This article will show you how to fix a Fire Stick that keeps restarting so that you can get back to streaming.
Why Does My Fire Stick Keep Turning Itself Back On?
If your Amazon Fire Stick keeps turning off and on by itself, there are a few things that could be wrong. Most of the time, it’s because the device isn’t getting enough power. If it doesn’t get consistent power, it could cause the device to power cycle (restart) on its own.
There could also be problems with the hardware or software that cause your Fire Stick to restart on its own. No matter what the problem is, the ideas below should help.
What Should I Do if My Fire Stick Keeps Turning on By Itself?
If your Fire Stick keeps restarting when you touch it, try these troubleshooting steps one at a time in the order given until you find the solution that stops the problem and keeps your Fire Stick powered on all the time.
- Make sure you plug your Amazon Fire Stick into the right power block. Most of the time, a Fire Stick that keeps restarting is because you aren’t using the right power block. Amazon suggests a power block with 5.25V and 5W. Original equipment from the manufacturer is always the best choice for anything else.
- 2. Unplug your Amazon Fire Stick and then plug it back in. Once you’ve taken it off the TV and the power source, wait 20 to 30 seconds, then plug it back in to see if that fixed the problem. Unplugging a device that is plugged in can sometimes help fix or get rid of a glitch or software error.
- 3. Take off any hardware add-ons you may have. If you have connected your Fire Stick to a USB extension or some other extension so you can put it away from your TV, the extension could be the problem. Try connecting your Fire Stick directly to your TV to see if that fixes the problem.
- Unplug anything else that was plugged into your TV’s other HDMI ports. There could be interference from another HDMI device with your Fire Stick, which would cause it to keep restarting. Try unplugging anything you aren’t using right now to see if that solves the problem.
- Check and change the cables. Make sure that your power cable and any other cables you use are not frayed or worn. If so, you should get new ones. You can even replace any cables that look fine to see if that might be the problem.
- Use the remote to turn on your Fire Stick again. Restarting from a distance is also called a “soft reset,” and it could get rid of any cached data or bugs that could be causing the restart loop. To restart with your remote, press and hold the Play and Select buttons at the same time until the screen shows a message that says “Restart.”
- Make sure that the TV to which you’ve connected your Fire Stick supports HDCP. Amazon Fire Sticks need displays that are HDCP-compatible. Even though this feature is supported by the vast majority of TVs, not all of them do. If you use a TV that doesn’t support HDCP, it could cause your Fire Stick to constantly reboot as it looks for a compatible connection.
- Upgrade your Fire Stick. If the software or firmware on your Fire Stick is out of date, it could get stuck in a loop of restarting. Keep your Fire Stick updated at all times to avoid these and other security issues.
- Reset your Amazon Fire Stick to factory settings. If for some reason your Fire Stick has become corrupted, it won’t work right. Try a factory reset if you can to get it back to the way it was when it was made.