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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.

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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.

Fire TV Stick 4k Review

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.

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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.

How to Jailbreak a Firestick

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.

The guide below will show you How To Set Up Firestick on the new Fire TV Stick 4K. TROYPOINT TIP: If you are new to streaming and wondering how to get started with this technology, check out our FREE Firestick Supercharge Guide.

This guide will show you how to get the most out of your Firestick/Fire TV and “supercharge” it for free Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, and much more.

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How To Set Up Firestick Guide

The guide below will show you How To Set Up Firestick on the new Fire TV Stick 4K.

However, these steps will be similar to the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV 2nd Generation, or any other Fire TV device.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using a new 3rd Generation Fire TV or Fire TV Stick Lite, your setup instructions may be slightly different.

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

Step 1
Remove contents from the package and insert the two AAA batteries into the remote.

Step 2
Plug the power cord into an outlet and into your Firestick.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
Select the HDMI Input with your television remote that you plugged the Firestick into.

Step 5
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 Amazon Firestick 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.

click home to pair

(If you are having trouble with the provided Amazon Fire Remote, TROYPOINT has created a list of the Best Alternative Fire TV Remotes)

Step 6
Once your remote has paired with the Firestick or Fire TV, press the Play button to begin setup.

press play button

Step 7
Choose your language. In this example, English (United States) is selected.

choose language

Step 8
Wait for Firestick or Fire TV to complete scanning for available networks.

connect to your network

Step 9
Choose your Wi-Fi network and enter your SSID and password.

Step 10
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.

Step 11
Click Continue.

click continue

Step 12
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.

click no

NOTE: You can enable or disable this feature by clicking Settings > Network > Wi-Fi Passwords.

Step 13
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.

choose your parental controls

Step 14
Next, you need to set up the provided Firestick remote with added power and volume buttons. Choose your brand of TV.

Choose your brand of tv

Step 15
Adjust the volume to sync the Firestick remote with your device using the Volume + button Amazon Firestick and Volume - button Amazon Firestick buttons on your device. Click Yes when you have selected your ideal volume.

adjust the volume to sync remote

Step 16
A video will then play outlining how to use your Firestick or Fire TV device. To skip, simply press the Fast Forward button Forward button Amazon Firestick on your remote.

to skip video, click fast forward on remote

Step 17
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.)

click no thanks

Step 18
You can now access the Firestick home screen.

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.

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TROYPOINT Rapid App Installer

Many of the apps in the Rapid App Installer and more are also listed in our Best Firestick Apps page that is constantly updated.

60+ Best Firestick Apps

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.

Jailbreak Firestick Guide

“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:

How To Jailbreak a Firestick

After jailbreaking the Firestick many users install Kodi and other APKs (Android applications) for accessing free movies, TV shows, Live TV, and more.

How to Install Kodi on Firestick/Fire TV
Best Streaming APKs

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.

Using a VPN on your Firestick/Fire TV will make it impossible for 3rd party app developers, hackers, site operators, and your ISP to monitor what you are doing.

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.

How to Install VPN on 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.

Although the Firestick 4k remote is better than most, there are still limitations and several issues that can occur over time.

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.

Firestick Remote Alternatives

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.

Firestick Buffering

If you start to experience buffering on your Firestick, we suggest going through our tutorials below.

How to Stop Buffering on Firestick
Firestick Ethernet Adapter

Firestick Storage

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.

How to Expand Storage on Firestick

Restarting & Resetting Firestick

Experiencing Issues with your Firestick? Perhaps it’s necessary for a quick restart or reset of your device.

How to Restart Firestick
How to Reset Firestick

Live TV

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.

TROYPOINT IPTV Guide

Music

Music apps on the Firestick allow you to stream music for free, play songs for offline playback, create your own beats, and more.

Best Firestick Music Apps

Retro Games

Feeling nostalgic? Another unique feature of the Firestick is the ability to play retro games. Check out the link below.

How to Play Thousands of Retro Games on Firestick

Software Update

Need to update your Firestick with the latest software? Here’s a quick process to guide you.

How to Update Firestick/Fire TV

For even more bonus Firestick tutorials, we have put together a quick “tips and tricks” article below.

10 Firestick Tips & Tricks

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.