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How to Reset Firestick & Breathe New Life Into Your Device (2024)

How to Reset Firestick

This tutorial will show you How to Reset Firestick or Fire TV to factory settings and breathe new life into this popular streaming device.

Resetting your Firestick/Fire TV is one of the best ways to reboot the system and start fresh.

Doing so will erase all installed applications and tools on your device meaning it will be exactly the same as the day you bought it.

The Amazon Firestick is the most popular streaming device on the market today because of its low price point and “jailbreaking” capabilities.

After resetting your Firestick/Fire TV I highly recommend going through our Jailbreak Firestick Guide to get the most out of this powerful streaming device.

Oftentimes, users encounter errors or issues with these devices that seem to have no resolution.

Or, the small amount of storage available on your Firestick is quickly used up which means you cannot add any more apps or services.

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Although you can expand Firestick storage, oftentimes resetting your Firestick is the better choice and will allow you to start fresh.

Sometimes a reset is necessary, as a simple Firestick Restart does not always fix the underlying issues that may be causing problems on your device.

When you reset your Firestick to factory default settings, it will be as good as new.

We provide two methods to reset Firestick. The first one uses the settings of the device and the second one uses only the remote for those who are unable to access settings.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep in mind that when you reset your device, you will be erasing everything on the system.  After your system reboots, you will need to reinstall your applications.

How to Reset Firestick/Fire TV to Factory Settings

In the guide below, I am using a Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

However, these instructions will also work for any variation of Firestick including Fire TV Cube and Fire TVs.

Method One – Fire TV Settings

1. Hover over the Settings icon and select My Fire TV.

select my fire tv

2. Scroll down and choose Reset to Factory Defaults.

choose reset to factory defaults


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3. Click Reset.

click reset

4. Your Firestick/Fire TV will begin the reset process.

firestick is now resetting to factory defaults

5. It will now shut off and begin to reboot.

firestick shuts down

6. You will then encounter the following screen. Click the play/pause button on your remote.

click play/pause button on your remote

That’s it! You have successfully reset your Firestick/Fire TV. Enjoy!

You will now have a clean device to install all of your favorite applications and more.

If you cannot access the Settings Tab on your device, we suggest using the following method to reset your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube.

Method Two – Use Your Firestick Remote

Sometimes you can’t access your settings panel to reset your Firestick or Fire TV due to a frozen system.

You can try initiating a Factory Reset on your Firestick by pressing the Right and Back buttons together for 10 seconds or more.

how to reset firestick using the firestick remote

You will then be prompted with the following screen. Click Ok to Continue or Cancel.

how to reset firestick with remote

After resetting your device, we suggest using some of our popular resource guides below to get the most out of your Firestick.

Many of these serve up content absolutely free including Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Games, and much more.

To ensure your device and streaming activity are always protected from your ISP, hackers, app developers, and more, we suggest using a VPN on your Firestick.

Most Firestick/Fire TV owners use a VPN when streaming to protect themselves online. Check out our VPN for Firestick tutorial for more information.

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If you own an Amazon Firestick/Fire TV and it’s running slow, we suggest resetting it to clear up space and boost performance!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you Reset a Firestick?

To reset a Firestick you need to go into your Settings, click My Fire TV, select Reset to Factory Defaults, and follow the steps from there.

Can you Reset a Fire TV or Fire TV Cube?

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

Is This Process Safe?

Yes. Resetting your Firestick to factory default settings is not only safe but sometimes recommended.

If I Reset my Firestick will I Lose Everything?

Yes, this process will delete all existing apps you previously had.

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11 thoughts on “How to Reset Firestick & Breathe New Life Into Your Device (2024)”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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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