How to Turn Off Firestick – 4 Easy Ways to Activate Sleep Mode

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Maybe you have already realized that the power button on the original Fire TV remote does not actually do anything to turn off Firestick. Although there is a power button on the remote, it’s not actually connected to Firestick itself. The power button, the volume control, and the mute button are all designed to work with your TV. When adjusting the volume with the buttons on the Firestick remote, you are changing the TV’s volume. Similarly, when you press the power button on your Fire TV Stick remote, it turns off your TV. However, even with the TV turned off, the Firestick continues running.

Now you might wonder: Is it even possible to turn your Fire TV Stick off? And if so, how? In this article, we’ll show you the quickest way to turn off Firestick.

What is Firestick Sleep Mode?

So, since Fire TV Stick does not allow us to completely turn the device off, what can we do? Firestick gives us the option to put it into something called sleep mode. Sleep mode means that the device will still be turned on, but the screen will be turned off. In other words, Fire TV Stick will not send anything to the TV screen.

But what is the reason for sleep mode? Why can’t we just turn off the device completely? Amazon does this for the sake of convenience. When in sleep mode, the Fire TV Stick can still receive updates, which is very useful as you can wake the device anytime and start playing without having to go through updates and a potentially slow boot up process. Also, the power used by the Firestick in sleep mode is so low that it makes almost no sense to ever turn off Firestick completely.

If you want to really turn off the device fully, unfortunately the only way to do it is to unplug the device. 

Newer Fire TV Sticks will automatically switch to sleep mode if there has not been any activity for more than 20 minutes. If you are an owner of a 1st generation Fire TV Stick device, it is set to 30 minutes. To start using the device again, you simply need to press any button on the remote controller or your remote mobile app.

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How to Turn Off Firestick

The easiest way to turn off Firestick off is to simply wait. The device turns itself off if left idle for a fair amount of time, usually around 20 minutes. So when you press the power button of the Fire TV Stick remote and turn the TV off, the Fire TV Stick turns itself off after 20 minutes.

However, if you really want to turn off Firestick manually, there are ways to do so. In the following sections, we’ll show you three ways that you can turn off Firestick. As we mentioned before, the Fire TV Stick doesn’t actually shut off completely as long as it is still connected to a power source. If you want to achieve a complete shutoff, you will need to unplug it, but the methods explained below in this article will show you how to put Firestick in sleep mode (which is the closest thing to turning off Firestick). 

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Turn Off Firestick From the Menu

The first method we will explain in detail is to turn off Firestick from the home menu. As mentioned above, this will put it into sleep mode. To achieve that, follow the steps listed below.

  • Press the Home button on your Fire TV Stick for a minimum of 5 seconds
  • On your screen, you will then be able to see a popup window showing you the time and four options to choose between: Apps, Sleep, Mirroring, and Settings.
  • If you click on Sleep, the device will tell you it has sent your Firestick straight to sleep!
  • The screen will then turn black after you have selected Sleep
  • You can wake up Firestick by clicking on any button
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Turn Off Firestick From the Settings

Another method of putting your Fire TV Stick to sleep is by turning it off from Settings. In order to achieve that, you’ll want to follow these steps.

  • First, find the Home screen of your Fire TV Stick. To get there, simply press the Home button on your Fire TV remote.
  • Then scroll to the top and click on Settings in the menu.
  • After that, choose the section called My Fire TV.
  • Here, you will find the Sleep option, which you can click on.
  • Your screen will then turn black, and your Fire TV Stick is off to sleep.
  • To wake it up, simply click any button on your remote, and it will turn back on. 
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Unplug Firestick From the Device

The third and last option you’re going to learn about in this article is unplugging the Fire TV Stick from the device. Even though it might feel obvious to you, the easiest (and only) way to completely turn off your Fire TV Stick is to just unplug it from the device.

This might be the option you’re most comfortable with, since, in sleep mode, there are still functions running in the background. To turn off Firestick completely, you have three options. You can either:

  • Turn the power switch off
  • Disconnect the Fire TV Stick from the power source
  • Unplug the cable

All these options will completely switch off the device.

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Turn Off Firestick From the Mobile Remote App

You can also use your mobile phone to turn off the Fire TV Stick. To do that, you need to install the Fire TV Stick app on your device from the official iOS or Android app stores.

Once you have the app downloaded on your device, follow these steps:

  • Open the Firestick remote app
  • Navigate to the remote section in the app menu
  • Then click on the Gear button
  • Next press the Sleep button

Voila! You’ve successfully turned off Firestick via the mobile app.

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Conclusion

If you were wondering how to turn off your Fire TV Stick device, you might have been surprised to find that there is no official way to do it. Amazon only allows users to put the Fire TV Stick to sleep mode. There are many ways to do it, whether by letting it turn off automatically after a certain amount of stand by time or manually in the menu, settings, or the phone app’s menu.

But at the end of the day, the only way to fully turn off the Fire TV Stick, is to unplug the device from your TV entirely. We hope that helps! Let us know what worked for you in the comments below.

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