How to Update Amazon Fire Stick

Fire TV owners, stay current with these tips

Amazon Fire TV in the home
The Amazon Fire TV lets you watch shows from Prime Video, CBS, ESPN, and more. Amazon

The Amazon Fire Stick is an internet-enabled TV device that lets users watch a variety of content (and also play games) over their internet connections. However, like any internet-connected gadget, it needs to be updated quite regularly. Its recent updates have introduced new functionality, such as an upgrade for the Fire TV 3 that lets users view local movie theater times; its updates have also fixed bugs that have affected the performance of devices, including a flaw that, up until June 2016, prevented the screensaver from launching. This guide therefore explains how to update your Amazon Fire Stick, covering the steps that need to be taken for all Amazon Fire TV devices.

When to Update Your Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire TV Living Room
Later versions of the Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV can be controlled by voice. Amazon

Even though this guide unpacks how to manually update your Amazon Fire TV software, performing a manual update shouldn't be necessary; the software should update automatically whenever there's a new version available and your device is connected to the internet.

However, if you simply prefer taking matters into your own hands, it's worth checking for updates regularly, since Amazon tends to introduce them at a healthy pace. As revealed by the Software Update History compiled by AFTVnews, a site dedicated to Amazon Fire TV news, a new update is released about once every couple of months.

It's, therefore, a good idea to check in with your device based on this timeframe, just in case it hasn't updated automatically yet. Again, it's not essential, since Amazon Fire updates are installed automatically.

How to Update Your Amazon Fire Stick

Selecting Settings
You can manually check for updates by going to Settings.

The process for updating your Amazon Fire Stick is simple, and universal across the following Amazon Fire devices:

  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Amazon Fire Stick with Voice Remote (1st and 2nd Generations)
  • Amazon Fire TV (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generations)
  • Amazon Fire TV Cube.

Here's how you perform an Amazon Fire TV update:

  1. Select Settings (on the right-hand side of the menu bar)
  2. Tap down once, scroll to the right, then select Device.
    1. Note: Owners of the 1st Generation Amazon Fire Stick and the 1st Generation Amazon Fire TV may, in certain cases, have to select System instead.
  3. Select About
  4. Scroll down, then select Software Version
  5. Select Check for System Update

The device will then search for an update, which will download automatically if available. Once downloaded, you then have to select Install System Update.

Note: If you don't select Install System Update, the update will install automatically next time you boot up your device.

Amazon Fire TV Software Update: Things to Remember

Device
Sometimes, owners of 1st Generation Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV devices may find "System" instead of "Device".

For a system update to work, your Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV requires an internet connection. If you have trouble downloading an update, you may need to check your internet connection. If you're having problems with your Wi-Fi, owners of the 1st and 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV boxes can try connecting an ethernet cable directly to their devices, which is also something that Amazon Fire TV Cube owners can do.

If you continue experiencing problems (e.g. error messages), Amazon recommends a time-honored if predictable method: restarting your Amazon Fire TV device by disconnecting the power for about three seconds and then reconnecting (restarting can also be achieved by holding the Select and Play/Pause buttons for five seconds). This method is particularly recommended if your device freezes while an update is in progress.