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The following step-by-step guide will show you How to Set Up Firestick and turn your device into a powerful streaming machine.
If you recently purchased an Amazon Firestick, then this is the perfect tutorial to help you get started.
The Amazon Firestick is arguably the most popular streaming device on the market.
This little device can work in several ways to get you tons of content including Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Games, Music, and more.
Because of its low price point and optimal power, it is a great choice for any media streamer.
In 2018, Amazon released the all-new Fire TV Stick 4k. This device is capable of streaming 4k Movies and TV Shows along with numerous other features.
For only $49.99, this powerful device has turned into a media streaming giant. By purchasing the Fire TV Stick 4k, millions of users found that they can now cancel their expensive cable or dish packages with ease.
Amazon followed up the Fire TV Stick 4k with two new devices in 2020. The 3rd Gen. Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick Lite.
These are priced at $39.99 and $29.99, respectively, and a cheaper option to get streaming with the Amazon Firestick.
Jailbreaking the Firestick or Fire TV? It’s possible
Many users purchase the Firestick in hopes of jailbreaking their device to stream free movies, TV shows, and more. But is this possible? Yes!
We have put together a popular jailbreak guide below that has been accessed by millions of cord-cutters.
While you aren’t technically “jailbreaking” the device, we can enable unknown sources to install apps that are not available in the Amazon App Store.
I’ll be discussing jailbreaking and other ways to optimize your Firestick or Fire TV later in this post.
First, however, we will need to set up your Firestick for use.
The following steps and information will guide you through setting up a Firestick in under two minutes.
How To Set Up Firestick Guide
The guide below will show you How To Set Up Firestick on the Fire TV Stick Lite.
However, these steps will be similar to the Fire TV Cube, Firestick 4k, or any other Fire TV device.
Your Firestick or Fire TV upon purchase includes the following items:
- Fire TV Stick or Fire TV
- Alexa Voice Remote with 2 AAA Batteries
- Power Cord
- HDMI Extender (not included with Fire TV)
You will also need to prepare the following:
- A compatible HDTV with an HDMI port
- Stable internet connection
- Active Amazon account to be used for the setup
Remove contents from the package and insert the two AAA batteries into the remote.
Plug the power cord into an outlet and into your Firestick.
Choose an HDMI port and plug the Firestick into your TV. If you have an HDMI port that is difficult to get to, use the provided HDMI extender.
IMPORTANT: It is NOT recommended to use a USB port on your television as the power source for the Firestick. You should use the provided power adapter and plug it into an actual power outlet to avoid problems with the device.
Select the HDMI Input with your television remote that you plugged the Firestick into.
Usually, the Firestick or Fire TV will automatically detect the remote upon boot. If not, you will need to pair the remote with the device itself. To do so, press the Home button on your remote and your device should pair.
If it doesn’t automatically work, try using these tips to pair your Firestick Remote.
(If you are having trouble with the provided Amazon Fire Remote, TROYPOINT has created a list of the Best Alternative Fire TV Remotes)
Once your remote has paired with the Firestick or Fire TV, press the Play button to begin setup.
Choose your language. In this example, English (United States) is selected.
Wait for Firestick or Fire TV to complete scanning for available networks.
Choose your Wi-Fi network and enter your password. Click Connect
You will be prompted to sign in to Amazon.
If you do not have an Amazon Account, you will need to create one by clicking I am new to Amazon.
On the other hand, if you have an existing account, click I already have an Amazon account.
You are then given the option to save passwords for your device. This will help you connect to compatible devices. Click Yes if you want Amazon to do so.
NOTE: You can enable or disable this feature by clicking Settings > Network > Wi-Fi Passwords.
You can then choose to enable Parental Controls or not. If you do, you will be required to enter a PIN before playing any content, launching apps, and purchasing digital content or products from Amazon.
Next, you need to set up the provided Firestick remote with added power and volume buttons. Choose your brand of TV.
NOTE: This option is only available for Fire TV Devices that feature the Alexa remote with TV controls such as the Firestick 4k or Fire TV Stick 3rd Gen.
Adjust the volume to sync the Firestick remote with your device using the and buttons on your device. Click Yes when you have selected your ideal volume.
A video will then play outlining how to use your Firestick or Fire TV device. To skip, simply press the Fast Forward button on your remote.
You may install any streaming services that you prefer. (If you are going to jailbreak your device, there is no need to install any available apps.)
You can now access the Firestick home screen.
Firestick Setup is now complete. Enjoy!
TROYPOINT TIP: The best way to finish your Firestick Setup process is by installing the TROYPOINT Rapid App Installer.
This application features all the best apps for streaming Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, and more.
Installing the Rapid App Installer allows you to install the best streaming apps and tools in a matter of minutes rather than installing each APK one by one.
Use the link below to access this free application.
Many of the apps in the Rapid App Installer and more are also listed in our Best Firestick Apps page that is constantly updated.
Jailbreak Your Firestick or Fire TV
As mentioned previously, one of the best ways to get the most out of your Firestick or Fire TV is by “jailbreaking” the device.
By removing restrictions imposed by Amazon, you can start installing applications that are not available in the Amazon App Store.
These apps will provide tons of free content including Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, and more.
“Jailbreaking” your Firestick will give you access to:
- Stream free content and download various apps from third-party providers that offer the content you can’t find on the Amazon App Store.
- High-quality movies, music, and other content
- Personalize your entertainment by downloading your preferred apps
- Watch live TV with the latest news, sports events, and more for the entire family
- Play the latest online games
Our popular jailbreak guide instructs you to side-load apps that allow for unlimited free content:
After jailbreaking the Firestick many users install Kodi and other APKs (Android applications) for accessing free movies, TV shows, Live TV, and more.
VPN For Firestick/Fire TV
One of the most important tools for a Firestick owner, especially if the device is “jailbroken”, is a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Why would you want to set up a VPN for your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV?
Using a VPN on your Firestick/Fire TV will make it impossible for 3rd party app developers, hackers, site operators, and your ISP from logging your activity.
Another reason to use a VPN on your Firestick or Fire TV is to have the option of “unblocking websites” or streams that are only available to people in certain geographical regions.
Check out our popular guide below for more information on VPNs and how to install the best VPN on a Firestick/Fire TV.
Firestick Remote and Alternatives
Although the Firestick Remote is better than most, there are still limitations and several issues that can occur over time.
And once you jailbreak your device, you’ll notice that some apps are not optimized for the Firestick remote control.
The solution? Troubleshoot your Firestick remote problems or look into alternatives.
Oftentimes many use an application like Mouse Toggle, but these 3rd party remote control apps are not always reliable.
We suggest viewing our firestick remote alternatives guide below where we list popular options like wireless keyboards, air mouses, remote apps, and much more.
How To Set Up Firestick Bonus Tutorials
TROYPOINT offers numerous tutorials so you can get the most out of your Firestick or Fire TV.
The links below will help with troubleshooting, installation, and much more to make your Fire TV device the best it can be.
If you start to experience buffering on your Firestick, we suggest going through our tutorials below.
Each model of the Firestick contains only 8GB of internal storage, which isn’t much. We receive hundreds of storage-related questions and that’s why we put together this in-depth tutorial below.
Restarting & Resetting Firestick
Experiencing Issues with your Firestick? Perhaps it’s necessary for a quick restart or reset of your device.
In addition to the Movie and TV Show apps we mentioned above, there are several Live TV or IPTV options available for the Firestick. Refer to our IPTV guide below.
Music apps on the Firestick allow you to stream music for free, play songs for offline playback, create your own beats, and more.
Feeling nostalgic? Another unique feature of the Firestick is the ability to play retro games. Check out the link below.
Need to update your Firestick with the latest software? Here’s a quick process to guide you.
For even more bonus Firestick tutorials, we have put together a quick “tips and tricks” article below.
The Amazon Firestick is an amazing device that is sure to go above and beyond all your streaming needs.
How to Set up Firestick FAQ
How do you set up a Firestick?
Setting up a Firestick is a simple process that takes less than two minutes. Follow this step by step tutorial to fully set up your Firestick in minutes.
How do I connect my Firestick to Wi Fi?
Launch Settings and select Network. If you cannot connect, forget your current network and try reconnecting.
Do I need an Amazon Account to use Firestick?
Yes an Amazon account is required to use the Amazon Firestick and Fire TV. However, a Prime subscription is not needed.
Does Firestick have a monthly fee?
No, the Amazon Firestick does not require a monthly fee. Purchasing the device requires a one time payment and users will have the ability to install free and paid applications for use.