Got a new Amazon Fire TV stick? Here's how to set it up for the first time
Your new Amazon streaming device gets you access to a world of streaming video. Here's how to hook it up and configure it.
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As part of the setup, you connect the Fire TV Stick to your TV, configure the remote and link your streaming services. Here's how to get started setting up your device.
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Hook the Amazon Fire TV Stick to the TV
Ready? Here's how to connect your Fire TV Stick to your smart TV.
1. Plug the Fire TV Stick's power adapter into an electric outlet, and connect one end of the USB cable to the power adapter.
2. Plug the other end of the USB cable into your Fire TV Stick, and then plug the
device into your TV's
3. If you have the 4K version of the Fire TV Stick, make sure you are using your TV's HDMI HDCP 2.2 port. The port should be marked 4K or HDCP 2.2. You might need to shine a light on the port labels to find it.
If space is tight around your TV's ports, use the included HDMI extender cable to give yourself some room to work with.
Set up the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice remote
Now, let's pair the Fire TV remote that came in the box with the Fire TV device and get everything set up.
1. Grab the remote, and install the included AAA batteries that come in the Fire TV Stick box.
2. Turn on your TV and select the appropriate HDMI input as the source.
The remote should automatically pair with the Fire TV device. If the remote doesn't pair, try removing and reinstalling the batteries. If that doesn't work, press and hold the Home button until the LED starts to rapidly flash an amber color.
3. Press the play/pause button on the Fire TV remote, and follow the on-screen prompts.
4. Choose your language, select your Wi-Fi network, enter your network password using the onscreen keyboard and select Connect.
If you are having trouble with the Wi-Fi signal, try using the included HDMI extender to improve the wireless connection.
5. Next, either sign in to your Amazon account or create one on screen using the remote.
6. On the next screen, enable parental controls for your Fire TV stick if want. This will let you control what content your kids can purchase.
7. Finally, follow the prompts to complete the setup, including setting up your audio and selecting the streaming services you subscribe to.
8. Use the controls on your Fire TV remote to navigate around, or press and hold the Voice button at the top of the remote to have the
voice assistant do it for you. For example, say, "Alexa, open Netflix."