FireStick Black Screen: Why It Happens and How to Fix It

You hit the power button on your FireStick remote as per usual but your FireStick is stuck on black screen. You frantically press the power button several times, but still the screen is black. Sounds familiar? In this guide, we will learn what causes FireStick black screen issue and how you can fix it.

The same technique can be used on all FireStick models.

Some black screen issues can be fixed with minimal effort, but others may require professional help. It depends on the reason that on causing the black screen.

Faulty cables & ports, insufficient power supply, loose cable connection are the some of main culprits behind black screen issue. So, how do you fix Amazon FireStick black screen issue?

To fix the FireStick black screen issue, your need to restart your device first. Restarting can resolve temporary glitches. If that does not help, the next thing you need to do is re-insert the FireStick into the HDMI port and the power source properly. Switch the HDMI  port to see if the port is causing the problem.

I am going to delve deep into the causes behind this issue and what can you do to fix it. Keep on reading.

Why is My FireStick /FireTV Screen Black?

There can be several reasons that can contribute to FireStick black screen problem. Below are the probable reasons that can lead to a black screen on FireStick:

  • Loose Cable Connection between FireStick, TV, and power source.
  • Faulty HDMI cable and Power adapter
  • Faulty HDMI port
  • Software Glitches
  • Wrong Input Source
  • Incompatible TV
  • Network issue
  • Hardware failure
  • FireStick Overheating 
  • Issue in FireStick Remote control

How to Fix Amazon FireStick Black Screen Issue

We have listed all the probable solutions to solve FireStick black screen problem. Here are a few things you can do to help diagnose the potential problem and then fix it.

1. Restart your FireStick Device

Minor software glitches in FireStick can cause FireStick black screen problem. To fix this problem, you have to restart your FireStick device.

It will give your FireStick device a fresh start. All the open apps will close and FireStick settings will revert to their previous state. This is how you restart FireStick:

Read our guide on How to Restart FireStick to find out various other ways to restart FireStick.

1. Disconnect FireStick from the power source.

2. Wait for 5 minutes.

3. Plug it back into the power source.

4. FireStick will restart in a few seconds.

2. Ensure the Connections aren’t Loose

The HDMI port, HDMI cable & the adapter connect your FireStick, TV & Power source. Any loose connection between them will cause FireStick black screen as it will fail to work properly. So, disengage the FireStick from the HDMI port and the power source and connect them again correctly.

3. Switch the HDMI Port

The HDMI port that you were using may also be damaged. To check if the port is the issue, connect the FireStick device to a different HDMI port on your TV. Most TVs these days have multiple HDMI ports.

4. Check HDMI Cable/Adapter for Damage

Damaged cables can cause FireStick stuck on black screen issue. Check the cables that connect your FireStick to the TV & power source for signs of wear & tear. If it’s defective, replace it with a new one.

5. Connect the FireStick directly into TV’s HDMI Port

If the adapter, hub, or HDMI extender you are using to connect FireStick to TV has stopped working, you may see black screen on FireStick. In such a case, ditch the accessories and connect the FireStick directly to the TV and see if the issue is resolved

6. Make Sure the Input Source is Correct

Most TVs nowadays have multiple HDMI ports. So, make sure the HDMI port connecting the FireStick matches the input source. If you have set the TV to an incorrect input source, you will see FireStick black screen problem.

For example, if you have connected FireStick to the first HDMI port of TV, ensure HDMI 1 is the input source of the TV. The Ports are numbered, you will be able to find the number next to each port.

Match your TV remote’s source or input button to the HDMI port that your Fire TV is plugged into. For that simply press the source or input button on your TV remote (NOT the FireStick Remote). Then, select the correct input source. If you can’t check the number of the port on the TV, simply select the ports one by one to see which one works.

7. Let Your FireStick Cool down

When the FireStick gets overheated, it affects its performance drastically. This may also cause FireStick black screen problem. FireStick generally gets overheated if you are using it for a prolonged period.

Also, you may face this issue often if you reside in a warmer region. Other reasons include hardware faults in FireStick.

To tackle the overheating issue, do the following:

1. Disconnect FireStick from the power source.

2. Let it cool down for at least half an hour.

3. When the FireStick has cooled down enough, connect it back to the power source.

8. Use HDMI Extender

I know I have asked you to not use HDMI extender before but sometimes if there is limited space between the TV and the FireStick, it may result in FireStick getting overheated. This will result in FireStick black screen problem. The limited space problem occurs mainly when your TV is wall mounted.

Consider using an HDMI Extender to connect FireStick to the TV rather than connecting it directly via the HDMI port of TV. This will give the FireStick adequate room.

FireStick black screen after logo

9. Change the Power Source

FireStick black screen after logo can be caused if it is not getting 1A or more power to keep it running. If you are supplying power to the FireStick via the USB port of TV, I recommend connecting FireStick directly to the Power Source using the Adapter.

This will always ensure FireStick is getting enough power to run properly.

10. Use Original Accessories (Adapter & HDMI Cables)

I suggest using the original Power adapter and HDMI cables to connect FireStick. Duplicate accessories sometimes fail to provide the required power to constantly run FireStick. Thus, it may result in black screen on FireStick.

Even if the adapter and the cables stop working, replace them with original ones manufactured by Amazon.

Amazon Fire Stick black screen after logo

11. Use a Compatible TV

If your TV does not support HDCP, there are high chances that it will not work with a FireStick. Normally, if you are using an old TV set, you are likely to face this problem. So, check your TV specifications and ensure it is compatible with FireStick.

Also, some TVs have HDMI ports that are incompatible with the FireStick. It’s because the HDMI port you are using doesn’t support 720p/1080p resolution & refresh rate of more than 60 Hz. So, make sure that you are using an HDMI port that has all these specifications.

If you buy a new smart TV model, these things are unlikely to bother you because all new models nowadays support FireStick devices.

12. Change Screen Resolution

Sometimes, wrong screen resolution causes display disturbance, and that in turn results in black screen issue. Change the screen resolution of FireStick and check whether the black screen issue in FireStick is fixed or not.

Set your screen resolution to Auto for best performance of FireStick.

This is how you change screen resolution in FireStick:

1. Press & hold the Up button in the navigational ring & Rewind button of FireStick remote for 10 secs.

Note: In some cases, you may not see anything on the screen even after pressing these remote buttons. In that case, please try other methods given in this guide.

FireStick stuck on black screen

2. Now, you will notice different screen resolution options.

3. Set the screen resolution to Automatic/ Use Current resolution.

13. Check whether Amazon Servers are Down

In the unlikely event, if there is an outage of Amazon Servers, you may face Amazon Fire Stick black screen after logo problem. In such a case, no troubleshooting hacks will solve the problem. You have to wait patiently. Once the servers are online again, you can start streaming again on FireStick.

14. Ensure Better Internet Connectivity

FireStick needs strong internet connectivity to run smoothly. So, make sure you have strong internet/ WiFi. If FireStick is not getting a proper internet connection, you will see a black screen on FireStick.

here are a few things you could do:

1. Move your FireStick closer to the WiFi router and remove obstructions between them.

2. Disconnect other devices that may be using your WiFi.

3. Restart your router if needed.

4. Replace it if it’s faulty.

5. You can use an Ethernet Adapter if you want.

6. Also, check whether your internet plan has expired or not. Renew the plan if necessary.

7. Talk to your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to check if there are any problems at their end.

8. Change your ISP if needed.

15. Take the Help of an Expert

You’ve run all the tests, checked all the ports, cables, and ensured your FireStick is plugged in and has power. But your TV screen is still black? Then, this issue could be slightly more complicated.

If Black screen issue on FireStick is due to hardware failure, you should talk to Amazon Customer Care to get help. You may need to give the FireStick to an Authorized Service Center so that they can fix it for you.

16. Replace your Old FireStick

FireSticks are not that costly. So, if you can afford a new one, consider buying one if FireStick black screen problem persists in your old FireStick.

Wrapping Up

Now, that you know all the hacks, I hope you are able to solve the black screen issue in FireStick. Leave a comment down below to let us know which hack worked for you.

If you require any further assistance, message us in the comment section below. We will be glad to help you.

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