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Firestick Sleep Timer (Can You? How to?)

As an owner of a Firestick, I know all too well the frustration of trying to find the right sleep timer setting. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share my experience and the solutions I’ve discovered to make sure your Firestick shuts off when you want it to. In this blog post, I’ll cover the basics of whether or not you can use a sleep timer with your Firestick, and how to set it up. Stay tuned to learn how to make sure your Firestick shuts off when you’re done watching.

The sleep timer settings on an Amazon Firestick can be configured in two ways. The first involves accessing the sleep timer menu using the Firestick remote. The other method is to use a smartphone to set up the sleep timer through the Fire TV app.

Read on to find out more about how you can use your Firestick’s sleep timer feature. 

How Does the Sleep Timer Feature Work on a Firestick?

The sleep timer is a nifty feature that allows your Firestick to switch off automatically after a certain period of time has elapsed with no activity.

This is a highly useful feature for several reasons, the most important one being that it helps you save power

It does so by turning off your Firestick if you tend to fall asleep while streaming your favorite shows or if you leave your home so abruptly that you forget to turn it off yourself.

In the long term, this feature can help you save some bucks on the electricity bill, and don’t we all want that?

How to Setup Sleep Timer on Firestick

There are two methods that you can use to configure your Firestick’s sleep timer to your desired setting. 

You can do it by using the Settings menu directly on your Firestick or the Fire TV app on your smartphone.

How to Set up Sleep Timer Using Firestick

  1. Launch the Settings menu of your Firestick by clicking on it from the Home screen.
  2. Select the Sleep Timer menu.
  3. Enable your Firestick’s sleep timer and set it to your desired time. 
  4. The available options range from five minutes all the way to four hours.
  5. Confirm your changes, and you should be good to go.

If you want to set your Firestick to sleep mode without customizing the sleep timer settings, you should:

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your Firestick remote for three seconds. 
  2. The Quick Access menu will pop up.
  3. Click on Sleep and your Firestick will go into sleep mode.

How to Set Sleep up Timer Using Fire TV App

If your Firestick remote isn’t working for any reason, your best course of action is to use your smartphone to configure your Firestick’s sleep timer via the Fire TV app:

  1. Download the Fire TV app on your smartphone through the App Store or Google Play Store. 
  2. If you already have the app on your device, you can launch it straight away
  3. Next, you’ll need to pair your Firestick with your smartphone. (This will only work if both devices are connected to the same IP address.)
  4. Once your smartphone and Firestick are paired, you can use the former to tweak the latter’s sleep timer settings through the Sleep menu on the Fire TV app. 

You should note that you can also use your smartphone as a remote for your Firestick and access the sleep timer settings using the first method.

Possible Reasons for Firestick Sleep Timer Malfunctioning

If you’ve set your Firestick’s sleep timer to switch off the device after a certain period of time and it isn’t doing so, here are a couple of possible reasons why:

Software Glitches

If you’re experiencing issues with your Firesticks sleep timer feature, or any other feature, it may be due to glitches in the device’s software.

The easiest fix for this is to restart your Firestick by unplugging it, waiting for a couple of minutes, and plugging it back into the power supply.

If this still doesn’t solve the problem, your best course of action will be to contact Amazon’s customer support.

Firestick Needs a Software Update

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Another possible culprit for your Firestick’s sleep timer issues is that the device is due for a software update. When a Firestick doesn’t have the latest software installed, it’s prone to software bugs and malfunctions.

Here’s how you can update your Firestick software:

  1. Launch the Settings menu from your Firestick’s Home screen.
  2. Select “Device,” then click on the “About” section.
  3. Next, click on “Check for System Updates.” 
  4. If your Firestick doesn’t have the latest software installed, it’ll start downloading it automatically.
  5. Finally, install the update on your Firestick and restart it.

Conclusion

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If you’re wondering how you can set your Firestick sleep timer, there are a couple of methods you can use to do so.

The first involves editing your Firestick’s sleep timer configuration directly from your Firestick’s settings using the remote control.

Second of all, you can also use the Fire TV app from your smartphone to do this if your Firestick remote isn’t working.

If your Firestick’s sleep timer isn’t working, you should try restarting the device and checking if it needs a system software update.