how to reboot firestick

Restarting an Amazon FireStick gives a fresh start to its operating system and is really helpful in fixing minor software glitches and bugs.

You can restart a Firestick from the settings menu, directly with the Firestick remote, or just by unplugging the Fire TV device from the power source.

how to reboot firestick

This guide will help you with restarting or rebooting a firestick and whatever Fire TV device you have (FireStick 4K, All New FireStick 4K and 4K Max, Fire TV Stick Lite, and Fire TV Cube), the same steps will work for all of them.

Here are the four methods to restart your Amazon Fire TV:

Method 1: How To Restart FireStick From Settings Menu

Restarting Firestick from the Settings menu is a simple and quick method to reboot your Fire TV streaming device. You only need a working Fire TV stick remote to accomplish this.

Here are the steps to restart Firestick from the settings menu:

  1. Click on the “Settings” options on the firestick home screen.
  2. Navigate and select “My Fire TV“.
  3. Choose “Restart“.
  4. Again, confirm by clicking on the “Restart” option.
  5. Your firestick will restart and you will also see the “powering off” message on the screen.

The below picture shows the above steps.

how to restart a fire tv stick

In case, your firestick is frozen or stuck and do not respond to its remote control commands, use the below methods provided in this guide.

Method 2: Restart the Fire Stick Directly with the Remote Control

If your Firestick is not responding to the remote commands, you can use this method to hard reboot your Firestick.

This method force closes all the running applications, so you should only use this reboot method if your firestick is unresponsive and you can’t access the Settings menu.

Restart the Fire Stick Directly with the Remote Control

Here are the steps to directly restart your FireStick device with remote control:

  1. Press and hold the Play/Pause and Select buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds.
  2. Your Firestick will reboot instantly.

Method 3: Unplug From The Power Source To Restart Fire Stick

This is the traditional method for restarting Firestick by disconnecting is from the power source. You should use this method only when your Firestick is stuck and the remote is not working.

Here’s how you can restart your fire tv by unplugging it from the power supply:

  1. Unplug your Fire TV Stick from the power source.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds and plug the power plug back to the wall outlet.
  3. Switch on your Fire TV stick and the TV and check if its working fine.

Method 4: Restart Using the Alexa Voice Command

You can use this method if your Firestick device has alexa voice remote.

  • Simply say, “Alexa, restart my Fire TV” and it will restart your fire tv device.

How Do I Force Restart Fire TV?

To force restart a Fire TV Stick, you can follow these steps:

  1. Find the Micro-USB Port: You can find the Micro-USB port on the side of your Amazon Fire TV Stick, where you connect the power cable.
  2. Unplug the Power Cable: Disconnect the power cable that supplies power to your device from the Micro-USB port on your Fire TV Stick.
  3. Wait for 5-10 Seconds: Wait for around 5 to 10 seconds after unplugging the power cable.
  4. Reconnect the Power Cable: Now, plug the power cable back into the Micro-USB port and make sure it’s connected correctly.
  5. Wait for the Device to Restart: Generally, after reconnecting the power cable, the Fire TV Stick reboots automatically. You’ll see the Amazon logo on your TV screen during the restart process.
  6. Check If Firestick is Working: Once the Fire TV Stick restarts, check if working perfectly. Use the Amazon Fire TV remote control to navigate through the menus and make sure everything is working as expected.

This process forces a manual restart and can help resolve certain issues your Fire TV Stick may be experiencing. If problems persist, you may want to contact Amazon customer support for further assistance.

Why Should I Restart My FireStick?

Why Should I Restart My FireStick

You should restart or reboot your firestick to fix minor bugs and system glitches, and it also gives a fresh start to your Fire TV and resolve issues.

What Does Resetting Your Fire TV Do?

Initiating a restart on your FireStick stands out as the most efficient method to provide a fresh start to its operating system. You can opt to reboot your Amzon streaming devices to fix minor software glitches and bugs, but there are other reasons too.

Here are the reasons why and when you should restart a Fire Stick:

  1. If your firestick is lagging and showing performance issues, restarting the firestick will fix the problem.
  2. When your Fire TV stick home screen is unresponsive or frozen, the only solution to fix this is rebooting the device.
  3. Sometimes updating your Firestick firmware requires restarting Firestick.
  4. Installing certain apps also requires a restart.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I restart my FireStick if it’s not responding?

If your firestick is not responding, you can restart your firestick Directly with the Remote Control by pressing Play/Pause and Select buttons simultaneously and holding them for 5 seconds.

Can restarting FireStick fix issues with apps?

Yes, restarting FireStick can fix minor bugs and software glitches causing app issues. It is also helpful during an unresponsive app event.

What is the best way to restart my FireStick?

The best way to restart your firestick is navigating to Settings and selecting My Fire TV then the Restart option.

How often should I restart my Fire TV?

There is no definite time period for restarting a Fire TV Stick but I personally do this after every 3-5 days. Also, you can restart your firestick whenever it starts lagging or slowing down.

What buttons do you press to reset a Fire Stick remote?

To reset a firestick remote, you have to press and hold LeftBack, and Menu button for 12 seconds.

How do I resync my Fire Stick remote?

To resync your firestick remote, first unpair and then re-pair the remote. To do this,

  • Go to “Settings” > “Controllers & Bluetooth Devices” > “Amazon Fire TV Remotes” > your remote name > “Forget This Device.
  • Then, pair the remote again by pressing and holding down the “Home” button on the remote for at least 10 seconds.


Restarting or rebooting an Amazon Fire TV Stick is a straightforward process that can be done through the remote, settings menu, physical power cycle, or voice commands if Alexa is enabled.

However, the best method to restart Fire TV is via the Settings menu.

Also, if you are facing problem with your firestick remote volume buttons, here’s our guide on how to fix firestick remote volume not working.

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