed several different models.

What is Fire TV?

Fire TV works like other media players (such as Roku, Google Chromecast, and the Apple TV). It’s a device that connects to a TV or monitor via an HDMI port and behaves sort of like the TV’s operating system.

It has its own home page and library of free and subscription-based streaming apps that you can use to watch videos and listen to music. In that way, Fire TV turns any ordinary TV into a “smart” TV – or can be used as a replacement for the OS built into a smart TV.

image of amazon fire home on TV screen
The Fire TV family of media players streams video from the internet to your TV.

Currently, Amazon offers five versions of Fire TV, from the value-priced Fire TV Stick Lite to the premium Fire TV Cube. In between those two, Amazon offers three other models: the Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, and the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. In general, all five devices work essentially the same and offer the same array of streaming apps, streaming music, and games.

image of amazon fire stick device and remote
The Amazon Fire Stick looks like a USB flash drive but connects your TV to a vast library of video content online.

The difference between models is mainly a matter of image quality, sound quality, and connectivity. The Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick only display HD, for example, while the other models offer 4K video. Likewise, all but the Lite output sound in Dolby Atmos, and you need at least the Fire TV Stick 4K Max to connect to the new WiFi 6 wireless standard.

What can you do with a Fire TV?

Like any streaming media player, Fire TV is an entertainment device that gives you access to a vast array of content – free and subscription movies and TV shows, as well as music and games – via an internet connection.

The primary focus of Fire TV, and no doubt the main reason most people purchase one, is for streaming TV shows and movies. That means you can connect to countless streaming apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, and many others including, of course, Amazon’s own Prime Video.

Image of streaming app options on Fire TV
The Fire TV lets you watch content from nearly every streaming service, including free options like PlutoTV and Tubi.

Fire TV does a lot more than just streaming TV and movies, though. It can also stream audio. Using apps like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Sirius XM, you can listen to music on demand as well as radio stations and podcasts.

It is also a gaming system, after a fashion. You can use Fire TV to play a large assortment of games. Titles range from mobile classics like Candy Crush to a modern version of Pac-Man and GTA Street Fighter. Some games can be played with the Fire TV remote, though for a more satisfying gaming experience you will need to add an optional game controller.

How Fire TV differs from its competitors

The streaming media player field is fairly crowded; you can choose among Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV, and that doesn’t include several less popular models. Most of these devices have a lot of baseline features and capabilities in common, such as access to a vast library of streaming content and a range of products across all price points. Although, Apple TV is an outlier, with no low-end product to compete with the inexpensive Fire TV Stick Lite.

Fire TV distinguishes itself from competing products in a few important ways:

  • Fire TV is built on the Android OS, but Amazon has modified the software substantially, so it cannot run Android apps. That’s in contrast to Chromecast with Google TV, which has access to the entire library of Android apps, including Android’s mobile games.
  • Because Fire TV is an Amazon product, it emphasizes Amazon services. You certainly have full access to other channels and apps, but Amazon emphasizes its own services, like Prime Video and Prime Music, by default when you look for content.
  • While other streaming players may or may not include voice control, Fire TV has voice control built into every Fire TV model using Alexa, the same personal assistant found in Echo smart speakers.

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6 ways to fix your Amazon Firestick remote when it won’t connect

An Amazon Fire TV Stick remote.
Without a working remote, you can’t use a Firestick.

  • If your Amazon Firestick remote isn’t working, you should try resetting its connection to your device.
  • Make sure that there’s a clear path between your remote and the Firestick so they can connect.
  • Your Firestick remote’s batteries might need to be replaced, too.
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With more and more people getting rid of cable television, streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick (also known as the Firestick) are becoming more popular. And the Firestick is a great device – when it’s working correctly.

If your Firestick’s remote control stops working, it means no movies and no TV. In some cases, it might mean that you can’t turn on your television at all.

Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to fix a Firestick remote that’s not working.

How to fix your Firestick remote when it’s not working

Change the batteries

It might seem too simple to work, but hear us out. Your Firestick might be small, but it uses power whenever you press a button. And over the course of a year, that adds up.

Remove the battery cover on the back of your Firestick remote to remove the batteries and replace them with fresh ones. Most Firestick remotes take two AAA batteries.

Taking the batteries out of an Amazon Firestick remote.
You’ll need two AAA batteries for your Firestick remote.

Once you’ve replaced the batteries, try using the remote again.

Remove any obstructions

Your Firestick remote might be wireless, but it still needs space to connect with the Firestick. Make sure that there’s nothing blocking your remote or Firestick, like a game console or pile of books. Also move any nearby devices sending off radio signals, like Wi-Fi routers or even microwaves.

For the best results, there should be a clear line between your remote and the Firestick.

Unpair and reconnect the remote

If the batteries aren’t the issue and you’ve got a clear line of sight, your remote’s connection to the Firestick might need a refresh. Unpairing the remote from your Firestick and re-pairing it might do the trick.

1. Use another Firestick remote to wake your Firestick and open the Settings menu. If you don’t have another physical remote, you can connect your iPhone or Android device and use that as a virtual remote.

2. In the Settings menu, select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices, and then Amazon Fire TV Remotes.

The Settings screen on an Amazon Firestick, with the "Controllers & Bluetooth Devices" option highlighted.
Open your remote control settings.

3. Scroll down to the remote that’s not working – it’ll probably just be called Amazon Fire TV Remote – and press the Menu button and then the Select button. Your remote will disappear from the list.

4. Scroll down and select Add New Remote, then press and hold the Home button on the unpaired remote.

5. When the Firestick prompts you, press the Select button on the “old” remote you used to navigate the menus.

The menu on a Firestick that lets you pair a new remote with the device.
You’ll need to press two buttons on the remote to pair it.

Your Firestick will re-pair with the remote, which will hopefully get it working again.

Reset the remote

If unpairing it didn’t work, you can try resetting the remote. This not only refreshes the connection, but also restarts the remote’s internal software and hardware.

The exact steps it’ll take to reset your remote differ depending on what kind of remote you have, so check out our full guide on how to reset your Firestick remote for more information. Basically, you’ll need to press and hold certain buttons on the remote and unplug the Firestick from its power source.

Reset your Firestick

While most connection issues stem from the remote, there’s always a chance that your Firestick is really the one causing problems. If none of the previous steps worked, you can factory reset your Firestick.

Factory resetting the Firestick will erase all of its data, returning it to the state it was in when you bought it. This means that you’ll have to redownload your apps and log into your accounts. It’s annoying, but also a great way to fix issues.

Just note that you’ll need to have at least one remote that can connect for this, even if it’s just the virtual remote in the Fire TV smartphone app.

1. Open the Settings menu on your Firestick and select My Fire TV.

2. Scroll down and select Reset to Factory Defaults, then confirm your choice.

The "Reset to Factory Defaults" option on an Amazon Firestick.
Once you factory reset your Firestick, you’ll need to set it up like it were new.

Give the device a few minutes to reset. Once it’s done, set it up like new.

Contact Amazon

If you’ve tried all these steps and your Firestick remote still won’t work, the problem probably runs deeper than you can fix. In this case, contact Amazon directly for help.

Amazon’s customer service representatives can help you with nearly any Fire TV issue. If even they can’t figure out the problem, there’s a chance that they’ll let you send in your Firestick for a replacement.

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How to reset your Amazon Firestick’s remote and fix connection issues

An Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote.
Resetting your Firestick remote might help it connect.

  • You can reset your Amazon Firestick’s remote by pressing and holding a series of different buttons.
  • The exact way to reset your Firestick remote will depend on what version of the remote you own.
  • You should reset your remote if your Firestick stops responding to it, and changing the batteries doesn’t help.
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Wireless remotes are great – until they suddenly stop connecting and you can’t even turn on your TV.

If your Amazon Fire TV Stick (better known as the Firestick) remote stops working, and you’re sure that it has fresh batteries, you should try resetting it. Resetting a Firestick remote will refresh it’s connection to the actual streaming stick and can fix all sorts of bugs.

Unlike some devices, you can’t just reset a Firestick remote by flipping a switch. And the exact buttons you need to press depend on what kind of remote you have.

Luckily, it should only take a few minutes with any remote. Here’s how to reset any Firestick remote – along with every other kind of Amazon Fire TV remote.

How to reset your Firestick remote

Resetting an Alexa Voice Remote (with volume and power buttons), Alexa Voice Remote Lite, Fire TV Smart TV Remote, and Fire TV Soundbar Remote

An Amazon Fire TV Alexa Remote, with the important buttons labeled.
Newer Firestick remotes have more buttons than ever.

1. Unplug your Firestick’s power cable so it completely shuts down, and wait for at least 60 seconds.

2. Press and hold the Left button, Menu button, and Back button on your remote for at least 12 seconds.

3. Release the buttons, then wait at least five seconds.

4. Take out your remote’s batteries, then plug your Firestick back in and wait another 60 seconds.

5. Put the batteries back into your remote and press the Home button.

On the Alexa Voice remote (with volume and power buttons), Fire TV Smart TV Remote, and Fire TV Soundbar Remote, a blue light will flash at the top of the remote when it successfully reconnects.

If you don’t see the light or your remote still isn’t working, press and hold the Home button for at least another 10 seconds then try using it again.

Resetting an Alexa Voice Remote (first generation)

The older Amazon Fire TV Alexa Remote, with the Left, Home, and Menu buttons labeled.
You won’t need to press the Back button to reset this remote.

1. Unplug your Firestick’s power cable, and then wait for at least 60 seconds.

2. Press and hold the Left button and Menu button for at least 12 seconds.

3. Release the buttons and wait at least five seconds, then remove the batteries.

4. Plug your Firestick back in and again wait at least 60 seconds.

5. Put the batteries back into the remote and press the Home button.

If your remote still won’t connect, press and hold the Home button for at least 10 seconds then try using it again.

Resetting a Basic Edition Remote

The Basic Amazon Fire TV remote, with the Menu and Home buttons labeled.
This is the oldest version of the Fire TV remote, and doesn’t come bundled with any devices anymore.

1. Press and hold the Home button.

2. While you’re holding the Home button, press the Menu button three times.

3. Let go of the Home button, then press the Menu button nine times.

4. Take the batteries out of your remote, then unplug your Firestick and wait for at least 60 seconds.

5. Put the batteries back into your remote and plug the Firestick back in.

6. When the Firestick’s homepage appears, press and hold the Home button for at least 40 seconds.

7. Wait a minute for the remote setup to finish.

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How to get HBO Max on an Amazon Firestick to watch shows like ‘The Sopranos’ or ‘Insecure’

The HBO Max logo displayed on a large screen.
HBO Max is available on every major streaming device, including Amazon Fire TV.

  • You can get HBO Max on an Amazon Firestick by searching for the app and downloading it.
  • Once you download HBO Max onto your Firestick, you need to log into your account.
  • HBO Max is available on all Amazon Fire TV devices, not just the Firestick.
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HBO’s streaming service HBO Max has tons of hit series people love, like “Friends,” “Rick and Morty,” and “The Bachelor,” plus great originals like “Insecure,” “The Sopranos,” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” HBO Max also offers hundreds of films to choose from on movie night – there’s something for everyone.

And although HBO Max used to be hard to find on some devices, you can now get it on any streaming device – including the Amazon Fire TV Stick (also known as the Firestick).

Here’s how to get HBO Max on your Firestick, or any other Fire TV device.

How to get HBO Max on an Amazon Firestick

1. Turn on your Firestick and select the Find option on the homepage, and then Search.

The Find page on an Amazon Fire TV.
You can search for the HBO Max app like any movie or show.

2. Type in HBO Max and select it when it appears as a search result.

3. Select HBO Max underneath Apps & Games. It should be the first option.

HBO Max appearing on a search results page on an Amazon Firestick.
HBO Max should appear as the first result.

4. On the app’s information page, select Get. It’s free to download.

The download page for HBO Max on an Amazon Firestick. The "Get" option is highlighted.
Select the “Get” option.

5. Let the app download. Once it’s installed, you can find it by heading to your App Library (select the gray square icon on the far-right of your homepage) or underneath Recently Used Apps on the homepage.

The App Library on an Amazon Firestick. HBO Max is highlighted.
HBO Max will appear in your App Library once it’s installed.

Open HBO Max and sign into your account, or start a new subscription.

Alternatively, head to your Firestick’s homepage and scroll down. There’s a chance that you’ll see a section titled Sponsored: Apps & Games, with HBO Max as an option.

A section on the Amazon Fire homepage titled "Sponsored: Apps & Games."
HBO Max might be recommended here.

Melanie Weir contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to use your phone as an Amazon Firestick remote

An Amazon Fire TV Stick remote.
You can control your Amazon Firestick with the standard remote, or with the remote app.

  • You can use the Fire TV app on your smartphone as a remote for your Amazon Firestick.
  • Once you download the app, it’ll let you connect to any Firestick on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • The Fire TV app has three remote control types – Directional Pad, Swipe Gesture, and Mini – all of which work with a Firestick.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick (better known as the Firestick) is incredibly small, and its remote is just as tiny. This makes it easy to hold, but even easier to lose in your couch cushions.

Luckily, you don’t need the remote that came with your Firestick to control it. If you have a smartphone – either an iPhone or Android – you can download the Fire TV app and use it as a remote control.

Here’s how to use the Fire TV app as your Firestick’s remote.

How to use the Firestick remote app

Before you do anything, make sure that your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Firestick. You can check what Wi-Fi network your Firestick is on by opening the Settings menu, and then selecting Network.

Once they’re connected to the same network:

1. Download the Fire TV app onto your iPhone or Android and open it.

2. The first time you open the Fire TV app, you’ll be asked to give the app Local Network Permission – click Sure.

3. The app should automatically start looking for Fire TV devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone. Once your Firestick appears in the list, tap it.

The Amazon Fire TV app searching for local Fire TV devices, and then displaying the ones it's found.
Tap the Firestick that you want to connect to.

4. A four-digit code will appear on your TV screen. Enter this code into the app.

An Amazon Fire TV device displaying a code that the user can enter onto their phone to use the phone as a remote control.
Once you get the code, enter it on your phone.

Give your devices a moment, and they should connect. Your Firestick will go back to the home screen, and your Fire TV app will show you the remote control.

If the Fire TV app can’t find your Firestick, or the two won’t connect correctly, disconnect both devices from the internet and then reconnect them. You might also need to tap Set Up New Device and log into your Amazon account.

How to change your Firestick app’s remote

The Fire TV app offers two different kinds of remotes, as well as an extra one if you’re using an Android phone.

  • The Directional Pad remote is the default. It gives you four directional buttons and one in the middle for selecting or confirming things.
  • The Swipe Gesture remote just has a black pad which you can swipe your finger across to move, or tap to select/confirm things.
  • Android users also have the Mini Remote, a small remote pad that appears on your phone’s lock screen and notification panel.

All of these remotes include separate buttons for getting to the home screen, going back, rewinding and fast-forwarding, pausing and playing, and opening a menu.

The two different types of remotes offered in the Amazon Fire TV app.
Every user has access to at least two types of remotes.

To switch between the different remotes, open the Fire TV app’s remote screen and tap the gear icon in the top-left corner. It’ll bring you to a screen where you can enable or disable the different remotes.

The "Fire TV Remote" settings screen in the Fire TV app. The "Directional Pad" and "Mini Remote" options are highlighted.
Android users can also enable the “Mini Remote.”

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How to update your Amazon Firestick

An Amazon Fire TV Stick.
You should your Firestick updated, just like any other device.

  • You can update your Amazon Firestick through the Settings menu.
  • Your Firestick should be checking for updates every day, but the Settings menu lets you update it manually.
  • Keeping your Firestick updated is important for keeping your data secure and receiving new features.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick (also known as the Firestick) lets users to watch their favorite content on apps like Netflix and HBO Max, as well as shop on Amazon. But like any internet-connected device released nowadays, the Firestick requires regular updates to run properly and unlock new features.

By default, your Firestick should check for updates automatically every day. But if you want to check for updates yourself, you just need to open the Settings menu.

How to update your Amazon Fire Stick

1. Turn on your Firestick and get to the home screen, then select the Settings option – depending on your Firestick, it might just look like a gear icon.

2. In Settings, scroll and click on the My Fire TV tab. On some Firesticks, you might see Device or System instead.

The Settings menu on an Amazon Firestick, with the My Fire TV option highlighted.
Head to My Fire TV.

3. In the menu that opens, click About and then scroll down to Check for Updates. You’ll see a note on the right side of the page telling you what version of the OS your Firestick is running, and the last time it checked for an update.

4. Click Check for Updates to see if your device is up to date. If an Install Update option appears, it means that there’s an update available for you. If it just says Your Fire TV is up to date, you’re running the latest software.

The "Check for Updates" screen on an Amazon Firestick.
Your Firestick should be checking for updates every day.

5. If the Install Update option appears, select it. Your Firestick should turn off, and then turn back on a few minutes later with the update installed.

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How to reset your Amazon Firestick to factory settings and fix nearly any bug

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It should only take a few clicks to reset a Firestick.

  • You can reset an Amazon Firestick to factory settings by opening the My Fire TV menu, or by using a button shortcut.
  • Resetting your Firestick will erase all of your personal data, downloaded apps, and preferences.
  • If your Firestick is experiencing a glitch that you can’t fix, resetting it might be the best fix.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick – better known as just the Firestick – is a smart device, and like most smart devices, should usually run without issues or bugs. But if you’ve had yours for long enough, there’s a chance that you’ll eventually run into some sort of problem.

If you’re trying to fix a bug, or just want to erase your data so you can sell the Firestick, you should factory reset it. A factory reset will return the Firestick to the state it was in when you first bought it – no account and only the default apps and settings.

Here’s how to reset your Firestick.

How to reset an Amazon Firestick

1. Turn on your Firestick and get to the home screen.

2. Locate the Settings option – depending on your Firestick, it might just look like a gear icon – and select it.

3. Scroll down and select My Fire TV. On some Firesticks, you might see Device or System instead of My Fire TV.

The Settings menu on an Amazon Firestick, with the My Fire TV option highlighted.
Head to My Fire TV.

4. Scroll to Reset to Factory Defaults and select it.

The My Fire TV menu on an Amazon Firestick, with the "Reset to Factory Settings" option highlighted.
You can reset or restart your Firestick from this menu.

5. Confirm that you want to reset the system.

The reset process should take about five minutes, and once it’s done, you’ll need to set the Firestick up from scratch. This includes entering the Wi-Fi information, logging into your Amazon account, and downloading any extra apps.

Jennifer Still contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to get HBO Max on an Amazon Fire Stick and watch shows like ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Friends’

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Like most streaming services, you can access HBO Max on any Amazon Fire device.

  • You can get HBO Max on an Amazon Fire Stick, and all other Amazon devices, in a few simple steps.
  • To get HBO Max on your Amazon Fire device, just download the app and log into your account.
  • HBO Max is home to a wide host of different movies and shows, both new and old.
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HBO’s streaming service HBO Max has tons of hit series people love, like “Friends,” “Rick and Morty,” and “The Bachelor,” plus great originals like “Euphoria,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” HBO Max also offers tons of films to choose from on movie night – there’s something for everyone.

Although Amazon experienced some difficulty partnering with competing streaming services, HBO Max finally arrived on Amazon devices in November 2020.

You can download now HBO Max on Amazon Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, Fire Cubes, and Amazon Fire Sticks – here’s how.

Once you’ve got HBO Max on your Amazon device, check out our guides on how to make the most of the service’s features.

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‘What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick?’: Amazon’s portable but powerful streaming device, explained

  • The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a portable streaming device that can give you access to thousands of movies and TV shows.
  • Most Amazon Fire TV models are currently on sale on Amazon with Black Friday discounts.
  • Much like other streaming devices, the Amazon Fire TV Stick lets you watch Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and other streaming services — as long as you have subscriptions to them.
  • All you need to do to use an Amazon Fire Stick is plug it into your TV, connect it to the internet, and get watching.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a streaming video player sold by Amazon. Similar in many ways to the Roku Streaming Stick, the Fire TV stick is the entry-level product in Amazon’s streaming media player family, typically priced at about $40.

The Fire TV Stick is shaped like an oversized USB flash drive, and plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI video input. Rather than storing files, though, it’s a full-featured streaming player, able to turn any television with an HDMI port into a Smart TV.

The Fire TV Stick is free to use and set up, and it’s free to download nearly every major app. However, to watch subscription-based apps like Netflix or Hulu, you’ll need to pay for them separately.

You can purchase the Amazon Fire TV Stick in both a basic version, and 4K version. The only difference between the two is that the 4K version can stream – as the name implies – in 4K resolution.

What you can do with the Amazon Fire TV Stick

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You can access “tens of thousands” of streaming channels through a Fire TV Stick.

Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick adds “tens of thousands” of channels to your TV. That includes all the streaming services you are most familiar with, including Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Now, along with network TV apps, sports, and, of course, thousands of less common niche channels you may not be familiar with.

The stick comes with a remote control that has a built-in microphone for voice control. Because this is an Amazon product, you might expect that it has Alexa support, and you would be right – you can give commands to the Fire TV Stick using Alexa, and control all your home automation products (like the Ring doorbell, Philips Hue lights, and ecobee thermostat, among others) just as if you were talking to an Amazon Echo speaker.

What Amazon Fire TV Sticks cost

The Fire TV family includes the Fire TV Stick ($39.99; $19.99 with a Black Friday discount) and the Fire TV Stick 4K ($49.99; $24.99 with a Black Friday discount). The 4K version costs a little more and is identical to the Fire TV Stick except that it (as the name implies) works with 4K video. The original Fire TV Stick sends standard 1080p high definition video instead.

Amazon also sells the Fire TV Cube. Priced at $119.99 ($89.99 with a Black Friday discount), this media player includes a built-in speaker and a microphone that listens for voice commands from across the room – you don’t need to talk into a remote control. While the two versions of the Fire TV Stick require Wi-Fi, the Cube is able to connect to Ethernet for faster, more reliable internet access. (It’s possible to connect the Fire TV sticks to Ethernet with an optional Ethernet adapter.)

How to set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick

Setting up an Amazon Fire Stick is little more than a three step process.

You simply need to plug the Fire TV stick into its supplied power adapter and then plug the stick into your TV’s HDMI video input. Then, turn on your TV and make sure it’s set to the correct HDMI input.

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The Fire TV Stick plugs into a TV’s HDMI port and needs to be powered through the micro-USB port on its side.

Finally, using the remote control, step through the welcome and setup instructions on the TV screen.  You’ll need to enter your Wi-Fi password and log into your Amazon account. You don’t need a VPN or anything of the sort.

After that, setup is largely complete; you’ll just need to add and log into any streaming channels you use (like Netflix, Hulu, and so on).

For more information, check out our article, “How to set up an Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon’s portable media streaming device, for the first time.”

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  • To set up an Amazon Fire Stick and start watching, all you need to do is plug the Fire Stick into your TV and use the remote to navigate.
  • You’ll also need batteries for the remote, and a Wi-Fi connection to link your Fire Stick with.
  • To finish setting up the Amazon Fire Stick, you’ll need to follow a series of on-screen prompts that will help you link all your devices.
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More than five years ago, Amazon released its very own streaming device where you can watch all your favorite TV shows, movies, and more – the Fire Stick. It also comes equipped with Alexa for voice commands. 

Today, an Amazon Fire Stick costs about $40, and it’s simple to set up. All you need is a television with an HDMI port, batteries for the remote, and an internet connection. 

How to set up an Amazon Fire Stick

1. When you receive your Amazon Fire Stick, there will be 3 items: the remote, power adapter, and the Fire Stick. First, find the Fire Stick. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick, $39.99.
The Fire Stick is about as big as a USB flash drive.

2. Plug the Fire Stick into one of your TV’s HDMI ports, which can usually be found on the back of the television. 

3. Connect the power cable to the Fire Stick. 

4. Then, plug the power cable into a wall outlet, or into the USB port of the TV.

5. Turn on your TV. Using the television’s remote, find the correct input channel or source that you plugged the Fire Stick into (for example, HDMI 1), and select it.

6. Once you’ve inserted batteries into your Fire Stick remote, press any button. 

 

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The Fire Stick’s remote has volume and playback controls, as well as an Alexa button.

7. Now, you should see the Amazon Fire Stick start-up screen. Follow the instructions on-screen to finish setting up your Fire Stick. This includes pairing the remote, setting up the language, connecting to Wi-Fi, and signing into your Amazon account. 

Once you’ve signed in to your Amazon account, you can download video-streaming apps like HBO, Hulu, and Netflix as well as games and music. 

If you are a Prime member, you will have access to Prime Video. You can also use Alexa to check the weather and add items to your Amazon cart. 

 

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