How Does Amazon FireStick Work?

If you have come to read this article, chances are that you are looking to upgrade your streaming device or purchase your first. Whatever the reason, you are in the right place. What is discussed in this article stays true for Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Cube, FireStick 4K. By now, you might have done some research and have run into the most popular streaming choices that are Android TV Boxes, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, and Amazon FireStick.

From personal experience, I would suggest Amazon FireStick. I have used most of these devices and I can say that I am most pleased with it.

This article will work as a review, a description, and a “manual” for FireStick. The whole purpose is to make its usage more manageable and to help you make a wise decision. In case you have bought it, this article will help you learn how to use it (you might find the article helpful from section Using the Amazon FireStick).

What you should know about Amazon FireStick

First and foremost, Amazon FireStick is a device useful for streaming video content. You connect it to the device of your choice that you will use for streaming and stream content from the internet. While most people know it as FireStick, its official name is Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Another unknown fact is that FireStick works on Android software but unlike other Android-based devices, this one supports Amazon App Store instead of Google’s Play Store.

FireStick allows you to stream any content you prefer, from live TV to on-demand shows and movies. Through FireStick, you can install apps like Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc.

In general, FireStick is a valuable streaming device that comes in handy for many services that you might want.

What can FireStick do for you?

These are the features of FireStick concluded:

  • Use Alexa to get services and information (AI)
  • Play Games
  • Stream Music
  • Stream Videos (Shows, Movies, and more)

While it has many features, people use the Amazon Fire TV Stick primarily for video streaming. Its popularity stems from its capacity to entertain you with its unlimited content.

On FireStick, you can also use it to play different games. Some games, however, necessitate the use of the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller. It’s available for purchase individually on Amazon. Unfortunately, Firestick isn’t recognized for the gaming services. It is recognized though, for its streaming app and the ability to sideload third-party applications that are not available on Amazon App Store. I will be talking about these a bit later. In addition, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and virtually anything else is all available as I mentioned above.

Part of the most appealing features of the FireStick and Fire TV is the voice-controlled AI named Alexa. Alexa will assist you in a variety of ways. For example, ask Alexa to launch apps, offer the weather forecast, locate nearby sushi restaurants, or tell you a joke by pressing the microphone key on the remote. Alexa can even operate your smart devices and appliances if you have a Fire TV Cube.

FireStick 2nd Gen$39.99
FireStick 4K$49.99
Fire TV Cube$119.99
FireStick 3rd Gen$39.99
Fire TV Stick Lite$29.99

What Is the FireStick’s Role in Free Streaming?

Free streaming is the best feature of the Firestick, and it’s why cord-cutters love it. The device can stream an endless amount of free content, such as movies, shows, documentaries, sports, and more.

Jailbreaking FireStick

Jailbreaking your FireStick or Fire TV is the only way to unlock its full potential. You’ll have access to a ton of free material once you’ve jailbroken your device. You’ll find whatever you want, whether it’s movies, series, or live TV.

Jailbreaking is simple, and our step-by-step instructions make it even simpler.

Look at this article for further information

Jailbreaking may appear to be a daunting task, but believe me when I say that it is not. We call it a “jailbreak” because resellers have popularized the word. Installing third-party apps that allow you to stream free entertainment is part of the procedure. Here are a few quick facts to consider:

  • You do not need any technical knowledge.
  • This process will not void the warranty.
  • This process will not cause harm to your device in any way.

Installing third-party APKs

While the jailbreak process guides you through installing the most popular apps, you may also lodge various third-party APKs on your device.

After you’ve set up your FireStick, check out our list of the finest FireStick apps we’ve compiled

You can find some of the most popular apps here. To get you started, you’ll also find links to installation guides.

The Fire TV devices you can buy

The table below shows all devices that are available for purchase on Amazon:

You may find an article that compares these three on our main page.

While all three devices have the same purpose, they differ on some essential qualities that will make one of them suitable for you. From the comparison that we have done, we have concluded that FireStick 4K is the one that has the best performance and streaming quality. 

Although, it all depends on your preferences, availability, and needs. I would recommend going through the article that I mentioned above before making a purchase decision to make sure you choose the best option for you.

Using the Amazon FireStick

The FireStick is a simple streaming gadget. I have tried nearly every streaming device out there, including Android TV boxes, Chromecast, and Roku. It features, without a doubt, the easiest and most straightforward software and usage. It’s simply too simple to use.

Let’s take a look at how Amazon FireStick works.

Putting FireStick to Work

These are some things you should do when you initially get your FireStick out of the box:

  • Put the batteries in the remote control.
  • Connect your FireStick to your TV’s HDMI port. The HDMI extender that comes with the device can also be used.
  • Turn on your TV and select the HDMI port where your FireStick is plugged in as the source.
  • Connect the FireStick to a power supply.
  • Wait for the FireStick to turn on.

First Time FireStick Set up

You will need to set up your FireStick for the first time after pulling it out of the box. The setup procedure is simple. However, you will need to do the following during the setup:

  • Join a Wi-Fi network: Verify that you have a Wi-Fi connection and that it is within range of your FireStick.
  • Use your Amazon account to sign up: You must link an Amazon account to your FireStick. You will not be able to set it up without one. Create a free Amazon account if you don’t already have one through the Amazon online gateway. If you already have an Amazon account with a Prime subscription, I recommend using that account to log in. There’s a ton of Prime material you would not like to miss out on. If you purchase a FireStick through Amazon, the device will be pre-configured with your Amazon account if you select the option to “Link to my Amazon account to simplify setup.”

Get your favorite apps and channels from the Amazon Store.

Many channels and apps are available on Amazon FireStick. You may get them from the Amazon Store in two different methods.

  1. Choose Find > Search from the FireStick main screen – from the menu bar – if you’re looking for something specific.
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Look up the application you want to install and use the step-by-step instructions to install the app from the Amazon Store.

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2. Go through the whole list of channels and apps from the Amazon App Store and select the one you want to install.

Select Find > App Store from the FireStick main screen.

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There are four alternatives to pick from here: All Categories, Games, Features, All Apps. You can find all the widely used channels and apps recommended by Amazon in the Featured section.

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For me, it works best if I go through the All Categories feature to view all the possible categories available.

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This option contains all the categories available like Communication, Education, Movies, Games, Health & Fitness, and more. You can even take a look at the image below to view all the categories.

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Each category provides you with a collection of channels once you click on it. For example, when I click Movies & TV, these are the channels that show:

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And that is all you have to do to get your preferred channels and app from the Amazon Store. We also have a list of the best channels for FireStick in this link

More Information Regarding FireStick

There is no monthly fee to use FireStick.

Amazon Fire TV Stick and all Fire TV devices do not require a regular payment of any type to work. The only purchase necessary is when you buy the device in the beginning. Other than that, streaming through these devices is free.

The channels that are free on FireStick

As I mentioned above, FireStick allows the streaming of entirely free content. Although, it has paid channels as well. While I cannot list all the free media, this link will help you out with the best channels that FireStick has. 

Amazon FireStick requires a good internet connection to work

FireStick needs good internet connection speed to work, and there are many websites online that can help you determine how fast your internet connection is.

The positive aspect of having a VPN

Some users have the misconception that FireStick will not work without a VPN. That is entirely wrong. However, the usage of a VPN is advisable since it protects your online activity from government surveillance and ISP throttling. You can get more information about VPNs at this link

Closing Thoughts

This article should have covered most of your questions and doubts if not all. I tried to include all the necessary information in it, from the usage of FireStick to the Fire TV comparison, to questions that users have had about it. I hope that you find it helpful. If you have any other inquiries, write them down below.