My FireStick Keeps Flickering – How To Fix It Guide

While the Amazon FireStick is a tremendous streaming device, it does have some issues from time to time. One of those issues is the flickering problem where your screen just keeps on flickering for no apparent reason. Even worse is that this problem often comes without warning and can happen right in the middle of your show or movie.

Let’s take a look at some methods to fix this issue.

Restart the Fire Stick

This should be your go-to step to solve most FireStick problems. To restart your Amazon Fire Stick, just unplug it from the power socket, wait for a bit and then plug it back in.

Another way to restart your Fire TV device is to hold down the Select and Play/Pause buttons on the remote simultaneously for five seconds. The Fire TV device should then restart on its own.

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Replace Third-Party Accessories

Third-party accessories are typically fine to use with a Fire TV device, but they can occasionally cause an issue. There’s a reason that these accessories are usually cheaper than OEM replacements. Their materials are typically of lower quality, meaning that they can cause issues with your Fire TV device. If you’re using a third-party cable or power plug, try replacing it to see if it solves the issue.

Check the HDMI Cable

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If your cable is loose in the HDMI port or is broken, it can cause the screen flickering problem. Ensure that the cable is properly plugged in or try a different HDMI cable.

If you decide to purchase a new cable, keep in mind that the cheaper option isn’t always best for your Amazon Fire TV. Try to choose a high-quality cable from a reputable brand to minimize the chance of having the same issue occur again.

Get Rid of Your Power Extension

FireStick devices are notorious for malfunctioning when you use power extensions especially if the extension is low quality. Try switching your Amazon Fire TV to a direct power source and see if that makes your screen flickering problems go away.

Check the TV

To see if your TV is causing your Amazon Fire TV error, try restarting all the devices and confirm that all cables are plugged securely. You should also try using a different HDMI port on your TV or try a completely different TV.


If the problem doesn’t occur on another TV, it’s possible that you’ll need to replace your TV or have the HDMI port repaired.

Disable CEC Device Control

Newer TV sets support the HDMI CEC Device Control option which allows HDMI attachments to control the TV. While it’s a helpful feature, it can cause issues with your devices and attachments. Try turning it off to see if the issues still occur.

You’ll need to look in your TV settings to find this option.

Keep the Device Cool

Make sure there’s nothing producing heat near the device. Some TV sets can get really hot when you use them for a long time and can transfer that heat to the Fire Stick and other attachments. To see if this is the problem, try using the HDMI extender that came with your device or place a fan near it to keep it cool.

Update the Firmware

Sometimes all you need to do is perform a firmware update to get rid of the screen flickering problem. To do that, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings from the device’s home menu.An image featuring how to update the firmware for Amazon FireStick step1
  2. Click on My Fire TV.An image featuring how to update the firmware for Amazon FireStick step2
  3. Click on About.An image featuring how to update the firmware for Amazon FireStick step3
  4. Go to Check for Updates.An image featuring how to update the firmware for Amazon FireStick step4
  5. Install any available updates.

Try Different Resolutions

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Sometimes all you need to do to get rid of the flickering issue is try different refresh rates and resolutions until it stops. You can do that from the Settings menu or the Search menu but the remote control shortcut is more convenient.

On your Amazon Fire TV remote, press the Up and Rewind button simultaneously for five seconds. Once you do that, the device should start changing resolutions and pause on each one for about 10 seconds. It will ask you to accept or reject the new settings. You should accept the one that fixes the flickering problem.


These solutions should help solve the flickering problem on your Amazon Fire TV device. If you need additional help, let us know in the comments section.

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