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Top Firestick Settings | 7 Settings to Improve Streaming Experience

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A few easy Firestick Settings, if learned right and are on your fingertips cannot only enhance your streaming experience but will make you a happy user in terms of strict privacy measures while streaming.

When you purchase your brand new Amazon FireStick and set it up on your TV, the initial settings are the “default settings”. You can simply choose to use your device as it is or customize the settings according to your preferences.

Toggling with the settings will surely mold your Firestick into your ideal streaming device.  

Firestick Settings

The Top Firestick Settings

We have compiled a list of the top Firestick Settings that you can learn and imply for a better experience with the device. Use these settings to ensure that your device is functioning at its full capacity while making sure you are making the best out of the money you have spent on it.

1. Switch ON the Unknown Sources

This should be the first one on your list when it comes to Firestick Settings. This option allows you to install apps from third-party sources as well as sideload them.

Note to Remember: Since many apps are not available on the Amazon Store, you need to download them from a third party, for which you must switch on the Unknown Sources.

Simply follow these steps below:

1. Access the Settings section of your Firestick using its Home Screen.

Firestick Settings

2. Go towards the right side of the page and tap on right My Fire TV or Device.

Fire TV Firestick Settings

3. Then go to the Developer Options.

4. Tap on Apps from Unknown Sources and slide the button to ON.

Unknown Sources Firestick Settings

5. If you are shown a prompt simply choose Turn On to confirm the action. Do not worry about this prompt, Dream TV is totally safe to use.

Switch On Unknown Sources

2. Settle your Privacy Settings

After the latest updated by Amazon on Firestick back in 2018, the data monitoring option got enabled in default settings. This allows the company to keep a track of user data.

However, you can turn OFF this settings to prevent any data comprising. Follow this quick guide below:

Visit the Home Screen of Firestick and then navigate to Settings.

Firestick Settings Home Screen

Then click on Preferences.

Preferences Option

When a list of options open up, click on “Privacy Settings”.

Privacy Settings

Now switch off the following options: Device Usage Data & Collect App Usage Data

Switch Off Options

Tap on the back button to go back to Preferences section.

Tap on Data Monitoring. Make sure this is turned OFF.

Data Monitoring
For further privacy and to prevent any surveillance make use of a good VPN

3. See the Amazon AppStore Settings

If you just learn to change a few settings in the AppStore section, your experience for sure is bound to increase on Firestick.

Follow these instructions:

Go to the Firestick Settings from the main screen.

Firestick Settings

Tap on Applications.

Appstore Firestick Settings

Now open the AppStore.

Appstore Settings on Firestick

In the Appstore section, you need to be mindful of the following settings:

  • Automatic Updates: Switch this ON for the apps will automatically keep updating. However this does not work for third-party apps.
  • Notifications: You can keep this OFF to prevent the notifications from bothering you.
  • In-App Purchases: This option must be turned OFF so that you do not make any purchase by mistake.
  • Hide Cloud Apps: Keep this option OFF.
  • External Market Links: You may taken to Amazon AppStore by various links in apps. Tap on this button and select the option which says Ask Before Opening

4. Manage the Notification Settings on Firestick

At times constant notifications can be annoying especially the irrelevant ones hence, one is better off without them. They do nothing but end up interrupting your streaming experience.

Here is how you can switch OFF the notifications.

Visit the Home Screen of Firestick and then navigate to Settings.

Firestick Settings Home Screen

Then click on Preferences.

Preferences Option

Now go to Notification Settings.

Firestick Notification Settings

In order to Turn Off the notifications for all apps, switch on the option for DO Not Interrupt.

To switch off the notification for certain apps tap on App Notifications and select the apps you want.

5. Switch OFF Video and Audio Auto Display

The main screen of Firestick shows you the ‘featured content’ at the top, right below the menu.

The video and audio preview play on their own if your screen has been still for a while. You can switch OFF this option using these steps:

Visit the Home Screen of Firestick and then navigate to Settings.

Firestick Settings Home Screen

Then click on Preferences.

Preferences Option

Now go to Notification Settings.

Firestick Notification Settings

Tap on Featured Content.

Featured Content

Switch off these two options: Allow Video Autoplay and Allow Audio Autoplay.

Allow Video Autoplay and Allow Audio Autoplay

6. Firestick Display Settings

It is important to select the right video and display setting for a smooth streaming experience that is soothing to look at as well.

Just follow these steps below:

Visit the Home Screen of Firestick and then navigate to Settings.

Firestick Settings Home Screen

Then click on Display and Sounds.

Display and Sounds Firestick Settings

Now tap on Display.

Display Settings on Firestick

These are the options you can play with:

  • Video Resolution: Select the video resolution that suits you the best.
  • Color Depth: You have a choice of 8, 10, or 12 bits.
  • Match Original Frame Rate: FireStick operates on either of the two frame rates 60Hz or 50Hz. Select the one you want.
  • Color Format: Change this option to ‘Auto’ and allow the device to select the most suitable format for you.
  • Dynamic Range Settings: You have a choice of ‘Always HDR’ and ‘Adaptive’.
  • Calibrate Display: Select this option for complete calibration of the display.

7. Factory Reset on Firestick

At times, it becomes necessary to shift back to Factory Settings on Firestick device especially if its performance is affected.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Access the Settings section from the main screen of Firestick.
  2. Choose the option for Device.
  3. Keep scrolling down and select the option for Reset to Factory Defaults.
  4. Type the PIN you have set for resetting the device.
  5. Click on Reset in the section for Restore To Factory Defaults screen.
  6. The reset procedure will not begin.

Concluding…

Using these Firestick Settings can definitely enhance your streaming experience. If you have any other settings to share feel free to comment in the section below.

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