Amazon’s many versions of the Fire TV Stick, along with the bigger and better Amazon Fire TV Cube, offer one of the most immersive and Alexa-friendly interfaces to connect and act simultaneously with all your favorite streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video as a command center for your smart home devices (with the. But as with any general purpose device that connects to the internet, you’ll want to make sure your Fire TV hardware is running the latest software.
This ensures your Fire TV device runs seamlessly from navigation to Alexa commands and is as hack-proof as possible when connected to your home Wi-Fi.
Fortunately, most Fire TV devices update automatically, but if you want to manually download the latest software or check which version your Fire TV device is running, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to teach you how how it works .
How to update your Fire TV Stick or Cube
While your Fire TV device should be configured to automatically download and install software updates, you can also do so manually. How to find and install an update with the latest version of the Fire TV operating system.
Step 1: On the home screen, select the settings icon (a gear) on the far right of the screen.
Step 2: Choose from the list of available settings My FireTVthen select Around.
Step 3: Choose either Install updates (if an update is to be installed) or Check for updates to see if there are any available for download.
Step 4: Once the update begins, do not unplug your Fire TV device. When the update is complete, your Fire TV device will automatically restart.
Upgrading a Fire TV device running an older operating system
Depending on how old your Fire TV device is, the hardware might be running an older version of Fire OS that looks and works slightly differently, although you can still download and install software updates.
Step 1: Select on the home screen settingsis on the far right of the screen.
Step 2: Choose from the list of options My FireTVthen choose Around.
Step 3: As with the latest version of Fire OS, you’ll see an option for both Install updates or Check for updates. Choose which option is available and make sure your Fire TV stays connected as it downloads and installs new software.
How to check what software is running on your Fire TV device
Checking which software version your Fire TV hardware is running is just as easy as downloading and installing the updates. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go to settingsthen choose My FireTV.
Step 2: Choose Around.
Step 3: You will then see a submenu on the right side of the page that shows which Fire OS software version your Fire TV device is running (under software version) as well as how much disk space is available and some other fields.
Not sure which Amazon Fire TV device to buy? We compared the Fire TV Stick to the Fire TV Cube to help you decide.
Looking for advice on how to update your Roku streaming device? We have instructions for that too.