Amazon Fire TV gives you the all-in-one solution for streaming. It can save you messing around with dongles around the back of your TV and more.
While you have access to all your favorites with no cable, it does allow you to do more. It can even stop the need to learn how to update a jailbroken Fire Stick.
Updates can be an issue if you know you have a Wi-Fi or network problem. It says you have an error with software, yet there is no support telling you what to do.
If you have tried updates and you get no help on the internet, you may have a setup problem that says it is something else. (Read How To Install Antivirus On Firestick)
If you tried and it won’t work, you can check this guide to get the full support about how to update Amazon Fire TV Stick setup and get it to work as it says it should.
What Does Amazon Fire TV Stick Do?
With the latest Fire TV, you can use the device to play Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+, Hulu, CBS All Access Sling and ESPN, and more. It offers access to 4k HD content and has a built-in microphone for Alexa control.
You can even use the device to watch the free Pluto TV that has some great sporting action and movies and TV shows for all the family. The device has a decent amount of storage, yet this can cause issues after repeated use.
Why Isn’t My Amazon Fire TV Working?
You can find a few reasons why your Fire TV Stick is unable to update. Here’s some of the solutions:
When starting or stopping streaming in 4K Ultra HD, your TV screen may flicker or turn black for up to five seconds.
- Power off and restart the Fire TV Stick device.
- Only use the connection equipment, which came with your device.
- Turn on any receivers or soundbars connected to your Fire TV. Switch them to the correct input.
- Alternatively, connect your Fire TV direct to your television.
- Disconnect your Fire TV device from your HDMI port and then plug the end back in.
- Try replacing the HDMI cable (or possibly HDMI hub) with a new one. (Hub not included)
- Be sure you are using High-Speed HDMI cables (not included) for 4K Ultra HD streaming.
- Be sure the remote source or input button still goes to the chosen HDMI port your Fire TV is plugged into.
If you need more help or wish to share, you can get help from the Amazon Fire TV Stick Forum support. (Read Why Is My Amazon Fire Stick So Slow)
Clear App Data and Cache on Fire TV
- Navigate to Settings on the Fire TV
- Select Applications, and then in your ‘Manage Installed Applications,’ Select any app causing you issues.
- Select Clear Cache and then Clear Data.
How Do I Force Fire TV to Update?
Every now and again, you may see the update device message; however, most of the time, these update your Fire TV Stick with a software update automatically.
If you see an error message or manually check if there are updates, you can run through these instructions. Just make sure you have an active internet connection, or your Wi Fi connection is stable. (Read Sorry This Content Isn’t Available Right Now Facebook)
The following update screen steps are suitable for all Fire TV devices.
- From the Fire TV screen, Select the Settings > Device and then About.
- If there is no option for “Device,” search for the system and select this instead.
- Select the Check for System Update option. Wait for a second to make sure the device connects back to Amazon. com and checks for an update.
- If there is an update, you’ll see right on the update screen it is downloading.
- Once your download has been completed, press Install System Update. This will install the update right away.
- Otherwise, the next time you restart your Fire TV, the device will get the update then.
- Furthermore, if your device is idle for more than 30-minutes, the system will automatically begin the installation automatically.
Why Does My FireStick Keep Saying Unable to Update?
If you find your device ‘unable to update,’ it can be frustrating.
- Firstly, your Amazon Fire Stick may not have enough power. To fix this, use a power adapter and connect the Firestick directly to the power source.
- Reboot your TV, and Firestick should now update on setup.
- If this doesn’t work, you can change your FireStick’s IP settings.
- Navigate to Network settings on your Firestick
- Change the DNS to a setting of ‘126.96.36.199’ and ‘188.8.131.52’.
- Turn off your TV and reboot both the TV and FireStick.
Unplug Your Devices
If you still see the error message of ‘unable to update,’
- Turning off the TV at the mains socket, unplug the TV and your FireStick from the TV.
- Wait for five minutes, then plug everything back in and reboot.
You are also advised to restart your Firestick if you encounter any issues. To carry this out, head to Settings > Device > Restart.
You can also carry out a quick factory reset on your Firestick.
- Hold down the ‘Right’ and ‘Back’ buttons for 10 seconds together.
- At this point, there should be a message prompting the factory reset.
- Follow any on-screen instructions.
Check Your WiFi
A poor Wi-Fi connection can ruin your experience and prevent your devices from working.
If you are too far from your router, you may need to move your router closer for a better WiFi connection or use a Wi-Fi range extender. You can install these in minutes, and you will see a boost in your WiFi speeds. (Read How to Install IPVanish on Fire Stick)
- Check your Fire TV has an internet connection.
- Head to Settings, select Network.
- Press Play/Pause on the remote to test the connection.
If your Fire TV has connectivity issues, restart your home router or home network. Be sure it is connected, and there is no connection problem.
Unplug the Fire TV device. Wait 60 seconds and plug the device in.
Confirm your Fire TV has lots of available storage to download the latest update. It will need at least 500 MB available.
- Go to Settings, then select My Fire TV.
- Select About, and then storage.
- To get more storage, uninstall software, or unused apps by heading to Settings on your device.
How Do I Reset My FireStick to Update?
Resetting your Amazon FireStick to factory default settings erases all the data and personal settings on your device. (Read How to Install NordVPN on Firestick)
- Navigate to Settings on FireStick. This is at the top of the home screen.
- Scroll and select My Fire TV. This may be named ‘Device or System’ for an older FireStick.
- Scroll down to select ‘Reset to Factory Defaults.’ Enter your PIN if asked.
- Click Reset.
- On the reset, it automatically restarts like it was a new FireStick. It then optimizes system storage and apps automatically. Once done, it will restart again.