Hardware and Software Fixes for a Slow Running FireStick

The Amazon FireStick is a wonderful device to have in your home. The recent versions boast considerable performance improvements alongside a 4K resolution.

With the 4K display, you can stream content and experience crystal clear visuals and richer color details. Despite these advancements, it could be bothersome to discover that your FireStick is lagging, movies are buffering, and the general response is poor.

If your FireStick is running slow and causing latency issues, you have landed at the right place. Today’s article will go through all repairs and strategies to get your slow FireStick up and running again.

Performance Problems with a FireStick

In the streaming realm, this is nothing new. Even the greatest have their worst. Your FireStick’s efficiency issues are a sign that it is sluggish. Mostly, the usage methods of the device are to blame for a lot of FireStick’s efficiency troubles. Performance degradation is to be expected with time, like with most things.

Overheating, general system latency – delayed reaction to input, unanticipated buffering situations, audio and visual out of synchronization, and malfunctioning software are all slow streaming problems on FireStick. 

Although each issue has a solution, combining solutions can yield superior outcomes. We will demonstrate both hardware and software remedies in this article.

Hardware Adjustments

Mentioned below are three hardware tweaks that will help you enhance the performance of a slow FireStick: 

#1 For optimum energy supply, use the standard power adapter and USB cord

The power adapter included with the FireStick is intended to provide maximum power. Consumers often use various power chargers or connect the FireStick to the television’s USB port.

Even though it does the job, the voltage from these converters and the TV USB port may not be sufficient to charge the FireStick adequately. In other circumstances, different adapters could be producing greater power, which could cause overheating. Always use the cord and adapter provided by the manufacturer.

#2 Making holes in the plastic body foxes overheating issues

Streaming continuously for extended periods can undoubtedly cause the FireStick to heat up. Relocating the device to a well-ventilated spot could help, but it may necessitate other changes, such as relocating your television. 

If this is not a possibility, you can develop a personal strategy to ensure the efficient cooling of the device. This lowers the over-heating risk and hence boosts performance. Follow these simple steps to make holes in the device’s casing:

  • Pry the casing open with a flathead screwdriver or powerful opening picks.  It is not difficult to open a FireStick’s plastic body.
  • Create holes in the housing using a tiny drill, be careful not to damage it.
  • Close the FireStick and reap the benefits of better performance.

#3 An Ethernet adaptor ensures a reliable connection

If you cannot get a steady Wi-Fi connection, a cable connection can help boost the internet speed. Being too distant from the router and many people connecting to the same connection can make it unreliable. This issue can be addressed by using an Ethernet adaptor. 

Software Adjustments 

With the hardware issues addressed, here are six software adjustments to help enhance your FireStick’s performance:

#1 Restarting the FireStick

There is no power button on the FireStick device. Instead, it goes into standby mode while not used and can be activated by pushing the controller buttons. As a result, many users leave it connected for long periods. Consequently, when they use it again, they notice some delays as the device tries to catch up.

The best way to encounter this is to restart your device. This will clear the FireStick’s memory and fix any underlying issues you were not aware of. 

#2 Using a VPN to escape ISP Throttling

If you experience buffering while streaming, your ISP could be limiting your connectivity. ISPs tend to ban P2P and torrent traffic. 

Using a VPN is your best resort for such problems. A VPN would circumvent ISP throttling, bypass geo-restrictions, and access torrent traffic. It will also provide security by encrypting your internet activities and personal information. 

#3 Clearing Cache and Uninstalling Unnecessary Apps

Background activities of apps you do not use can wreak havoc on your FireStick’s processor and memory. Remove any software that is not in use to free up considerable memory resources. Clearing the cache of seldom used apps also helps with freeing up internal storage. 

#4 Disabling Features, you are not using 

The FireStick has bloatware that the majority of customers will never use. These software processes take up a lot of memory and demand CPU resources. As you cannot remove this bloatware entirely, disable the software and features not in use. 

#5 Modify the FireStick’s settings 

The most power-demanding secondary operations in your FireStick are the device’s settings, like data gathering and surveillance. Disable these settings to free up memory for other tasks. 

#6 Factory Reset the FireStick 

If none of the preceding alternatives work, it is probably time to factory reset the FireStick.  This is the last resort that can restore your FireStick to its factory default settings. 

All data and configurations are erased when you perform a factory reset. Following a factory reset, the preceding techniques should be used to provide your FireStick with a substantial performance boost.

Eleggible’s Final Words

This tutorial provides several answers and troubleshooting approaches for resolving common problems and speeding up your FireStick. These tweaks will guarantee that your sluggish FireStick performs as smoothly as possible.

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