Cord Cutters worldwide agree the Amazon Firestick and Fire TV Stick 4K are some of the best streaming devices available for the price. The worst thing about these streaming media players may be their tiny 8 GB internal storage.
This small memory profile fills up quickly, causing slow response times and even unresponsive behavior in the Fire Stick. Your Firestick or Fire TV will be much more responsive and feel like new again once you factory reset them.
If you have an older (2nd Generation) Amazon Fire TV, you can cheaply upgrade your storage capacity with an SD card. The 2nd gen Fire TV will even use an inserted SD card first when saving apps downloaded from the Amazon App Store or sideloaded from third-party developers before filling up internal storage. These fantastic devices were discontinued for some reason by Amazon, likely to avoid competing with the new Fire TV Cube. A second generation Fire TV does occasionally pop up as a refurbished item in the Amazon store.
Check For Connection Issues First
Note that if you’re using Kodi or any other app that requires a jailbroken Firestick, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) may be slowing down your internet connection. This slowing of internet connections happens quite often when people stream without a VPN to mask their activity. The lag and stream buffering can seem like the Firestick is at fault when really your internet connection is sharing your streaming activities for anyone to see.
The Surfshark VPN app for Firestick and Fire TV encrypts your connection so that even your ISP only sees random noise when monitoring your connection. Right now, you can try the best VPN in the world risk-free with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Resetting a Firestick 4K or Fire TV Stick takes only a few minutes and is even easier than unboxing a new Fire Stick. Note that all of your settings, apps, and files will be erased from your Fire OS system when you reset it. For this reason, make sure the issue isn’t just your connection being tampered with by your ISP or a bad WiFi connection.
You’ll need to reinstall everything again after the reset. This includes apps not provided by the Amazon App Store such as Kodi or any of the other streaming Firestick apps.
If your VPN is working fine and the issues continue, then the functional improvement to your Firestick makes the effort of a factory reset totally worth redoing the app installations and setup.
How To Reset Your Firestick or Fire TV in 4 Easy Steps
- Go into your Firestick Settings area. Hold down the Home key on your Firestick remote for a few seconds, then scroll right and click to enter from the quick menu.
- Navigate to the right within the settings area and click on My Fire TV.
- Scroll down and click Reset to Factory Defaults.
- You will be warned You are about to reset your Fire TV to its original factory settings. Your sign-in information and personal preferences will be lost. Go ahead and click the Reset button.
This Firestick restore process usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes or so. After that time, your Amazon Fire TV will be reset to factory settings and ready for setup. You can then reinstall the and go through the few steps necessary to jailbreak the Firestick. You’ll soon have the entire world of entertainment at your fingertips once more.
How To Reset Fire TV or Firestick Without Navigating Settings
If your Firestick or Fire TV is frozen or has a black screen, you may be unable to access the Firestick Settings area to reset your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. In that case, press and hold the Right and Back buttons at the same time on your Fire TV remote for 10 seconds or more to initiate a Factory Reset.
Firestick Factory Reset Without Fire TV Remote
If you don’t happen to have the Fire TV remote control on hand, first check the couch cushions. If it isn’t there, you might want to ask a friend with a Fire TV or Firestick if you can borrow their remote to pair with your device for the reset.
Reset Your Firestick to Factory Settings With Fire TV Remote App
Failing even that, you can always download the Fire TV Remote app from the Amazon App Store onto your Android phone or tablet and use it to navigate the Fire OS settings and get your Firestick reset.
Root May Get You There When All Else Fails
While I won’t get into the details in this article about how to hack your Firestick for complete control of the Amazon FireOS system files, the tech curious and/or adept may take this route.
You can access the restoration settings if you know something about HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) and how you can use your TV remote to control your Firestick or Fire TV.
The linked page from the XDA-Developers forum starts down a very long, dark rabbit hole of true root access. This will require altering configuration files within your Firestick or Fire TV system FireOS directories.
I say “true rooting” because many people seem to think jailbreaking a Firestick is rooting it. Rooting devices gives far more control, but also requires far more understanding and responsibility.
Now, the Fun Begins Once More
Once your Firestick is reset, you’ll want to install some great streaming apps onto it. Head over to our list of the best Firestick apps to get that started.
You may even find some new favorites in there along with all the great Kodi addons to bring you every movie, TV show, and sporting event you want to watch. Your Fire TV Stick and Firestick 4K will feel like new with streams flowing like spice once more.
May your streams never run dry!