Reset Amazon Fire TV and Breathe New Life Into It

//Reset Amazon Fire TV and Breathe New Life Into It

Reset Amazon Fire TV and Breathe New Life Into It

Reset-Fire-TVThe Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the best Kodi devices on the market today, hands down.  Unfortunately, the small 8 GB internal storage fills up rather quickly, making your Fire TV device slow and sometimes unresponsive.  When you reset fire tv devices, you will breathe new life into them and you will enjoy a much quicker system.

Fore those of you with the 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV, these come with an SD slot where you can upgrade your storage on the cheap.  The great thing about this is that the Fire TV will use the SD card to store applications prior to using its internal storage.

It is simple to reset a fire tv device and only takes a couple of minutes.  Please keep in mind that when you do this, you will be erasing everything on the system and you will need to reinstall all of your apps, and yes, that probably means side-loading Kodi Media Center again.  But, it is well worth the time.

Steps To Reset Your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

  1.  On your Fire TV device, click Settings
  2. Scroll over to the right and click System
  3. Scroll down and click Reset to Factory Defaults
  4. A dialog will appear that reads “You are about to reset your Fire TV to its original factory settings.  Your sign-in information and personal preferences will be lost”.  Click the Reset button.
  5. The system will go through the restore process and this can take approximately 5 to 10 minutes.  Be patient and wait for your Amazon Fire TV to reset.

After you have reset your system, you will probably need to side-load Kodi Media Center again.  Click the link below for our popular guide on how to sideload Kodi onto Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.


Below is a video tutorial that will walk you through the necessary steps.


Important Note:  Internet service providers are starting to block or throttle access to Kodi addons and Android streaming apps.  Also, your Internet service provider is keeping logs of all your Internet activity.  Below, you will find a link to a tutorial that will provide instructions on how to setup a VPN on Fire TV or Stick. 

How To Install VPN On Fire TV Or Stick

2017-08-29T18:15:23-05:00 By |Fire TV|36 Comments


  1. J Smith October 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I got a stick that was loaded with kodi and after I signed into my YouTube account it won’t allow me to sign into my Amazon account. It keeps saying that the stick is registered to my YouTube account. I’ve deregistered and factory reset it twice. Any suggestions?? Thanks Troy

  2. Barbara Rosenstein September 17, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I reset my fire tv (1st generation) to factory settings. It reboots, lets me sign in to my amazon acct, plays the intro video, starts loading… and then loops back to the press play button to start on the logo screen. Any ideas?

    • Troy September 18, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Barbara, sounds like there might be something wrong with your Fire TV. If you did a factory reset, and it still doesn’t work, there might be something wrong with the hardware itself.

    • Jodi October 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      This is exactly whathappened to mine! Did you manage to sort it?

  3. Keoshia September 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Help me please I forgot my pin to fire t.v and it keep asking for my pin to factory reset it….what can I do helppp

    • Troy September 18, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Contact Amazon Customer support about this one. I don’t know how to get your pin if you have forgot or lost it.

  4. Robin Shepard August 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    My fire stick reset and now my remote isnt working. Its telling me to hold the home button for ten seconds but that’s not working.
    What do I do?

    • bert ernie September 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Mine is doing the same thing? Did you ever get it to work?

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  12. Troy April 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Reese, try restarting your router. Unplug it, let it sit for a minute and then plug back in. Then go through process again to see if that helps. If not, call Amazon customer service.

  13. […] If for some reason, resetting Kodi on the Fire TV doesn’t do the trick and you are still experiencing problems, I suggest that you do a factory reset of your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. […]

  14. T-I-A Nolan (Hello Hair) January 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Hello seems like Kodi don’t work anymore. What’s the cause and how can we get it back working?

  15. Jim Gunderson September 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Trying to reset a firestick that does not have a remote, and it does not recognize the network. How can I reset it back to factory defaults?

    • Troy September 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Jim, you definitely need a remote. You can download a Fire TV remote onto your Android device if you would like. Or, just order a replacement remote from Amazon. Take care.

  16. Theresa C Abernathy September 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    If I deactivate my fire stick, will I lose Kodi. I also got mine that was once register to someone else.

    • Troy September 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      No, deactivating won’t erase Kodi.

      • Theresa C Abernathy September 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

        Thank you!

      • Lisa Smith May 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

        Is that definite, as I want to put my fire stick in my own name and Amazon account but to scared incase I lose kodi

  17. Dorian May 21, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Hi Troy – so sorry to take so long to get back to you, especially after you were so prompt in getting back to me. I should have said the first thing I did was change the batteries, but it didn’t help. I have a screenshot of the error message, but don’t see how to attach it here.

  18. Dorian May 17, 2016 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Hi Troy – is it possible to reset my Fire TV Stick without the remote control? I’m stuck not being able to use the Android App on my Nexus (won’t connect), nor my RC and turning the device on and off isn’t working. I have a Kodi issue (I think) and can’t get beyond the Amazon home screen. I get a ‘can’t connect to WiFi settings’ error (or similar) and then a screen saver message telling me to ‘free up some space’ (or similar).

  19. milton May 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I brought a firestick that was register by someone i don`t know name bob marley????? how can i reset it as a generic username and password.

    • Troy May 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Go into Fire TV Settings and there is an area within there where you can deactivate account. Deactivate his account and then put in your own information.

      • Theresa C Abernathy September 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        Will it erase kodi?

  20. Kingy April 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I have the same issue and searched the web with no success

  21. Backstop April 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    My fire stick has reverted back to requesting my Amazon username and password . Of course I purchased my stick with everything already downloaded. Is there a generic username and password I can use to recover the stick homepage as well as the Kodi home scree

    • Troy May 5, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      You can login with your own Amazon username and password and everything will still be on the device.

  22. Carl bee April 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    @Tashaun I can do this all for you and more if in UK you can contact me on 07470120927

  23. Tashaun April 22, 2016 at 2:49 am - Reply

    How come my firestick will not download kodi. I can do all the steps but once it’s time to actually download it says failed. Please help!!

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