Any time your FireStick device goes awry, the quickest fix is typically restarting it. Restarting your device is also referred to as a soft reboot. This article contains multiple ways to restart FireStick correctly. You can select the method that suits you the best.
All the methods mentioned in this article work on all variants of FireStick /Fire TV devices.
Amazon FireStick is a popular streaming device around the World. But there are times when it can get slow and even a little glitchy. This can happen to even the best streaming devices.
When it comes to fixing performance issues or simply making your device faster, it all comes down to RAM usage. As you use apps, they fill up the RAM. The more apps you open, the more RAM is used.
When you reboot your FireStick, everything that’s in RAM is cleared out. It forces everything that runs in the background to start up fresh.
So, when your FireStick screen freezes, try restarting your device. Likely, it will solve the issue. FireStick app froze /app not running smoothly? You guessed it – restart your FireStick.
Restarting can even fix FireStick Buffering issues.
Furthermore, you may need to restart FireStick after system /app updates. Read on to learn about various FireStick restarting methods.
Note: If restarting your FireStick doesn’t solve the problem, you may have to reset your FireStick to factory defaults to tackle the problem. Also, if the problem is not because of a software issue and rather due to a hardware failure, you may have to replace the FireStick or get it fixed from a Service center.
How to Restart FireStick (Reboot FireStick)
Restarting FireStick is a walk in the park. It only takes a few minutes to complete. We have discussed all the possible ways to restart FireStick in this article.
The steps are kept simple so that you don’t find any difficulty following them. Let’s take a look at all the methods:
Method:1 How to Restart FireStick from FireStick Settings
You can easily reboot FireStick from the FireStick settings. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways of restarting FireStick. You will however need a functional FireStick remote for this method to work.
Let us quickly learn how to restart FireStick from FireStick Settings:
1. Go to the FireStick Main Screen by pressing the Home Button of your FireStick Remote.
2. Hit Gear Icon (Settings) from the right corner of the menu panel.
3. Select My Fire TV option.
4. Hit Restart.
5. Confirm by clicking Restart again.
FireStick will begin to restart now. You will see the FireStick first switching off and then starting again.
Method:2 How to Restart FireStick with Remote
It is also possible to reboot FireStick with your FireStick Remote. This method comes in handy when your FireStick screen freezes. In such cases, it will not respond to any normal remote commands (Back Button, Home Button, etc.). It is to be noted that this method closes all the running apps.
Let us learn how to restart FireStick using Remote:
1. Press & hold Play/Pause button & Select button of your FireStick Remote simultaneously for 5 seconds.
2. You will see that the FireStick will begin restarting on its own. First, it will switch off and then, it will restart.
Method:3 How to Restart FireStick without Remote
If you are wondering whether you can restart FireStick without a remote, it is actually possible.
Whether you don’t have a remote or you lost your remote, these methods will work just fine. You can either unplug FireStick from power source, use Fire TV application or Alexa-enabled devices to restart FireStick. Let’s take a look at the methods in detail:
1. Restart FireStick by Unplugging FireStick from Power Source
If your FireStick remote is not functioning properly or you don’t have a remote, the first two methods will not be of any use. In such a case, you will have to unplug FireStick from the Power source. Let us learn how to restart FireStick by this method:
1. Remove the power connection from your FireStick by unplugging it from the Power source.
2. Wait for a couple of minutes.
3. Now, plug your FireStick back into the Power source. It will restart.
2. Restart FireStick with Fire TV App using your Smartphone
If your FireStick remote is not working, you can still navigate within FireStick using Fire TV application installed on your Smartphone. It works just like a remote. Fire TV application is available in Google Play Store and iOS App Store. You can use this app to restart FireStick. Let’s learn how to do it:
1. Install Fire TV application on your Smartphone. And then, open it.
HERE is our detailed guide on how to install and use the Fire TV app
2. Connect it with your FireStick device.
Note: Both your Smartphone and FireStick should be connected to the same network for this method to work.
3. Now, use your phone as a remote to control FireStick via Fire TV application.
4. You have to follow the first method now. That is, click Gear Icon (Settings)
5. Use the navigation ring on the app to navigate to My Fire TV> Restart> Restart
3. How to Restart FireStick with Alexa-Enabled Devices
Did you know that you can use your Alexa-enabled devices like Echo Dot to restart FireStick? Let’s learn how to do it:
1. First of all, connect your Alexa-enabled device with FireStick.
2. Then, give voice commands using your Alexa-enabled device to restart FireStick.
How to Restart FireStick when Frozen
If your FireStick screen becomes unresponsive or gets stuck, you will not be able to reboot FireStick with the first method i.e. from FireStick Settings. It’s because you will not be able to navigate properly and give normal commands to the FireStick.
You can restart your FireStick with the second and third method in such a case. That is, if your FireStick freezes, press and hold Play/Pause button & Select button of FireStick remote for 5-10 seconds to restart FireStick.
You can also unplug🔌FireStick from power source and then plug it back in after a couple of minutes to restart FireStick.
How to Turn Off FireStick
If you want to completely turn off your FireStick, you will have to unplug it from the power source. There’s no way to turn off FireStick using the Remote or the FireStick Settings. You can only put FireStick to sleep from the Settings. You will still receive important updates in that case.
Let’s learn how to put FireStick to sleep:
1. Go to the FireStick main screen and hit Gear icon (Settings).
2. Choose My Fire TV.
3. Select Sleep.
You can also use this method to put FireStick to sleep. This method uses FireStick remote button shortcuts. Let’s learn how to do it:
1. Press and hold the Home Button on FireStick Remote for 5-10 seconds till you see a menu option.
2. Select Sleep.
Well, that’s all there’s to it! You can use any of the methods mentioned above to restart FireStick according to your preference. FireStick generally takes a couple of minutes to start after rebooting.
It is to be noted that all the running applications including VPNs will close after FireStick restart.
If you need any further assistance, we are here to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you restart an unresponsive FireStick?
Unplug FireStick from power source and then plug it back after a couple of minutes to restart an unresponsive FireStick.
What happens if you restart your Fire TV?
When you restarting your Fire TV, the RAM is cleared out. It also gives the device a fresh start.
Hi, I am Alyssa! I am a tech enthusiast and a blogger. I have been using Kodi and FireStick since 2016. I wanted to share my latest tech discoveries and knowledge with the World, which led me to start this blog in 2021. I post in-depth how-to guides for FireStick devices & Kodi in a way that is easy to understand for people of all ages. Thanks for stopping by!