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How to Reset Your Amazon Firestick in Seconds (Factory Settings)

How to Reset Firestick

Looking to reset your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV? This short guide will show you how to reset any Fire TV device to factory settings in seconds.

Resetting your Amazon Firestick to factory default settings is one of the best ways to reboot the system and breath new life into your device. A clean reset will erase all installed applications and tools, meaning it will be as good as new.

There are two methods to reseting an Amazon Firestick or Fire TV:

  1. Press the Right and Back buttons together on your Firestick remote for at least 10 seconds
  2. Reset manually from the Fire TV Settings

We provide step-by-step screenshot tutorials for both of these methods below.

You must be aware the resetting your Firestick to factory settings is not the same as restarting/rebooting the device. When you reset your device, you will be erasing everything on the system.  After your system reboots, you will need to reinstall your applications.

Sometimes a factory reset of your Amazon Firestick is necessary, as a quick reboot does not always fix the underlying issues on your device.

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How to Reset Your Firestick or Fire TV (All Methods)

The methods below for reseting your Firestick will work on any Amazon Fire TV device. In this example, we are using our Amazon Firestick 4K Max.

Method One – Firestick Remote Shortcut

The process of resetting a Firestick with your remote will usually take less than a minute, and sometimes you can’t access your Fire TV settings due to a frozen screen. Now follow these quick steps to reset your device.

1. Press the Right and Back buttons together on your Firestick remote for at least 10 seconds.

Press the Right and Back buttons together on your Firestick remote for at least 10 seconds.

2. The “Reset to Factory Defaults” screen should appear. Click Reset to perform a factory reset.

The "Reset to Factory Defaults" screen should appear. Click Reset to perform a factory reset. 

3. That’s it! After initiating a factory reset on your Firestick this process will take a few minutes.

After initiating a factory reset on your Firestick this process will take a few minutes.

Method Two – Fire TV Settings

If the remote shortcut is not working for whatever reason, you can reset your Firestick manually within the device settings. Follow the screenshots below to perform a factory reset manually.

1. From your Fire TV home screen, hover over the Settings icon on the far right.

From your Fire TV home screen, hover over the Settings icon on the far right.

2. Scroll down and select My Fire TV.


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Scroll down and select My Fire TV.

3. Then scroll down and click Reset to Factory Defaults.

Then scroll down and click Reset to Factory Defaults.

4. Click Reset.

Click Reset.

5. You will then see a screen that says “Resetting your Amazon Fire TV Stick to Factory Defaults.”

You will then see a screen that states "Resetting your Amazon Fire TV Stick to Factory Defaults."

6. Wait a few minutes for the reset process to finalize.

Wait a few minutes for the process to finalize.

7. That’s it! Now click the home button on your remote to begin the Firestick setup process.

Now click the home button on your remote to begin the Firestick setup process.

Enjoy a fresh start and better working device to install all of your favorite applications and more. You can refer to Amazon’s support documentation for more details on the reset process.

Final Thoughts

Resetting your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV device is one of the best ways to free up storage, increase speeds, and improve the overall performance of your device. Just be cautious about losing all of your applications and going through the setup process again.

After resetting your device, we suggest visiting some of our popular resources to get the most out of your Fire TV device:



Have you performed a factory reset on your Firestick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

FAQs

How do You Reset a Firestick?

To reset your Firestick, press and hold the Back and Right buttons on your remote for at least 10 seconds. You can also reset your device manually inside the Fire TV settings.

What Buttons do you Hold to Reset a Firestick?

Hold the Back and Right buttons on your Fire TV remote for a minimum of 10 seconds to initiate a factory reset.

Can You Reset a Fire TV or Fire TV Cube?

Yes. This same reset process works for all Fire TV devices including the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV Televisions.

Is Resetting my Device Safe?

Yes. Resetting your Firestick or Fire TV to factory default settings is not only safe but sometimes recommended to improve device performance.

If I Reset my Firestick will I Lose Everything?

Yes, performing a factory reset will delete all existing apps, tools, and data you had previously installed.


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Why is my Firestick Not Working?

There could be several reasons why an Amazon Firestick is not working. Common issues are outdated software, low storage, insufficient power supply, or poor Internet connection. Resetting your device can potentially fix some of these issues.

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12 thoughts on “How to Reset Your Amazon Firestick in Seconds (Factory Settings)”

  1. I have a firestick that will not reset using the remote. I do the holding the proper buttons on remote, but nothing happens. Any other tricks I can try?

  2. Hey Troypoint.
    A friend of mine has a frozen home screen and the remote does nothing. She tried the right curser/back button trick to no avail. I want to help her fix it if it’s possible. Do you have any other tricks up your sleeve? Have you encountered this before? This might be 1st generation. Not sure if that’s relevant or not.

  3. I can not get the Mouse app to work with my remote or with a mouse. I have tried all the suggestions published to date. I have also tried Version 1.06 and the other one to no avail.
    Can you help me out?

  4. My Firestick 4K will not go to factory settings. I select “factory reset” it blinks and goes right back to the “factory reset” screen.

  5. At 77 years old I am new to a lot of this firestick stuff but I am always confident that no matter what happens I will be ale to find my way back by using your tutorials . I think of your directions as my bible. so thanks a lot for the help and the confidence it gives me.

  6. I have attempted to use any third-party launchers on my Firestick since prior to news about Amazon’s most recent updates blocking third-party launchers, although I do follow Troypoint Insider emails almost daily as I receive them. I have seen the factory reset instruction links, but no topics on how easy it will be to re-install Amazon updates up to a specific point, making sure you don’t install the 3rd party blocker updates.

    I can’t recall if Amazon update version is listed next to pending update as I’ve had my settings on auto-update for past 6-8 months.

    Do you know approx. how many Amazon updates need to install as of today, after a factory reset on 4K Firestick? Is there a chance Amazon will consolidate their updates at some point (like Windows) to include the 3rd party blocking updates & you are screwed?

  7. I just wanted to say thank you for everything!!! I’m older, and don’t really understand a lot, but you spoon feed info in a way that even I can do it (sort of), but I’ve learned a lot. I just wanted to thank you. Also, you should write a digital magazine, I know I’d subscribe whatever the cost, because, you’re just that good. This is all for real, and you deserve to know.
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