7 Best Ways to Fix Lag on Ama­zon Fire TV Stick

Parth Shah

Amazon Fire TV Stick is a wonderful streaming device. While Amazon keeps bringing improved versions, the Fire TV Stick still suffers through random lag, freezing, sometimes keeps showing a blank screen, and more. If you are experiencing similar problems with your unit, here's how to fix lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Fix lag on firestick

Multiple factors are resulting in lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick. Some can be related to the hardware, and others can be attributed to the Fire OS software. We will cover every possible scenario to fix lag on Amazon Fire TV Stick in the troubleshooting list below.

1. Change Remote Batteries

Fire TV Stick remote sure is power-hungry. We have seen the Fire TV Stick remote draining out batteries in less than a month.

The remote does showcase a red LED at the top showcase that it’s running on a low battery. If you notice the same, change the batteries immediately. Using the Amazon Fire TV Stick on a low battery will result in sluggish performance in the UI.

Fire tv stick remote

There will be a late response from your remote, and even though the Fire TV Stick is fine, you will notice a lag or sluggishness in the interface.

2. Overheating Fire TV Stick

Your Amazon Fire TV Stick stays connected to a power source with your TV. If you use the Fire TV Stick for an extended period, it might result in overheating on the device. It can lead to lag on Fire TV Stick.

Check the Fire TV Stick and if you notice overheating, then plug it off from the TV and power source. Let it cool down and then reconnect it to the TV.

3. Restart Fire TV Stick

Sometimes a simple fix such as rebooting the Fire TV Stick can troubleshoot the lag on the device. Go through the steps below to restart Fire TV Stick.

Step 1: From the FireStick home, go to Settings.

Open firestick settings

Step 2: Move down to the My Fire TV menu.

My Fire TV menu

Step 3: Select Restart and you are good to go.

Reboot firestick

4. Use Fast Internet Connection

The default Fire TV Stick interface needs a good internet connection to load the recommendations for you. If you are using a slow internet connection, Fire Stick will have difficulty showcasing content to you.

It can create a lag on Fire TV Stick, even though nothing is wrong with the device itself. Go to Settings > Connections and make sure to select a Wi-Fi network with fast speeds.

Check wi fi connection

If you are using 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi frequencies, then go with 5.0GHz frequency for better speeds.

5. Clear App Cache

Fire TV Stick only comes with 8GB of storag. If you are running low on default storage, it might result in lag on Fire TV Stick.

The storage issue can be attributed to the cache collected by apps for better performance. You will be surprised to see how much data these apps collect from the Fire TV Stick. Here’s how you can delete the app cache on Fire Stick and remove the lag.

Step 1: Open the Fire TV Stick Settings menu.

Applications menu

Step 2: Go to Applications > Manage Installed Applications.

Manage installed apps

Step 3: Select an app and click on Clear cache from the following menu.

Clear cache for an app

Repeat the process for your most-used apps on the Fire TV Stick and free up the storage.

6. Uninstall Irrelevant Apps

This is another way to clean up storage on Amazon Fire TV Stick. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Go to the Fire TV Stick Settings menu.

Applications menu

Step 2: Navigate to Applications > Manage Installed Applications.

Select app

Step 3: Select an app you want to remove and click on Uninstall from the following menu.

Uninstall apps

Remove unnecessary apps and games from the same menu.

7. Update Fire TV Stick Software

Amazon frequently releases new updates to improve the reliability and performance of the Fire TV Stick. The Fire OS update is (you can see that from the screenshots) available for all compatible devices. Here’s how to update Fire TV Stick.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu and go to the My Fire TV menu.

My Fire TV menu

Step 2: Select About and if there are updates on the Fire TV Stick, you will notice an option to Install Updates on the device.

Install fire os update

Click on Install Updates and it will a couple of minutes for the Fire TV Stick to install the latest Fire OS on the device.

Enjoy a Snappy Fire TV Stick Performance

We hope you have got the familiar smooth navigation back on your Fire TV Stick. You should also avoid installing third-party apps on FireStick from unknown sources. Instead, try sticking with offerings from the Amazon App Store only. Those third-party apps aren’t designed to keep the Fire TV Stick in might, and it might produce lag here and there.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.