How to Connect a Fire Stick to Wi-Fi

Say goodbye to messy cords and start streaming wirelessly

Every Amazon Fire Stick device has the capability of streaming wirelessly, so why not take advantage? Connecting your Fire Stick to Wi-Fi allows you to do away with a potentially long Ethernet cable, and you can stream in high definition or even 4K (assuming your wireless network is fast enough). Grab your remote now, and we'll walk you through how to connect a Fire Stick to Wi-Fi.

A woman connects her Fire TV to Wi-Fi.
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What's Required to Stream Wirelessly With Fire TV

All Fire TV devices come ready for wireless streaming right out of the box. There's nothing extra to buy to get your Fire Stick ready, but you do need to have a wireless network capable of streaming. That means you need a wireless router which provides a fast enough wireless network to satisfy the requirements of the streaming services you want to use.

If you already have devices like laptops, tablets, or even a smartphone, and they connect to the internet wirelessly, that means you have a Wi-Fi network already. If you use any of those devices to stream video, the network is probably fast enough to support your Fire Stick.

The other concern is that your wireless router has to be close enough to your Fire Stick for it to connect. To that end, you may want to try connecting a laptop or tablet in the room where you want to use a wireless Fire Stick to see if the Wi-Fi network is strong enough in that location. If it isn't, you can try moving the router or using a range extender.

How to Connect a Fire Stick to Wi-Fi

Connecting your Fire Stick to Wi-Fi is really easy, as long as you've already made sure that you have a Wi-Fi network and that it's strong enough for your Fire Stick to connect.

Here's how to connect your Fire Stick to Wi-Fi:

  1. Plug your Fire Stick into power, and then connect it to an HDMI port on your television.

  2. Switch your television input to the HDMI port you plugged your Fire Stick into, and wait for the Fire TV interface to appear.

    A screenshot of the Fire TV Home Screen.
  3. Select Settings from the main menu at the top of the screen.

    A screenshot of the Fire TV home screen.

    If you aren't familiar with the Fire TV remote, you press the navigation button (shaped like a ring) in the direction you want to move, then press the select button in the center of the ring to make your selection.

  4. Select Network.

    A screenshot of Fire TV settings.
  5. Select your home network.

    A screenshot of networks on Fire TV.

    Only the strongest networks appear. If you don't see your network, select See All Networks.

  6. Enter the password for your Wi-Fi network, then select Connect.

    A screenshot of entering a Wi-Fi password on Fire TV.
  7. Your Fire TV stick is now connected to your home network, and you're ready to start streaming wirelessly.

    A screenshot of a connected network on Fire TV.

What to Do if You Don't Have Your Remote

You clearly need a remote if you want to connect your Fire Stick to Wi-Fi, but there are a few workarounds. If you're currently using your Fire Stick with a wired Ethernet connection, you can use the Fire TV Stick app on your phone as a replacement remote. To do this, the Fire TV and your phone have to be connected to the same network.

If that isn't an option, you can plug a USB mouse and keyboard into your Fire Stick and use them to set up your Wi-Fi in place of the remote. You can also try to pair a new remote by pressing the home button for 10 seconds on a replacement remote, but that doesn't always work.