7 Best Ways to Fix Lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick

7 Best Ways to Fix Lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick is a wonderful streaming device. As Amazon continues to bring improved versions, the Fire TV Stick still suffers from random lag, freezing, sometimes showing a blank screen, etc. If you’re having similar issues with your device, here’s how to fix lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick.


Fixed lag on fire stick

There are several factors that cause Amazon Fire TV Stick to lag. Some can be hardware related, and some can be attributed to Fire OS software. We will cover all possible scenarios to fix lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick in the troubleshooting list below.

1. Change the batteries in the remote control

The Fire TV Stick remote is definitely power hungry. We’ve seen the Fire TV Stick remote drain the batteries in less than a month.

The remote has a red LED at the top to indicate that it is operating on a low battery. If you notice the same thing, change the batteries immediately. Using Amazon Fire TV Stick on low battery will cause slow user interface performance.

Fire tv stick remote control


Fire tv stick remote control

There will be a late response from your remote, and even if the Fire TV Stick is working fine, you will notice lag or sluggishness in the interface.

2. Overheating Fire TV Stick

Your Amazon Fire TV Stick stays connected to a power source with your TV. If you use Fire TV Stick for an extended period of time, it may cause the device to overheat. It may cause a delay on the Fire TV Stick.

Check the Fire TV Stick and if you notice overheating, unplug it from the TV and the power source. Let it cool, then reconnect it to the TV.

3. Restart Fire TV Stick

Sometimes a simple fix like restarting the Fire TV Stick can resolve the lag on the device. Follow the steps below to restart Fire TV Stick.

Step 1: From the FireStick home, go to Settings.

Open Firestick settings


Open Firestick settings

2nd step: Scroll down to the My Fire TV menu.

My Fire TV menu


My Fire TV menu

Step 3: Select Restart and you’re good to go.

Restart the fire stick


Restart the fire stick

4. Use a fast internet connection

The default interface of Fire TV Stick needs a good internet connection to load recommendations for you. If you are using a slow internet connection, Fire Stick will have a hard time presenting you with content.

It can create lag on Fire TV Stick even if nothing is wrong with the device itself. Go to Settings> Connections and make sure you select a Wi-Fi network with fast speeds.

Check the Wi-Fi connection


Check the Wi-Fi connection

If you are using 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi frequencies, go for 5.0GHz for better speeds.

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5. Clear app cache

Fire TV Stick only comes with 8 GB of storage. If you run out of storage by default, it can cause the Fire TV Stick to lag behind.

The storage problem can be attributed to the cache collected by the applications for better performance. You’ll be surprised at how much data these apps collect from the Fire TV Stick. Here’s how to clear app cache on Fire Stick and remove lag.

Step 1: Open the Fire TV Stick Settings menu.

Applications menu


Applications menu

2nd step: Go to Apps> Manage installed apps.

Manage installed applications


Manage installed applications

Step 3: Select an application and click Clear Cache on the next menu.

Clear the cache of an application


Clear the cache of an application

Repeat the process for your most used apps on Fire TV Stick and free up storage space.

6. Uninstall irrelevant applications

This is another way to clean storage on Amazon Fire TV Stick. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Go to the Fire TV Stick Settings menu.

Applications menu


Applications menu

2nd step: Go to Apps> Manage installed apps.

Select the app


Select the app

Step 3: Select an app you want to remove and click Uninstall on the next menu.

Uninstall apps


Uninstall apps

Remove unnecessary apps and games from the same menu.

7. Update the Fire TV Stick software

Amazon frequently releases new updates to improve the reliability and performance of the Fire TV Stick. The Fire OS update is (you can see it in the screenshots) available for all compatible devices. Here’s how to update Fire TV Stick.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu and navigate to the My Fire TV menu.

My Fire TV menu


My Fire TV menu

2nd step: Select About and if there are any updates on the Fire TV Stick, you will notice an option to install the updates on the device.

Install the fire operating system update


Install the fire operating system update

Click Install Updates and it will take a few minutes for the Fire TV Stick to install the latest Fire operating system on the device.

Enjoy a Snappy Fire TV Stick performance

We hope you’ve found the smooth and familiar navigation on your Fire TV Stick. You should also avoid installing third-party apps on FireStick from unknown sources. Instead, try to stick with offerings from the Amazon App Store only. These third-party apps aren’t designed to keep the Fire TV Stick running, and that can cause lag here and there.

Last updated on August 28, 2021

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