Amazon Firestick is a cost-effective streaming device that has a great way to stream movies and TV shows directly from the internet. It is shaped like a small dongle or USB flash drive that plugs into the HDMI port on the TV. Firestick has the support for the Amazon App Store that contains nearly 300000 apps for firestick and services to install. You can watch thousands of movies, TV shows and live TV on your home firestick. Apart from streaming, you can also play various games on the Firestick. It is a full-featured streaming device that comes with limited storage space. In this guide, let us see the procedure to set up your Amazon Firestick with your TV without any problems.
Amazon offers three different generations of Firestick, with different functions and features. The first and the second generation Firestick supports resolutions only up to 1080p. Amazon launched the Firestick 4K, with which you can steam your contents upto 4K quality.
Purchase Amazon Firestick
When you purchase the Firestick, the pack contains the Firestick device, remote and power adopter. If you purchase Firestick with your Amazon Account, your Firestick is pre-registered with your Amazon account. An Amazon Firestick costs $40, whereas the Firestick 4K costs $49.99.
Set Up Amazon Firestick
To set up Firestick, you should have the followings,
- HD or UHD compatible TV with HDMI port
- Power Cord
- Must have wireless internet connection (WiFi)
- Firestick Remote
- An Amazon Account, if you don’t have an Amazon account before
Steps to Set Up Firestick
Follow these simple set up instructions to easily set up firestick in less than 5 minutes.
Step 1: Plug your TV with the power source.
Step 2: Connect your Firestick into the HDMI port on your TV.
Step 3: Turn on your TV and select the channels (HDMI 1, HDMI 2) in which your Firestick is plugged. Now your TV loads with a Firestick logo.
Step 4: Now insert two AAA batteries into the remote. Firestick will automatically detect the remote and starts pairing with the Firestick remote.
Step 5: To pair the remote manually, press and hold the Home button for a few seconds.
Step 6: Once your remote has paired with the Firestick, then press the Play / Pause button to begin setup.
Step 7: Pick your language for your Firestick Connect Firestick to WiFi Step.
8: By using the Firestick remote, go to Firestick settings shown on top of the home screen.
9: Select the Network option. It will start scanning for the available WiFi networks.
Step 10: Choose your WiFi network from the search result.
Step 11: Now you enter your WiFi password and click connect.
Read also: How to Connect Firestick to WiFi?
Register with Amazon Account
Step 12: After the Firestick is connected to WiFi, it will ask you to sign in to your Amazon account.
Step 13: Now you need to choose either I am new to Amazon to create a new Amazon Account or I already have an Amazon account option.
Step 14: If you choose I already have an Amazon account option, click continue option. Otherwise, you choose I am new to Amazon to create a new Amazon Account.
Step 15: The very next screen will prompt with Save WiFi password to Amazon, here click Yes.
Enable Parental Controls
Step 16: The next screen displays two options and you have to choose either Enable Parental Controls or No Parental Controls.
If you want to enable Parental Controls on your FireStick, click Enable Parental Controls option. If you don’t want to enable Parental Controls, just click No Parental Controls to proceed.
Step 17: On the next screen, select Get Started option. It will display the various app to install.
On the other hand, select No thanks option to install them later on your Firestick.
Step 18: From the next window, click Next option and then press volume up and down button on your remote to set up the expected volume out.
Step 19: Then click Yes and after that click OK to successfully complete the set up process.
That’s it. Your Amazon Firestick is successfully set up with your home entertainment device.
Read also: How to Update Amazon Firestick?
How to Set Up Amazon Firestick without Remote?
If your Firestick remote is not working properly during the Firestick set up, under those circumstances, you can use this alternative way to set up Firestick without remote. Amazon has launched a mobile app called Amazon FireTV, which you can use as a Firestick Remote. This app is available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Amazon Fire TV app works similarly as a Firestick remote.
1): Open the Google Play Store or App Store app on your smartphone.
2): Search for Fire TV Remote app.
3): Install and open the FireTV app on your smartphone.
4): Now sign in with the app using the same sign-in credentials you use on your Firestick.
5): Enter the four-digit pin from your TV. It will start pairing.
6): After pairing, the mobile screen shows the Firestick remote buttons.
As a result of this, you can use your phone as your Firestick remote to set up Firestick and do all functions.
Read also: How to Pair Firestick remote?
How to Jailbreak Firestick?
All the Firestick supported apps are available on Amazon App Store. You can install them directly to the Firestick. But if you want to install any third-party app on to your Firestick, at first you need to jailbreak the Firestick. Jailbreak means removing the restrictions to side-load third-party apps on to the Firestick. To Jailbreak your Firestick, you need to modify the default Firestick settings.
1) Go to Home screen and select Settings option.
2) Now select Preferences option.
3) Under preferences select Privacy Settings.
4) Here, you need to turn off Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data options.
5) Back to Preference menu screen and choose Data Monitoring option.
6) Now you need to Turn off Data Monitoring option.
7) After that press Back button on your remote, and go to the settings page
8) Select My Fire TV or Device option.
9) Click on Developer option.
10) Click on Apps from Unknown Sources to enable it.
11) After that click Turn on from the prompt to enable this option.
Now your Firestick is Jailbroken, you can install third-party apps directly onto your Firestick by using either Downloader app or ES File Explorer.
Follow the above procedure to successfully set your Amazon Firestick with your smart TV. Now you can enjoy a vast variety of media content on your home entertainment device by installing several apps on your Firestick. You can access both free and paid apps from different sources without any payment to use Firestick. Instead of that you need to pay for your Amazon Prime account to access your Firestick. Stream all the Prime contents on your Firestick whenever you want.
The most important thing is you need to install any VPN services when accessing to third party services. As a result, it will protect your information and streaming data from online theft or hack.