Are you having trouble with your Amazon Firestick? If it’s begun to slow down or has gone completely blank, now’s the time to put your Firestick back into factory mode.
Not sure how to do it? We’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll explain step-by-step how to reset your Amazon Firestick so you can get back to watching your favorite shows.
In short, To reset the device, firmly press and hold both the Back button and right side of the navigation circle for 10 seconds. An option to continue or cancel will appear on your TV screen – if you don’t make a selection within several more seconds, it will automatically proceed with factory resetting.
Using either your Firestick’s device settings or the Firestick remote control, you can easily restore your device back to factory mode when it begins to glitch.
Resets are a quick and easy way to fix your device’s problems and will take no more than a few minutes.
Let’s take a look at what to do!
What Will Resetting Your Amazon Firestick Do?
Resetting your Amazon Firestick means completely unpairing the device from your TV. Unpairing it will remove the connection and require you to set up your Firestick again, from scratch.
If you cannot use the remote to access your Firestick’s settings, going through the Amazon Fire TV mobile app settings is the easiest way to restore your device to factory mode.
Before resetting your device, though, understand that removing the connection will wipe away all of your data, apps, and settings. While this may sound like a nuisance, you’ll find that your Firestick runs faster even after reloading all of your lost files.
This is because deleting the connection will clear out all of the cached junk files that have built up since you started using your Firestick.
If you are willing to lose all of your backup data, resetting your Firestick is the best way to clear up some storage and increase your device’s speed.
Reset Fire Stick Using Device Settings
Follow these steps to reset your device using your device’s settings.
- Turn on your Amazon Firestick using the mobile Fire TV app, available for Android and iOS.
- From the home screen, go to your Fire TV’s settings. Settings can be found at the top of the home screen or you can access settings by pressing down the home key until the screen fades away into the Settings menu.
- Scroll down through the settings until you reach “My Fire TV”. If you are currently using an older model Firestick, this option could also be labeled “Device” or “System”. Select the applicable option.
- Scroll down through the settings until you find “Reset to Factory Defaults”. If you have set a PIN code on your device, you will have to enter the number before you can reset your Firestick.
- Click “Reset”. After agreeing to reset your device, you’ll be notified that your Firestick is restoring itself to factory defaults. This can take up to a few minutes to finish, during which time you should not unplug your Firestick. If the power supply goes out, you may have to reset your device again.
After your Firestick has fully restored itself to factory mode, it will automatically restart and prompt you to set up the device as if it were brand new. It will also optimize its settings for storage and new apps.
After set-up, your device will restart one more time before you are finished.
Reset Amazon Fire Stick Using the Remote
If your remote is still connected to your device, you can also easily reset your Amazon Firestick without going into settings. Simply follow these steps to get started:
- Turn on your Amazon Firestick using the remote control.
- Press down “Back” and the “Right” directional arrow together for 10 seconds, or until a reset pop-up message appears.
- Click “Reset”. If you have set a PIN code on your device, you will have to enter the number before you can reset your Firestick. The reset will take up to a few minutes and you should avoid unplugging your device throughout this process. If you lose power, you will have to start again from the beginning.
As before, your Amazon Firestick will automatically restart and prompt you to set up your device, just as if it were brand new.
Your device will automatically optimize its settings for new apps and storage, and once you have finished set-up, it will restart on its own.
Not sure why your Amazon Firestick isn’t working as well as it once did? It’s probably time to reset your device back to factory settings. A reset will clear out your cached files and free up some additional space for you to use.
If you cannot use the remote, go through the settings in your Amazon Fire TV mobile app.
If you can use the remote, simply hold down the “Back” and “Right” arrows until prompted to reset your device. Whichever method you use, you’ll have to reset your Firestick as if it were new.