How to Add Your Amazon Fire Stick to Samsung TV
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, Hotstar, Hulu, and many others.
Among these gadgets, Amazon’s Firestick 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 Firestick, look no further. You’ll get all the necessary info here.
What Is the Firestick?
As explained, the Firestick 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, Hotstar, Gaana, all of which are full of fantastic content. However, unlike many of its competitors, Firestick comes with integrated support for voice commands. 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 Firestick 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 Firestick to a strong and stable Wi-Fi network.
Finally, in order to use it, you’ll have to register the Firestick to your Amazon account. However, if you’ve ordered your Firestick via your Amazon account, it will come pre-registered to that account.
After making sure that your Samsung TV is compatible with the Firestick, 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 Firestick after the setup. But, for now, let’s dig in.
1. Getting Started
First, take the USB cord that arrived with the device and plug it into the Firestick’s 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 Firestick into an HDMI port on your Samsung TV. If your TV has multiple HDMI ports, which is usually the case, remember the port number.
Now, turn the TV on and navigate to the HDMI input channel selection menu. Select the HDMI port that you’ve plugged the Firestick into and wait. You’ll see the Firestick loading screen. The initial loading may take some time, so don’t worry.
2. Setting up the Remote
Now, let’s set up the Firestick 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 Firestick. If the devices don’t pair automatically, press and hold Home on the remote for about 10 seconds. The Firestick will enter the Discovery Mode and should pair with the Firestick automatically.
Once all of this is done, press Play/Pause to get the setup process going. For starters, select your preferred language by highlighting it and pressing Select/OK.
3. Connecting the Firestick to Wi-Fi
Next, 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 Firestick to your Wi-Fi network.
4. Registering the Firestick with Amazon
Once again, if you’ve ordered the Firestick directly from Amazon, it will arrive already registered to the account that you’ve order it with. Alternatively, if you’ve obtained the Firestick in some other way, or simply want to register it with a different account, you can easily register/de-register it.
If the Firestick 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.
5. Finishing up
After everything is done, Firestick 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 Firestick 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 Firestick. 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 Firestick? 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.