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.
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.
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.
2nd step: Scroll down to the My Fire TV menu.
Step 3: Select Restart and you’re good to go.
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.
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.
2nd step: Go to Apps> Manage installed apps.
Step 3: Select an application and click Clear Cache on the next menu.
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.
2nd step: Go to Apps> Manage installed apps.
Step 3: Select an app you want to remove and click Uninstall on the next menu.
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.
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.
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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