Firestick is the top-rated streaming device in the nation. Lag and speed are two of the most common problems with all things connected to the internet.
There are a lot of proven, easy ways to fix slow Firesticks.
You will most likely solve your problem by keeping this list in mind.
What is the reason my Firestick is so slow?
Slow internet connections are the main reason your Firestick has problems.
Improve your internet connection to speed up your Firestick’s performance and reduce lag.
Test Firestick Internet speeds
Firestick recommends a minimum speed to download SD content and 5.0Mbps for HD content. Watching HD content will be the most enjoyable experience.
Speedtest.net is one of the fastest ways to test your Internet speed. Next, press GO.
The Test requires that you have a minimum speed of 25-50Mbps. You’re likely to experience lag or slowness at low speeds.
Next, you can check your internet speed from your Firestick.
Perform a speed test.
The speed test will give you an answer. Streaming is a downloading process.
You want your downloading speed to be 25-50 MB/s. However, there are two reasons it might not be
- Internet speed is not being paid enough. VPN speeds up the speed by 50% and WiFi reduces it by half.
- If your router isn’t working correctly, you might experience slow internet speeds. This will provide a stronger signal to your Firestick.
You can still speed up your Firestick and stream faster, but slow internet is your limiter.
Make certain your Firestick has an active connection to the 5GHz network
Make certain your Firestick is connected to your 5GHz WiFi band
Most routers use “dual-band radio waves”. This lets you connect to two networks at your home (either at 2.4GHz or at 5.0GHz).
Two networks separate from each other allow for greater flexibility, speed and performance. The dual-bands prevent interference from connecting devices and increase stability.
If you need a wider range, you can connect to the band at 2.4GHz. If you require higher speeds, the 5GHz band is your best choice.
To use the 5.0GHz band, you will need to be in close proximity to your router. This is the tradeoff.
Move the router closer to your Firestick
It may be hard to do this depending on how big your house is and how many smart TVs are in your home, but The closer the router to your Firestick, the better it performs
Consider purchasing WiFi extenders if you don’t have the option to move your router. These extenders can be plugged into any wall outlet and make a big difference.
These tips and techniques will help you place your router in your home.
- If possible, mount your router higher than the ground. Routers transmit signals downwards so it is best to mount your router higher than the ground.
- Do not place your router in close proximity to other electronic devices. This could lead to interference.
- Use antennas with your router to get the best coverage.
These modifications may affect your Firestick’s speed. If you don’t notice any improvement, continue reading.
Don’t overcrowd the WiFi network
Streaming content to multiple devices simultaneously can strain your WiFi network.
A router is limited in the number of concurrent connections it can handle without performance deteriorating.
This is the easiest way to ensure that only a few people surf the internet simultaneously.
Bad Firestick content source server
If your internet speed score is between 25-50Mbps and higher, it is possible that the app content isn’t working.
Let’s say that the Cinema HD app uses a signal from remote servers. If a server is slow, the content at your end will also be slow.
This isn’t your fault.
It is not a good idea to choose a slow stream.
If you can’t find a stream that works, try these other apps. These tips will help increase speed and decrease lag.
Background applications for “Force Stop”
The Firestick’s processor may not be as powerful or as small as other streaming devices like Android boxes.
Resetting the Firestick, unplugging, etc. These actions do not close background applications.
Download the “Background apps & processes” app. This will display which apps are currently running in the background.
Click to “CLOSE ALL APKS” in the top-left corner. FORCE STOP all apps!
You should notice an improvement in your speed after removing any background apps.
You can disable “Featured Content.” “
Next, disable the “Featured Content”. The Featured Content content appears on your Firestick’s home screen automatically.
This refers to a new movie or series that is being shown. It adds extra stress to your Firestick’s CPU and slows it down. You must turn this off.
Click on SETTINGS>>> PREFERENCES> FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT. Check that Allow Featured Autoplay and Allow Audio Autoplay are turned off.
This will stop the featured video at the top of your screen from automatically playing when you’re on your home screen.
This change should result in a noticeable improvement in the performance of your Firestick.
Clear cache and delete unwanted apps
Cache refers to a collection of data that is stored on your device in order to speed up certain processes.
Firestick cache is not very helpful. Because it takes up valuable storage space, the cache slows down Firestick’s processor.
It is essential to clear your cache regularly.
Clear cache from Firestick by going into SETTINGS > APOLICATIONS> MANAGE INSTALLED.APPLICATIONS
This will open a list of all your apps. The list will appear when you click this button.
To see if any apps can be deleted, you can also look at the list. This can cause your Firestick to slow down and eat up valuable storage.
Click UNINSTALL next to the app you wish to delete.
Firestick software update
Without the most up-to-date Firestick software, you can’t speed it up or make it more efficient.
Upgrade the software on your Firestick by going to SETTINGS>>> MY FireTV > ABOUT> INSTALL UPDATES.
Select Install if an Update is Available This process takes only a few moments.
Factory reset Firestick
Reset your Firestick to factory settings if it isn’t working.
Factory resets will bring back your Firestick’s settings as they were when it was first purchased. All settings, apps, and downloads will be erased and reset.
The apps will need to be re-downloaded, but will still connect all the apps to your account.
A factory reset can be performed by going to the HOME Menu and then to Settings > MyFireTV > Reset Factory defaults.
This will take some time. You will need to do the same setup again and then connect to your WiFi.
If none of the above solutions work, contact Amazon customer service.
1-888-283-44331 is Amazon’s customer service phone number. We are available 365 days a year.
They offer repair, replacement, or a complete refund, depending on the Firesticks warranty.
There are proven methods to speed up your Firestick.
- Check that your download speed has increased 25-50Mbps
- Check that your Firestick’s 5GHz band on your router is activated
- Move your router towards your Firestick
- Don’t overload your WiFi network with too many devices
- The firestick content source server is having problems. Choose a different stream.
- Force Stop background applications
- Shut Down Featured Content
- Clear cache and delete unneeded apps
- Firestick software update
- Factory reset your Firestick
Firestick support should also be sought if any of the above options fail.
Did your Firestick operate faster? Let me know by commenting below!