How to Use Your Amazon Fire Stick on a Non-Smart TV
Did you just get a new Amazon Firestick? Are you wondering how to use it on a non-smart TV? If so, you’re in the right place. One of the Firestick’s functions is to turn your regular TV into a smart TV. It allows you to watch video streaming services online, use voice search, YouTube, and even play your favorite games.
But before you can do all that, you have to set everything up.
Firestick Setup on a Non-smart TV
Smart TVs are quite expensive, but with devices such as the Firestick, you don’t actually need to buy one. You can get a regular TV for a much cheaper price, and attach a Firestick to it. This will make your simple TV much more useful.
Here are some basic requirements for the setup process. Your TV should have an HD or UHD display and an HDMI port. Note: there’s actually a workaround for people whose TV doesn’t have an HDMI port which will be explained later in the article.
To make your TV smart, the Firestick requires a wireless internet connection. Since you’ll probably use it for video streaming, get a connection of at least 5 Mbit/s, but we recommend at least 10 Mbit/s for the best experience.
Of course, you’ll need a pair of AAA batteries for the TV stick remote, and an Amazon account. You don’t have to be a prime member either. If you still don’t have an Amazon account, you can create one at the official website.
After you’ve prepared everything, and made sure your TV is compatible, you can begin with the Firestick setup on a non-smart TV. Here’s how to do it:
- Connect the Firestick with the USB power adapter and connect the device into a power outlet making sure it’s on.
- Connect your Firestick to the HDMI port on the back of your TV.
- Choose an input for your TV that matches the HDMI port (e.g. HDMI 1, 2, etc.).When you choose a proper display, a Firestick logo will appear on your screen.
- Pair your Firestick remote with the TV. It should be automatic, as soon as you put the two AAA batteries in. If it doesn’t pair, hold the home button on the remote for 15 seconds and it should start working.
- Follow the on-screen instructions for connecting the Firestick to your home Wi-Fi network (it can be any Wi-Fi as long as you have a good signal).
- Register your Firestick to your Amazon account. After you do that, you’ll be able to use your Firestick.
Firestick Setup on Really Old TVs
If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, it’s probably ancient. Don’t worry. You can use a composite converter to convert your TVs output into HDMI. Here’s a converter recommended by Amazon. You can use another converter, but this one works for sure. Follow the steps for installation:
- Plug your Firestick’s USB power adapter and plug the device into a power outlet.
- Change the adapter’s output settings to NTSC (U.S. users)
- Connect the Firestick to the HDMI port of the adapter.
- Connect the RCA cables you got with the adapter to the matching ports on your TV. They’re on the back of your TV. Make sure to match the colors.
- Set your TV’s input mode to AV1 or another that matches the port you’re using.
- Plug in the power plugs on your TV and Firestick. The Firestick logo should appear on your TV. Continue with the instructions from the previous paragraph, starting with Step 4.
The Downsides of Using the Firestick with an Older TV
You should be aware of some downsides of using your regular old TV with the Firestick. Although you don’t need a smart TV, the newer LED TVs have much sharper image quality, commonly called HD. This stands for high-definition, whereas older TVs that don’t have an HDMI port usually have standard definition image quality.
Unfortunately, there’s no workaround for that, because, after all, you’re making an analog connection. The adapter only mimics an HDMI port, but it doesn’t improve your TV’s image quality. Other than that, you may have issues with the signal, i.e. you may get an inconsistent signal depending on your TV model.
If you purchased an Amazon Firestick, consider investing in a TV that has HD definition and HDMI ports. Nowadays, these TVs are far from expensive and will provide a much better viewing experience.
Make Your TV “Smarter”
Not that regular TVs are dumb, but they’re much better with a Firestick device attached. You get the feeling of a smart TV on your old TV, unless you have a very old set that doesn’t support HD quality picture, that is.
In this case, the investment won’t seem that great. Still, a composite converter can help you out if your TV lacks HDMI ports. Did you manage to set up a Firestick on a non-smart TV? How is it serving you? Let us know in the comments section below.