8 Ways to Fix Fire TV Stick Stuck on Updating Issue
Streaming services deliver entertainment using your internet connection. The Fire TV Stick is a streaming stick that is a step forward from traditional satellite TV. Regular updates are necessary to keep up with changes. However, it becomes problematic when your Fire TV Stick gets stuck on updating.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is convenient to use, especially with integrated Amazon services and major streaming apps in the Fire OS. However, when it gets stuck on updating, it can cause issues with these apps. Here are 8 ways to troubleshoot this problem.
1. Wait for the Update to Finish
Sometimes, your device just needs time to finish the update. This is particularly true when updating to a newer OS version or if you haven’t updated your device in a while. However, if your device still hasn’t finished updating after a while, try the methods below.
2. Restart Fire TV Stick
Restarting your device helps eliminate temporary glitches or bugs that might be causing the Fire TV Stick to be stuck in an update loop. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open your Fire TV Stick and select Settings.
Step 2: Select ‘My Fire TV’.
Step 3: Select Restart.
Step 4: Select Restart.
Wait for your Fire TV Stick to finish restarting. Try updating your device again. If the Fire TV Stick is still stuck on installing the latest software update, continue to the next fix.
3. Manually Unplug and Re-Plug Fire TV Stick
If your Fire TV Stick keeps updating and restarting, unplugging it manually may help. Remove the plug from the wall socket and wait. Then, plug it in again and wait for it to start. Try installing the update again.
Using this method may cause issues, such as data loss, so it’s not recommended unless you can access the settings menu.
Having a stable internet connection is crucial for your Fire TV Stick since it operates exclusively over the internet. A weak network connection can cause the Fire TV Stick to get stuck while installing the latest software update. So, to check the quality of your current network, follow these steps:
Step 1: Go to Settings on your Fire TV Stick and select Network.
Now press the play/pause button on your remote to check the network status.
Step 3: Check the connection status.
If the signal strength is low or the connection is weak, try connecting to a different network. Alternatively, move your Fire TV Stick closer to your router to improve network quality.
If your Fire TV Stick lacks storage space, it may become stuck in an update loop. To determine if this is the issue, check available storage. Follow these steps:
1. On your Fire TV Stick, go to Settings and select ‘My Fire TV’.
Step 2: Select About.
Step 3: Scroll down to Storage.
Check the storage details for your device in the right-hand panel. If there is not enough space, free up some and try installing the update again.
Tip: You can also clear the cache on your Fire TV Stick to free up additional storage space.
Your Fire TV Stick comes with a power adapter to connect it to a power outlet. While you can power it with your TV, it is not recommended as your TV might not provide enough power.
If you’ve been connecting your Fire TV Stick directly to your TV, it’s better to connect it to the wall adapter and try using it again.
7. Use a Different HDMI Port
Certain HDMI ports may not support your Fire TV Stick, leading to potential issues with streaming. To troubleshoot, try using a different HDMI port or connecting the Fire TV Stick to another TV to ensure it updates and functions properly. If the update takes too long, move on to the next fix.
8. Factory Reset Fire TV Stick
Resetting your Fire TV Stick makes it brand new by deregistering your Amazon account, deleting login information, and removing downloaded apps. It is an effective fix for certain Fire TV Stick issues, such as problems with software updates. To try resetting your Fire TV Stick, follow these steps:
1. Select Settings on your Fire TV Stick.
2. Then, select ‘My Fire TV’.
Step 3: Scroll down and select ‘Reset to Factory Defaults’.
Step 4: Choose Reset to confirm.
Once done, wait for the reset process to finish. Then, set up your Fire TV Stick and check for updates again.
Update Your Fire TV Stick
Updates ensure device security and compatibility with other apps. If the Fire TV Stick is stuck on updating, it can impact performance. We hope this article helps you resolve the issue. Let us know which fix worked for you in the comments.
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