Connecting modern and latest devices to older ones can often be a problem. They lack accompanying features and technological compatibility to make the connection work.
For instance, if you have an old standard TV, you cannot stream content directly from the internet using services like Netflix, Prime Video, etc.
The good news is, that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on upgrading your TV. For as little as $29.99, you can get a basic Amazon Fire Stick and add hundreds of apps, games, and on-demand channels to your TV. That means you can watch any streaming content you want. You must be wondering how to do so and connect a Firestick to your older TV?
Well, it’s very simple. There are two scenarios. First, your TV is just a decade old and features an HDMI port. Second, your TV is even older, and there’s no HDMI port. Whatever your case, you can easily use Firestick on your TV.
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In the following paragraphs, we will be looking at both of these scenarios in detail. But, first, let’s look at which Firestick will suit your needs.
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Firestick Types: Which One Should You Buy?
There are three distinct Firestick versions. Once set up and ready to use, each of them features the same software experience. The only significant difference is performance like processor speed, HDR support, Wireless flexibility, etc.
Firestick Lite is the most affordable option. Released back in 2020, it costs $29.99 today, and you can probably get it even cheaper on holiday sales. The Lite version of Firestick is perfect for most non-smart TV owners.
Firestick (Standard 1080p version)
For just $10 more, you can get the standard 1080p Firestick. It has a better processor and comes with Fire Remote. If your TV has an HDMI-CEC port, this is your model. Otherwise, the Lite version would do just fine.
For $20 more, you can get the Firestick 4K variant. It offers the same features and support as the standard version and 4K HDR support. If you plan on picking up a 4K TV in the future, go with a Firestick 4K to future-proof your investment.
Using Amazon Firestick on an Older TV
Once you have a Firestick in hand, you’re all set to connect it to your old TV. Let’s look at the two scenarios we talked about earlier in detail.
Scenario 1: Connecting a Firestick to a Non-Smart TV That Has HDMI
Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Plug your Firestick device into a power outlet
Firestick won’t work without power. So, you have to connect it to a power source. Look through your Firestick package that arrived at your home and find the small USB adapter. Power on your Firestick with the help of this USB adapter.
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Step 2: Connect the Firestick with the available HDMI TV input
Locate the HDMI input on the side of your TV and connect the Firestick. Remember which HDMI port you are connecting to. Even older TVs have multiple HDMI inputs. This is important because if you don’t remember which HDMI port you are connecting to, you won’t be able to set up Firestick properly in the next step.
Step 3: Select the HDMI input on your TV
Pick up your TV’s remote, and go to your TV’s settings. Now, select the correct HDMI input. As soon as you choose your display, Firestick will boot up automatically.
Step 4: Insert Batteries into Firestick Remote and pair with Firestick
Insert the two AAA batteries into the remote control. Usually, the pairing is automatic, but if your remote doesn’t auto-pair, press and hold the Home button for at least fifteen seconds to make sure that both devices are synched.
Step 5: Connect the Firestick to Wifi
Next, you have to connect Firestick to your home wifi. Press the remote’s “ON” button for the setup screen to appear. There will be a couple of easy steps to connect the Firestick to the wifi signals.
Step 6: Sign in to your Amazon Account
The final on-screen instruction will be to enter your Amazon credentials to finish the synch process. Provide your username and passcode to sign in. Firestick will take a couple of seconds to verify. Once that’s done, press the home button on the remote control to start browsing through the apps.
Scenario 2: Connecting a Firestick to a Non-Smart TV That Has NO HDMI
If you’re using a very old TV, it will have no HDMI port at all. In this case, you will need a few extra steps to connect Firestick with your TV.
Step 1: Purchase an HDMI Converter
A component/Composite converter is a small box that converts HDMI to component or composite. You can use it to pair an analog TV with any device that only connects with an HDMI. You can also purchase an HDMI to AV (RGB) adapter or an HDMI to SVGA Adapter instead to do the same.
Step 2: Power on the Firestick by plugging it into a power outlet with the help of included USB converter
Step 3: Connect the Firestick to the HDMI input on the HDMI converter
Instead of connecting the Firestick to the HDMI port on your TV, you have to connect the Firestick to the HDMI converter.
Step 4: Connect the HDMI converter to your old TV
Each converter comes with AV or Composite cable. Connect this cable to your TV’s video input. Wait a few seconds for your TV to sync with Firestick.
Step 5: Select the HDMI input from your TV
Turn on the TV and go to Settings. Now, select the HDMI input you connected the converter to.
The rest of the steps are identical for both scenarios. You have to connect the Firestick remote, follow the on-screen instructions to connect Firestick to the wifi, and sign in to your Amazon account.
You don’t have to spend a lot to make your non-smart TVs smarter. Just follow the steps mentioned above to use Amazon Firestick on an older TV. In case your TV has an HDMI port, you can directly connect your Firestick and start streaming online.
In case you are using a very old TV that comes without an HDMI port, you will have to use an HDMI converter to connect Firestick. These options are very simple, straightforward, and less expensive than purchasing a brand new smart TV.
- 1 Firestick Types: Which One Should You Buy?
- 2 Using Amazon Firestick on an Older TV
- 3 Final Thoughts