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How to Find the Firestick Model Number

Posted by Arch on February 15, 2019

The Firestick ecosystem has expanded quickly since its introduction. There are now five different Firesticks if you count the first-generation models which have been discontinued.

Each model comes with a unique set of properties and the best way to find out is to know your model number. Some third-party apps and Firestick jailbreaks might require the exact model number of your device. This is why it’s useful to know how to find it.

There are a few simple ways to do that. Check out the tips below.

The Firestick Itself

One of the easiest ways to locate the model number is on the firestick itself. It is a simple three-step process to get the exact number. Here is how to do it:

1. Unplug the Firestick

Remove the Firestick from your TV. (It should be turned off to avoid any potential problems when you plug it back in.)

2. Flip the Firestick on Its Side

The top side of the Firestick has the Amazon brand name and logo. The underside is what you’re interested in, where the FCC number and the exact model number are to be found.

3. Write Down the Model No.

The model number is a combination of letters and number which indicates the exact generation and type of your Firestick.

Useful Tricks

To avoid having to unplug the Firestick from your TV late on, you may want to write down the model number as soon as you get it out of the box. Hey, you might as well take a picture of the underside where the model number is.

Firestick Packaging

Another way would be to take a look at the packaging. You know, the one that your Firestick is shipped in? It should have a model number listed on the label near the barcodes.

So, if you’re the meticulous type and have kept the box, get it out from wherever it is and have a look.

The Purchase Invoice

Amazon ships the Firestick with its packaging inside a brown box, the one with the arrow logo on the side. The invoice would also be in the box and should contain the Firestick model number.

Different Firestick Models/Generations

As mentioned at the start, there are five different Firestick models spread over three generations. To better understand what your device is capable of, let’s have a look at each of the models.

Since the first-generation Firestick has been discontinued, we’re going to skip talking about that one.

1. Second Generation Firestick

The second-generation Firestick came out in 2016 and it is still available for purchase today. It is compatible with Alexa, so it supports voice-activated commands and menu browsing.

This firestick has 4.5 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM. The 2nd-gen Firestick is capable of full HD videos and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound decoding for a home theater system of up to 7.1 speakers (front speakers, center speaker, side surround speakers, back surround speakers, and subwoofer).

A difference that you can spot right off the bat is the remote control. It is longer and slimmer than the one before and it has a microphone function (for the voice-activated commands).

2. Basic Edition Firestick

Amazon released the Basic Edition Firestick in late 2017 in its pursuit of global market expansion, quite relentlessly we might add. In fact, this Firestick model is not available in the US.

The Basic Edition Firestick looks and feels the same as the second-generation model but the remote is different. This remote has the size and layout of the discontinued first-generation Firestick. And there is no microphone button since it doesn’t support voice commands.

As you may know, the number of languages that Alexa can understand and speak is growing rapidly. So if you are bilingual Spanish, Italian, or French, you can change the language on the other Firestick devices.

3. Firestick 4K

The latest model is the Firestick 4k. It sports improved features compared to all previous models and, as the name suggests, it supports 4K video.

This firestick is the biggest of them all to reflect its higher processing power, and the remote also has more buttons than ever, such as the volume rockers.

To Wrap Up

By now, you should have a good understanding of how to find the exact Firestick model number on your device.

If for some reason we’d left out other ways to find the model number and you happen to have other ideas, there’s a comments section not far below from here. We trust that you know what to do!

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This Guide Last Updated: February 15, 2019

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