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Fire TV Goes Back to Home Screen (Causes and How to Fix)

As an owner of a Fire TV, I know how frustrating it can be when your streaming device randomly goes back to the home screen. I recently experienced this issue and found myself trying to figure out what was causing it and how to fix it. After doing some research and trying out different tips and tricks, I’m excited to share what I learned and other solutions that I discovered. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss the causes for Fire TV going back to the home screen and how to fix it.

Your Fire TV can restart because of an unstable power supply or network. In some cases, the USB power cord could be faulty, forcing the Fire TV to go back to the home screen, or you might not be using the official cable that came with your device. 

This can also happen because the storage space is full, so your device is unable to operate well. Finally, the Fire TV can restart because of overheating, damage to the hardware, or corrupted software. 


  • Fire TV can go back to the home screen for different reasons such as unstable power supply, faulty USB cable, software bugs, or a jammed Home button.
  • You can try several solutions such as using the original cable, checking the power supply, and resetting the device to fix the issue.

Why Does My Fire TV Go Back to Home Screen?

At the end of the day, and while you’ve finally set everything up for the best movie night, your Fire TV restarts and goes back to the home screen. So you pick your favorite streaming service and show one more time and enjoy it for a few minutes, but it restarts once more. 

Unfortunately, this is a common problem and can happen for several reasons. 

You’re not using the original cable that came with your device.

Although you can use different cables, they can all affect the way your device operates. 

There’s a problem with the power supply.

This can also happen if you’re using a secondary power source instead of plugging your device right into the wall. 

The USB cable you’re using might be faulty or too old

If the USB cable is too old or is faulty, it can cause the device to restart. 

The internet connection might be unstable.

Once disconnected, the Fire TV will restart. 

The Home button might be jammed.

You might have put something heavy on it, and now it’s always pressed. 

Your device might be broken.

This is a hardware problem that happens because the device is too old, has overheated, or someone accidentally broke it. 

You might be using all the storage space on your device.

The device will restart because it’s unable to function. 

There might be an update causing the glitch.

Sometimes, updates bring with them software bugs. This would be more likely to be the cause if the problem started occurring when you updated the TV. 

How to Fix the Problem of My Fire TV Going Back to Home Screen?

Despite being extremely annoying, there are several solutions that you can try to stop your Fire TV from restarting. 

Make sure that you’re using the original accessories that came with your Fire TV.

Although your device is compatible with any USB cable, using the original one might solve the issue if it keeps on restarting. 

Check out the USB cable and replace it if it’s broken.

The USB cable can become damaged if it’s twisted or cut, so you’ll have to replace it. 

Check out your internet connection.

If it’s unstable, or you are using other devices at the same time, try to disconnect one or all of them. You can also consider upgrading your internet connection if you’re connecting multiple devices to the network. 

Try to connect your device to the power supply directly.

This will eliminate the fluctuations in supply that usually happen if you’re connecting it via a USB cable. Avoid using power extensions as they usually lead to this issue. 

Make sure that the Home button isn’t jammed or constantly pressed. 

Try doing a soft reboot of your device by pressing the Power and Select buttons together for about 10 seconds. 

Check the application you’re having trouble with and clear its cache.

From the Settings, go to Applications, and choose the one that shuts off. Select Force Stop and the Clear Cache to clear the memory. 

Remove any other gadgets connected to the HDMI ports if you’re not using them.

All these connected devices drain the power of your TV, so your Fire TV might restart because it’s not receiving enough power. 

Update the Fire Stick firmware by going to the Settings, searching the About section, and then clicking System Update.

In some cases, this problem can be resolved with a new update from the company. 

Try a soft reset

Often, a soft reset is enough to fix the issue. To do this, simply unplug the TV from the wall outlet then wait for at least 60 seconds before plugging it back in again.

Restore factory settings.

Go to Settings, and then choose My Fire TV. After that, press the Factory Settings option, and it will delete all the apps on your device. Now you have a new device and need to add all the apps one more time, but it will probably stop restarting. 

If nothing else works, you can contact Amazon for a replacement


Your Fire TV can go back to the home screen because of issues with the power supply, the internet connection, a bug in the software, or a faulty cable. The device itself might also be in bad condition if the Home button is jammed or your Fire TV is broken. 

You can try several solutions to fix this issue, but if nothing works, you can always contact Amazon for a replacement. 

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