- Set your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick screensaver. From your Amazon Photos mobile app, tap the “More” tab. Tap “Personalize Echo Show & Fire TV” Tap the Fire TV that you want to personalize; Enable Daily Memories or tap ‘Add More Collections’ to select one of your existing collections as your screensaver. Or, from your Fire TV.
- Amazon today is rolling out a new experience for Prime Photos, its photo backup and sharing app, on Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the update, you can now ask Alexa to display your photos.
Amazon Fire TV Stick is a wonderful device. It allows you to convert your age-old TV set into a smart TV with streaming services such as Prime, Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, and more. The streaming stick is also useful for frequent travelers (not in 2020). It can be your perfect entertainment companion during the holidays. If your Fire TV Stick is acting up randomly or giving troubles in general navigation, it’s time to free up space on the device using uninstalling apps.
Every media and telecom company out there is gearing up to enter the lucrative video streaming market. The Fire TV App Store is already filled with dozens of such apps and services. On top of that, it also includes a section of games to enjoy on a big screen. You can see how easy it is to fill up the base storage on Fire TV Stick.
I purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (with the included Alexa Voice Remote) a few days ago. I installed it into an HDMI socket in my Vizio 4K TV, and it works well with the Vizio soundbar that is connected to the TV with digital optical.
Fire TV Stick 4K (Amazon’s most-popular offering) comes with 8GB of storage to being with. It may sound like good enough on paper, but out of 8GB, the system and default apps already take around 2.5GB storage, and over time, the installed apps collect data and cache and leave you with few MBs to manage on the device.
This post will cover how to delete apps on Fire TV Stick and how to manage the base storage smartly and efficiently for smooth Fire TV Stick operations.
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Why You Should Uninstall Apps from Fire TV Stick
Besides sluggish performance, there are a couple of more reasons to delete apps from Fire TV Stick.
- You no longer have an active subscription to some of the installed apps on Fire TV Stick.
- You no longer play games on Fire TV Stick.
- You only have a few MBs left on the device.
- You are getting unnecessary errors while playing movies and videos on some of the streaming services.
How to Uninstall Apps on Fire TV Stick
If you're experiencing issues with your Fire TV Stick or have a ton of apps you've downloaded and no longer use (or never used), you can delete those apps to free up space following the steps below.
Step 1: Turn on the Fire TV Stick.
Step 2: Select Settings in the top menu (you may have to scroll to the right to get to this option).
Step 3: In Settings press the Down button on the remote and then scroll to and select Applications.
Step 4: In the Applications menu, select Manage Installed Applications. When you select this item, you'll be able to see how much internal storage space you have used and how much you have available.
Step 5: Select Manage Installed Applications.
Step 6: Scroll through the list of installed apps on your device to find the one you want to uninstall.
Step 7: Select the irrelevant app, and then select Uninstall from the following menu.
Step 8: Fire TV Stick will ask to confirm the decision. Click Uninstall, and the app will be removed from your device.
Uninstall Apps Using File Manager
There are ways to sideload Android apps to the Fire TV Stick. You can install apps such as ES File Explorer, File Commander, and X-plore File Manager and use these apps to remove programs on the device.
There are a couple of advantages of using a file manager than the default method to remove apps. You can delete multiple apps at one time, and you may even be able to recover apps that you didn't intend to delete.
However, I will still recommend the official (and easiest) way to uninstall apps on the Fire TV stick.
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How to Install Apps on Fire TV Stick
If you plan to subscribe to the uninstalled video streaming apps again, you need to download them from the Amazon App Store. Follow the steps to install apps on Fire TV Stick.
Step 1: Turn on the Fire TV Stick.
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Step 2: Scroll to Apps from the above menu.
Step 3: By default, you will see Featured apps on the home screen. You can either go to the Games menu or use Categories to find the relevant app.
Step 4: Open the app and select the Download option to install it on the device.
Clear App Cache
You don’t need to uninstall apps every time because you are experiencing video playback error or account authentication problem on Fire TV Stick. You can try clearing the app cache that irons out problems related to the app and even free up the storage space for you. Go through the steps below to clear the app cache on Fire TV Stick.
Step 1: Turn on the Fire TV Stick and select Settings in the top menu (you may have to scroll to the right to get to this option).
Step 2: In Settings press the Down button on the remote and then scroll to and select Applications.
Step 3: In the Applications menu, select Manage Installed Applications. Select the app, and it will offer to clear the cache. You will see how much cache it will remove from the app.
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We make sure to remove irrelevant apps and temporary files for glitch-free navigation on our smartphones and PC. We should follow the same routine on the Fire TV Stick as well. Go through the steps above and make space on the Fire TV Stick.
Next up:Is your Fire TV Stick consuming too much data? Read the post below to learn how to reduce Fire TV Stick Data usage.
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Reader note: we use Amazon Fire TV Sticks at ScreenCloud as they play very nicely with our digital signage software, and as a result, we've become a bit of an expert on them and decided to write this helpful guide. We do not own or sell Amazon Fire TV Sticks, so for troubleshooting specific issues with your Amazon Fire TV Stick (like say, how to use Netflix) please contact the manufacturer directly.
Are you considering buying an Amazon Fire TV Stick but want to make sure it’s right for you? Or maybe you already have the latest Amazon Fire TV stick, but you’re not quite sure what you can do with it?
In this guide we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Amazon’s Fire TV Stick so that you walk away feeling like a pro.
What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick and what does it do?
In 2014, Amazon unveiled the Amazon Fire TV (1st Generation). A plug-in box that could be used to provide entertainment by streaming shows and apps to a TV.
Later that year, Amazon released the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Whereas the Fire TV is a set box, the Fire TV Stick, as the name suggests, is a plug-in stick.
As well as being smaller in size, the TV Stick or “Firestick” as it’s been dubbed, has similar functionality to its big brother. Able to stream TV shows and channels, it can also be remotely powered and some even have voice capabilities. However, it does have slightly less power than the TV Box.
Amazon Fire TV device comparison:
To go back to the original question, an Amazon Fire TV Stick is a slightly watered down version (but one that’s still extremely powerful) of the Amazon TV Box. A media player that allows you to connect a TV to the internet.
The Amazon Fire Stick Basic Edition (around $50) is an even cheaper 'plug and play' device for streaming Netflix or something on Amazon Prime. However, this comes without a search function or voice control, so trying to find a specific app or game can be really difficult.
Uses for the Amazon Fire TV Stick:
- Watching Netflix, or another internet streaming service
- Voice search from a TV
- Connecting to games or YouTube from a TV
- To share photos to a TV screen
- Gaming (although Amazon is quoted as saying it does not intend the Fire TV to compete with gaming consoles per se)
Where to buy and how to set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Is it difficult to buy and set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick? In a nutshell, no. These types of media devices are made to be set up by anyone in their home so you can bet they’re going to be pretty simple to get going.
You can buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick from pretty much any hardware store. Here are a few examples of stockists:
From the UK:
From the US:
How to buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick in a location where it’s unavailable
If you reside in a country such as Thailand or New Zealand, you may find yourself unable to get Amazon to ship out a Fire TV Box or Stick. We have found a way around this in the past by ordering from B&H link here.
How to setup your Fire TV Stick
Before you set up your Amazon Fire TV Stick check you have everything you need including:
- A compatible TV - this is any TV that has HD or UHD plus a HDMI port (most TV screens today will have this)
- A wireless internet connection
- An Amazon account. You don’t have to be an Amazon Prime customer to use the Amazon Fire TV Stick but you do have to have a regular Amazon account. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can create this on setup.
- 2 AAA batteries for your TV Stick remote
Here are the steps you need to get things setup:
1. Add power
Plug the power adaptor into your TV Stick and plug the other end into a power outlet.
Then ensure your TV Stick is turned “on”.
2. Attach to your TV’s HDMI port
Plug the Fire TV Stick directly into the HDMI port on the back of your TV, or use a HDMI extender if you don’t want it plugged directly into the screen.
3. Select your channel
Turn your TV to the same channel that the TV Stick is plugged into (i.e. HDMI1, HDMI3). You should then see a loading screen with the 'Fire TV Stick' logo.
4. Add a remote
Pop a few batteries into your remote. Once you’ve done this it should automatically pair with your stick. If your remote doesn't pair, press and hold the Home Button for up to 10 sections to send it to 'discovery mode' so you can complete the pairing process.
Further remote troubleshooting details here.
5. Connect to the Internet
Follow the instructions onscreen to connect your TV Stick to your Wi-Fi network.
6. Register your device
Follow the on-screen instructions to register your Fire TV Stick to your Amazon account.
That’s it amigos! Your Fire TV Stick is set up and ready to go. If you need more help, watch the welcome video which should now be playing on screen.
What can you do with your Amazon Fire TV Stick?
Once you’re setup, here are five of the many different things you can use your Fire TV Stick for.
1. Watch Netflix on your TV Stick
To download Netflix through your TV Stick, head to the main screen and select “Search”.
Type in Netflix and when you see the app, download this.
Open Netflix and sign-in (or sign-up).
That’s it! You’re ready to get stuck into a boxset marathon.
2. Ask Alexa stuff
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The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is equipped with Alexa, Amazon’s version of Siri, which allows you to pull stuff up on screen using your voice alone. Devo ke dev mahadev. This can be anything from choosing a movie on Netflix, to ordering a Dominos or even asking what the weather’s like.
3. Listen to music
There are a few different ways to listen to music via a Fire Stick device.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can listen to included songs, or sign up to a music subscription. You can also search for the Amazon “Music app” to listen to any songs you’ve imported to the library or purchased from the music store.
If you have a Spotify account you can also download the Spotify app for free from the Amazon App Store.
4. Setup digital signage with your TV Stick
If you’re interested in sharing your own content to the screen using a Fire TV Stick, check out the video and guide below.
Read the full digital signage guide.
5. Mirror your phone’s screen
A bit like Apple TV, the Fire TV Stick can also take whatever’s on your phone and put it up on your TV.
To set this up, hold down the home button on your Fire TV remote. This will open the quick-access menu, where you’ll see a mirroring option.
Now, find the mirroring option on your phone. This will depend on what device you’re using but will usually be within the Settings menu.
For example, on an iPhone, if you slide up as if you’re going to put your torch on you’ll see an option called “Screen Mirroring”. Select this and you should be able to mirror your iPhone to your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick have to be plugged in to work?
You can try to use the Amazon Fire TV Stick with the USB power from your TV alone, but it is unlikely this will be enough. You’re much better off plugging your TV Stick into the mains instead.
Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick have Bluetooth?
Yes, the TV Stick is Bluetooth enabled. Read Amazon’s guide on how to pair a Bluetooth accessory with your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick have YouTube?
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To use YouTube with the Amazon Fire TV Stick you can download the YouTube app from the Amazon App Store.
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Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick need WiFi?
Yes you need WiFi to power the TV Stick. The device does not have an ethernet port so WiFi is the only way to connect your device (and TV) to the internet.
What channels do you get with the Amazon Fire TV Stick?
View this list of channels that can be downloaded through the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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