If you just got your hands on a new Firestick or Fire TV device, you may be wondering – how do I get this thing set up? Well friend, you‘ve come to the right place!
Setting up your new Fire TV streaming stick or cube is a quick and painless process. Just follow this easy step-by-step guide and you‘ll be streaming movies, shows, and more in no time.
Below we‘ll cover everything you need to get your Firestick or Fire TV configured, connected, and streaming quickly:
- What‘s included in the box
- Connecting cables and power
- Connecting to WiFi
- Logging into Amazon
- Downloading updates
- Linking remotes
- Adding streaming apps
- Setting parental controls
- Accessory recommendations
- Tips for becoming a streaming pro
Let‘s dive in!
Here‘s What You‘ll Find in the Box
Before we begin setup, let‘s go over everything included with your new Fire TV purchase. Here‘s what you can expect to find inside the package:
Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV Cube (the main streaming device)
Alexa Voice Remote (pairing occurs automatically)
Two AAA batteries (for powering the remote)
Power adapter with USB connector
HDMI extender cable (makes connecting to TV ports easier)
Quick start guide with basic instructions
That‘s everything you‘ll need to get started! For optimal streaming, you may also want an ethernet adapter or wireless keyboard which we‘ll cover later.
Step 1 – Power Up the Voice Remote
Let‘s start by getting your Alexa voice remote powered on and linked to your Fire TV.
Open up the remote and insert the two included AAA batteries. Make sure to line up the positive and negative ends correctly. Once the batteries are securely installed, the remote will automatically sync to your Firestick or Fire TV cube.
Easy enough right? Now your remote is ready to start controlling your device!
Step 2 – Connect the Power Supply
Now it‘s time to get power flowing to the device.
Take the included Fire TV power adapter and plug it into an open wall outlet or surge protector. It doesn‘t matter whether the outlet is horizontal or vertical.
Next, take the USB end of the power adapter cable and plug it firmly into the micro USB port on the backside of the Firestick or Fire TV cube.
Once connected, the device will illuminate showing that power is being received.
Step 3 – Plug Firestick into TV HDMI Port
With power connected, we can move onto the fun part – hooking up the device to your TV!
On the back of your television, locate an open HDMI port. They are normally labeled clearly.
Insert the Fire TV HDMI connector firmly into the open HDMI port on your TV. Make sure it clicks into place.
If your TV‘s HDMI ports are hard to access, make use of the HDMI extender cable included with your Firestick. This will extend the reach by several feet.
Note: Avoid plugging your Firestick into a USB port on the TV. Always use the wall outlet for power.
Step 4 – Power On TV and Select HDMI Input
At this point, go ahead and power on your television using the remote that came with it.
Use the TV remote to select the HDMI input that you plugged the Firestick into. You may need to click the input button and cycle through several options until the Fire TV home screen appears.
Step 5 – Connect to Your WiFi Network
Upon startup, the Firestick will automatically prompt you to select a WiFi network and enter your password.
Highlight and select your home WiFi network from the list. Enter your WiFi password when prompted.
Your Fire TV will then connect to the internet over WiFi allowing for streaming and downloading apps/games.
If you want faster and more reliable connections, I recommend using an ethernet adapter. We‘ll cover how to set that up shortly.
Step 6 – Login to Your Amazon Account
Next, you‘ll need to link your Fire TV device to your Amazon account.
If you already have an Amazon account for shopping, Prime Video, etc. use those login details. Otherwise, you can create a new free account right from the device.
Linking your Amazon account allows you to access content subscriptions, downloaded apps, and personal preferences across different Fire TV devices.
Step 7 – Install Latest Software Updates
Once your Amazon account is linked, the Firestick will automatically check for any available software updates.
Your Fire TV will download and install the newest firmware version. This ensures your device is running the latest features and enhancements.
Be patient as the update can take several minutes depending on your internet speeds. The Firestick will reboot once the new firmware is installed.
Step 8 – Accept Amazon‘s Terms of Service
Be sure to thoroughly read through the terms and conditions that Amazon provides during setup. You‘ll need to accept them to continue using your Fire TV.
Step 9 – Optimize Display Settings
Next, you‘ll be prompted to optimize the display based on your TV type.
Select whether you have an HD or 4K television. The Firestick will adjust default settings to match whichever display you have for optimal viewing.
However, you can always manually tweak display configurations later in Settings if needed.
Step 10 – Pair Remote and Test Audio
With the initial setup complete, we need to finalize pairing for the Alexa voice remote.
Follow the on-screen instructions that ask you to press certain buttons on the remote. Then confirm that audio plays through your TV speakers as prompts guide you through the process.
Once complete, your Fire TV remote will be fully synced and ready for navigating!
Step 11 – Build Your Fire TV Home Screen
Now comes the fun part – personalizing your Firestick or Fire TV home screen with the streaming apps and services you actually want to use!
Here are some of the most popular options to get your entertainment started:
Netflix: On-demand movies/shows starting at $9.99/month
Hulu: TV episodes, movies, originals starting at $6.99/month
Prime Video: Included with Amazon Prime or $8.99/month alone
Disney+: Disney classics, Marvel, Star Wars for $7.99/month
HBO Max: Warner Bros, DC, Studio Ghibli and more for $9.99/month
Paramount+: CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon content starting at $4.99/month
Discovery+: Lifestyle, food, home and nature documentaries for $4.99/month
Peacock: NBCUniversal library of movies and shows for $4.99/month
Browse through various categories like Video, Music, Games and Apps to find content services tailored to your interests. You can always add or remove apps later.
Step 12 – Configure Parental Controls
Setting up parental controls is an optional step but recommended if kids will be using your Fire TV.
Parental controls allow you to restrict certain content, set viewing time limits, change maturity levels and more. This ensures your children don‘t access inappropriate content.
To set up parental controls, select which restrictions you want to enable. You‘ll be prompted to create a 4-digit PIN that must be entered to override limits.
And that covers the full initial setup process! Let‘s move onto some key accessories and recommendations to enhance your viewing experience.
Must-Have Accessories for Serious Streamers
To take your Fire TV streaming to the next level, here are some handy accessories worth investing in:
For those seeking faster, smoother streaming, I highly recommend picking up an ethernet adapter such as the UGREEN Ethernet Adapter.
This allows you to connect your Firestick directly to your home router with a wired connection avoiding any WiFi issues.
According to AndroidCentral, ethernet can provide up to 100Mbps speeds compared to just 30Mbps over WiFi. This means 4K streams will start faster with less buffering.
Wireless Mini Keyboard
Navigating the Fire TV interface with the included remote can feel tedious. That‘s why I suggest pairing a wireless keyboard such as the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard.
This makes typing passwords, search queries, URLs and any text input much quicker. The built-in touchpad mouse allows you to easily navigate menus and select options as well.
According to Tom‘s Guide, this mini keyboard has excellent Amazon ratings and is designed specifically for home theater PCs and streaming devices.
MicroSD Memory Card
If you plan on downloading a lot of games and apps, adding a MicroSD card can expand the storage.
The Fire TV Stick 4K supports up to a 1TB MicroSD card while other models support up to 512GB.
The SanDisk Ultra 512GB MicroSD is a great option for dramatically increasing your storage.
Per Slanted‘s Fire TV buyer‘s guide, the extra space allows you to store 100+ large apps and games.
These small Cable Clips may seem minor but they prevent cords from coming loose behind your TV stand.
The adhesive backing sticks securely to hold HDMI and power cables in place keeping connections secure. No more wired popping out!
Tips for Mastering Your Firestick
You made it through setup and got your Fire TV streaming. Now it‘s time to unlock the real potential of your new gadget!
Check out these pro tips:
🔑 Jailbreak Your Firestick – By jailbreaking your Firestick, you can sideload unofficial apps, remove Amazon restrictions, and access tons of free movies and shows. Just follow this handy guide.
📺 Become an IPTV Pro – Subscribe to an IPTV service for cheap access to live TV, PPV events and international content. Here are the best IPTV options in 2022.
⚡️ Learn to Stop Buffering Issues – Nothing kills the viewing experience like constant buffering. Fix lagging streams with these buffering solutions.
📁 Expand Internal Storage – With limited onboard memory, learn how to add more storage for apps and games using a USB or MicroSD card.
🛡️ Stay Protected With a VPN – A VPN like Surfshark lets you unblock geo-restricted streams and adds a layer of privacy.
I hope these setup steps, recommendations and tips help you start streaming like a pro on your new Firestick or Fire TV! Let me know if you have any other questions. Now kick back and enjoy access to endless entertainment.