Unless you were just interested in building up IQ, you are here because you experienced Firestick Overheating issues.
This is not a problem faced by every Firestick user but a fair share of customers have reported that their device overheats from time to time.
Before you panic and start scrolling through Reddit and Quora in frenzy, we will make the solution easier for you.
The article highlights basic causes for Firestick overheating, indications of impending issues and some Easy, Free of cost fixes that you can try.
What Can Cause Your Firestick To Overheat?
One of the most common causes behind Firestick overheating is that you have placed the device too close to your TV. Both electronic devices generate heat and without a proper air gap, you can expect to have heating problems.
Another not-so-common reason might be that you are simply over-using the device OR it’s turned on even when it is not in immediate use. Remember, everyone needs a break and so does your Firestick!
You Don’t Have To Check The Stick Over and Over: Simple Indications that Your Device is Overheating
If the Firestick stays overheated for a long time, you might have to face permanent damage. Well, good for you, that Firestick doesn’t immediately give up on you when the overheating problems surfaces.
You can look for small signs at the start of the issue that might save you the ordeal of having to get up and check the Firestick from time to time.
Look out for a Warning Sign
If you are lucky enough, you will simply get a “warning sign” on your screen. This will be a temperature icon indicating that the device has overheated. This might be followed by rebooting or automatic restart.
Frequent loss in connectivity
If you are repeatedly experiencing connectivity loss, 90% chances are the Firestick is overheating. This is because WiFi is the most vulnerable part of hardware and is almost always quickly affected by heating issues.
Frequent Rebooting and Restarting
Even if the Wi-Fi does not disconnect, you will notice frequent rebooting and restarting of the device.
Lagging hardware is another indication. You will notice slow responses, minutes delay before the launch of the app as well as frozen menu when you are scrolling through the pages.
Delayed Buffering Issues
Last but definitely not least, the buffering streams will be more frequent. This can again be linked to Wi-Fi problems that you are definitely going to have as soon as the device overheats for the first time.
12 Easy Fixes To Save The Firestick Before Any Permanent Damage
- Time to Put the handy HDMI Extender to Good Use
If you weren’t keen enough to notice before, run another check! Your Firestick comes with an HDMI Extender. The basic purpose of this accessory is to ensure that there is a proper gap between the Firestick and the TV.
As we mentioned before, placing the two devices in close proximity might be the reason Firestick overheated in the first place.
HDMI extender will allow Firestick to be open to airflow. This fix has proved helpful for many users in avoiding Firestick overheating. Even with the extender, it is recommended that you keep the device at a place with the best airflow.
- Remove Internal Padding
This does not sound like a very technical advice but it just might be helpful! Some users have pointed out that opening the firestick to remove pads from both sides might get rid of the heating problem altogether.
There is absolutely no harm in trying! The firestick is rather easy to open. Also, it’s reversible damage! If the fix doesn’t help, you can simply put the pads back in again whenever you want to.
- Use the side panel HDMI port of the TV for Firestick
Did you know? Stacking the Firestick behind your TV to save the “aesthetics” of your house, might not be a good idea.
Most TVs have at least 2 HDMI ports. You can find one at the back and another on the side panel. Which one to use for the Firestick? Definitely not the one on the back.
Connecting the device with the port at the back will mean less airflow exposure and cramming. The side panel is more open to the air and might be helpful in avoiding overheating issues.
- Use the Conventional Fix: Unplugging and Replugging
Here is how you can relate this fix to overheating:
A temporary cache is stored on the firestick device for every downloaded application. While the app is running, the cache occupies storage space. The limited storage slows down the device. What’s next?
To keep up the performance, the device works doubly hard and ends up getting over-heated.
You can remove the temporary cache by unplugging the device and replugging it after a couple of minutes. Once the system is refeshed, the heating problem will subside too.
If unplugging the device seems too “unreliable” for you, you can try clearing caches for the different applications, separately. The guide to perform this is explained in the next step.
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Cache
Caches for larger apps can take up much of the storage space and ultimately cause the device to overheat. This is especially true for streaming apps like Kodi.
So if you are a Kodi user, it’s a good idea that you clear your cache from time to time. It would just take a few minutes if you follow the easy guide below:
- On the Home window, click and open the Settings.
- Open Applications.
- Then click on Manage Installed Applications.
- Click on the app whose cache you want to clear (for example Kodi).
- From the drop-down menu click on Clear Cache.
You can repeat the process for other apps if you want to.
- Force Shutdown the Apps Running on the Background
Some apps continue running the background even when they are not inuse.
In another instance, you might have pressed the home button to close the app when you were finished using it or when it got stuck. What you need to know is: this doesn’t close down the application.
The apps running in the background will use the device’s resources. It is a good practice to close them forcefully so that your Firestick doesn’t over-work itself. It will just take a minute, try it out:
- From the Home screen of Firestick, open the Settings menu.
- Click to open Applications.
- Then open Manage installed Applications.
- Select which app you want to shut down.
- Then click on Force stop.
- Make Sure You Don’t Have Any Apps Installed That You Are Not Using At All.
You might have needed that application before, but it is of no use now? Make sure that you run a routine check of apps you are using and those that are not needed now.
Did you know? Both Firestick and Firestick 4K comes with 8GB of available space. This might not be enough given how much storage some of the recent apps and files take up.
By uninstalling such applications, you can free a large space on your device. The lighter, the better!
However, not all applications on the Firestick can be deleted. Some apps that can not be removed have a role to play in allowing the device to run smoothly. They are there for a reason!
You can delete the unnecessary applications by:
- Opening the Setting menu from the Home screen.
- Clicking and opening Applications.
- Clicking on Manage Installed Applications.
- Selecting the app that you want to delete.
- Clicking on the Uninstall option.
There is also another way around.
- From the Home window, select and open Your Apps and Channels.
- On your left, you will have the option “See All”. Click and open.
- From the list of apps that appear, use the remote navigation to select those that you want to delete.
- Open the popup menu by clicking the menu button on the remote.
- Then click on uninstall.
- In the next step click on OK.
The selected applications will be deleted.
- Go Ahead and Block Apps Notifications.
If you don’t want to delete the app altogether, blocking the app from sending you notifications might be helpful too. You can do this in 3 easy steps:
- Open Setting from the Home Screen, then click on Preferences.
- Open the Notification Settings
- turn ON the “Do Not Interrupt” option.
- Delete APK Files When They Are Not Needed.
You need APK files when downloading third-party apps. After the installation is complete, the APK files become more or less, useless.
The Firestick, however, is not smart enough to detect that APK files are not needed now. You must delete them yourself. This is how you can do that:
- After you have installed the app, click on Done.
- Then click on Delete.
- Press Delete again to get rid of the APK file of the third-party app that you just installed.
This procedure is very easy if you are using Downloader.
- Make Sure that AutoPlay Feature is OFF
This trick would help you save power and avoid the Firestick overheating.
You can turn the AutoPlay feature off for both audios and videos by following these steps:
- Open Settings from Firestick Home Screen.
- Then click and open Preferences.
- From the drop-down menu, open Featured Content.
- Turn OFF the “Allow Sound AutoPlay” and “Allow Video AutoPlay” option.
- Check if the unused Amazon Services are turned OFF
We do not recommend deleting Amazon services, permanently. You can, however, opt for turning them OFF when not needed.
- Open Settings from Firestick Home Screen.
- Open Applications
- Select the Amazon Service that you are not using.
- Simply switch OFF the service.
- If nothing else seems to work, it’s time to Factory Reset the Firestick.
The last thing to do when no other fix helped you: Reset your device.
This will take your device back to default factory settings. It means you can expect to lose any changes that you might have made, or lose apps that you previously installed.
Is the total wipe out worth it? Yes.
In some cases when you cannot get to the root of the problem yourself, you would have to settle for scratching all the settings down. However, make sure you are patient enough to configure the Firestick device from the very start!
- Open Settings from Firestick Home Screen.
- Click and open My Fire TV.
- Choose Reset to Factory Default.
- When asked to confirm, click on Reset.
And bam! You have a brand new Firestick (hopefully, this time without the overheating issue!)
To Sum Up What We Have Said So Far…
Even though the manufacturers claim that Firestick has been designed to resistant to heating issues, it seems nothing can escape global warming after all. Firestick Overheating might be rare but it happens.
Buyers have also made use of additional heat sinks as well as “drilled holes in the plastic case” to let heat escape. Before you go for any solution that is this EXTRA, we recommend you try your hands on our easy 12 DIYs.