Is your Firestick stuck in a loop of constantly updating and restarting? This can be a frustrating issue to deal with, especially if you rely on your Firestick for entertainment.
There are a few potential causes for this problem, but two of the most common are a problem with your wireless network and not having enough power for your Firestick.
If your Firestick is having trouble connecting to your wireless network during update, it may keep restarting to refresh the connection. This can be caused by a weak signal, interference from other devices, or other network issues.
Alternatively, if your Firestick isn’t getting enough power, it may not be able to complete updates and restarts properly, leading to a loop of repeated attempts.
In this post, I will provide you with some proven fixes to troubleshoot your Firestick in no time.
How to Fix Firestick Keeps Updating and Restarting
Wait for the Ideal Time
Usually, the Firestick automatically updates itself when it is due for update, and it can take a few minutes to complete the process.
During this time, you may experience some lag or freezing, but it should resolve itself once the update is complete.
If you’re to trigger the Firestick update manually, this also takes some time before the device check for update and install. Apparently, the Firestick updates typically take about 15-20 minutes to install. So, it’s best to wait for this said time.
It is essential to let the Firestick complete its update as interrupting the process can cause further issues. If the update takes longer than usual, you can then proceed with the troubleshooting steps.
Check Your Wireless Network
The first thing you need to check is a your connected wireless network. There are chances that update and restart loop could be due to a problem with your wireless network. Here are some things you can check:
- Wi-Fi signal strength: Make sure your Firestick is within range of your wireless router and that there are no physical barriers blocking the signal. You can simply check your network strength from other devices you have on your network.
- Network congestion: If you have multiple devices connected to your wireless network, it could be causing congestion and slowing down your Firestick. Try disconnecting some devices or upgrading to a higher-speed internet plan.
- Wi-Fi interference: Other wireless devices in your home, such as cordless phones and baby monitors, can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal. Try moving these devices away from your router or using a different wireless channel.
- Router settings: Check your router settings to make sure they are optimized for streaming video. Some routers have a Quality of Service (QoS) setting that can prioritize streaming traffic.
- Restart your router: Sometimes, simply restarting your router can fix Wi-Fi connection issues. Unplug your router for 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait for it to reboot.
Turn Off Any Firewall Settings for Your Router
Having an active firewall settings on your Router may be restraining your Firestick internet.
Although, firewalls are designed to protect your network from external threats, but sometimes they can interfere with the Firestick’s ability to connect to the internet.
To disable the firewall settings on your router, you’ll need to log in to the administration interface of your router.
The process for doing this will vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your router, but in general, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Open a web browser on a device that is connected to your router’s network.
- Type in your router’s IP address in the address bar. This is usually something like 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1, but you can check your router’s documentation if you’re not sure.
- Enter your router’s username and password when prompted. If you haven’t changed these from the default settings, you can usually find them in the documentation as well.
- Look for a section labeled “Firewall” or “Security” in the router’s settings. This may be located under a “Advanced” or “Administration” tab.
- Turn off the firewall setting and save your changes.
Keep in mind that disabling your router’s firewall can leave your network vulnerable to external threats, so it’s a good idea to only do this temporarily to see if it resolves the Firestick issue.
If you’re still having problems after turning off the firewall, you can turn it back on and try other troubleshooting steps.
In addition, if you’re using a VPN on your Firestick, it’s possible that the VPN’s firewall settings could be causing the issue. Try disabling the VPN temporarily to see if that resolves the problem.
Disconnect Other HDMI Devices From the TV
If your Firestick updating and restarting loop persist, it could be due to interference from other HDMI devices plugged into your TV.
To fix this issue, try disconnecting any other HDMI devices that you’re not currently using.
Other HDMI devices can cause interference with your Firestick, which can cause it to restart constantly. By disconnecting these devices, you can see if they are causing the issue and resolve it.
If you have multiple HDMI devices connected to your TV, it can be difficult to determine which one is causing the problem.
Start by disconnecting any devices that you’re not currently using and see if that resolves the issue.
Try to Force Restart the Firestick
With the loop screen, another things you can try is a force restart with the Firestick remote if your device will respond.
This simple step can often resolve minor software issues and get your Firestick working again.
To force restart your Firestick with the remote, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the “Play/Pause” and “Select” buttons on your Firestick remote for at least 10 seconds.
- Release the buttons after seeing the message “Your device is powering off” and wait for the Firestick to restart.
This should force the Firestick to reboot and may fix any issues that were causing it to keep restarting. If the problem persists, you may need to resort to the last method.
Power Cycle Your TV and the Firestick
In case the issue persist for an extended period, exceeding half an hour, and none of the above fixes work in your case, you might want to power cycle your Firestick.
Despite the warning against unplugging the power, some users on the Amazon Forum propose taking the risk and unplugging it. They have reported that doing so resolved the updating issue for them.
If you’ve waited for up to an hour, I think it’s worth trying to power cycle your TV and the Firestick. Follow these steps:
- Turn off your TV and unplug it from the power source.
- Unplug your Firestick from the HDMI port on your TV and from the power source.
- Wait for at least 30 seconds before plugging your TV back into the power source.
- Wait for another 30 seconds before plugging your Firestick back into the HDMI port on your TV and into the power source.
- Turn on your TV and wait for it to boot up.
- Turn on your Firestick and check if the issue is resolved.
Power cycling your TV and the Firestick can help resolve issues related to software glitches and hardware conflicts. It can also help clear out any temporary files or cache that may be causing the problem.
I hope the provided steps have helped you resolve the frustrating issue of your Firestick continuously updating and restarting. By power cycling and following the suggested procedures, you can enjoy uninterrupted streaming on your Firestick once again.