Last Updated on March 28, 2019 by Husain Parvez
How to Set up Amazon Fire TV Stick for the First TimeAmazon Fire TV Stick is an exciting media player that allows you to stream a wide variety of content on your TV via the internet. It offers one of the easiest ways to cut the cord and enjoy some of the best over-the-top entertainment available. Whether you are looking to stream movies on demand on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or want to watch live TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick has it all.
Fire TV Stick is easy to use and comes with Alexa support allowing you to control everything using your voice.
If you’ve just purchased your Amazon Fire TV Stick and don’t know how to set it up, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we are going to take you through the step by step guide.
But first, before we proceed, make sure you have the following.
- Compatible TV: To set up Amazon Fire TV Stick, you will need to have an HD TV or UHD TV with an HDMI input port.
- Internet connection: You must have a reliable internet connection to complete the setup and stream content. Ensure the connection is fast enough to stream HD videos without buffering.
- Amazon account: You’ll need an Amazon account. If you don’t already have an one already, you can easily create it during the setup process. Having an Amazon account will allow you to access the latest Fire TV features and functionalities.
Steps to set up Amazon Fire TV Stick
Once you have all the requirements, you can now proceed and set up your Fire Stick. Below are the steps you should follow.
Step 1: Start by connecting your Amazon Fire TV Stick to the power adapter. Plug in the USB power cable to the micro-USB port located on the side of your Fire Stick and plug the USB type-A connector into the power adapter.
Step 2: Next, connect the power adapter to a power outlet. If there is no available power outlet, you can instead plug the power cable into the USB port on your TV.
Step 3: Plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV’s HDMI port.
Step 4: Switch on your TV and select the HDMI channel you used in the previous step. Allow some time for the device to load.
Step 5: Once Fire TV Stick has loaded, you’ll now need to set up the remote. Insert two AAA batteries into the remote and press and hold the home button to pair the remote with Fire Stick.
Step 6: Now, press the Play/Pause button to start the Amazon Fire TV Stick setup.
Step 7: Scroll using Navigation Ring and press the Select button to select your preferred language.
Step 8: Now you’ll need to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Amazon Fire Stick will automatically scan for available Wi-Fi connections. Scroll to your Wi-Fi network and press Select to connect. If required, enter your password.
Step 9: After you’ve successfully connected to a Wi-Fi network, the next step is to register your Amazon account. However, if you purchased your Fire Stick from Amazon, your device is already registered, and you can select the ‘I already have an account’ option to skip this step.
If not, click ‘I am new to Amazon’ and follow the on-screen instructions to register the device.
Step 10: Your Fire TV Stick is now being registered. The process may take a while depending on your internet connection
Step 11: Once the account registration is complete, Fire Stick will prompt you to save your Wi-Fi logins to Amazon. For ease and convenience, click YES.
Note: You can change this selection at any time by going to Settings > Network > Wi-Fi Passwords.
Step 12: In the next screen you’ll be prompted to choose if you wish to enable Parental Controls on your Fire Stick. If you decide to allow parental controls, you will then need to set up a PIN that you’ll use to access content.
Note: Again, you can review and update your parental control settings anytime by going to Settings > Preferences > Parental controls.
That’ll be all. A brief video tutorial will then play, and you can press the fast forward button on your remote to skip.
Your Fire TV Stick is now ready for use. Enjoy!
Using your Amazon Fire TV Stick
With Amazon Fire TV Stick you can watch a wide variety of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and even live sports. There are plenty of apps, both free and paid, on the Amazon Store that you can install on your Fire TV Stick. These include video-on-demand apps, live TV ads, audio apps, and more.
The streaming device also comes with apps for all the primary streaming services including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and many more. The only problem is that all these services cost money and having multiple subscriptions can drain your pockets.
Fortunately, you can easily jailbreak Fire Stick and stream content free of charge. The process allows you to install Kodi which gives you access to a universe of content.
Remember to use a VPN
Whenever you get online, your security and privacy are threatened. ISPs and even the government can intercept your online communications and track your internet activities. And when you are streaming content from Fire Stick apps such as Kodi, there is a chance you might land in legal trouble for copyright infringement.
Many Fire Stick users are increasingly turning to VPNs to stay safe and secure when online. A VPN encrypts your traffic and routes it via a secure server safeguarding your online security and privacy.
We found ExpressVPN to be the best VPN for Amazon Fire TV Stick. It is highly secure and offers ultra-fast connections making it perfect for streaming. ExpressVPN is reasonably priced and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee allowing you to try the service risk-free.
With Amazon Fire TV Stick, you have access to some of the best content on the internet, and you can enjoy even more content once you jailbreak your Fire Stick. Setting up the media streaming device is quick and won’t take much of your time. If you encounter any challenges, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment section below.