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Why is my Firestick slow?

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The Amazon Firestick has become an incredibly popular streaming device, allowing users to access a vast array of entertainment content with just a few clicks. However, there can be times when your Firestick doesn’t perform as smoothly as you expect, causing frustration and hindering your streaming experience.

In this article, w have discussed the causes of the Firestick’s slow performance and a few ways to help you fix the problem.

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What are the causes of the Firestick’s slow performance?

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the Firestick performance issues.

  • Cache buildup.
  • Unwanted apps.
  • Outdated firmware.
  • Automatic updates settings causing too much load.

How to fix the issue?

If your Firestick’s performance is slow then we have explained a few ways that might help you boost its performance.

Restart the Firestick

When it comes to fixing issues with Fire TV devices, restarting your Firestick is the most commonly used method. The presence of running apps in the background can adversely affect the speed of your Firestick and give rise to performance problems such as lagging and crashing. By restarting the device, many of these common issues can be resolved.

Clear app cache

Over time, as you install various apps and accumulate cached data on your Firestick, the available storage space can diminish, leading to decreased performance. Insufficient storage can slow down app loading times and cause lags during streaming. Clearing the app cache can boost the performance of your Firestick.

Click here to know how to clear the app cache.

Remove the unwanted apps

To enhance the speed of your Firestick device, one of the most effective approaches is to remove unused apps. These applications unnecessarily occupy a portion of your device’s storage (ROM). Additionally, if the apps receive regular updates, the system will automatically download and install them, further affecting the device’s performance.

Click here to know how to delete apps.

Check for updates

Just like any other electronic device, the Firestick requires regular software updates to enhance its functionality and address any bugs or performance issues. If you haven’t updated your Firestick software recently, it might be a contributing factor to the sluggish performance.

To check for updates go to Settings> MyFire TV> About> Check for Updates if there are any updates available then install them.

Disable automatic update

Frequent updates are common for most apps, whether they are official or third-party. Nowadays, devices often offer the convenience of automatic app updates. However, despite the ease it provides, there may be several reasons why you would want to disable this option, such as when your FireStick starts to give a slow performance.

To disable auto-update go to Settings> Applications> Appstore> Automatic Updates.

Factory reset your Firestick

If none of the above methods works for you then the last option is to factory reset your Firestick, it will delete all the apps that were not pre-installed and also change all the settings to default. It will also help you boost the performance of Firestick.

To factory reset your Firestick go to Settings> My Fire TV> Reset to Factory Defaults confirm by selecting Reset and let the process complete.

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Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: [email protected]