Depending on how old your Fire Stick is and whether it has the 1st-gen or the 2nd-gen remote, your options for controlling the volume will differ. 2nd-gen remote also allows you to control your Fire Stick with your voice.
In this write-up we’ll explore various ways to increase and decrease volume on your Fire Stick-equipped TV. Also, there’s a list of some cool apps you can install on your Fire Stick to enhance your streaming experience.
If your remote doesn’t have the volume buttons, it means that you have an older model. If that is the case, you will have to use your TV’s own remote to play with the volume. It’s good practice to keep both remotes together, so you don’t have to keep looking for the TV remote when the other fails you.
However, you can install the Volume Control app if you don’t want to use two remotes all the time. Just go to the Amazon Appstore and download the app from there. The app is free and very intuitive, and you can access it via Fire Stick remote.
Some of the newer Fire Stick models, such as Fire Stick 4K, come with the enhanced 2nd-gen Alexa remotes which have the long-desired volume controls. The + button is for increasing, and the – button is for decreasing the volume. There is also the Mute button below them.
Sometimes, the volume buttons on your remote won’t respond. Luckily, it’s an easy fix:
- Go into Settings.
- Select Equipment Control.
- Select TV. A loading screen will appear.
- A new screen will open. You will be asked, “What brand of TV do you have?”
- Select the appropriate brand.
- Press the Power button on your remote. This will turn the TV off.
- Wait for 10 seconds and then press the Power button again. This will turn the TV back on.
- You will be asked, “Did your TV turn off and then back on when you pressed the Power button?” Press Yes.
- Try turning up the volume. The device will play some music so you can check.
- If the volume changed then click Yes. If not, click No and try the setup again.
- Follow the prompts to end the setup.
Owners of Fire Stick devices that have the 2nd-gen Alexa remotes can also control the volume via voice commands. Press the Microphone button on your remote and tell Alexa to increase or decrease the volume.
No Fire Stick Remote
If your 2nd-gen Alexa remote got lost, broken, or is out of reach, you can still adjust the volume with your TV’s remote. Grab it and use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to set the volume level to the desired level.
Free Streaming Apps
Now that you’ve set the right volume for your device, you should get familiar with some of the best apps with which you can enhance your Fire Stick experience. Here are our top picks.
Before Installing the Apps
Unfortunately, some of the best apps for Fire Stick can’t be found on the official store, meaning that you’ll have to download them from other places. That’s why you’ll need to enable the Apps from Unknown Sources option in the Settings. Here is how it’s done:
- Using your Fire Stick Remote, go to Settings.
- Go to Device. This will open the menu in a new window.
- Go to Developer options.
- Enable Apps from Unknown Sources if disabled.
Note: Fire Stick will warn you that you can potentially contract some form of malware when downloading 3rd party apps. While this is true for some apps, the ones on our list are perfectly safe to use.
Now that we have all the pre-requisites, let’s see some apps.
UnlockMyTV is one of the best free online streaming apps. You can stream content in resolutions up to 1080p. It doesn’t require subscription and it offers thousands of movies and TV shows. The app is also completely secure and free of any malware or viruses.
The download speed is very high, and if you have a decent internet connection you will never have buffering issues. UnlockMyTV also has subtitles in more than 200 different languages.
Best of all, there are zero ads that can take away from your viewing experience. If it sounds too good to be true, you can always install a VPN and watch movies safely and anonymously.
This streaming app has a big library of TV shows and movies of any genre. You can switch to lower quality if your network speed is not great, or you can switch to 4k if you want the best experience.
The app is fast and smooth and you shouldn’t have problems with buffering. It was originally developed for Android, but it also works great on the Fire OS.
The app has a neat interface and it offers subtitles for many languages. There are also no annoying ads or pop-ups.
Kodi is a hugely popular streaming platform and it’s completely free. What’s unique about it is that it offers add-ons that expand its streaming options and enhance your user experience. With these add-ons, you’ll be able to find any movie or TV show you can think of. Some also enable you to record content so you can watch it offline.
Unfortunately, Kodi is not available on the Appstore so you will have to download it from the official website.
Morph TV is the replacement app for one of the biggest apps in the free streaming game, Morpheus. The app has a very sleek and intuitive interface and it offers four content categories.
Streaming quality is excellent and you have the option of downloading content for offline viewing.
The app is not supported by ads so you can stream without any interruptions.
Volume Set for Binging
Now your volume is set, and you got your favorite streaming apps. The only thing left to do is to sit back and get to binging.
How do you control the volume on your Fire Stick? Do you use the remote or do you let Alexa take care of it for you? Tell us in the comments section below.