How To Stop Firestick From Freezing
Last Updated: September 13, 2020
Amazon is kicking it out of the field with the Fire TV devices. This gadget allows you to keep up to date with the latest news, watch your favorite shows and movies, and even stream music. All from the same place; your TV!
The best thing about this device is that it is pretty easy to use, and even easier to set up. All you need is your Firestick device (NO WAY!), a TV, and an internet connection. However, not everything is as beautiful as it seems. Because the Firestick is a tiny device, it lacks one thing; storage. Yes, you might be thinking; there are smaller flash drives with more storage. But such devices are not powered by software that occupies space and does not have all the things that the Firestick has so it can function normally.
Besides, the more apps that you have, the more space the data will take. This translates into less space for the software to run freely. And as happens with computers, the device will start to run slower, and it is more likely to crash or freeze without warning. This is a very annoying thing indeed; no one likes it when their electronics are laggy. So what can you do to avoid this? Let’s start with the more obvious of all:
Save As More Space as Possible
The Firestick internal storage should be more than enough to hold all the apps that you use on a daily basis. However, the Firestick is not meant to be a backup storage device, so delete all the apps that you are not using. Here is how you can do it.
Swing right from the home screen until you get to the settings option; it is the last option.
From there, head to the application settings, and then scroll all the way down to the manage installed application option.
All the applications installed on the device should appear here. Just hoover to the one that you wish to delete and click on it. Then swing down to the uninstall option, which is the third one from the top down.
You should also clear both the cache and the data from all the apps every once in a while, including the ones that you use more often. Sadly, there is no way of clearing all the apps at once, so you have to do it one by one. Additionally, click on the force to stop option on all the apps that you don’t regularly use.
Turn off Data Monitoring
The Firestick device has some sort of in-built odometer to track internet data usage. Because this is functioning in the background, it takes some of the Firestick internal space to run. This will temper will the device’s performance. So if you are not afraid of consuming more internet, you should consider disabling it.
For that matter, repeat the same process but click on preferences instead of the application.
Then head down and click on the data monitoring option and turn it off.
Another thing that you should do to increase performance is to connect the device directly to the power outlet. This way it is less likely to crash or freeze.
The Firestick Froze; What Now?
There are two things that you can do to cope with it. First, you can unplug and plug the device back up, or you can press and hold both the select and the play/pause button for 15 seconds. Either way, the device will reboot and it should be ready to be used.