How Do I Improve Fire Stick Streaming Quality?

Quality can be affected by settings and several other issues

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Data Monitoring and make sure it's turned Off.
  • Alternatively: Leave Data Monitoring turned on, but once you select it, select Set Video Quality and change the quality to Best.
  • Streaming quality can be affected by your network, by apps installed on your Amazon Fire TV stick, or by changed settings.

This article provides information and instructions for improving the quality of streaming on your Amazon Fire TV stick, including how to adjust the video quality and how to change the aspect resolution of the picture displayed through the Fire Stick.

How Do I Change the Streaming Quality on My Fire Stick?

Many things affect streaming quality on your Amazon Fire TV stick, including the Video Quality setting on the Fire Stick device. Here's how to change your streaming quality with those settings.

  1. One your Fire Stick, go to Settings > Preferences > Data Monitoring.

  2. Once you select Data Monitoring, the following menu will be determined by whether Data Monitoring is enabled on your Fire Stick. You can leave it there or select Data Monitoring again to turn it on if it says Off. A new menu will appear.

  3. Select Set Video Quality.

  4. Choose between Good, Better, and Best. Best will give you the highest quality picture when streaming.

    If you have Data Monitoring turned on because you have a limited data package from your internet provider, use caution when setting the video quality to Best because this uses more data, which means your data allotment will deplete faster.

  5. Once you've made your selection, you can press the Home button on your Amazon Fire Stick remote to save the setting and return to your home screen.

How Can I Improve the Picture Quality on My Fire Stick?

If, after setting your Video Quality to Best, you still find the quality of the videos you're getting through your Fire Stick isn't great, there are a couple of additional steps you can try:

  • Remove any unused apps from your Fire Stick. Having a bunch of unused apps on your Fire Stick takes up space and can slow down the processing power of the Fire Stick. Remove any apps you aren't using to regain those resources.
  • Make sure your Fire Stick is fully updated. While it should update automatically, it doesn't hurt to check if your Fire Stick needs to be updated because an out-of-date device won't work efficiently.
  • Restart your Fire Stick. Restarting seems to fix lots of minor issues. Either unplug your Fire Stick and wait a few seconds, plug it back in, or go to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart > Restart to turn your Fire Stick off and then back on automatically.
  • Reset your Fire Stick. Resetting your Fire Stick is especially useful if the streaming quality isn't the only issue you've had from your Fire Stick. There may be a glitch or a corrupted bit of data interfering with your Fire Stick, so an update could get things working better. Just remember when you reset your Fire Stick, you'll need to download and log back into all of the apps you had installed.

How Do I Set My Fire Stick to 1080p?

One last thing you might want to know is how to set your Fire Stick TV to 1080p so you can have the best streaming quality available. It's an easy process that also starts in the Fire Stick Setting menu.

  1. Use your Fire Stick remote to navigate to Settings.

  2. In the Settings menu, select Display & Sound.

  3. Select Display.

  4. Then select Video Resolution. That should open a menu where you can choose:

    • Auto
    • 1080p 60Hz
    • 1080p 50Hz
    • 720p 60Hz
    • 720p 50Hz

    It's best to leave this setting at Auto because that will allow the Fire Stick to automatically set the display resolution based on your TV's capabilities. Still, you can choose one of the other settings if you prefer.

  • How do I improve Kodi streaming on a Fire Stick?

    If you're experiencing Kodi buffering issues on your Fire Stick, make sure your internet speed meets streaming requirements for the Fire Stick. You can check your internet connection by logging in to your service provider's internet speed testing page or using a different internet speed test. You might also want to clear the Kodi cache from your Fire Stick; go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Kodi > Clear Cache.

  • How do I improve the Wi-Fi signal to my Fire Stick?

    Consider using an HDMI extension cable for your Fire Stick or moving the router closer to your Fire Stick. You might also be able to remove interference from other devices or objects by repositioning them. Another option is to install a Wi-Fi extender or mesh system to boost the signal in the room or area where your Fire Stick is.

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