How to Improve Firestick Streaming Quality? Bring Cinema Home!

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As most people do, you probably enjoy watching your favorite TV shows without having to leave the comfort of your home.

How to Improve Firestick Streaming Quality? Bring Cinema Home!

As most people do, you probably enjoy watching your favorite TV shows without having to leave the comfort of your home. And if you have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can easily stream high-quality content straight to your TV.

But wait a minute, are you having trouble streaming high-quality content on your Firestick? If so, don't worry, you're not alone. In this article, we'll outline a few tips to help improve the streaming quality of your Firestick.

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  1. Methods of improving Firestick quality:
  • Update your internet connection
  • Disable transcoding
  • Delete buffering apps
  • Factory reset your device
  • Install a VPN
  • Change DNS settings
  • Get a new router
  1. Important things to keep in mind while improving Firestick quality

 

Methods to Improve Firestick Quality

There are several methods to do so. Below are some of the easiest and quickest ways to improve Firestick quality.

1. Update Your Internet Connection

You should start by updating your internet connection (read more). But this may not be the direct solution. Sometimes your ISP (internet service provider) could be limiting your streaming devices' speeds because they might be struggling with bandwidth demands.

2. Disable Transcoding

If you still don't see any improvements after updating your internet connection, it's time to try disabling transcoding.

Transcoding is the service that Firestick devices offer. It converts lower-quality videos into higher-quality so that you can enjoy your shows without interruption or low streaming quality.

Moreover, transcoding is valuable when you're running streaming devices with slow processing speeds. If your device can achieve speeds beyond 25 Mbps (megabits per second), transcoding won't be necessary, and thus you can disable it to enjoy better streaming quality.

To do so, you have to follow some quick, easy steps:

Go to Firestick Settings > System > Network > Enable transcoding and change it to Disable.

3. Delete Buffering Apps

If disabling transcoding doesn't solve your problem, you should try deleting the apps responsible for slowing down your device's performance. You can do so by rebooting your Firestick.

To delete an app from your Firestick:

Go to Firestick Settings > Apps & Games > Manage All Installed Applications > Locate the app you want to uninstall > Click Uninstall.

4. Factory Reset Your Device

For a more comprehensive approach, a factory reset is also a possibility if all other methods fail. A factory reset creates a new user profile and deletes all data from your previous profile. It means you will lose all movies, TV shows, and apps you installed.

If you want to learn more about how to reset your Firestick, click here.

5. Install a VPN

Many users experience streaming issues while connected to public WiFi.

By using a VPN, your connection will be encrypted, which helps prevent that ISP from throttling down your speeds. It also prevents any other parties on that network from intercepting and stealing your data.

Furthermore, VPNs are helpful for content access because it allows you to connect to servers located in different countries. It grants you access to geo-restricted content

6. Change DNS Settings

The streaming quality of your Firestick is set up for each individual app installed by default. If you want to change this setting, there are two methods you can try out.

The first one requires changing the DNS server address manually by going through a few easy steps:

  1. Go to settings and then networks
  2. Select your WiFi network and forget it.
  3. Enter the password again and this time, go to advanced settings and add your custom IP.

The second method is using a router that allows you to change the settings with a phone/app. If there's no way for you to do this, contact your ISP and request them to switch your current router with one that can manage these settings.

7. Get a New Router

Have you tried all the above methods, but the streaming quality is still poor or inconsistent? Then, there's a possibility that the hardware in your current router isn't sufficient enough for providing high-speed internet.

The solution would be to upgrade your device with one that has been specially designed for those speeds.

For example, if you're using a TL-WR820N router offering a maximum speed of 300 Mbps, upgrade to a better speed router like AC1200. Due to this, you will see a sudden increase in your stream quality.

Things keep changing, so if none of these methods work, don't hesitate to consult other users who might have already faced these issues.

 

Things to Keep In Mind While Improving Your Firestick Quality

Here are some quick Amazon Fire TV tips for you to consider before jumping into trying the methods mentioned above.

  1. It's imperative to reboot your router regularly. Doing so can flush your IP and DNS settings.
  2. Make sure that you're using the latest version of Kodi. In case you still have the old version, you can easily upgrade it with a few clicks.
  3. If possible, check if your ISP is slowing down or changing your bandwidth speeds due to streaming or download activity, and ask them to stop it because this could be affecting your Firestick quality too.
  4. Try to use a wired connection rather than WiFi for streaming activities. (In this way, you will experience better speed and quality due to less packet loss)
  5. Turn off any devices on your network that could be using bandwidth like gaming systems, smart TVs, phones, etc.
  6. Don’t modify any specific setting you are not familiar with, or you might end up messing up the whole thing.

 

Conclusion

Improving the streaming quality of your Firestick can lead to a more enjoyable viewing experience. New apps, methods, and tools are constantly being added to this field, so there's no telling what might change in the near future.

The overall idea is to stay knowledgeable about your device and understand how it works. At the same time have the patience to try all available options whenever streaming issues arise.

 

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