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What to do if Fire Stick keeps buffering or stopping

Amazon Firestick allows you to watch any show or movie at any time, so when you finally get out of the rut and are about to watch your favorite show, it’s not at all unpleasant to be confronted with a buffering screen, and it gets especially annoying when it happens almost every second. In this article, you’ll learn what can be the causes of this state of your Firestick and how to get rid of freezes.

Why does Firestick start to buffer

The thing is that Firestick downloads content to your device all the time and such stops and hangs can be caused by Firestick not handling the fast loading of content at the right time when you have finished watching the already downloaded part. The hiccups can be the result of reasons such as:

  • Your internet service provider (ISP) might be slowing (throttling) your internet on purpose. ISPs regularly scan for particular traffic categories, and they might reduce your download speed if you’re streaming too much content
  • Buffering might be the reason by issues with your router, modem, Ethernet cable, or even the Firestick hardware
  • The server hosting your video content could be operating at a slower pace or could malfunction
  • Your home internet connection might be too slow to manage video streams

How to stop Firestick from buffering

If you figured out what could be the cause of these freezes, here are a few ways to solve the problem:

Restart your firestick

Still, many things remain the same – and rebooting the device is one such means of dealing with various bugs and problems in technology. Try rebooting your Firestick. This is especially useful if you often keep Firestick on:

  • Launch your Firestick and select Settings from the top menu. You can access the top menu by clicking the up button (the top of the big circle) on your Firestick remote. Then click the right button (the right side of the big circle) to move to Settings. Finally, click the center of the circle to select Settings
  • Then select My Fire TV. You have to click the down button (the bottom of the big circle on your remote) to access the Settings options
  • Next, select Restart. This will show you a message prompt asking you to confirm the restart action
  • Finally, select Restart to confirm the action

After these steps, Firestick will reboot itself and you only need to give it time.

Uninstall unnecessary apps

Unnecessary applications will simply complicate and slow down the work of your device, so it’s better to get rid of them and you can do it with the help of this instruction:

  • First, select Settings on the home menu
  • Then select Applications
  • Next, select Manage Installed Applications. Here you can see how much internal storage you have left
  • Then select an app. After that, you will see details about the app, such as the app size and cache data information
  • Simply, select Uninstall
  • Repeat again the previous step to confirm

You will be able to repeat this process and uninstall any other unnecessary apps.

In case you don’t want to uninstall an app, you can clear the app’s cache instead.

Turn off collect app usage

Since Firestick collects information from all apps on your device and many apps use background connections while you’re streaming content, turning these features off can eliminate buffering problems.

  • First, select Settings on the home menu
  • Then select Preferences
  • Next, click on Privacy Settings
  • And choose Collect App Usage Data and turn it off

Turn off data monitoring

  • First, select Settings on the home menu
  • Then select Preferences
  • Next, select Data Monitoring
  • In the end, turn Data Monitoring off

Turn off automatic updates

Automap updates are best turned off, as they can lead to undesirable results, one of which is slowing down your device. Here’s how to disable this feature:

  • Launch your Firestick and select Settings on the top menu
  • Then select Applications
  • Next, select Appstore
  • Then select Automatic Updates and turn it off

Your Firestick will still be updated automatically, but the applications that are installed on it won’t work in the background.

Free up Firestick RAM

RAM is the place where all the processes and information that should be frequently used are stored. The Wireless Firestick has a RAM of 1-1.5 GB, so the RAM can also be cluttered with background processes, etc. This can cause buffering. In such cases, it is very convenient to use applications that don’t allow different background processes to occupy the space of RAM.

The app is called Background Apps and Process List, which you can get for free from the Amazon Store. To download this app, follow the steps below:

  • First, select the magnifying glass icon on the home screen to search, or press the microphone button on the remote and say the name of the app instead
  • Then type Background Apps and Process List using the directional pad
  • Choose the app and then select Get
  • Next, select Open
  • Then select Got It! and choose Close All Apps in the top left corner
  • Finally, choose an app and select Force Stop

Hopefully, these methods will help you with the issue and prevent it in the future.

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