Modern smart TVs come packed with fantastic features, such as amazing resolution options, various downloadable apps, and a number of other brilliant tools. Just as the TV, as a device, has moved forward and evolved, so has television itself. People are getting into streaming services at an ever-increasing pace, gradually leaving the old-school concept of television behind.
LG smart TVs are among the most popular smart TVs at the moment and Amazon’s Firestick is a common digital streaming device of choice. If you’ve just both the two, here is how to install the Firestick on your LG smart TV.
Compatibility and Requirements
First, you should know that not all LG TVs will be compatible with the Firestick. However, an HDTV model with an HDMI port should suffice.
Secondly, streaming devices and services require internet connection in order to operate. Unlike regular cable or satellite TV, you’ll need internet access to use a Firestick. If you want to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in full HD, it is suggested that you opt for at least a mid-tier internet plan, with solid upload and download speeds.
Finally, to use your Firestick, you’ll need an Amazon account. If you have ordered your Firestick via a preexisting Amazon account, the device should already be registered to that account. Don’t worry, though, you can always log out, log in with a new account, or use multiple accounts on one device.
Installing Firestick on LG Smart TV
The installation process isn’t too complex and shouldn’t take too long to complete. That being said, it may not be as straightforward as turning on your TV and going to its app store. It may take some legwork and minor tweaking along the way.
Physically Connecting the Device
First, you should physically connect your Firestick to the LG smart TV and the power source. On the Firestick device, you’ll see two ports, a micro-USB and an HDMI. The micro-USB port is used for power supply.
Take the cable that arrived in the box and plug the micro-USB end into the Firestick and plug the other end into the provided power adapter. Then, plug the adapter into the preferred power outlet. This should get your Firestick up and running.
Plug the Firestick into the TV’s HDMI port. Make sure that you memorize which HDMI port you’ve plugged it into.
The Virtual Side
Now that you’ve got the two devices connected physically, it’s time to move on to the software side. Don’t worry because it’s nothing overly complex. All you need to do is turn the TV on, press the Input button in the top right corner of your LG smart TV remote and select the right HDMI port. Next, you should see the Firestick logo appear on your TV screen. The loading process may take some time.
Do not turn either of the two devices while the Firestick loading screen is displayed. The Firestick may take a while to load because it is booting for the first time.
The Firestick Remote
You’ll control your Firestick via its own remote, rather than the LG remote that came with the TV. You should receive a set of AAA batteries with your Firestick box. Find them and install them. Open the backplate on the remote device and place the provided batteries inside. Once you’ve done this, the remote should pair with the Firestick device automatically.
On the off-chance that this doesn’t happen, press the remote’s Home button and hold it for about 10 seconds. Be patient, you may have to hold it a bit longer. This should pair the remote with the Firestick.
Once your Firestick is ready, you should press the Play/Pause button in order to enter the setup process. You will first be prompted to select your preferred language. Use the remote’s navigation keys to highlight the preferred language and press Select/OK to set it.
Now, the Firestick should start scanning for Wi-Fi networks. When your network appears on the screen, select it and, if required, enter your credentials. Now, your Firestick should be connected to the internet and fully functional.
As mentioned before, your Firestick will arrive preregistered if you’ve ordered it through an existing Amazon account. If you haven’t ordered the device using your account, don’t have an Amazon account, or want to sign in with a different one, simply follow the instructions that appear on the screen to register/de-register the Firestick.
In case your Firestick didn’t come preregistered, you’ll see a window with two options: “I already have an Amazon account.” and “I am new to Amazon.” Choose the appropriate option and follow the on-screen instructions. After you’re done, your Firestick will start the registration process. Don’t be surprised if this process takes more than a few seconds.
That’s All, Folks
After the registration process is done, your Firestick will be ready to use on your LG smart TV. The device itself will guide you through a tutorial on how to use it and that should be enough to get you going.
Was your Firestick installation successful? Are you experiencing any strange issues? Feel free to hit the comments section below with any tips and/or questions that you may have.