How to Fix Firestick Keeps Flickering – 9 Best Solutions

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Screen flickering is one of the most common and annoying problems that Firestick users face. Most of us have stories about watching our favorite shows or movies only to have the Firestick screen stutter and go black during the most important scene. But the good news is that this common problem is also one of the easiest to fix. There’s no need for your suffering to continue! So what should you do if your Firestick keeps flickering?

We’ve got you covered. Just follow along below, and try these easy fixes one by one until you’ve fixed your Firestick keeps flickering problems. One of these is almost guaranteed to work. Let’s get started!

What Causes Firestick Keeps Flickering?

Screen flickering or stuttering can happen suddenly at any time, this one is unpredictable. For whatever reason, it seems to occur most commonly near the beginning or end of streams, which can make for a very frustrated viewing experience. The TV screen will start to turn quickly on and off or even turn black for several seconds at a time, which has the potential to outright ruin a good binge of your favorite show

The reason might be (and is frequently) the components connected to your TV. It’s possible that the problem stems from the cables or that there are TV settings that need to be adjusted to get the Firestick working properly. Whatever the cause, we’re here to walk you through the solutions.

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How to Fix Firestick Keeps Flickering

The good news is, this is usually a simple problem with simple solutions. Here are a few simple steps you should follow in order to avoid Firestick keeps flickering issues. These quick tricks can help you to get your Firestick working properly so you can get back to streaming in no time.

You can follow these steps in order, or jump around to whatever feels right for you, but it’s almost guaranteed that one of this will fix Firestick keeps flickering.

Restart Your Fire TV device.

As far as fixes go, this is a classic. It’s the first thing you should try for just about any Firestick problem, because, quite frankly, it works most of the time. Restarting your Firestick is as easy as unplugging your device, waiting a few seconds, and then plugging it back in again.

Is your plug hard to get to, or you just plain don’t want to stand up? No problem. There’s also a Firestick restart shortcut using your Firestick remote. To do that all you need to do is hold down the Select button and the Play/Pause button at the same time for about 5 seconds. Your Firestick should automatically turn itself off, and then boot back up after a couple of seconds.

Once your Firestick restarts, test out a stream to see if you’ve fixed your Firestick keeps flickering problem.

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Use Official Firestick Accessories

As a general rule, always use the official accessories that come with the device. If you have misplaced any of your cables or equipment, it’s a natural instinct to feel like you can save a little money and get the same result by buying something off-brand. Usually, we support this!

Unfortunately, this seems to lead to a lot of problems with Firestick users. Whether the cables aren’t as reliable or potentially deliver inconsistent power, these “unofficial” accessories can cause malfunction or even long-term damage to your Firestick. If you have the option at all, we recommend buying from the official market, as it almost always leads to better results.

Important Firestick Safety Step:

When you’ve resolved your Firestick keeps flickering issues and are ready to get back to streaming, it important that you’re browsing safely. Important steps you can take are to make sure that your WiFi router password is strong and that you’re using a safe, fast VPN.

There are already companies and government agencies collecting your browsing data, and it’s not as difficult as you’d think for hackers to do the same. You can make your browsing safe and anonymous through a VPN, which means you can be sure that no one is looking in on your activity.

As a bonus, there are tons of side benefits to using a VPN, like unlocking region restricted content on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Watch anything from anywhere! Check out our how to install a VPN on anything guide for a little extra help on the technical end of things.

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Check Your HDMI Cable or HDMI Hub 

One of the most common causes of Firestick keeps flickering is a loose cable connection or a cable that has been frayed, bent, or worn down and is no longer usable.

To fix this, first check all the connection points for your cables and make sure they’re inserted securely. If checking your connection points doesn’t work, you should try replacing your cables one by one (starting with any that have obvious signs of wear and tear) until you identify the source of the faulty connection.

HDMI cable for Firestick

Buy a High Speed HDMI Cable 

Not all HDMI cables are the same! While you certainly don’t need the “gold plated” version of anything, you do want to make sure the HDMI cable you’re using is compatible with your TV and Firestick. Some older HDMI cables are not designed to work with some advanced high def signals.

Buy a high speed HDMI cable that is compatible with streaming on your TV. If you have 4K Ultra HD LED, make sure the HDMI cable is compatible with it. With any luck, this will fix your Firestick keeps flickering problem.

Do Not Use a Power Extension

Firestick keeps flickering issues may also occur when you use the cheap or low quality power extension that does not provide a stable electricity connection. We recommended that you avoid using a power extension. Instead, plug the device in directly in to a power source in order to eliminate the flickering screen. 

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Try a Different TV

Screen flickering may also occur due to a problem with the TV itself! If you’ve restarted your device and checked all your cable connections, and your Firestick keeps flickering, you should try this next.

If you’re able, try using your Firestick on a different TV. If your Firestick works on another screen, then, unfortunately, you’ll probably need to get your TV repaired or replaced.

Turn-Off HDMI CEC Device Control 

HDMI CEC device control technology that is found on some of the newer TV models. It allows you to control your TV or other HDMI devices through the Firestick. Some users report that their Firestick keeps flickering problems go away when they disable the HDMI CEC device control option. 

The steps taken to change this setting are different on every TV, so either explore your TV’s settings menu or check your TV manual for more information about how to do this.

Change the Input Source

Some TVs have multiple HDMI inputs. If that’s the case for your TV it’s worth seeing if you’re able to reduce Firestick keeps flickering by plugging your Firestick into the alternate input.

Simply unplug the HDMI cable from the back of your TV, plug it back in to the other input dock, and then be sure to change the input source on your TV. With any luck you’re back in action!

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Remove the Heating Element 

Sometimes the Firestick heats up because you have placed it near a device that is putting out too much heat. Make sure that there is no device nearby that could be causing your Firestick to overheat. Overheating is one of the main causes of Firestick malfunction, and can actually lead to permanent device damage.

It’s not uncommon for certain TVs to run hotter than others. If this is true in your case, then you might consider using an HDMI extender to put some distance between your Firestick and your TV. Some people also use a small USB fan!

If you need more tips, we’ve got a full walkthrough to help you if your Firestick keeps overheating.

Final Words 

These were a few of our go-to solutions to help you to fix any issues you might be having with Firestick keeps flickering. I hope some of these were helpful, and allowed you to get back to your streaming! Let us know what helped in the comments.

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