Every area of our lives is getting revolutionized by technology, and even our houses have now become smarter. There are more alternatives than ever before when watching TV shows and movies, with nearly everything available to stream on the go at the touch of a button. Streaming gadgets are the latest iteration of smart home technology, but what exactly is an Amazon Fire TV Stick, and how does it work?
We’ve put together a simple tutorial below that explains what to anticipate from the streaming stick and how you can reset it.
What Is Amazon FireStick?
The Amazon Fire TV Stick — sometimes called the “Fire Stick” by some — is a streaming device made by Amazon. The Fire Stick is fashioned like a USB flash drive and connects straight into your TV’s HDMI socket, similar to the Roku in many respects. Despite its modest size, it’s a full-featured streaming player that can transform practically any television into a smart TV.
The Fire Stick is a little plastic rectangular dongle with a length of about three and a half inches and an inch width. The device’s clear casing is fairly basic, with an Amazon grin emblem attached on one side and an HDMI port protruding from the other end. The manufacturers supply you with a tiny port for plugging in the accompanying power supply.
The software that transforms almost any TV into a fully functioning smart TV is within this inconspicuous dongle. The specifications of your Fire TV Stick will vary depending on the model and generation you have. However, most of today’s Fire TV Sticks come with a fairly fast quad-core processor and 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM.
The machine has no cooling fans and uses very little electricity, so this is a remarkable achievement. The Firestick can easily handle 4K video, HDR, Dolby Atmos, and more with this CPU.
You may use a Fire Stick to view movies and TV shows from popular streaming applications like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube. You may also link your other Amazon smart devices to unlock new functions, such as an Amazon Echo.
How Does The Firestick Work?
The Amazon Fire TV Stick includes the essential technology to act as a streaming gadget, similar to your phone or PC. It includes a Wi-Fi receiver, a CPU, and an HDMI output. The only thing the Firestick lacks is a screen; however, you can compensate for that with any TV with an HDMI connector.
The Amazon Fire Stick functions so well when coupled with a Wi-Fi connection. You’ll find a Fire TV plug-in (which looks like a USB flash drive) and a Bluetooth remote when you open your Fire TV Stick. The plug-in serves as your streaming media player, converting any TV into a Smart TV. You may start downloading applications to access your favorite TV series and movies once you’ve signed in to your Amazon account. It’s worth noting that, while you can download almost any app for free, subscription-based applications like Netflix, YouTube TV, and Disney+ require a separate payment.
With your Fire TV purchase, you’ll also get a Bluetooth remote. The remote contains a built-in microphone that lets you operate your TV with voice commands, just like you would with any Alexa-enabled device. You may also use the remote to operate smart home devices such as the Ring doorbell, iRobot vacuum, and Ecobee thermostat.
How To Use An Amazon Fire Stick
You’ll be invited to login into your account and begin downloading your favorite applications once you plug your Amazon Fire Stick into the HDMI port. Some applications are free, while others require a premium membership that you must purchase individually. We’ll repeat it: You may download apps that need a paid membership, but you’ll be able to access their libraries only if you purchase a subscription separately from the Amazon Fire Stick.
As a result, buying an Amazon Fire Stick will not get you access to Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube TV for free. However, many free applications are available, like Tubi, IMDb, Pluto TV, and others.
How to Set Up an Amazon Fire Stick
You’ll get a remote, power adapter, 2 AAA batteries, HDMI extension, and the Fire TV plug-in when you buy the Amazon Fire Stick. The Fire TV is quite easy to set up.
1. Connect the power adapter to an outlet and the Fire TV to your television’s HDMI connection.
2. Once you’ve inserted the AAA cells into the remote, it should immediately link with the Fire TV. If not, press and hold the remote’s home button until it pairs. This process shouldn’t take more than a few seconds.
3. Locate the HDMI signal for the Fire TV using the “Source” button on your remote.
4. The instructions for setting up your smartphone will appear on the home screen.
How To Use The Settings To Reset Your Amazon Fire TV Stick
Resetting your Amazon Fire TV Stick will make it operate like new again if it has become sluggish. Furthermore, returning your smartphone to factory settings would remove all of your applications, settings, and data, allowing you to sell or give it away without fear of losing your privacy. Here’s how to use your remote to reset an Amazon Fire TV Stick through settings.
1. On your Fire TV Stick Remote, press the Home button.
2. After that, go to Settings, and press and hold the right directional button on your remote until the right-hand gear symbol gets highlighted. Then, on your remote, hit the down directional button to access the settings menu.
3. Select My Fire TV from the drop-down menu. If you have an earlier Fire TV Stick, it will label this as Device or System.
4. Then select Reset to Factory Defaults from the drop-down menu. If it prompts you to key in your PIN, enter it.
5. Finally, press the Reset button. That will then reset the device to factory defaults, and you will be alerted. Allow a few minutes for it to complete, and don’t disconnect the device at any time. If the power goes out while the procedure is in progress, you may have to restart it from the beginning.
Your device will immediately restart when it resets as if you were setting it up for the first time. It will then optimize your system’s storage and programs on its own. The gadget will restart when you complete this process.
You may also use your remote to reset your Fire TV Stick if it isn’t operating properly.
How To Use Your Remote Control To Reset Your Fire Stick
To use your remote control to reset your Fire TV Stick, switch it on and then press and hold the Back and Right directional buttons for at least 10 seconds. Finally, when the pop-up message appears, click Reset.
Your Fire TV Stick will need resetting after a few minutes. Meanwhile, you should avoid unplugging the gadget during the entire procedure. If the power goes out while the procedure is in progress, you may have to restart it from the beginning.
Using The ES File Explorer
Downloading the ES File Explorer software is a more specific technique for clearing up your Amazon Fire Stick memory. That is a file explorer that allows you to remove certain files that you’ve downloaded onto your Fire Stick, lowering the chances of memory issues.
However, you should use it if you already have Downloader software, which allows you to download particular files from the internet.
To get the ES File Explorer app, go to:
1. Select the Search icon from the left of the Fire Stick’s Home menu bar at the top of the screen.
2. In the search bar, type ES File Explorer.
3. Choose ES File Explorer, and then Choose Get.
You’ve completed the task!
To delete files in ES File Explorer, follow these steps:
1. Go to the Apps section.
2. Open the ES File Explorer application.
3. Go to Local to access the internal storage of your Fire Stick.
4. If you have any Android files downloaded, go to the Applications folder. Then to the Downloader or Downloads folders instead.
5. When you’re in the folder, navigate to the file you want to delete and press and hold the Select button on the Amazon Fire Stick’s remote until you see a green check icon. Repeat the procedure for any other files you want to get rid of in the system.
6. Select OK.
7. Navigate to the Recycle Bin in File Explorer.
8. Select Clear All from the far right of the Recycle Bin screen.
A quick tip: If you can’t access the Settings screen, try simultaneously pressing the right and back buttons on your remote for 10 seconds. The action takes you to a screen where you may continue or cancel the Reset. The Reset will continue if you wait without picking either option.
The reset procedure should take around five minutes, after which you’ll have to start over with the Firestick. Entering Wi-Fi details, connecting to your Amazon account, and installing additional applications are all part of this process.
Which Amazon Fire Stick Should I Buy?
Amazon provides a large selection of Fire Sticks for sale. If all you want is to stream movies and TV shows in HD, the Fire TV Stick Lite may be a good choice.
Meanwhile, the Fire TV Stick 4K is a better option if you want to stream in 4K. It has 4K Ultra HD resolution and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio. Therefore, you’ll get crystal-clear images with gripping audio.
The Fire Stick 4K Max is the most expensive option. It has great features such as the Fire TV Stick 4, Wi-Fi6 connectivity, and live view picture in picture.