This article will explain how you can reset your Amazon Fire TV stick. Amazon Fire TV stick, also known as Firestick, is reliable, affordable, convenient, and offers a wide range of use. These features and more make it one of the most popular streaming devices.
The Amazon Fire TV stick is known to function with little or no issues; however, if you have had your Amazon Fire TV stick for a long time, there is a possibility it might start having minor hiccups.
There is a wide range of reasons you might want to reset your Amazon Fire TV stick, some of which are:
- Your Firestick is slow.
- You are experiencing certain glitches while using your Firestick.
- You are unable to connect a WiFi network with your Fire TV stick.
- FireStick functions are not performing as expected.
Resetting your FireStick might be the only solution you will need for all of the issues listed above. Resetting your Firestick will make it start working afresh, although it is important to note that resetting your Firestick will delete all of your inputted data and customized settings.
Steps to Take Before Resetting FireStick
As discussed earlier, resetting your Amazon Firestick will deleted all of your data, personal apps and customized settings.
This is clearly an extreme solution and should be your last resort, except in a situation where you want to sell or give out your Firestick, and you want to clear all your data.
If you are experiencing certain glitches using your Firestick, try the methods discussed above, and only reset your Amazon Fire TV stick if the solutions do not work.
Unplug the Cord from its Power Source
Sometimes, using a method called power cycling, which means unplugging your Amazon Fire TV cord from its power source, can help resolve the issue you might be facing with your Firestick.
To achieve this, turn off your Amazon Fire TV stick, unplug the cord from its power source, wait for approximately 30 to 40 seconds, then plug it back and turn on your device.
This method will restart your device and reload your Apps and other Fire TV stick functionality.
Clear your Apps Cache
If the Apps on your Firestick begin to crash unexpectedly or malfunction before attempting to reset your Amazon Fire TV stick, it is recommended that you first clear the cache of your Apps.
You can do this by following the simple steps listed below
- Turn on your Firestick.
- Go to settings.
- Now, click on Applications.
- Then select Manage Installed Applications.
- Select the App you want to clear its cache.
- Then click Clear cache.
This method clears the cache of individual apps to clear more than one App, keep repeating steps 5 and 6.
Restart Your Amazon Fire TV stick
You can use two different methods to restart your Amazon Fire TV stick,either using the remote or through the settings on your home screen.
If you have issues with your Firestick, this can be your first approach to solving the issue, as it does not clear all your data, and still attempts to resolve any issue you are facing.
How to Restart Your Amazon Fire TV Stick using the Remote
You can restart your Amazon Fire TV stick using the Firestick remote by following the steps highlighted below.
- Turn on your Firestick.
- From the Firestick remote, press the Play/Pause button, simultaneously with the Select. button in the navigation center of your Remote for approximately 10 to 20 seconds.
- A prompt will appear on your screen, and your Firestick will restart itself.
Once your Firestick turns back on, you have successfully restarted your Firestick.
Update your Amazon Fire TV Stick
Sometimes, updating your Amazon Fire TV stick will be the solution to some of the issues you face because updates are constantly released to resolve bugs and resolve issues.
Before attempting to reset your Amazon Fire TV stick, follow the steps below to update your Amazon Fire TV stick.
- Turn on your Firestick.
- Then select Settings.
- Now, click on my Fire TV(known as Device or System in older versions of the Firestick) menu from the settings section, depending on the option showing on your TV.
- Then click on About.
- Now, select check for update to confirm if your smart TV has Firmware available for update.
- If there is Firmware available for update, select install update.
- A message will appear on your screen letting you know the update will start once the Firestick is idle(The Firestick usually goes to the idle state about 30 minutes from last use) and request that you reboot your system to install the update.
- Once you accept, your Firestick will restart, and you will get a prompt letting you know that update is in progress. The update usually takes approximately 20 minutes from start to finish.
If you have followed the steps highlighted above, then you have updated your Amazon Fire TV stick.
How to Restart Amazon FireStick using Fire TV Stick Settings
You can restart your Amazon FireStick through its settings by following the steps listed below.
- Turn on the Firestick.
- Now, click on the Settings icon.
- Then, select My Fire TV.
- Now, click on Restart from the settings menu.
- Select Restart again, and a prompt will appear on your screen, letting you know your FireStick is rebooting.
If you have followed the steps listed above, then you have restarted your Amazon Fire TV stick.
How to Reset Your Amazon Fire TV Stick with a Remote
You can use your Amazon Fire TV Stick remote to reset your Amazon Firestick to its factory settings by following the steps below.
- Press the Home button of your Amazon Fire TV stick remote.
- Then click on settings.
- Now select My Fire TV ( which will show as either Device or Systems in older versions of the Fire Stick).
- Then select Restore to Factory Defaults and input your pin if requested.
- Then click Reset, you will get a prompt letting you know your Firestick is reverting to its factory settings.
Do not turn off or unplug your Firestick while it is still resetting.
If, for some reason, you cannot access the settings menu on your home screen using your Remote.
A quick hack is to press the back button and right button on your Firestick remote simultaneously for approximately 10 seconds, and the reset page will appear on your screen. Confirm you want to reset, and your Firestick will revert to the factory settings.
When trying to resolve issues with your Amazon Fire TV stick, you should only attempt to reset your Amazon Fire TV stick if you have exhausted all the other options available without getting the desired result.
If after you have tried all of these methods, including resetting your Amazon Fire TV stick, and you still have issues with your Fire TV stick, it is recommended that you seek professional help to resolve the issue.