Amazon FireStick – A Beginner’s Guide in Nov. 2020

In this article, we will learn about FireStick and how it operates. The following guide also works for Amazon FireStick 4K and Fire TV Cube.

The number of streaming media devices on-demand remains to grow as customers flock to popular services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

But if you’re new to the techno world, it can be challenging to find the best streaming device for you.

Don’t worry! We have got you covered. Our expert team at howtofirestick has got the details you should know about the most popular streaming device – Amazon FireStick.

You will find almost everything about FireStick you need to before buying it here.

Let’s get started!

Amazon Fire TV Stick – the Best of the Best

In case you haven’t learned, streaming sticks such as Amazon Fire TV Stick, also known as the Amazon FireStick, which enables viewers to transition their preferred TV programs and films from a small screen, such as a computer or laptop, to a larger device, such as a TV.

With the single touch of a remote, the Fire TV Stick aids you in quickly accessing Amazon’s media content, which covers TV shows, songs, and movies.

The Amazon FireStick is Amazon’s most budget-friendly option for Amazon Fire TV. The Fire TV Stick allows you experience 1080p HD streaming in a small HDMI stick the size of a USB flash drive. 

With Fire TV Stick, you can locate all of the same applications and channels accessible on Amazon Fire TV without the extra cost. Estimated at less than forty bucks, which involves the Alexa Voice Remote, the Fire TV Stick is a must-have device.

FireStick Devices

What Makes FireStick Unique

Think of being able to take your TV with you when you’re on holiday or visiting relatives. No more fumbling over channels and looking for your favorite programs on other devices.

Just switch your machine and take the Fire TV Stick with you. Plug the Fire TV Stick in any compatible TV, and soon you can have access to all your favorite movies and TV shows.

If you subscribed for an Amazon Prime membership, your Fire TV Stick comes pre-registered with your account. It indicates that you will have instant access to your Amazon Prime media once you fix the Fire TV Stick into your HDMI port.

You also earn an additional bonus of being an Amazon Prime member by getting access to Amazon Originals.

Your Fire TV Stick box will come with everything you require to get started. Amazon will send you a brand new Fire TV Stick, an HDMI extender, a remote, a user manual, a USB cable and power adapter, and even 2 AAA batteries so you can get started instantly.

In terms of layout, the Fire TV Stick is thin and compact with an HDMI connection and the “Amazon” icon. The switch configuration and the directional circle are simple and easy to operate. The Bluetooth connection makes it simple to use without having to aim at the stick to use the device.

Special Features of FireStick

  • 1 GB of memory
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • Optional voice assistance
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
  • A dedicated VideoCore4 GPU

The Fire TV Stick fits into your HDMI TV through a USB port, attaches via Wi-Fi, and comes provided with a Bluetooth remote.

The Fire TV Stick arrives with an application that converts your phone into a remote control and covers the additional voice search feature, or you can utilize your smartphone keyboard (faster than personally selecting alphabets with the FireStick remote).

Then, cast a video from your mobile device applications (YouTube, Netflix, etc.) to your TV within seconds.

Sleek and visually appealing interface with a remote.

The Amazon FireStick is also compatible with the Amazon Fire controller if you need an extra controller for playing games (most matches work with the remote and don’t need a different controller).

How FireStick Works?

Each Amazon Fire Stick device needs an internet connection, which you unite to via Wi-Fi. An Ethernet cable adapter is handy if you don’t have Wi-Fi or want a quicker connection.

The device attaches to your TV by an HDMI port and a small power adapter. Once initiated, it will walk you through the setup method, logging into your pre-existing services and connecting to your Amazon account.

Any digital video or music you’ve bought via Amazon will automatically be ready to use when you’ve logged on. Also, photos you’ve uploaded to your Amazon Cloud Drive will be available for watching.

Throughout set up, you’ll have the chance to download your most-used applications and log in. You can always add to services afterward.

Getting Started with FireStick

Setting up your FireStick for the first time is easy. Let’s get started!

To start the setup process, you will need the followings:

A Wi-Fi Connection: Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, and it is inside the range of FireStick.

Sign in with your Amazon account: Your FireStick requires to be connected to an Amazon account. You cannot set it up without one. If you don’t own an Amazon account, make a free account through the Amazon web portal.

If you already have an Amazon account with a Prime subscription, we recommend that you sign in using the same account. There is a vast collection of Prime media you wouldn’t want to miss.

If you purchased FireStick via Amazon, the device would already arrive signed in with your Amazon account if you decided the option ‘Link to my Amazon account to simplify setup’ when signing up.

Get your favorite applications and TV channels from the Amazon Store

Amazon FireStick supports hundreds of applications and channels. There are two methods you can download from the Amazon App Store.

If you are in search of something particular, select the Search option from the FireStick main screen (top-left corner).

Now, type the title of the application you want to get and follow the on-screen directions to download it from the Store.

OR

There is a different approach to get the applications and channels from the Amazon Store. You can search for the complete menu and select the ones you want to download.

Select Apps from the FireStick main screen (accessible in the top menu bar).

Here, you will notice three options to choose from Featured, Games, and Categories.

In the Featured segment, you will find the popular applications and channels supported by Amazon.

We normally select the Categories option to explore all the options category-wise.

Here, you will get all the potential categories you can think of, including the latest Movies & TV shows, News, Music & Audio, Business, Communication, and more.

When you click on a category menu, you will notice the list of the related channels. For example, upon choosing Movies & TV, this is what we saw:

So, that is how you get your favorite applications and channels from the Amazon Store.

How Does FireStick Work for Free Streaming

This is the best feature of FireStick, which makes it so successful among other cord-cutters. The device is very much competent in streaming endless free content, including the latest films, TV shows, documentaries, games, and more.

There are two ways to do it:

#1 Jailbreak FireStick

If you want to know the real potential of FireStick or Fire TV, jailbreaking is the plan to go. After jailbreaking, you will have access to lots of free content. Whether you like films, TV programs, or live TV, you will get it all.

Jailbreaking is an easy process, and our step-by-step tutorial makes sure it is even easier!

Click Here to know the best ways to jailbreak FireStick.

Jailbreaking may sound a little strange, but trust us, it is not. We call it “jailbreak,” as resellers have made this term quite familiar. The method includes installing some third-party apps that let you stream free content.

Here are quick facts you need to know:

Jailbreaking DOES NOT…

  • Harm your device.
  • Void warranty.
  • Require any technical expertise.

#2 Install third-party APKs

While the jailbreak allows you to install the most popular apps, there are other third-party APKs that you can get on your device.

After setting up the FireStick, you can find the list of the best FireStick apps.

You will find many popular apps on the list. Get the ones that suit you, and you’re good to go!

If you want to save yourself from any issues related to the FireStick remote, See Here to avoid them.

What We Liked

  • Easy setup
  • User-Friendly layout
  • Organized categories
  • Huge collection of content
  • Voice Search makes it hassle-free
  • Easily link your Amazon account to the Firestick
  • Ratings and Trailers feature
  • The “X-Ray” feature
  • Access to Amazon’s cloud service

What We Didn't Like

  • Download limitations
  • Need a controller to play games
  • Limited storage capacity

Where to Buy a FireStick

There are two variants of the Amazon Fire TV Stick to pick from. The best place to buy both options is from the Amazon site itself. You can also get them from retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Newegg.

For anyone with just a 1080p HD kit, the usual Amazon Fire TV Stick is less costly and allows access to all of the same content and apps. You’ll also get the same Alexa Voice Remote as the more pricey version.

Let us remind you that in the box of both alternatives, you will find the Fire TV Stick, two AAA batteries, the Alexa Voice Remote, a power adapter, and an HDMI extender.

The extender gives better Wi-Fi reception to the device and will allow users not to crowd out any nearby HDMI ports. That’s particularly important if you have a restricted amount of free HDMI ports on your TV.

Last Thoughts

As you might guess, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is an excellent way to bring all the advantages of streaming media services to your TV. Along with the low price, this streaming device fits directly into an HDMI port, making it a healthy choice for anyone with a limited range near their TV.

We hope this article will be of help. To learn more about FireStick, Click Here.

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