How to Update Firestick in 5 Simple Steps in 2024?

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Ultimate Guide: How To Update Firestick?

Discovering how to update your Firestick is key to unlocking a seamless streaming experience, ensuring you’re always ahead in the world of entertainment.

Amazon’s Fire TV platform packs a punch when is comes to streaming, apps, quality and connectivity. But there will come a time when you need to learn how to update your Firestick. Without it, you will not get access to latest versions of apps, miss out on an improved interface or take advantage of new features. You’ll also potentially expose your Firestick to a plethora of security threats!

Remember – each update builds upon the flaws of the previous one! So, if you want to make the most out of your Firestick, make sure it is always up-to-date. In this article, our experts at AirBeamTV will show you how you can easily update your Firestick in 5 steps.

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1. Introduction to Firestick Updates:

Updating your Firestick is a crucial maintenance task that ensures your device operates at its best. Firestick updates bring a variety of benefits, such as:

  1. Improved performance.
  2. Enhanced security.
  3. New features and functionalities.
  4. A better overall streaming experience.

2. Step-by-Step Guide: How To Update Your Firestick?

Regularly updating your Firestick will prevent issues such as sluggish performance, compatibility problems, and security vulnerabilities. By following the simple steps, you can keep your Firestick up to date and make the most out of your entertainment device.

Are you setting up your Firestick for the first time? Check our our guide on how to set up a Firestick!

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Step 1: Access Settings:

To begin the update process, navigate to the Settings menu on your Firestick. You can access the Settings by using the remote control’s Home button and selecting the gear icon at the top of the screen.

Step 2: Select My Fire TV:

Once you’re in the Settings menu, scroll down and select the “My Fire TV” or “Device” option. This will take you to a submenu where you can manage various settings related to your Firestick.

Step 3: Choose About:

In the “My Fire TV” or “Device” submenu, you’ll find the “About” option. Selecting this option will provide you with essential information about your Firestick, including its current software version and other device details.

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Step 4: Check for Updates:

Within the “About” section, you’ll see the “Check for Updates” button. Clicking on this button initiates a search for any available updates for your Firestick.

Step 5: Install Updates:

If an update is found, you’ll be prompted to install it. Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with the installation. Your Firestick will restart as part of the update process, and once it’s back up, you’ll be running the latest version of the software.

3. Troubleshooting and Tips

‘When I tested our app with the Firestick update, it felt streamlined. Ensuring users know how to update is key for the best experience.’

Demid Borodin | Senior Software Engineer, PhD at AirBeamTV

While updating your Firestick is usually straightforward, you might encounter occasional issues. These can include network errors, update failures, or the update process freezing. In this section, we’ll show you useful solutions to these problems.

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Troubleshooting Steps

If you encounter any problems during the update, there are a few steps you can take.

Check your Wi-Fi

Downloading updates requires the Internet. If you’re experiencing issues or unusually long waiting times when updating your Firestick, this is the first thing you should check:

If you suspect network issues, start by restart your router. To do this:

  1. Unplug your router from the power adapter.
  2. Wait 10-15 seconds.
  3. Plug the router back to power.
  4. Wait for your router to boot up.

If your network issues persist, see if other devices connected to the same WiFi experience similar problems. If yes, try restarting your router again, or reset it. If not, then the issue lies with your Firestick. In that case, you will need to restart it.

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Restart Firestick

Method 1

If the update stalls or fails, try restarting your Firestick and router before attempting the update again. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the Home screen on your Firestick.
  2. Choose Menu and scroll all the way right to Settings.
  3. Navigate to ‘My Fire TV’ and ‘Restart’.
  4. Confirm by clicking ‘Restart’.
Method 2

Another method of resetting a Firestick involves pressing and holding Play/Pause button and Select button for around 5 seconds. Do it and your Firestick will restart.

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Above methods require a working remote. Is your Firestick remote not working? Check out our guide on fixing it.

Method 3

In case you don’t want to fix your remote, there’s a third way of restarting your Firestick. Simply unplug it from the power source, wait for 5-10 seconds and plug it back in.

Do you want to learn all there is about restarting Firestick? Check out our expert guide on how to restart Firestick!

4. Firestick Automatic and Manual Updates:

Firestick Automatic Updates:

By default, Firestick is set to automatically download and install updates when they become available. This hands-off approach ensures that your device is always up to date without requiring your intervention.

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Firestick Manual Updates:

Alternatively, you can choose to update your Firestick manually. Some users prefer this method to have more control over when updates occur. Manually checking for updates allows you to review any changes that will be applied to your device before installation.

5. Benefits of Updating Firestick Regularly

Performance Improvements

Each software update typically includes optimizations that improve the overall performance of your Firestick. This means smoother navigation, faster app loading times, and enhanced responsiveness.

Security Enhancements

Updating your Firestick is essential for maintaining its security. Updates often include patches for known vulnerabilities, protecting your device and personal information from potential threats.

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Access to New Features

Firestick updates aren’t just about fixing bugs – they also introduce new features and functionalities. These updates can bring exciting changes to your streaming experience, offering new ways to discover content or interact with your device.

By covering these subtopics in your blog post, you’ll provide your readers with a comprehensive guide to updating their Firestick in just five simple steps, along with troubleshooting tips and insights into the benefits of staying up to date.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Update Firestick On PC?

Updating your Firestick through a PC is a simple process that doesn’t require technical expertise. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you update your Firestick using your computer:

  1. Connect Firestick to Your PC:
    • Use the USB cable that came with your Firestick to connect it to your PC’s USB port.
  2. Access the Amazon Website:
    • Open your web browser on your computer and go to the Amazon website.
  3. Sign In to Your Amazon Account:
    • Log in to your Amazon account using the same credentials you use on your Firestick.
  4. Navigate to Manage Your Content and Devices:
    • Once you’re logged in, hover over the “Account & Lists” section in the top right corner of the Amazon page.
    • From the dropdown menu, select “Manage Your Content and Devices.”
  5. Select Your Firestick:
    • In the “Your Content” tab, find your Firestick device from the list of registered devices.
    • Click on the device to open its details.
  6. Check for Updates:
    • Within your Firestick’s details, look for the “Device Actions” section.
    • If an update is available, you’ll see an option to “Check for System Update.” Click on it.
  7. Start the Update:
    • If an update is found, confirm that you want to start the update process.
    • The update will be sent to your Firestick, and it will start updating automatically.
  8. Disconnect Your Firestick:
    • Once the update is initiated, you can disconnect your Firestick from the PC.
    • Make sure to safely eject the Firestick from your computer before unplugging it.
  9. Let the Update Finish:
    • Allow some time for the update to complete. Your Firestick may restart during this process.
  10. Enjoy the Latest Software:

Once the update is finished, your Firestick will be running the latest software version with improved performance, security enhancements, and potential new features.

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Updating your Firestick through your PC is a user-friendly way to ensure your device remains up to date without needing to navigate through menus on the Firestick itself. Just follow these steps, and you’ll have your Firestick updated and ready for your next streaming session.

How to update AirBeamTV on Firestick?

AirBeamTV Firestick screen mirroring app is updated frequently. Our developers ensure that the app keeps getting better and any bugd are removed. We also even add new features that give you extra benefits.

Updating the AirBeamTV screen mirroring app for Firestick involves a few simple steps. Here’s how you can update your current app version to the newest one using both Apple (iOS) and Android devices:

Updating Firestick via Apple

  1. Open App Store: Launch the “App Store” on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad).
  2. Search for AirBeamTV: In the search bar, type “AirBeamTV” and search for the app.
  3. Check for Updates: If a new version is available, you’ll see an “Update” button next to the app’s name. Tap this button.
  4. Enter Your Password: If prompted, enter your Apple ID password or use Touch ID/Face ID to authenticate the update.
  5. Wait for Installation: The app will begin updating. Wait for the process to finish. Once done, you’ll have the latest version of AirBeamTV on your iOS device.

Updating via Android:

  1. Open Google Play Store: Open the ‘Google Play Store‘ on your Android device.
  2. Access My Apps & Games: Tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner to access settings. From there, select “My apps & games.”
  3. Find AirBeamTV: In the ‘Installed’ tab, find ‘Fire TV & Firestick Mirroring’ from the list of installed apps.
  4. Update App: If there’s an update available, you’ll see an “Update” button next to the app. Tap it.
  5. Wait for Installation: The app will start updating. Give it a moment to complete the process. Once finished, you’ll have the latest version of AirBeamTV to cast to Fire TV from Android devices.

Do you need additional help? Don’t hesitate to contact our customer service representatives.

Does Firestick update automatically?

Yes, Firestick can update automatically. The default setting on Amazon Firestick is to automatically download and install software updates when they become available.

This helps ensure that your device stays up to date with the latest features, security enhancements, and performance improvements. Automatic updates make it convenient for users, as they don’t need to manually initiate the update process.

You can opt out of automatic updates

How long should it take for a FireStick to update?

The time it takes for a FireStick to update can vary depending on factors such as the size of the update, the speed of your internet connection, and the processing power of your device. In general, smaller updates that include minor improvements or bug fixes might take around 5 to 10 minutes to download and install. However, larger updates that introduce significant changes or new features could take closer to 20 to 30 minutes or even longer.

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It’s important to note that during the update process, your FireStick might restart one or more times. The restarts are part of the installation process and are normal. Additionally, having a stable and fast internet connection can help expedite the update process.

If you’re concerned about the time it’s taking for the update, make sure your FireStick is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network and give it some time to complete the update. If the update process seems to be taking an unusually long time or gets stuck, you might want to consider restarting the device and attempting the update again.

Why can’t I update my Firestick?

Here are the three most common causes:

  1. Internet Connection Issues: A stable and reliable internet connection is essential for downloading and installing updates. If your Wi-Fi connection is weak, slow, or intermittent, it can lead to update failures or delays. Make sure your Firestick is connected to a strong Wi-Fi signal and consider restarting your router to improve connectivity.
  2. Insufficient Storage Space: If your Firestick’s storage is nearly full, there might not be enough space to download and install updates. Check how much available storage you have on your Firestick by going to Settings > My Fire TV > About > Storage. If storage is low, consider deleting unused apps or content to free up space before attempting the update.
  3. System Glitches or Errors: Sometimes, temporary glitches or errors in the system software can prevent updates from being completed. In such cases, restarting your Firestick can often resolve the issue. You can do this by going to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart.
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How do I update my FireStick for free?

Updating your FireStick is typically a free process that doesn’t require any additional charges. Here’s how to update your FireStick for free:

  1. Connect to the Internet: Ensure your FireStick is connected to the internet. You need an active Wi-Fi connection to download and install updates.
  2. Access Settings: Use your remote control to navigate to the FireStick’s home screen. Scroll to the top and select the “Settings” option.
  3. Choose My Fire TV (Device): Within the Settings menu, scroll right and select “My Fire TV” or “Device,” depending on your FireStick’s software version.
  4. Select About: Inside the “My Fire TV” or “Device” submenu, scroll down and select the “About” option. This displays information about your FireStick.
  5. Check for Updates: In the “About” section, look for the “Check for Updates” option. If an update is available, you’ll be prompted to download and install it.
  6. Install Updates: If an update is found, follow the on-screen instructions to install it. Your FireStick will restart as part of the update process.
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