How to Reset Firestick and Fire TV

This article will help you learn how to reset Firestick and basically make your device to work like new again. You can use the same process outlined here to spruce up any model and this goes for your Fire TV Cube as well.

The Amazon Firestick is one of the most used streaming devices around and that’s mainly because it entered the market at an insanely low market price. The only downside to this is that Amazon had to cut costs somewhere which is why this device only comes with 8 GB internal storage which is never enough for most users.
But, once your Firestick fills up, you can reset it to wipe its memory clean so you can enjoy it like it was when it was new. This reset process is super easy and takes only a few minutes to reset both your Fire TV and Firestick.

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Guide to Resetting Your Firestick

Follow this short guide to reset your Firestick or Fire TV.

1. Go to the “Settings” menu of your Firestick/Fire TV device.

2. Click on the “My Fire TV” icon.

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3. Choose the “Reset to Factory Settings” option
Reset Firestick to Factory Defaults
4. Confirm and click on “Reset.”
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5. At this point, your Firestick or Fire TV will begin to automatically reboot. It will show you a message saying, “Resetting your Fire TV stick.”
Reset Firestick to Factory Defaults

Now your Firestick or Fire TV  will restart and you need to set up the Firestick from the beginning. 

Reset Firestick without Settings

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It’s not uncommon for a Firestick/Fire TV device to freeze up while you’re trying to access the “settings” page. This often happens when the device is running on a full memory. The good news is you can fix this issue within minutes by starting a Factory Reset on the device. You can do this by long pressing the Ring and Back buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds.  

How to Do It without Wi-Fi or Remote

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Based on the methods we shared above, you need Wi-Fi in order to access your remote. This isn’t always possible because your TV may not support CEC, maybe you’ve forgotten your remote for some reason, or maybe your app operates through a different Wi-Fi connection.
If you experience this problem while trying to reset Firestick, then you’ll have to somewhat trick the Fire TV Stick into thinking that you’re trying to reach it from the old Wi-Fi network. To achieve this, you’ll need to use your phone to create a hotspot connection or change your router’s username and password to match your old Wi-Fi connection.
This is the fastest way to connect your mobile with your Fire TV Stick so that you can access the Fire TV app from your phone. That way, you can control your Firestick reset and other settings straight from the app.

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MR JOHN DAVIDSON
1 year ago

Is there a big problem if I dont do this procedure ?
I have 3 Firesticks and have done factory reset several times.
It is a real pain to put all your apps back on

wst
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wst
1 year ago

you don’t have to do this, but when you do you can easily install apps via amazon appstore or filelinked

Ms G
Ms G
1 year ago
Reply to  wst

Jim, File linked is great after you reset your FS up the Google play store will give you the downloader to install from there then go to DL and get file linked go to YouTube and get file linked codes. I’m always on YouTube learning new things. I just learned how to book mark my internet Live TV website so I don’t have to keep putting the site in the search bar or go to my favorite on line it’s already on the home page of my FS I hope I was able to help YouTube is always my go… Read more »

Jim Hodge
Jim Hodge
1 year ago

I accidentally deleted downloader, if I reset can I get it back?

wst
Admin
wst
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Hodge

yes, but u can also just reinstall it

Glenda
Glenda
1 year ago

My fire stick won’t connect to the remote after I reset it I’ve tried everything I’ve even looked on YouTube none of that helps and I’ve changed the batteries and everything. I have 3 and a Nvidia Shield in which I love…
Please help me

wst
Admin
wst
1 year ago
Reply to  Glenda

try to remove and insert batteries again

John
1 year ago

Lost the PIN number for file linked can you help

wst
Admin
wst
1 year ago
Reply to  John

you have to ask the specific code creator for the pin

Pat Foley
Pat Foley
11 months ago

I am experiencing a problem with shows freezing and then looping back to a previous scene. This is adding considerable time to each selection. Since I’m using a Smart TV I am not using the firestick remote, I am using the TV remote and running the Firestick off HDMI CEC. If I need to reset my firestick can I do so off the Samsung remote? Please advise. This looping is getting annoying.

Bernard Toussaint
Bernard Toussaint
8 months ago

After downloader.what is the next step to get access throught your fire stick?

John
John
7 months ago

I had to factory reset my fire stick, how do I get media box and the TV settings back on I cannot find them

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