So you’ve just bought an Amazon Firestick and now you need to get it up and running. Well, you’re in luck! Why? Because the guide you’re reading now shows you the Firestick setup process from A to Z, step by step.
How to Set up Your Firestick
Configuring your Firestick to stream movies & TV shows on your TV seems like a daunting task. But, we can assure you the Firestick setup process is not difficult at all! In fact, in this guide, you can learn how to appropriately handle your Firestick setup, connect your device to your wireless network, download content, and more!
First things first, when you receive your Firestick, included with it should be:
- A power adapter
- An Alexa voice remote control
- 2 AAA batteries
- An HDMI extender (ensures your Firestick fits into your TV properly)
Firestick Setup: What You’ll Need
In order to connect your Firestick to your television in the first place, you’ll need to either have a high-definition (HD) or ultra high-definition (UHD) TV with an HDMI input port. The HDMI port is where you’ll insert your Firestick to get it connected to the TV. Also be sure to insert the smaller end of the power adapter’s cord into the micro USB port of your Firestick and the other end into the adapter itself. It is also important to turn your TV on during this process and have it set on the correct HDMI channel according to the port you connected your Firestick to.
1. Connect Firestick to WiFi
The next and one of the most important steps of the setup is connecting your Firestick to your wireless network. A connection to the internet is important because not only is it required to complete the setup, it also allows you to gain access to the content available on your Firestick. To start this process, press the play button on your Fire TV remote and select your preferred language option. After you select your language (by pressing the center button on the remote), your Firestick will then scan for and display the available wireless networks. You will then select your preferred wireless network and enter your password using the on-screen keyboard (which will be displayed). Your internet connection should be successful if the password you entered is is correct and then you can choose to save or not save your WiFi passwords.
How to Pair the Firestick / Fire TV Remote with Your Amazon Device
Reminder: Make sure to place the 2 AAA batteries inside your Amazon Fire TV remote and check if it automatically pairs to your Firestick (as it should). Once you plug your device into your TV and connect it to a wireless network, you should then register your Firestick to your Amazon account. If you do not have an existing Amazon account, you will have the option to create an account username and password (which will be displayed during the setup process). Registering your device to your Amazon account allows you to access any content, features, and functions and download software and updates.
2. After the Initial Firestick Setup, Read This
Assuming you have already seen the Firestick logo appear on your screen, have a WiFi connection, and have signed in/created your Amazon account, now you can begin to toggle through the main menu and adjust your options/settings to download third-party apps and stream content. However, to get the most out of your Firestick and to ensure you get the best viewing experience, you may want to consider setting up a virtual private network (VPN). According to Comparitech.com, “A VPN encrypts all of the Fire TV’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of the user’s choosing.” In other words, setting up a VPN would help you gain access to content that is geo-locked and allow you to download and stream content from third-party apps at a smooth rate. To set up a VPN for your Firestick, you will have to manually download the APK Android app on your Fire TV stick. One of the best VPNs to get is IPVanish, but you can view more VPNs and more about VPN installation in Comparitech’s article.
Securing Your Firestick Setup
Now that we’ve discussed VPN, let’s move on to app installation on your Firestick. To start this process, make sure that your Firestick has a stable connection to your internet. Once you get through the intro tutorial (or opt out of it by pressing the right button on the remote), you can feel free to simply download or purchase the apps offered in the Amazon store, or opt to get the third-party apps which we will show you briefly how to obtain in this guide.
3. Install Third Party Apps on Your Firestick to Get “The Good Stuff”
To get third-party apps, you will need to download a third-party app store. Before that, however, you will need to go over to your settings and select to enable apps from unknown sources. To do that, click the down button (while in settings) and click the right button a few times until you reach the “device” option. Click on “device” (which will open up a new menu) and then go down and click on “developer options” which will allow you to turn on ADB bugging and apps from unknown sources. After doing so, you can now download the needed third-party apps: Downloader, Aptoide TV, and Terranium TV in that order. Go back to the home screen and click on the search icon to search and install the Downloader app. Once you install Downloader and open it, you can use it to search and install Aptoide TV which will allow you download Terranium TV (a similar app to Kodi). The links and further information on the three aforementioned apps, including how to install movies, is available in KFTV’s YouTube tutorial.
Firestick Jailbreak? Yeah, we got that.
Now, one may question if the installation of third-party apps on the Firestick is considered jailbreaking and if it is illegal. According to Groundedreason.com, “Jailbreaking a device involves applying patches to the kernel that adjusts the rules of the operating system.” The article goes on to say that if you do not apply a kernel patch or acquire administrative rights over your device while installing third-party apps like Kodi, then this is not a form of jailbreaking. You can learn a bit more about jailbreaking, installing third-party apps, and the Firestick within their article.
With your Fire TV stick, you have the ability to download or purchase apps and games from the Firestick homepage or you can utilize the search function to find and select third-party apps to stream all of your content. With our guide, you can now install third-party apps like Aptoide TV and Kodi to view movies, shows, and more. We hope that you found this guide useful and enjoy your Amazon fire TV stick!
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