how to stop buffering on firestick

This tutorial will present top tips on How to Stop Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV.

The Amazon Firestick has become the most popular streaming device on the market today due to its low price point and ease of “side-loading” popular free streaming applications.

But just like any other streaming device, it can have buffering issues which makes your viewing experience frustrating.

Because the Amazon Firestick or Fire TV remains as one of the most reliable and convenient streaming devices in the market today, buffering issues can be easily fixed through simple troubleshooting techniques outlined below.

This article is divided into the following sections:

  • Why Your Firestick or Fire TV Has Buffering Issues
  • What Causes Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV
  • 10+ Ways to Stop Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV

While the tips below are shown on a Fire TV Stick 4k, these will also work on any Fire TV Device and Android TV Boxes as well.

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Why Your Firestick or Fire TV Has Buffering Issues

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All the content that you watch on your Firestick or Fire TV are played from the cache. The device also simultaneously downloads and stores the next content for playback.

Therefore, it takes a few moments for the content to be played back as the device has to complete the next set of content to be downloaded.

What Causes Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV

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Some of the most common issues why buffering happens on Firestick of Fire TV include:

Overheating device
The Firestick tends to overheat when used continuously for long hours. Buffering is just one effect along with connectivity loss, frequent restarting, lagging hardware, freezing menu and worse, melted casing.

Outdated OS
If your Firestick has an outdated operating system, it will not be able to fix bugs that may cause buffering.

Distance between the Firestick/Fire TV and the modem router
When the device is out of range of your wireless network, it will have poor signal strength from your modem router.

Full storage and low RAM
Both the Firestick and Fire TV are equipped with only 8 GB of internal storage. They are also not built with USB or SD card ports so it won’t take you too long to use up all the storage when you download your favorite apps.

In addition, when too many apps are running in the background, it can definitely affect your 1.5 GB RAM.

Other hardware problems
It could also be that your modem router, ethernet cable, smart TV or other devices used together with the Firestick or Fire TV have hardware issues.

Bad Links in Apps and Addons
Using free links within apps and addons is a likely source for buffering issues. Real-debrid will help to eliminate these problems:

TROYPOINT TIP : The main reason users experience Firestick buffering is due to poor link quality within streaming apps and addons.

The best way to fix this is by using real-debrid for the highest quality links on any app or APK. Click the link below to learn how to setup real-debrid on Kodi and Streaming APK’s:

Real-Debrid Resource Guide

Skip to Tip #10 for real-debrid buffering fix.

11 Ways to Stop Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV

The following is a list of solutions to fix buffering on Firestick or Fire TV:

Tip #1: Restart Firestick

Rebooting your streaming device is a common solution when encountering issues with its functionality.

Step 1
Launch Firestick.

Step 2
Click Settings.

Step 2 - Restart Firestick

Step 3
Click My Fire TV.

Step 3 - Restart Firestick

Step 4
Click Restart.

Step 4 - Restart Firestick

Step 5
Click Restart again to confirm.

Step 5 - Restart Firestick

Tip #2: Close all running apps at once

Step 1
Go to Search.

Step 1 - Close all running apps at once

Step 2
Search for “Background Apps & Process List app” and click on the suggested search result.

Step 2 - Close all running apps at once

Step 3
Click on the app.

Step 3 - Close all running apps at once

Step 4 
Click Get.

Step 4 - Close all running apps at once

Step 5
Wait for the download to be completed.

Step 5 - Close all running apps at once

Step 6
Click Open.

Step 6 - Close all running apps at once

Step 7
Wait for the app to load.

Step 7 - Close all running apps at once

Step 8
Click Got it!.

Step 8 - Close all running apps at once

Step 9
You will be presented with three options: CLOSE ALL APPS, SYSTEM / USER, and SELECT MULTIPLE.

Select CLOSE ALL APPS when you want to force close all apps at the same time.

Step 9.1 - Close all running apps at once

Step 10 
Click SYSTEM / USER to force close open systems in background.

Step 10 - Close all running apps at once

Step 11
Click SELECT MULTIPLE to choose several apps that you want to close. Click CLOSE SELECTED APPS after selecting.

Step 11 - Close all running apps at once

Step 12
Click Force stop on each app presented.

Step 12 - Close all running apps at once

Step 13
You will be redirected to the screen with the remaining open apps.

Step 13 - Close all running apps at once

You can also use the Task Killer App which is an easy way to “kill” multiple apps at once!

Click the link below to learn how to install and use Task Killer and free up RAM storage on your device.

How to Install Task Killer on Firestick/Fire TV

Tip #3: Restore Firestick or Fire TV to factory defaults

When you reset your Firestick, it will return to the same state it was in when you first purchased it.

It is simple to reset a Firestick or Fire TV and only takes a couple of minutes.

Please keep in mind that when you do this, you will be erasing everything on the system.  After your system reboots, you will need to reinstall your applications.

For more information, click on the link below:

How to Reset Firestick & Fire TV

NOTE: If you do not want to reset your device and lose your installed apps,  you can also Increase Storage on Firestick/Fire TV with an OTG Cable.

Use the steps below to reset Firestick/Fire TV.

Step 1
Hover over Settings.

Hover over Settings

Step 2
Click My Fire TV.

Click My Fire TV

Step 3
Click Reset to Factory Defaults.

Click Reset to Factory Defaults

Step 4
Click Reset.

Click Reset

Step 5
You will see a screen similar to this when your Amazon Fire TV Stick is resetting.

Firestick reset will begin

Step 6
Your Firestick or Fire TV will reboot and you will see the following screen which reads “Resetting your Fire TV stick”.

Resetting your Fire TV Stick screen will appear

Step 7
You will be prompted to connect to your WiFi network and once you do that, you will see the Amazon sign-in screen.

Prompted for username and password

NOTE: You may also perform a factory reset by using on your Firestick remote control.

You can try initiating a factory reset by pressing the Right Firestick D-pad (left) D-pad button and Back Amazon Firestick Back Button button together for 10 seconds or longer.

Firestick Remote

 

Tip #4: Clear the Cache or Data

The more you use Firestick apps, the more files are stored on the cache. This is done to avoid downloading the same content again when you use the app the next time.

You may also clear the data of the app to remove all files on the cache plus other files, user settings, documents, login information, and the like. It’s recommended if you want to reset the app.

Step 1
Go to Settings.

Step 1 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 2
Go to Applications.

Step 2 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 3
Click Manage Installed Applications.

Step 3 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 4
Select an app.

Step 4 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 5
Click either Clear data or Clear cache.

Step 5.1 - Clear the Cache or Data

If you selected Clear data, click Clear data again to delete all application data permanently.

Step 5.2 - Clear the Cache or Data

If you selected Clear cache, it will automatically delete all information stored on the particular app’s cache.

Step 5.3 - Clear the Cache or Data

Tip #5: Modify privacy settings

Another reason why your Firestick slows down is when Amazon has already collected a lot of your data.

But you can change your privacy settings to keep it from collecting your personal data.

Step 1
Click Settings.

Step 1 - Modify privacy settings

Step 2
Click Preferences.

Step 2 - Modify privacy settings

Step 3
Click Privacy Settings.

Step 3 - Modify privacy settings

Step 4
Click Device Usage Data.

Step 4 - Modify privacy settings

Step 5
Select Turn Off.

Step 5 - Modify privacy settings

Step 6
Click on Collect App Usage Data.

Step 6 - Modify privacy settings

Step 7
Select Turn Off.

Step 7 - Modify privacy settings

Step 8
Go back to the PREFERENCES section and select Data Monitoring.

Step 8 - Modify privacy settings

Step 9
Click Data Monitoring.

Step 9 - Modify privacy settings

Step 10
Click Data Monitoring again. The status should now be set to OFF.

Step 10 - Modify privacy settings

Tip #6: Check and install the latest software updates

Checking for the latest updates will help you determine if you need to install updated software for your device.

Step 1
Go to Settings.

Step 1 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 2
Select My Fire TV.

Step 2 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 3
Click About.

Step 3 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 4
Select Check for Updates.

Step 4 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 5
Wait for the system to complete the checking.

Step 5 - Check and install the latest software updates

Installing the latest software update on your Firestick or Fire TV will help you remove features that are buggy in the previous versions, prevent apps from crashing, and reduce buffering.

If you want to install the latest software, TROYPOINT prepared a guide below to help you navigate through the process:

How To Update Firestick/Fire TV with New Software

Tip #7: Switch VPN Servers

If you’re using a VPN service, you may choose to switch to another VPN server, city or country.

In the example below, IPVanish, a VPN service that provides the fastest loading speeds, is used.

Step 1
Launch IPVanish.

Step 1 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 2
Click Disconnect.

Step 2 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3
You may choose to switch to another country, city or server.

Step 3.1 - Switch VPN Servers

Click Country then select from the list provided.

Step 3.2 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3.3 - Switch VPN Servers

Choose City then select from the list provided.

Step 3.4 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3.5 - Switch VPN Servers

Click Server then select from the list provided.

Step 3.6 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3.7 - Switch VPN Servers

Tip #8: Reinstall the app

In some instances, the app itself may be experiencing issues and reinstalling it is advised.

Step 1
Go to Settings.

Step 1 - Reinstall the app

Step 2
Select Applications.

Step 2 - Reinstall the app

Step 3
Click Manage Installed Applications.

Step 3 - Reinstall the app

Step 4
Select an app.

Step 4 - Reinstall the app

Step 5
Click Uninstall.

Step 5 - Reinstall the appStep 5 - Close all running apps at once

Step 6
Click Uninstall again to confirm.

Step 6 - Reinstall the app

Step 7
Reinstall the app.

Tip #9: Reboot your router

Another way to fix wireless connection issues that lead to Firestick buffering is to simply reboot your router. This allows your device to run smoothly again.

Wait for at least 30 seconds to plug your router back to allow the capacitors to be fully trained and have your device’s memory cleared. All settings will then be cleared and you’re off to a clean slate.

Tip #10: Use Real-Debrid

Real-Debrid is an unrestricted downloading service that will alleviate buffering for add-ons that serve on-demand content such as movies and TV shows.

This prevents you from joining the thousands of other users flocking to public servers and thus reduce your server’s speed and contribute to buffering on your Firestick.

For more information on Real-Debrid, click on our resources below.

How To Install & Setup Real-Debrid On Kodi & Streaming Apps

Real-Debrid vs AllDebrid – Which Service Should You Use?

Best Apps & Kodi Add-ons for Real-Debrid

Tip #11: Shut down other devices connected to your network

Removing other devices connected to your network will help ensure faster data transfers and reduce the risk of Firestick buffering. Make sure to also check if there are other users in your network that are consuming too much bandwidth.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV

What causes Firestick or Fire TV to buffer?

There are plenty of reasons why buffering issues occur on your device. It can be caused by overheating device, outdated OS, full storage, low RAM, hardware issues and remote server problems.

What is ISP throttling?

ISP throttling occurs when an ISP slows down your connection speed if it detects too much streaming activities from your end. A good solution is to connect to a VPN service such as IPVanish.

Can video quality contribute to buffering?

Yes. Higher video qualities (4K, 1080p) require higher resolution and more data bandwidth, which affect playback quality and buffering issues.

What is the difference between clearing cache and clearing data on Firestick apps?

Clearing cache only removes the files stored on the cache. On the other hand, clearing data removes all files on the cache plus other files, user settings, documents, login information, and the like.

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