Reduce the Bandwidth of your Amazon Fire TV Stick


Amazon Fire TV Stick (Firestick) is a device that allows you to stream your favorite TV shows and movies from top services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Crave, and more in one easy-to-use dashboard. You can also listen to music, watch sports, play games, watch live TV, and more.

Amazon’s Firestick comes in many different models. The lowest model lets you stream content in 1080p HD, while the top model lets you stream in 4K Ultra-HD. However, some users experience buffering or bandwidth issues.

Firestick remote and HDMI by Amazon

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Fire TV Stick screen

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Here are the steps to reduce the bandwidth of your Fire TV Stick:

1. In the main navigation bar to the right, you will see a gear icon, click it.

2. Then click on Preferences.

Preferences section on dashboard of Firestick

3. Scroll down to Data Usage Monitoring and click it.

data usage monitoring option in dashboard

4. Data usage monitoring is normally turned off. Click it to turn it on.

Turning on data usage monitoring in dashboard

5. Once data usage monitoring says “on” scroll down and click on “Set Video Quality”. By default, Best has a checkmark beside it.

Set video quality in dashboard

6. You should have three options: Good/Better/Best. Scroll up to “Good” and click it. The checkmark should now be beside “Good”.

Set video quality to good in dashboard
Using Amazon Fire TV stick

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​7. Then click the home button or the “return” button on the left of the remote until you are at the main menu. Sometimes, you will need to restart your Firestick for the settings to take effect.

Once this has been completed, less data will be required to watch tv and you should no longer have issues streaming.

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