How To Stop Buffering on Firestick or Fire TV – Over 10 Methods Explained

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This tutorial will introduce the best tips on How to stop buffering on Firestick or Fire TV .

The Amazon Firestick has become the most popular streaming device on the market today due to its low price point and ease of “side-loading” popular free streaming applications.

This article is divided into the following sections:

  • Why your Firestick or Fire TV has buffering issues
  • What causes buffering on Firestick or Fire TV?
  • 10+ ways to stop buffering on Firestick or Fire TV
  • Frequently Asked Questions (Buffering) on ​​Firestick or Fire TV

While the following tips are shown on a Fire TV Stick 4k, these will work on any Fire TV and Android TV Box as well.

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Why your Firestick or Fire TV has buffering issues

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All the content you see on your Firestick or Fire TV is played from the cache. The device also simultaneously downloads and stores the following content for playback.

Therefore, it takes a few minutes for content to play as the device must complete the next set of content to be downloaded.

What causes buffering on Firestick or Fire TV?

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Some of the most common issues why buffering happens on Firestick of Fire TV include:

Overheating device
The Firestick tends to overheat when used continuously for long hours. Buffering is just one effect along with connectivity loss, frequent restarting, lagging hardware, freezing menu and worse, melted casing.

Outdated OS
If your Firestick has an outdated operating system, you will not be able to correct errors that may cause buffering.

Distance between the Firestick/Fire TV and the modem router
When the device is out of range of your wireless network, it will have low signal strength from the modem router.

Full storage and low RAM
Both Firestick and Fire TV are equipped with just 8GB of internal storage. They are also not built with USB or SD card ports so it won’t take you too long to use up all the storage when you download your favorite apps.

Also, when too many applications are running in the background, it can definitely affect your 1.5GB RAM.

Other hardware problems
It could also be that your modem router, ethernet cable, smart TV or other devices used together with Firestick or Fire TV have hardware problems.

Bad links in apps and plugins
Using free links within apps and plugins is a likely source of buffering issues. Real-debrid will help eliminate these problems:

# 10 for real-hybrid buffer solution

11 ways to stop buffering on Firestick or Fire TV

Tip #1: Restart Firestick

The following is a list of solutions to fix buffering on Firestick or Fire TV:

Step 1
Launch Firestick.

Step 2
Click Settings.

Step 2 - Restart Firestick

Step 3
Click My Fire TV.

Step 3 - Restart Firestick

Step 4
Click Restart.

Step 4 - Restart Firestick

Step 5
Click Restart again to confirm.

Step 5 - Restart Firestick

Tip #2: Close all running apps at once

Step 1
Go to Search.

Step 1 - Close all running apps at once

Step 2
Search for “Background Apps & Process List app” and click on the suggested search result.

Step 2 - Close all running apps at once

Step 3
Click on the app.

Step 3 - Close all running apps at once

Step 4 
Click Get.

Step 4 - Close all running apps at once

Step 5
Wait for the download to be completed.

Step 5 - Close all running apps at once

Step 6
Click Open.

Step 6 - Close all running apps at once

Step 7
Wait for the app to load.

Step 7 - Close all running apps at once

Step 8
Click Got it!.

Step 8 - Close all running apps at once

Step 9
Wait for the app to load. CLOSE ALL APPS, SYSTEM / USER, and SELECT MULTIPLE.

Select CLOSE ALL APPS when you want to force close all apps at the same time.

Step 9.1 - Close all running apps at once

Step 10 
Click SYSTEM / USER to force close open systems in background.

Step 10 - Close all running apps at once

Step 11
Click SELECT MULTIPLE to force shutdown of open systems in the background. Click CLOSE SELECTED APPS after selecting.

Step 11 - Close all running apps at once

Step 12
Click Force stop on each app presented.

Step 12 - Close all running apps at once

Step 13
in each application submitted.

Step 13 - Close all running apps at once

You can also use the Task Killer App which is an easy way to “kill” multiple apps at once!

You can also use the Task Killer app, which is an easy way to “kill” multiple apps at once!

Click the link below for information on how to install and use Task Killer and free up RAM storage on your device.

How to install Task Killer on Firestick / Fire TV

Tip # 3: Restore Firestick or Fire TV to Factory Defaults

When you restart your Firestick, it will return to the same state it was in when you first purchased it.

Resetting a Firestick or Fire TV is simple and only takes a few minutes.   Please note that when you do this you will be deleting everything on the system.

After your system restarts, you will need to reinstall your applications.

How to Reset Firestick & Fire TV

NOTE: If you do not want to reset your device and lose your installed apps,  you can also Increase Storage on Firestick/Fire TV with an OTG Cable.

If you don’t want to reset your device and lose your installed apps, you can also increase storage on Firestick / Fire TV with an OTG cable.

Step 1
Hover over Settings.

Hover over Settings

Step 2
Click My Fire TV.

Click My Fire TV

Step 3
Click Reset to Factory Defaults.

Click Reset to Factory Defaults

Step 4
Click Reset.

Click Reset

Step 5
You will see a screen similar to this when your Amazon Fire TV Stick is resetting.

Firestick reset will begin

Step 6
Your Firestick or Fire TV will reboot and you will see the following screen which reads “Resetting your Fire TV stick”.

Resetting your Fire TV Stick screen will appear

Step 7
You will be prompted to connect to your WiFi network and once you do that, you will see the Amazon sign-in screen.

Prompted for username and password

NOTE: You will be asked to connect to your WiFi network and once you do, you will see the Amazon login screen.

You can try initiating a factory reset by pressing the Right Firestick D-pad (left) D-pad button and Back Amazon Firestick Back Button You can try starting a factory reset by pressing the

Firestick Remote

 

button together for 10 seconds or more.

Tip # 4: Clear the cache or data The more you use Firestick apps, the more files will be cached.

This is done to avoid downloading the same content again when you use the app next time. It’s recommended if you want to reset the app.

Step 1
Go to Settings.

Step 1 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 2
Go to Applications.

Step 2 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 3
Click Manage installed applications .

Step 3 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 4
Select an app.

Step 4 - Clear the Cache or Data

Step 5
Click either Clear data or Clear cache.

Step 5.1 - Clear the Cache or Data

If you selected Clear data, click Clear data Manage installed applications

Step 5.2 - Clear the Cache or Data

If you selected Clear cache, it will automatically delete all information stored on the particular app’s cache.

Step 5.3 - Clear the Cache or Data

, it will automatically delete all the information stored in the cache of the particular application.

Tip # 5: Modify privacy settings

Another reason your Firestick slows down is when Amazon has already collected a large amount of your data.

Step 1
Click Settings.

Step 1 - Modify privacy settings

Step 2
Click Preferences.

Step 2 - Modify privacy settings

Step 3
Click Privacy Settings.

Step 3 - Modify privacy settings

Step 4
Click Device Usage Data.

Step 4 - Modify privacy settings

Step 5
Select Turn Off.

Step 5 - Modify privacy settings

Step 6
Click on Collect App Usage Data.

Step 6 - Modify privacy settings

Step 7
Select Turn Off.

Step 7 - Modify privacy settings

Step 8
Go back to the PREFERENCES section and select Data Monitoring.

Step 8 - Modify privacy settings

Step 9
Click Data Monitoring.

Step 9 - Modify privacy settings

Step 10
Click Data Monitoring again. The state should now be set to OFF.

Step 10 - Modify privacy settings

Tip # 6: Check and install the latest software updates

Checking for the latest updates will help you determine if you need to install updated software for your device.

Step 1
Go to Settings.

Step 1 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 2
Select My Fire TV.

Step 2 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 3
Click About.

Step 3 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 4
Select Check for Updates.

Step 4 - Check and install the latest software updates

Step 5
Wait for the system to complete the check.

Step 5 - Check and install the latest software updates

Installing the latest software update on your Firestick or Fire TV will help you remove features that are buggy in previous versions, prevent apps from crashing, and reduce buffering.

If you want to install the latest software TECH prepared a guide below to help you navigate through the process:

How to update Firestick / Fire TV with new software

Tip # 7: Change VPN servers

If you’re using a VPN service, you may choose to switch to another VPN server, city or country.

In the example below, IPVanish, a VPN service that provides the fastest loading speeds, is used.

Step 1
Launch IPVanish.

Step 1 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 2
Click Disconnect.

Step 2 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3
You may choose to switch to another country, city or server.

Step 3.1 - Switch VPN Servers

Click Country then select from the list provided.

Step 3.2 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3.3 - Switch VPN Servers

Choose City then select from the list provided.

Step 3.4 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3.5 - Switch VPN Servers

Click Server then select from the list provided.

Step 3.6 - Switch VPN Servers

Step 3.7 - Switch VPN Servers

Tip # 8: reinstall the app

In some cases, the application itself may be experiencing problems and it is recommended to reinstall it.

Step 1
Go to Settings.

Step 1 - Reinstall the app

Step 2
Select Applications.

Step 2 - Reinstall the app

Step 3
Click Manage installed applications .

Step 3 - Reinstall the app

Step 4
Select an app.

Step 4 - Reinstall the app

Step 5
Click Uninstall.

Step 5 - Reinstall the appStep 5 - Close all running apps at once

Step 6
Click Uninstall again to confirm.

Step 6 - Reinstall the app

Step 7
Reinstall the app.

Tip # 9: restart your router

Another way to fix wireless connection issues leading to Firestick buffering is to simply restart the router. This allows your device to run smoothly again.

Wait for at least 30 seconds to plug your router back to allow the capacitors to be fully trained and have your device’s memory cleared. All settings will then be cleared and you’re off to a clean slate.

Tip # 10: Use Real-Debrid

Real-Debrid is an unrestricted download service that will ease buffering for add-ons that serve on-demand content, like movies and TV shows.

This prevents you from joining the thousands of other users flocking to public servers and thus reduce your server’s speed and contribute to buffering on your Firestick.

To learn more about Real-Debrid, click on our resources below.

How To Install & Setup Real-Debrid On Kodi & Streaming Apps

Real-Debrid vs AllDebrid – Which Service Should You Use?

Best Apps & Kodi Add-ons for Real-Debrid

Tip # 11: turn off other devices connected to your network

Removing other devices connected to your network will help ensure faster data transfers and reduce the risk of Firestick buffering. Be sure to also check if there are other users on your network who are consuming too much bandwidth.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (Buffering) on ​​Firestick or Fire TV

What causes Firestick or Fire TV to dim?

There are many reasons why buffering issues occur on your device. It can be caused by overheating device, outdated operating system, full storage, low RAM, hardware issues and remote server issues.

What is the ISP limitation?

ISP throttling occurs when an ISP slows down its connection if it detects too many streaming activities from its end. A good solution is to connect to a VPN service like IPVanish.

Can video quality contribute to buffering?

Yes. Higher video qualities (4K, 1080p) require higher resolution and more data bandwidth, which affects playback quality and buffering issues.

What is the difference between clearing cache and clearing data in Firestick apps?

Clearing the cache only deletes the files stored in the cache. On the other hand, data deletion deletes all files in the cache memory, in addition to other files, user settings, documents, login information and the like.

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