How Long Does Amazon Fire Stick Last?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Since its launch in 2014, Amazon Fire Stick has given tough competition to its competitors and has got more than 34.33 Million buyers so far. The best part about this device is its simple assembly, engagement, and durability of parts which makes it a valuable entertainment option.

What’s the lifespan of an Amazon FireStick?

Amazon FireStick will last 6 to 8 years assuming it doesn’t have any internal manufacturing problems or long-term proper maintenance.

It may develop a few issues with time but the good part is: most of its issues can be dealt with with simple hacks and tricks.

Now the question here is: What factors can lead Amazon fire stick to a failure, earlier than the anticipated time?

Factors affecting amazon fire stick life span

While using your Amazon Fire Stick for longer durations, you might have noticed a few issues that disturbed your watch experience.

Like any other electronic device, there are two main divisions of the Fire Stick, the internal program and the external tangible casing or hardware. These issues can be both Software-oriented or Hardware-oriented and are like:

  • Device lagging
  • Frequent restarts
  • Heat up
  • Crashing Applications
  • Frozen/ Blank screens

Remember, there are a couple of built-in features that tend to fill up your device’s memory and put an excessive load to the processor which gets heated and the screen gets stuck. Now, let’s dive into why all these issues occur.

What is affecting my Amazon Fire Stick’s Program?

There can be a lot of things that might cause problems with your Fire Stick device, but the most common reasons are:

Installed Applications:

Amazon has grouped certain apps for certain users, so every user gets relevant and useful apps to use. But, as the storage is always limited in such devices when the memory is cluttered with excessive applications, the device starts processing slowly and you face issues.

Data Monitoring:

To bring you shows on your preferred genres and related to your recent watch history, Firestick has a data-monitoring feature that keeps extracting information in the background. The constant working of this feature slows down your device.

What is affecting my Amazon Fire Stick’s hardware?

Electricity fluctuations are a big reason for hardware malfunctioning in Amazon Fire Stick.

When connected to the switch for the whole night or simply, for more than 10 consecutive hours, it is exposed to tens of instances of electricity fluctuations.

Amazon Fire Stick can’t handle these fluctuations and eventually heats up. It is made up of tiny electronic chips and a sensitive Wi-Fi unit which gets damaged due to this overheating.

Does Amazon Fire Stick ever wear out?

So, as we are now done with the part of the problem, you might be thinking if there’s something that can make your device stop working completely.

The answer to this question is: there are a lot of things that can make your device stop working completely. But, if you are able to identify the problem in time, you can replace the particular component or delete the particular app beforehand and save your device from a bigger loss. 

What can I possibly replace in my device?

The component structure of the Fire Stick is simple. You can replace almost every broken or failed component. But, you might need to take professional help. Some components that might occasionally need to be replaced are:

  • HDMI Cable
  • HDMI connecting port
  • Remote control (You can order a new one from Amazon itself)
  • Remote control batteries

Best practices for improving the Amazon Fire Stick lifespan?

Like any other electronic device, if you take care of Fire Stick, it tends to have a longer life span.

Listed below are five useful tips that will make your Amazon Fire Stick device stay with you like forever.

1.      Sleep Mode

If you like to keep your device connected to the socket every time it’s turned on 24/7, you want to save it from excessive heating. When you are not using it, just turn your device to sleep mode by pressing the home button for 3-5 consecutive seconds. Now select the Sleep Mode option.

2.      Turn Off Data-Monitoring

As mentioned above, the data-monitoring feature can put an excessive load onto the device’s processor. By switching it off, you can make the device run faster and avoid unusual buffering.

3.      Uninstall Applications

Having more applications installed can also make your device work slow. By uninstalling unnecessary applications, you can save your device from slowing down.

4.      Fire Stick Updates

Devices like Fire Stick need to be regularly updated for bug-fix so you should not forget to update them.

Apart from that, don’t update Fire Stick in short intervals like you do with phones, etc. Continuous updating can slow down your processor.

5.      Factory Reset

If your device is still slow and you don’t find any other way to fix it, the best thing you can do is reset it. Nevertheless, this option is not preferable for minor issues, as this will cost you all the data/ information stored in the device.

How long does Fire Stick’s battery last?

The life expectancy of the Amazon Fire Stick’s battery is 9-10 months. However, the average life of batteries after the above-mentioned period is around 5-6 months. 

Conclusion:

Amazon Fire Stick is a modern-age portable gadget filled with entertainment for its users, easy to operate, and has several versatile features. If used properly, with all the suggested precautions, this product can last for about 3 to 5 years.

However, like any other electronic device, they are also fallible. Wear and Tear can happen to the product hardware or software but it can be dealt with a quick replacement or factory restore.

All in all, this is good.  A device that is easy to carry for vacations and can provide all of your favourite entertainment apps in one small device.

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