Amazon’s many versions of the Fire TV stickalong with the bigger and better ones Amazon Fire TV Cubeprovide one of the most immersive and Alexa-friendly interfaces to connect to all your favorite streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, while also acting as a command center for your smart home devices (with the . But as with any internet-connected all-in-one device, make sure your Fire TV hardware is running the latest software.
This ensures that your Fire TV device runs smoothly, from navigation to Alexa commands, and is as hack-resistant as possible when connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
Fortunately, most Fire TV devices update automatically, but if you want to manually download the latest software or check what version your Fire TV device is running, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to teach you how.
While your Fire TV device must be configured to download and install software updates automatically, you can also do this manually. Here’s how to check for and install an update with the latest version of the Fire TV operating system.
Step 1: On the House screen, select the Settings icon (a gear) on the far right of the screen.
Step 2: Choose from the list of available settings My Fire TVand then select About.
Step 3: Choose either one Install updates (if an update needs to be installed) or Check for updates to see if anything is available for download.
Step 4: Do not unplug your Fire TV device once the update has started. When the update is complete, your Fire TV device will restart automatically.
Depending on how old your Fire TV device is, the hardware may run an older version of Fire OS that looks and performs slightly differently, although you can still download and install software updates.
Step 1: Select on the home screen Settingson the far right of the screen.
Step 2: Select from the list of options My Fire TVthen choose About.
Step 3: Like the latest version of Fire OS, you’ll see an option for either one Install updates or Check for updates. Select whichever option is available and make sure your Fire TV stays connected while it downloads and installs new software.
Checking which software version your Fire TV hardware is running is as easy as downloading and installing the updates. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go to Settingsthen choose My Fire TV.
Step 2: Select About.
Step 3: You will then see a submenu on the right side of the page showing what Fire OS software version your Fire TV device is running (below Software version), as well as how much storage space is available, and a few other fields.
Not sure which Amazon Fire TV device to buy? We compared the Fire TV Stick to the Fire TV Cube to help you decide.
Looking for advice on updating your Roku streaming device? We have a guide for that too.