Does Firestick Need to be Plugged in For Power?


If you’ve just recently purchased a Fire TV stick or are considering purchasing one then we’re sure you have a number of questions about the device. The most common question we receive about the Fire TV stick is Does Firestick Need to be Plugged in For Power?

Yes, the Amazon Fire Stick does need to be plugged into a power source in order to function. Since it requires 5v @1000 mA of power the most ideal method of powering the device is through a power outlet. This works by simply connecting the Firestick device to a power outlet through a USB cable.

Let’s now take a look at what you need to know when powering your Amazon Fire TV Stick as well as other things you may have not been aware of when it comes to the Fire TV Stick. Let’s dive in!

Does Firestick Need a Power Supply?

The firestick does need to be plugged into a power source at all times in order to operate, this can be through the provided power adapter which plugs into a power outlet, or by plugging into your TV through the USB Port. However, Amazon doesn’t recommend that you plug-in your Firestick to your TV for power since this method might not be able to fully power your firestick effectively and may cause some issues.

Amazon’s recommended method for powering your firestick is to simply connect the provided power adapter to a power outlet.

Once your Firestick is powered you will then need to plug your firestick into an HDMI port on your TV for Firestick to display on your screen and that’s it your all setup!

How to setup your Fire TV Stick:

  1. Connect your Fire TV Stick into your TV’s HDMI port, then simply plug the power adapter into an outlet and connect it to your Firestick device. through the provided USB cable.
  2. turn on your TV, ensure you have the correct HDMI input
  3. If your remote isn’t pairing with your device, then simply press & hold the home button until “Press to Start” appears on the screen
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to connect to your WIFI and download the most recent software updates.

Can I power my Firestick to my TV’s USB?

Amazon warns users not to plug-in the Fire TV stick device into the TV’s USB port. The reason being is the Fire TV stick requires 5v @1000 mA of power in order to function optimally & most TV’s on the market only provide 5v @ 500 mA of power. The lack of power can cause a number of issues when using your Firestick device such as:

  • Insufficient Power message on the screen
  • Random screen blackouts
  • Losing arc connection
  • Random Reboots

Powering your firestick device through your TV can put both your TV and firestick device at risk of damage, it’s best just to avoid this issue by plugging in your Firestick TV to a power outlet through the provided USB cable.

Should I unplug Amazon Fire TV Stick When Not in Use?

You will not need to unplug your Firestick device when not in use. You can shut it off easily by tapping the home button twice and select “Sleep”, tapping any button on your remote will turn it back on.

How much power does a Firestick need?

For your Fire TV Stick to function at its best it will require 5 volts @ 1,000 milliamps of power. As mentioned above the best and most reliable method to power your Fire TV Stick is simply through. power outlet. since most TVs don’t provide near to the amount of power required by the Fire TV Stick.

Related Questions:

1. Is there a monthly fee for fire stick?

The Fire TV stick does not require any monthly fees, just the initial purchase of the device itself. However, you will still need to pay a fee to use premium streaming services within the Firestick for example Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus…etc

2. Does the Fire TV Stick need Wifi?

Yes, since the Fire TV stick does not feature an ethernet port the only way to connect to the internet is through a Wifi connection.

3. Can you use a fire stick on a non-smart TV?

Yes, the Fire TV stick was designed to add a smart TV’s functionality to a non-smart TV. However, you will need to ensure that your TV has an HDMI port in order to be compatible with the Fire TV stick.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, you will need to ensure your Fire TV stick is getting the required power it needs in order to operate optimally. Since the Firestick requires 5 volts @ 1,000 milliamps of power you should avoid powering it through your TV’s USB port as it can cause a number of issues. The recommended method to powering your Firestick device is through a power outlet since it’s the most reliable method that will offer the Firestick enough power.

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