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Do Fire Sticks Go Bad?

I’m an owner of a Fire Stick, and recently I’ve been having a lot of issues with it. I was getting frustrated and couldn’t figure out what the problem was. So I decided to do some research and see if there were any tips or tricks that could help me out. After some research, I’ve come to the conclusion that Fire Sticks can indeed go bad. To help others out there who might be having this same issue, I’m writing this blog post to share what I’ve learned and hopefully provide some solutions.

Although Fire Sticks are pretty reliable and expected to last between 6 to 8 years, they’re not immune to damage. Just like all other devices, your Fire Stick can experience hardware and software issues that make it stop working altogether. 

For example, your device might have an issue with its speed, connection to the internet, experience apps crashing, show a black screen, or worse, go dead. 

Fire Sticks can go bad due to hardware failure after a few years.
Common issues include slow speed, internet connection issues, apps crashing, a black screen, and an unresponsive remote.
To fix slow speed, uninstall any unused apps and clear data and cache memory.
To fix internet connection issues, disconnect and reconnect your device and the router, or use an Ethernet cable.
To fix apps crashing, clear data and cache memory.
To fix a black screen, unplug your Fire Stick and ensure the input settings match on both the device and TV.
To fix an unresponsive remote, check the battery, disconnect and reconnect the remote, and try updating the firmware.
If none of these solutions work, try restarting your device and resetting the factory settings.

Can Fire Sticks Go Bad?

The Fire Stick is a dream come true for all movie binge-watching lovers. It grants access to various streaming apps and services and allows you to browse them to watch and listen to whatever you want. 

Yet, this device isn’t invincible and might experience malfunctioning issues. These could happen because of misuse, an unexpected hardware or software malfunction, or the device has reached the end of its life span. 

Despite being highly reliable, if you’ve had your Fire Stick for a few years, you’re likely to experience some issues over time. This happens because of hardware failure as the device gets old. Yet, you don’t have to throw away your Fire Stick just yet, as we’ll highlight the most common issues and how to fix them. 

Slow Speed

This is a common complaint if you’ve had your device for a few years. A lot of people start to see that their devices are slower than usual, but this doesn’t mean that your device is damaged. 

Your Fire Stick has limited storage and RAM, and this means that the more you use it, the more you add to this storage. Over time, the 1.5GB of the built-in RAM and 8GB of memory get overloaded, so your device will be slower. 

To solve this issue, you can try the following. 

  • Uninstall the unused apps. Go to Settings, then Applications, and then press Manage Installed Applications and click Uninstall on the apps you no longer use. This will clear some of the space for the apps that you actually use, so you can enjoy them better. 
  • Clear data and cache memory. This will improve your Fire Stick’s speed, just like it does when you clear your phone’s data. 

Your device stores your preferences, passwords, and searches to make your experience more seamless, but with extended use, this will slow it down. To solve this issue, click on Manage Installed Applications, and then press Clear Data or Clear Cache from the applications you don’t use or use less often. 

Internet Connection Issue

In some cases, your Fire Stick might be slowing down or not working because of an internet connection issue. There are a lot of reasons your device might be experiencing a connection problem, but there are different ways to tackle this problem. You can try one of the following solutions. 

  • Disconnect your device and then reconnect it to the Wi-Fi. 
  • Disconnect and reconnect the router itself. 
  • Make sure that there are no obstacles between your Fire Stick and the router, or move it to a closer location. 
  • Use an Ethernet cable instead of using the Wi-Fi.

Apps Crashing

This usually happens when the RAM of your Fire Stick is severely overloaded with data. When there’s no space to process new data, the apps will start crashing, but this doesn’t mean that your Fire Stick is no longer usable. 

You can try clearing the cache and data of some apps and see how this works. In most cases, this should solve the issue. 

Black Screen

You might experience a black screen if there’s a physical problem with your connection. The cable you’re using might be torn or damaged, or you might not have inserted your Fire Stick properly. 

The best way to solve this issue is to unplug your Fire Stick and then plug it in again. You should also make sure that the input settings and the ones you’ve selected on your TV match. 

Unresponsive Remote

This common problem happens when your Fire Stick is fine, but there’s a problem with your remote. You can check out its status by going to Settings and checking Remotes and Bluetooth Devices. 

You should select Amazon Fire TV Remotes from this screen and check the battery’s status. In most cases, replacing the battery should solve this issue. However, if the problem persists, you can try to disconnect the remote and then reconnect it. You can also check for the latest updates to make sure that the firmware is up to date. 

If none of these solutions work, you can try to restart your Fire Stick and update its software after resetting its factory settings. If this doesn’t work, then this means that your device has reached the end of its life span, and it’s time to replace it. 


Fire Sticks are durable and reliable devices, but they can go bad after some time. If you’re facing issues with your Fire Stick, you can clear the data and cache memory, as this will improve its speed and stop apps from crashing. You can also check the internet connection and try to reset the remote or the device itself. 

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