How to Improve Fire Stick Performance

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is an inexpensive and portable device for streaming videos on your TV. It works well when you get it, but over time there is some performance degradation and the device works more slowly. However, there are some solutions you can apply to improve the performance as it was in the beginning.

Improve Fire Stick performance

Here are the solutions to improve the performance of Fire Stick:

Use Amazon’s charging cable and power adapter

When using the original charging cable and power adapter that were produced by Amazon, you get the full performance of the device. Using alternative cable and adapter in most cases provide an inferior power source, and this may cause a significant decrease in the performance of the device.

Update your Fire Stick

Amazon releases regularly software updates to make things smoother, faster and easier to use. Make sure your device is updated to enjoy the benefits of those updates

To update the device, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Applications > About > Check for System Update
  • If an update exists, select Install System Update and wait until the update is completed

Uninstall unused apps

If you don’t use specific apps, there is no need to keep them as they take up space, run in the background and consume resources. Check which apps you need and remove the rest.

To uninstall an app, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications
  • Select the app you want to uninstall
  • Select Uninstall and Uninstall again to confirm

Force stop unused apps

Apps that can’t be uninstalled or that you don’t use often but don’t want to uninstall, can be force stopped to release the resources they take up.

To force stop an app, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications
  • Select the app you want to force stop
  • Select Force stop

Disable unused services

Fire Stick has several services that run in the background and consume resources. If you don’t use a specific service, it is better to disable it and increase the available resources.

To disable the Prime Photo service, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Applications > Prime Photos
  • Turn off Allow Guest Connections
  • Turn off Access Prime Photos

To disable the Whispersync service, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Applications > GameCircle
  • Turn off Share your GameCircle Nickname
  • Turn off Whispersync for Games

Clear cache

When running an app its cache, which is the temporary data the app stores, becomes bigger. Over time it may be too large or even corrupted. This may cause a slowdown of the app and various errors during its execution.

To clear the cache of an app, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications
  • Select the app you want to clear its cache
  • Select Clear cache

Restart

Most people keep their Fire Stick running all the time. Over time this may lead to a slowdown of the device. Restarting the device may refresh it and give it a boost in speed.

For restarting the device, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Device > Restart

Factory reset

If you tried everything and nothing helps, the last thing you can do is to reset the device to its factory defaults. This will erase everything on the device and once done can’t be reversed.

For factory resetting of the device, do the following:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Select Settings > Device > Reset to Factory Defaults
  • Select Reset to confirm and wait until the process is completed

Now you can apply solutions to improve the performance of your device and keep enjoying using it!



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