Amazon Fire TV Stick Keeps Buffering/Stopping – What to Do?
Firestick is a great addition to your home entertainment system but like most gadgets, it isn’t always perfect. Since you are reading this, your Firestick has probably frozen on more than one occasion. Or it might have gotten stuck in an infinite buffer loop that prevents you from watching your favorite shows.
These issues are quite annoying but you don’t have to be troubled by them anymore. Check out some of the things you can do to deal with the issues.
Check Your Internet Speed
Firestick requires sufficient internet speed to run smoothly. And as you may guess, it will keep buffering if your internet connection is too slow. This is why you should check your internet speed first.
1. Launch a Browser
Select your preferred browser in the Fire TV home menu and go to the search bar.
2. Go to Online Speed Check
Go to your preferred online internet speed checker and run the test to see if your Firestick is getting the required megabit per second.
Amazon Firestick collects data from all applications installed on the device. It might be also one of the reasons your Firestick is buffering or stopping. You can easily disable this option in Settings.
1. Navigate to Settings
Move right in the main Fire TV menu and select Settings, then click on Applications to access more actions.
2. Highlight Collect App Usage Data
Enter Collect App Usage Data to turn off the option.
3. Confirm Your Selection
Select Turn Off to disable data collection. This will allow the Firestick to work a bit less and use fewer resources.
Tweak Your Preferences
There are a few tweaks that you can do in the Preferences menu to optimize the overall performance of your Firestick. This should allow the device to run buffer-free and stop freezing.
1. Access Preferences
Click on the Preferences menu in Settings to access more options.
2. Disable Data Monitoring
Select Data Monitoring from the Preferences menu and turn off the option.
3. Turn off App Notifications
Exit the Data Monitoring menu and go to Notification Settings. Click on App Notifications and turn off all notifications that you don’t actually need. This is another tweak that can restore some processing power to your Firestick.
4. Disable Featured Content
Navigate to Featured Content and turn off Allow Video Autoplay and Allow Audio Autoplay. This action disables everything from playing in the small preview boxes.
Uninstall Unnecessary Applications
You might have accumulated a lot of surplus applications on your Firestick. This can overload the device and cause it to freeze or keep buffering. You can simply uninstall all of the apps that you’re not using from the Manage Installed Applications menu.
1. Go to Applications
Navigate to Applications from the main Settings menu and click to access more options.
2. Access Manage Installed Applications
Scroll down to the bottom and hit Manage Installed Applications. You can find a list of all installed applications under this menu.
3. Uninstall Application
Click on an application and select the Uninstall option to remove the app. You can repeat the process for all the applications that you don’t actually use.
Free up Firestick RAM
If you run a lot of processes on your Firestick, it is likely to run out of RAM really quickly. Running out of RAM can cause the device to just stop or stay in an infinite buffer loop. You can easily free up the RAM via an app.
1. Download Clean Master
Look for the Clean Master app in your Firestick search, then download and install it.
2. Select a Cleaning Option
Choose the Memory cleaning option and let the app optimize your Firestick.
Use a VPN Service
Fast internet speed is crucial for a Firestick to operate smoothly. But you might be experiencing some throttling from your internet provider – this causes the annoying Firestick buffers. Throttling is basically deliberate slowing down of your internet speed to minimize congestion.
Luckily, you can easily work around throttling. Using a VPN service allows you to connect to a different server and avoid congestions and throttling. For example, IPVanish is one of the most popular VPN services, but feel free to shop around and find the VPN that works best for you.
The Last Buffer
There is no need to stress over your Firestick’s continuous buffering and freezing. The simple tweaks mentioned above should restore order. To ensure the most optimal Firestick performance, you can even give all the tweaks a try.
Regardless of the method, we would like to know the one that worked best for you, especially if it’s not covered here. Don’t forget to share in the comments section.