If you are having app or system issues with your Firestick, you can reboot it to fix the issues. This guide explains how.
If you have an Amazon Fire TV stick (or Firestick), you might need to restart it from time to time when troubleshooting an issue or fixing instability.
Restarting your Firestick helps fix minor app and system glitches and provides a fresh start to your system. For example, you might need to restart a Fire TV Stick to get Apple Music working or cast YouTube from Android to Fire TV.
Whatever the reason for the restart, we’ll show you how to achieve this straightforward process on your Fire TV Stick using hardware or software options below.
How to Restart an Amazon Firestick
Restarting your Firestick can get apps and system functions to work correctly for a trouble-free viewing experience. Using the hardware and software restart options is equally straightforward and will depend on how your system is set up and functioning.
First, we’ll check out the option of using the software solution to restart a Fire TV Stick.
To restart a Fire TV Stick:
- Power on the Firestick that’s connected to your TV or display.
- From the home screen, scroll to the right with the remote and click the Settings option (gear icon) at the end of the options bar.
- You’ll find several options from the Settings menu but select the My Fire TV option.
- Now, in the My Fire TV section, scroll down the list of options and select Restart from the list.
- Select the Restart button when the verification message appears.
Your Firestick will restart and power down during the restart. Of course, the content on the screen will disappear during the rebooting process. After a successful restart, you should see the Amazon / Fire TV splash screen while it boots up.
When complete, you’ll be returned to the home screen to begin watching your favorite content. You may also need to re-establish the remote’s connection by pressing a button on the remote. If you need to reconnect the remote, a notification will display on the screen letting you know.
How to Hard Reboot Your Firestick
You can hard reboot if your remote isn’t working or the Fire TV user interface doesn’t allow you to restart your Firestick. Restarting your Firestick the hard way is simple but does require disconnecting the power cord. We recommend using this option rarely; as the name implies, it’s hard on your device.
To hard reboot your Firestick:
- Disconnect the power cord directly from your Firestick or unplug it directly from the wall or power strip outlet.
- Keep the power cord unplugged for 10 to 15 seconds so the stick powers down completely.
- Plug the Firestick’s power cord back in and wait for it to turn on and bring up the welcome and home screens. Following the power cycle of your device, the Firestick is rebooted, and you should be able to use it successfully. Note that you may need to press the remote to re-establish the connection.
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Fixing Your Amazon Fire TV
Amazon’s Fire TV comes in many forms, including a cube and easy-to-use sticks, and is built into select TV brands. Still, the UI remains consistent among form factors, and restarting the device is virtually identical.
No matter which form factor your Fire TV comes in, using the steps above will allow you to restart it if you’re troubleshooting an app or system issue.
If you are new to Fire TV, there are some things you might be interested in learning. For example, all smart TVs and external streaming devices track your behavior to bring you ads. However, the good news is you can limit ad tracking on Fire TV. Also, you are probably used to installing apps directly on the TV, but you can also add apps to Fire TV from a browser.