How to Set Up the Amazon Fire TV Stick
Fire TV Stick is a minimalist HDMI streaming player that can easily turn any existing flat screen TV into a smart TV. Even if you already own a Smart TV like LG or Samsung, you can still use it with the Fire TV Stick which is constantly updated and supports multiple streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Paramount+ . They also come with many features that your existing Smart TV might not have. Fire TV Sticks are really cheap starting as low as $30 for the Fire TV Stick Lite (3rd Gen) which supports 1080 Full HD, Fire TV Stick 4K at $50 and Fire TV Stick 4K Max at $54.
So if you just got a new Fire TV Stick, the setup process is pretty straightforward. In the box you will get the Fire TV Stick himself, a remote control Powered by Alexa Intelligent voice assistant, a pair of AAA batteries, micro USB cablea outlet and a quick guide Manual. The type of remote varies depending on the model of Fire TV you purchased. For example, the Fire TV Stick Lite (3rd Gen) remote doesn’t have power and TV volume controls like the others.
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Before setting up your new Fire TV Stick, you should;
- Have a Amazon account. If you don’t create one from amazon.com. Fire TV Stick is owned by Amazon and primarily aims to sell you Amazon content, especially Prime Video, Amazon Music, Amazon Kids, and amazon.com products. Anyone in the world can create an Amazon account for free. However, some content is only available in certain regions.
- Have a TV with a HDMI port. The Fire TV Stick needs a screen that is either a monitor or a TV to display content. You probably use your TV to stream content. Your TV doesn’t have to be smart. The only requirement is that it must have an HDMI port which almost all TVs today have at least one.
- A energy source which will power the Fire TV Stick. The Stick comes with a USB cable and a wall plug in the box, so you can use them. You can therefore power it using your wall outlet which must be close to the TV. However, you can also use one of your TV’s USB ports to power the device. You may receive a warning that the USB port is not supplying enough power for your Fire TV Stick to work properly. Ignore this.
- Fast internet connection via Wi-Fi. The Fire TV connects to the Internet to stream content from popular wireless streaming services. You must therefore have a WiFi router connected to the Internet, a MiFi or a hotspot from your tablet or smartphone. 5Mbps Internet speeds are recommended for streaming Full HD 1080p content and at least 25Mbps for 4K content. You can also connect the Fire TV to the Internet via a wired Ethernet network, but this will require an adapter sold separately.
- A account with a streaming service provider. It’s not a requirement, but it will make using the Fire TV Stick worthwhile. Amazon has its own streaming services; IMDB TV is free but sponsored by advertising and Prime Video which is subscription based. These come pre-installed on Fire TV. Apart from Amazon properties, you can also get Netflix, Disney+, Paramount+, HBO Max, Hulu, etc. All of them require a paid subscription plan. However, you can also stream from ad-sponsored free apps like Pluto TV, Tubi, Peacock, Crackle, Plex, Youtube. If you want live TV, you can stream from paid options like Philo, Starz, Youtube TV, and Prime Video TV Channels.
- You could also have your iPhone Where Android smartphone about. This can be used as an alternative to the included remote during the setup process. You will need to download the FireTV app from the respective app stores which includes virtual remote control and Qwerty keyboard. Using the Fire TV app is much easier. It makes text input much easier than the on-screen Fire TV Keyboard. You can also use it to add WiFi settings and your Amazon account to the Fire TV Stick.
If you meet the above requirements, you are now ready to set up Fire TV Stick. Follow the following simple steps;
- Insert your Fire TV Stick into one of your TVs HDMI sockets.
- Plug it into the wall power using the supplied plug or USB port on your TV to feed it.
- Select the HDMI source from your TV remote that the Fire TV Stick is plugged into.
- Fire TV starts searching for the from a distance. press the home button to set up for 10 seconds.
- press the play/pause button on the remote control to start the setup process.
- Select your Language preferably from the menu.
- You can either configure with the FireTV app on your smartphone or with the from a distance.
Using the remote means you will need to use the on-screen virtual keyboard to enter your Amazon account login details and Wi-Fi passwords. I find this cumbersome and time consuming to do. So I recommend you to use the Fire TV app instead.
- If you choose the App route, download the Fire TV app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- Select Setup new device.
- Login to your Amazon account or create a new one.
- Under what type of device are you configuring, select Fire TV. The app starts scanning for WiFi networks.
- Choose your house Wi-Fi network you want to connect the Fire TV Stick to.
- The app starts recording Fire TV. If successful, press Continue.
On the TV, Fire TV Stick starts downloading the latest software updates. You will see a message that your Fire TV Key will be saved to your account. Select continue. If you have previously owned a Fire TV Stick, you will be asked if you would like restore your Fire TV with your current apps, privacy settings, and parental control settings.
Next, Fire TV will begin configuring your remote to volume controls. You will be prompted to register for some Amazon services such as Prime Video, Amazon kids+. If you are a prime member you already have access to some of these services, otherwise you can just skip or sign up for free trials. After that select your profile to start watching content.
Here is a quick overview of the Fire TV Stick interface;
- the Main Menu lets you easily find new content, watch live TV and access some of your favorite apps.
- the To find The feature lets you search for movies, TV shows, apps, and free content.
- Profile features allow Fire TV to customize recommendations, watchlists, viewing history for each individual. You can also set up child profiles specifically for younger kids.
- You can select Settings to set up live TV channels, update your Fire TV Stick, check WiFi signal strength, install third-party apps, manage storage, close background apps, manage apps, and more.