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Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire Stick is a streaming device which converts your TV into a Smart TV. By using the Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can watch your favourite movies, on-demand videos, and even play games. You just need a TV with HDMI port and a Fire Stick to utilize all the features. With best reviews from customers and plenty of features, Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the best choices for your home. The new version of Firestick comes with 4K video streaming and an Alexa Voice remote.

Why Amazon Fire Stick?

If you are owning a TV with HDMI port, then Amazon Fire TV Stick will be the best thing to buy. It adds additional features to your TV making it a Smart Television. Even inbuild Smart TV users are preferring Firestick nowadays. By using Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can watch all premium videos. You can subscribe to favourite web channels like Netflix, Youtube, Hotstar, Plex, Hulu, and much more on your Firestick and start using them.

Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire Stick is super fast and streams with HD clarity. You can install your favorite app and start watching movies on your TV. It also allows you to cast your mobile screen as well. With plenty of features, Amazon Fire Stick will be the best recommendation for your Television.

Features of Amazon Fire Stick

There are plenty of features in Amazon Fire TV Stick. Here are the top most features:

Watch, Hear and Play:

Amazon Fire TV Stick allows you to watch your favourite movies, hear your favourite songs and play games on your Television. The movies are commonly collected as Amazon Prime Videos or you can also watch movies from an app separately like Netflix, HULU, etc.

Apps You Love:

Amazon App Store has plenty of apps. You can download your favourite application from the app store and install it on your Firestick. Apps make the device more beautiful.

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Fire Stick Apps

Personal Preferences:

You can set your personal preference or Amazon will automatically detect your preference from the videos and movies you watch. Relevant movies and videos appear as suggestion making it easier for you.

User Friendly Interface:

If you are ordering a Fire TV Stick, it comes inbuilt with your registered mail id. The user interface is very simple and understandable. You just need a prime subscription and an active internet to proceed.

Parental Control Settings:

One of the most important features is Parental control settings. You can set pin to restrict access to adult contents. All the movies and videos in Amazon Prime comes with ratings based on age.

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Parental Control in Fire Stick

Data Monitoring:

Amazon Fire Stick has a feature called “Track Data Usage”. By using this feature, you can use preferred video quality to limit your data consumption. This features alerts the user if they are exceeding their data limit.

Voice Controlled Remote:

Another most important feature is the Voice Controlled Remote. The new remote comes with Alexa and thus you can ask for anything and it will reply back with the relevant answers. For example, You can ask for a movie and the Fire Stick will automatically play the movie.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Family

Every successful device will have an upgraded device on the later stage. Likewise, Amazon has a variety of classifications collectively called as “Amazon Fire TV Family”. Here are the variants of Amazon Fire Stick:

Amazon Fire TV Stick (1st Generation):

The device was launched on November 19, 2014. It is the miniature version of successful Amazon Fire TV. This device comes bundled with a remote. You have to plug in the remote into the HDMI port of your television and connect your firestick to the internet to enjoy access to the movies you wish to watch.

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Amazon Fire Stick 1st Gen device

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice controlled Remote (2nd Generation):

After the success of the 1st generation Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon launched its next product on October 20, 2016. It had a voice-controlled remote with Alexa inbuilt. You can ask anything with Alexa to get a reply back. Upgrades were made on both hardware and software.

Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Controlled Remote

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Generation):

The latest device available on market is Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K which was launched on 14th November 2018. Now you can watch 4K videos on your TV with Firestick. It delivers ultra HD and HDR video streaming. This device is much faster than the previous versions.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon Fire TV Cube:

Fire TV Cube is the mix of Amazon Fire TV and Echo. It was launched in June 2018. Fire TV Cube operates with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal storage. It will be an idle choice if you are planning to purchase an Echo along with a Fire TV Stick.

Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon Fire TV Cube

These are the variants available as a part of Amazon Fire TV Sticks. Apart from these, there are Amazon Fire TV Streaming Player Pair Kit, Amazon Fire TV Recast 2 – Tuner.

Note: The popular Fire TV was discontinued by Amazon on October 3, 2018, in favour of Fire TV Sticks. Only Fire TV Sticks will be available.

Amazon Fire Stick Package

Amazon Fire Stick comes with all necessary accessories needed to set it up. You just need a TV with an HDMI connection and an active internet connection. Here are the Amazon Fire Stick bundles:

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Remote with Alexa Voice control
  • Power Adapter
  • USB Cable to connect Power adapter and Firestick
  • HDMI extender
  • Batteries
  • Manuals
Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon Fire Stick Components

How to Set Up Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick comes preregistered with Amazon ID. You can easily set it up once you get the device. We can divide this part into two:

  1. Hardware Setup
  2. Software Setup

Hardware Setup

Check whether your TV has the HDMI port on the side or on the back. If it is on the side, then you can use the Firestick directly. If it is available on the backside, then you have to use the HDMI extender.

  1. Plug in your Firestick to the HDMI extender.
  2. Connect the other end of your extender to your TV’s HDMI port.
  3. Plug in the power adapter and connect it to the Firestick device.
  4. Place the batteries inside your remote.
Amazon Fire Stick
How to Set Up Firestick?

Software Setup

After completing the hardware setup, turn on your Fire TV Stick and TV. Change the source of TV to HDMI port on which the Fire Stick is connected.

#1: Check whether the remote is paired to the Firestick. By default, it comes paired with the Fire Stick. If the remote is not working, then learn How to Pair Firestick remote here.

#2: Press the play/pause button on your Fire stick remote to start.

#3: Choose your language in this page.

#4: Amazon Fire Stick will search for the available wifi signals. Choose the WiFi network which you want to add.

#5: By default Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with the registered mail id. If you want to choose a different account, you can choose it at this step.

#6: After step 5, Firestick will start its registration process. It might take a few minutes to complete.

Amazon Fire Stick
Fire TV Stick Set Up

Basic setup details are done. You can save your Wifi password to the Amazon account and perform Parental setup after this as well.

How to Install Apps on Firestick?

After setting up your Firestick, the next step is to download apps in it. There are plenty of apps available on Amazon App Store from which you can install apps of your choice. Here are the basic method on How to Install Apps on Amazon Fire Stick:

#1: Click on the search icon on the homepage of your Fire stick.

#2: Search for the app you want. For example: ES File Explorer

#3: The app will appear along with similar apps.

#4: Click on the app and click “Get Free to Download” button.

#5: The app will get downloaded and installed on your Firestick.

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Installing App in Firestick

These are the basic methods to download and install apps on your Firestick. You can choose your favourite apps and install it on your device.

Best apps for Amazon Fire Stick

There are plenty of apps available in the Amazon App Store. But you can’t install all the apps. Here are the top apps which you might find helpful on your device:

Note: By default, Amazon Prime Videos and Music will be installed in your device.

Movies & Videos

Netflix:

Netflix is the World’s leading subscription-based video streaming application. They create their own contents and allow their subscribers to watch it. Netflix lovers will love to use their app on Amazon Fire Stick.

Amazon Fire Stick
Netflix for Firestick

Other similar apps:

  • HULU
  • HBO Now
  • Crunchyroll Anime
  • Hotstar
  • Plex

Note: There are plenty of other movie & video streaming apps available. You can choose anyone of your choice.

VPN Apps

IPVanish:

IPVanish is available in the Amazon App Store. VPN breaks the barrier of watching videos based on your location. It allows you to watch other country content as well.

Amazon Fire Stick
IPVanish for Firestick

Other Similar Apps:

File Manager Apps

ES File Explorer:

It is one of the essential apps to be installed on your Fire TV Stick. ES File Explorer allows you to manage your local media and also to download third-party apps on your device.

Amazon Fire Stick
ES File Explorer for Firestick

Other Similar Apps:

  • File Manager Pro
  • File Explorer

Browers

Silk Browser:

Silk Browser is Amazon’s own browser. It is build mainly for Amazon Fire devices. Hence, Silk Browser comes with a lot of inbuilt features dedicated to Firestick.

Amazon Fire Stick
Silk Browser for Firestick

Other similar Apps:

  • Firefox
  • Easy Browser
  • All in One Browser

Third Party Apps

Downloader:

Downloader app is used as a browser and as a third party installer app. It was earlier available on Amazon App Store. But now you have to sideload Downloader app.

Amazon Fire Stick
Downloader App

Click here to know How to Install Downloader App for Firestick?

Kodi:

Kodi is an excellent local media manager. But due to its third-party addons, Amazon has stopped it from App Store. Hence you have to install Kodi through other mediums.

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Kodi

Click here to know How to Install Kodi on Firestick/Fire TV Stick?

MX Player:

MX Player is an important app available for Android. You can sideload MX player on your Firestick and play local videos through it.

Amazon Fire Stick
MX Player for Firestick

Click here to know How to install MX Player on Firestick?

Amazon Fire Stick Basics

How to update Firestick?

Amazon Fire Stick updates your Firestick to the latest version automatically. If you want to update your firestick manually, you can go to Settings -> My Fire TV -> About -> Check for update. If you have an update, you can click and update your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

For detailed steps on How to update Firestick click here.

How to Restart Firestick?

You can easily restart your firestick with the help of your remote or through the settings menu. For detailed steps on How to restart Firestick click here.

How to Reset Firestick?

If your Amazon fire stick is not working properly or if it getting blank often, then the final choice is to reset your firestick. By resetting your Firestick, all apps and app data will get deleted and the Fire TV Stick will reset back to factory defaults.

For detailed steps on How to reset firestick click here.

Jailbreak Fire Stick

Fire Stick has a set of official apps which do not harm the device. Installing a third-party app which removes restriction made by the device manufacturer is called as Jailbreaking. Amazon Fire Stick is a streaming device. If you are installing an app which streams premium content for free then it is called as Jailbreaking Fire Stick.

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Jailbreaking Firestick

Amazon Fire Stick Alternatives

There are plenty of streaming devices available. Here are three alternatives which people want as well.

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Amazon Fire Stick Alternatives

Chromecast

Chromecast is a product of Google. Like Fire TV Stick, Chromecast is also plugged into the HDMI port of your TV. Chromecast is a device which cast your phones and, computers on your TV. It doesn’t stream any content.

Roku

Roku is the best alternative for Fire TV Stick. The way of working is similar to Fire Stick. It also contains plenty of apps which can be downloaded and used to stream your favourite movies and videos.

Apple TV

Apple TV allows you to watch movies and shows in 4K HDR. Like Fire Stick, It also has plenty of movie/video content apps which would give you thousands of hours of content.

These are the top three alternatives of Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Amazon Fire Stick Review

The all new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Control remote is a magic. It has plenty of upgrades to its previous version. You can enjoy 4K videos on your HD TV’s.

Positives:

  • All new remote with Alexa and Volume button
  • 4K resolution
  • Performance is better than many streaming devices
  • Plenty of contents to watch

Negatives:

  • Fire TV app doesn’t work properly while typing sometimes
  • Price is high compared to its competitors.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Wrapping Up

These are the basics information needed to get started with your Amazon Fire Stick. If you have any queries related to Fire Stick, leave back in the comment section. We will reply back to your comments as soon as possible.

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