Amazon Fire Stick is always getting new updates that add new features and fix bugs to improve performance. When your device is connected to the internet, these patches will automatically download and install on your device. You can also check for software updates and install them by hand. Here are the steps for updating your Fire Stick.
How to Update Your Amazon Fire Stick
Here’s how to perform a manual Amazon Fire TV update:
- Choose Settings > Device > About from the home screen of your Fire TV.
Note: In some situations, you should choose System instead of Device on the 1st Generation Amazon Fire Stick and the 1st Generation Amazon Fire TV.
- Choose Check for Updates.
- The device looks for the latest patch and, if it’s available, automatically downloads it. Select Install System Update once it’s downloaded.
Note: The update can also be installed automatically the next time you turn on your Fire TV or after it has been inactive for more than 30 minutes.
When you should update your Amazon Fire Stick
It shouldn’t be necessary to do a manual update. When a new version of the software is out and the device is connected to the internet, the software should update itself.
If you like to take care of things yourself, you should check for updates often, since Amazon puts out updates at a good rate. Software Update History, which was put together by AFTVnews, a site that only covers Amazon Fire TV news, shows that a new update comes out about every two months. If your device hasn’t been updated automatically, it’s a good idea to check on it around this time.
Things to Remember About the New Amazon Fire TV Software
For the Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV to work, it needs to be connected to the internet. Check your internet connection if you can’t get an update to work. If you have a 1st or 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV box and are having trouble with your Wi-Fi, connect an Ethernet cable directly to the device. You can also do this with an Amazon Fire TV Cube.
If you keep having problems, like error messages, Amazon recommends that you turn off the power to the Amazon Fire TV device for about three seconds and then turn it back on.
This method is particularly recommended if your device freezes while an update is in progress. You can also reset a Fire Stick if it continues to have problems.
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