Last Updated on 4 months by Amelia Johansson
Did you feel that your device running slow or it behaves strangely then it is time for you to reset the firestick instantly? So, if you don’t know how to factory reset your device then you came to the right place in today’s guide we are going to learn everything regarding this issue.
This article will work for FireTV Stick 4K, FireTV Cube, and FireTV Stick 2nd, and 3rd generations only. If you are using any other device then make sure to check out another article instead. However, don’t forget to read this article till the end so you don’t miss any helpful information.
Here we are going to learn some interesting methods like restoring without a remote or using the remote instead of Settings. But before moving to the guide we need to first understand what happens when you reset Fire Stick or why you should perform this action.
What Happens When You Reset Fire Stick To Factory Settings
Reset Firestick is a term that is used to delete everything from a device including downloaded apps, saved media, remove accounts and so on. When you perform a factory reset it will delete everything from its device and makes it look like new.
This is a very complicated action so if you are going to use it then make sure to first backup all your device data. Even make sure to remember the Amazon account that will be used after resetting to Set up Firestick 4K.
Now have you wondered if resetting deletes everything then why does most people still follow this action? If not then don’t worry as I am going to discuss some common reasons why most people perform this action and also why you should perform it as well.
Below is the list of some common reasons why & when you should restore your device:
Slow Performance: The most common reason is when your device suddenly performs slow or the app opening takes quite longer than before. Although sometimes apps keep freezing and you don’t even use your remote to minimize or close them.
Black Screen: The black screen is another reason why people reset Firestick because they won’t be able to use any app or perform any task. Although in this section we can only use the remote for resetting as you can’t see anything on the screen.
Keeps Rebooting: When you install too many applications or downloaded various apps then without any doubt you will face the rebooting problem. Since this streaming device only has 8GB of Storage so once you install many apps most of the time you notice rebooting problem.
Overheating: Another thing why resetting a FireTV Stick is necessary is when you face overheating problem. This issue is related to installing many apps although when your device overheats there are chances that it could damage the hardware.
Not Connecting To WiFi: The last and still common reason is when you are unable to connect to WiFi. Although most of you might not face this problem but still 40% of people having a problem while connecting to a new or old WiFi network.
How to Reset Firestick to Factory Settings
Now in case you are facing any problem that is provided above you should probably reset Firestick. Although if you don’t know the proper steps then don’t worry I am going to share with you a complete guide. Don’t forget to read all the steps carefully and also check them twice before performing or else you may end up damaging it.
In this section, we are going to learn two different ways for factory resetting in the first method we use Settings and in the second method, we will use remote control. Both methods are 100% working and tested by me but the only difference is the condition.
If your device is just working slow then you should go with the Settings method or else if it is not responding or it freezes or even it shows the black screen then considering the second method would be a great idea. So, depending on your situation just follow the method accordingly.
Ok, so let’s first talk about the restoring from Settings:
The first thing that you need to do is close all the apps and programs if running. Now from the Home Screen hover to the above menu and click Settings.
After entering into Settings now just move forward and then select the My FireTV section.
From the My FireTV section scroll down and then select Reset To Factory Defaults from there.
Once you click on that option a warning message will appear so now again click the Reset button from there.
At this time you will see the message on your screen saying Resetting your Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to Factory Defaults.
After that FireTV Stick will reboot and then you see another message “Your Fire TV Stick 4K is Powering Off”
Now within a few seconds, the device will be restored so please make sure not to unplug it from the socket. If you do the firmware will be damaged and you end up with a dead FireTV Stick.
Reset Firestick Using Remote
So, this is the simple and easiest way to restore the Amazon Fire Stick to factory settings. Now let’s talk about the second method that is helpful while your home screen freezes or you cannot perform any action.
This section is not long enough so you don’t need to follow tons of steps for this instead, you just require a remote control. No matter if you are using the latest remote with volume keys or an old version of the remote it would work with both.
Ok, so you simply need to press and hold the Back key and right navigation key buttons for 10 seconds. Just wait for a while until you see the message on your screen as Reseting Your Amazon Firestick 4K to Factory Defaults.
Just like the above method, it will reboot and then perform other actions there so you don’t need to do anything now. Also, don’t forget to not unplug the device from the socket and just be patient and wait until everything is done.
When the restore is completed you will be asked to Set up this device again. If you forget the process then you should follow this guide: A Complete Beginners Guide – Set Up Amazon Firestick 4K Device
How To Reset Amazon Fire Stick Without Remote
If you are in a situation where you lost your remote or it is broken then you might face a problem with resetting. Although I also have a solution for this problem so make sure to keep reading this section to find the way to reset Amazon FireTV Stick without a remote.
However, if you want to still use the remote then you should buy a new remote from Amazon itself. Either you can use any 3rd-party remote that is compatible with the CEC that can be purchased from Walmart or any other local store.
Ok, so let’s follow the below steps to restore FireTV Stick to factory default without a remote:
First of all, you need to FireTV Stick remote app on Android or an iOS device. Best Firestick Remote Apps
After downloading the app now connect to the same WiFi network and then select the TV from the list.
- Once you click the TV it shows the 4-digit pin code on the screen now type that code on the app to pair it.
- At this time when the remote app is paired just click on the Settings button to open Settings on TV
- After this go to the My FireTV section and then click on the Reset to Factory Defaults option.
- It will ask for the confirmation just click Reset you are done.
Now you will notice the FireTV Stick is resetting and it shows the same message as above. Just be patient and wait for a while and you will notice the device is restored to default settings.
This is the easiest way to restore your device although if the FireTV Remote app doesn’t work then make sure to check the alternative version. It is because this app requires the latest operating system thus old version users won’t be able to use it.
Other helpful articles:
- Lost Firestick Remote | Find Solutions Here
- How To Pair Firestick Remote
- How To Connect Firestick To New Wifi Without Remote
- How To Fix Firestick Remote Not Working
To download the alternative version you can simply get the best app by following this guide: Best Firestick Remote Apps
These are some best methods that you can use to reset Firestick 4K to factory default settings. It is the must-follow option in case you are facing poor performance, buffering issues, blank screens or other problems. Restoring the device will solve almost 70% of the issue with any device so you just need to follow one of the methods given above for this.
Besides this, we also have a guide in which you can also restore without having a remote. It would be the best option for those who lost their remotes and facing different problems. Although if you have skipped anything then go above and read the whole guide to learn why restoring is necessary.
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