How to Improve Your Firestick and Hide Cords

One of the most common problems people face is having their TV located too far from the plug or nearest wall socket. This forces them to use an extension cord. The main problem is that you need to have the Firestick connected to a different power source via the usual plugs. These plugs are similar to the ones you use to charge your phone.

There is also the problem of having the TV mounted on the wall. This leaves the cords dangling below in a less appealing way. In this article, I’ll show you a solution to better cord management solution. You will use your TV to power the Firestick and eliminate extra cords and plugs. The goal is to help you have better cord management for your TV and improve your Firestick performance.  

What’s at the Back of the TV

When you look at the back of the TV, you’ll notice the HDMI port and a USB port above it. The USB port can be quite helpful in eliminating excess plugs. It allows you to plug in your Fire TV Stick directly to the TV. Then you will have the TV act as the Firestick’s power source.

This is an energy-saving solution too. When your Fire TV Stick is powered by your TV instead of the electricity socket, it will automatically turn off when you power off the TV. The Firestick will power down and stop taking much of your Internet resources. When you turn it back on, it will be like new again and ready to go. Turning off the TV power also helps improve your Firestick performance.  

This method basically eliminates the plug you use to connect your Fire TV Stick to the wall socket. You will instead connect the Firestick directly to the TV via the USB port located at the back of the TV.

This will not only save you the cost and inconvenience of having unnecessary cables, especially if your TV is located too far from the power outlet but will also ensure that the Firestick doesn’t continue to use your Internet resources when the TV is turned off. When the Fire TV Stick and the TV are using the same power source, both will automatically power down. This is when you turn off the TV.  

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Advantages of Powering Your Firestick via the TV’s USB Port

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There are several advantages of using this method of powering your Firestick. For instance, you are getting the power for your Firestick straight from the TV and can turn off both devices at once.

If you have your TV mounted on a wall instead of a stand, you’ll need to dig a hole into the wall. In this case, you could damage your nice living room wall to pass the Firestick power cable. Or you’d need to invest more in an extension cord. That will mean buying an extra piece of equipment for your Firestick.

It is therefore quite obvious that using your TV as a power source for your Firestick makes more sense than relying on extensions and wall sockets located too far away from the TV. This option is especially useful for those who have their TVs mounted on the wall and cables dangling in a disorganized manner.

You won’t need to keep reminding yourself to unplug the Firestick every time you power off your TV. This is because both devices will be connected to the same power source. Any time you turn off your TV your Firestick will also turn off. This will save you energy as well as your Internet resources.

Conclusion

The little trick is quite helpful when you want to improve your Firestick and save on Internet resources. Keep in mind that the Firestick keeps on using Internet as long as it remains powered on via the wall socket or extension cable. But if you connect it directly to the TV, it will automatically turn off when you power off the TV.

The trick works perfectly with the little Firesticks but not the Cube. You wouldn’t want to modify the Cube because there are other things you can do with it. But for the Firestick the trick works perfectly. The Firestick also fits nicely and stays hidden when connected at the back of the TV via the USB port.      

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Bernie Allan
Bernie Allan
7 months ago

My firestick on myToshiba TV sometimes complains that there is insufficient power available from the USB port on the TV. It’s around 6 years old so maybe the old ports were lower powered.

Wendy
Wendy
7 months ago

We have a brand new TV and my Firestick has been giving us the optimizing storage and insufficient power message every day since we got the new TV. I u plugged from the back of TV and plugged straight into outlet with provided cord and plug. Power message is gone but optimizing storage message still comes up. We have over half the device storage amount free. Any ideas or is my Firestick dying?

mackattack
mackattack
4 months ago
Reply to  Wendy

Do a Factory reset

Vernon Sinnott
Vernon Sinnott
7 months ago

I tried using the USB on the back of my TV but got a message that it didn’t provide sufficient power.

Eric
Eric
7 months ago

Yea that works but now I have to use my tv remote to turn my tv on an off when I was just using my fire stick remote for everything

Chuck
Chuck
7 months ago

I have a fire tv it’s bigger then the Firestick I was wondering if I can still power my fire tv the same way?

GARY WIGLEY
GARY WIGLEY
4 months ago

My TV is a Sony which don’t have USB when I purchased it some 12 years ago but does have HMDI. Go figure…

Kevin Cosgrove
Kevin Cosgrove
4 months ago

My Samsung tells me no ennough power for firestick

roger tinney
roger tinney
4 months ago

Amazon does not think this is a good idea ,I have had 2 fire sticks go bad because of this and that’s allegedly what caused the problem , The power is not the same as the plug adapter. The stick knows the deference for sure. it starts differently when plugged into USB port .

Ms. Rita Sage
Ms. Rita Sage
4 months ago

Tips on using the cube

Dawn
Dawn
4 months ago

Brill idea! Thanks Guys!

Dawn
Dawn
4 months ago

Brill Idea! Thanks guys 🙏🏻 !!!

John Vermeer
John Vermeer
3 months ago

I assume l’ll need an adapter for the USB fitting. Won’t this also cause the fire stick to lose power?

Victoria Pennington
Victoria Pennington
3 months ago

Ok i agree that perhaps makes sense. My tv is only 2yrs old but i only have 2 USB ports. Right now i have my soundbar in one and a small fan in the other. Why dont they put more USB ports on tvs. Are there any gadgets to have more USB ports somehow? My Vizio is 10+years and has no ports. But it still is a very good tv. I will try this method on my newer tv and let you know. Thank you for the tip.

Gaspare Pavia
Gaspare Pavia
3 months ago

Thanks. Tried that many times, but often get the insufficient power message when using the USB port. Good idea if your TV can power it.

Julian
Julian
3 months ago

Thanks for the trick.works perfect

Julian Edmeade
Julian Edmeade
3 months ago

Thanks for the trick it was really helpful

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