How to Add Your Amazon Fire Stick to a Samsung TV [October 2020]
Video streaming is slowly becoming the world’s most popular way to watch TV. With a variety of gadgets, a user can access streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and many others.
Among these gadgets, Amazon’s Fire Stick is one of the most popular. It is easy to use and you can pair it with pretty much any TV. If you own a Samsung TV and want to equip it with a Fire Stick, look no further. You’ll get all the necessary info here.
What is an Amazon Fire Stick?
If you just heard about Amazon’s Fire Stick for the first, there’s no reason to feel left out of the loop. While Amazon’s streaming stick has been around for years, more and more users are just learning about the device with every day, and that makes you part of an exciting club. Amazon’s Fire Stick comes in three flavors: Lite, standard, and 4K, each with their own price point. If you’re unsure of which is right for you, it’s actually pretty simple:
- Lite: This new entry-level model for Fire Stick starts at just $29 and makes it easy to jump right into streaming.
- Standard: The classic Fire Stick. It also streams in 1080p, but includes a better remote with support for controlling your television, and a faster processor.
- 4K: The king of kings. An upgraded processor from the standard model allows for 4K streaming support. If you want a future-proofed device, buy this one.
No matter which version you pick, your new Fire Stick is a device that allows you to stream a variety of television content, all of it no more than a few clicks away. It offers services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and much more, all of which are full of fantastic content. However, unlike many of its competitors, the Fire Stick comes with integrated support for voice commands—even on the Lite version. Yes, this means that you can relax and control it with an Alexa-enabled device. It appears that the future of video streaming is at the doorstep.
Requirements and Compatibility
Before proceeding to the setup tutorial, let’s discuss requirements and compatibility, first. For one, your Samsung TV needs to be compatible with the Fire TV technology. The only requirement here is an HDTV-compatible TV with an HDMI port.
Of course, the Fire Stick needs an internet connection in order to stream movies, music videos and TV shows. It also needs to know your location because it offers different features in different countries. If you want to stream HD videos, it is recommended that you connect your Fire Stick to a strong and stable Wi-Fi network.
Finally, in order to use it, you’ll have to register the Fire Stick to your Amazon account. However, if you’ve ordered your Fire Stick via your Amazon account, it will come pre-registered to that account.
After making sure that your Samsung TV is compatible with the Fire Stick , it’s time to move on to the actual setup. The whole deal is fairly straightforward and very intuitive. That being said, it may take a while for you to get used to the Fire Stick after the setup. But, for now, let’s dig in.
- First, take the USB cord that arrived with the device and plug it into the Fire Stick micro USB port.
- Plug the other end of the cable into the power adapter. Next, connect the power adapter to a power outlet.
- Plug the Fire Stick into an HDMI port on your Samsung TV. If your TV has multiple HDMI ports, which is usually the case, remember the port number.
- Turn the TV on and navigate to the HDMI input channel selection menu. Select the HDMI port that you’ve plugged the Fire Stick into and wait. You’ll see the Fire Stick loading screen. The initial loading may take some time, so don’t worry.
Setting up the Remote
Now, let’s set up the Fire Stick remote.
- Open the remote’s backplate and insert the two AAA batteries that came with the package. This should prompt your remote to pair with the Fire Stick. If the devices don’t pair automatically, press and hold Home on the remote for about 10 seconds. The Fire Stick will enter the Discovery Mode and should pair with the Fire Stick automatically.
- Press Play/Pause to get the setup process going.
- Select your preferred language by highlighting it and pressing Select/OK.
- You might have to pair your remote with your television if you want to use power and volume controls.
Connecting the Fire Stick to Wi-Fi
- You’ll see a list of available Wi-Fi networks displayed on your TV screen.
- Choose the one you want and enter the SSID/password. This will connect the Fire Stick to your Wi-Fi network.
Registering the Fire Stick with Amazon
If you’ve ordered the Fire Stick directly from Amazon, it will arrive already registered to the account that you’ve order it with. Alternatively, if you’ve obtained the Fire Stick in some other way, or simply want to register it with a different account, you can easily register/de-register it.
If the Fire Stick isn’t already registered to your Amazon account, you’ll see two options on the screen: I already have an Amazon account and I am new to Amazon. Select the former if you already have an Amazon account or select the latter and make a new account. In both cases, you should follow on-screen prompts to complete the registration process.
After everything is done, Fire Stick will offer you to save the selected Wi-Fi password to your Amazon account. This is for people who have or intend to have multiple Amazon devices on their account. If you don’t have another Amazon device and don’t want to buy another one, feel free to select No. Naturally, selecting Yes and saving the Wi-Fi password to your Amazon will save you from having to type it via the remote in the future.
Finally, you’ll be prompted to choose whether you want to turn the Parental Controls option on. If you choose Enable Parental Controls, you’ll be prompted to set up a PIN in the next window. If you select No Parental Controls, you’ll simply finish the setup process. While the Fire Stick is loading in the background, pay attention to the video that follows – it’s essentially a tutorial on how to use the device.
Enjoy Streaming on Your Samsung TV
That’s pretty much it. As soon as the setup process is done, you’ll gain full access to your Fire Stick . It may take some time getting used to in the beginning, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly.
Did you have any trouble setting up your Fire Stick ? Did you find a way to pair it with a Samsung TV that doesn’t have an HDMI port? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.