Hi Everyone, I am Poppy, and in this guide, you will find effective solutions for FireStick black screen error. The solutions provided in this guide can be applied to fixing black screen issues on all Fire TV devices including FireStick 4K and FireStick Lite.
FireStick is an economical streaming device that offers nonstop entertainment. However, some users have complained about randomly experiencing a black screen on Fire Stick. Did your FireStick screen too abruptly turn black while streaming your favorite show/movie? Or it just does not boot past the logo? Well, no need to worry, this problem is easily fixable.
In this guide, we have compiled various troubleshooting solutions so you can easily resolve fire stick black screen errors.
What Causes FireStick Black Screen?
Why does FireStick black screen occur and why does it appear repeatedly? Before we get to the solutions, it is important to know the reasons behind the problem. Here are some of the common issues that lead to this issue:
- Interrupted Power Supply
- Incorrect Input source
- HDMI cable problem
- Signal problem
- Fault in FireStick remote
- Modifications to host files
- Faulty motherboard
- Outdated FireStick firmware
- Poor Internet connection
- Overheated device
How Do You Fix Amazon FireStick Black Screen?
Now that we know what causes this issue, let’s delve right into the solutions to easily fix the problem.
1. Try A Different HDMI Port
If you are experiencing Fire Stick black screen error, first of all, check if the FireStick device is fully inserted into the HDMI port of the TV. Also, try switching the HDMI port, usually smart TVs have multiple HDMI ports available.
2. Make Sure your HDMI Cable or the USB Cable is not Damaged
The HDMI cable and the USB cable must not be broken as it may result in FireStick black screen. Check the cables for any breakages. If you find any damage, go ahead and replace it.
3. Check Input Source to Fix FireStick Black Screen
FireStick remote’s input/ source must be the same as the corresponding HDMI port number that your FireStick is plugged into. If your FireStick is plugged into HDMI 1 but you have selected HDMI 2 or HDMI 3 in the input, then you will see the black screen error on FireStick.
It’s easy to get confused when there are multiple HDMI ports on the TV. Therefore, it is important to verify that the active input source is correct.
4. Change Power Source
The black screen can appear if the Power source is broken Try other power sources in the house to check if your issue is resolved. If your FireStick is plugged into the TV’s USB port, the FireStick may not get an adequate power supply and get stuck on a black screen. Therefore, plug the USB cable into the charging adapter that came with the FireStick.
5. Restart FireStick to Get Rid of FireStick Black Screen
Just like other electronic devices, simply restarting the FireStick device can fix several errors including the black screen error. Restarting resolves minor glitches that stop the FireStick to stop working smoothly. If your FireStick screen has turned black and you are not able to access the device’s Settings to restart the device, there are two other ways you can restart FireStick.
The first method is using the FireStick remote. Simply hold down the Select/OK button and the Play/Pause button simultaneously for 10 seconds. Your FireStick device will shut down and turn on again. This will only take a minute.
Now, if your remote is not working, you can try the alternative method to restart your FireStick. Simply unplug the FireStick from its power source and then wait for a few seconds and then plug it back in. After that, check if the FireStick visuals are back.
Also Read: How to Fix FireStick Remote Issues
6. Use HDMI Extender
Using the HDMI extender improves Wi-Fi connectivity and remote performance. So, if there’s any Wi-Fi connectivity issue, the HDMI extended will resolve that problem.
7. Troubleshoot Internet Connection
Sometimes, buffering issues can lead to the black screen issue. A minimum speed of 10Mbps is recommended for 1080p streaming, while 20Mbps is recommended for 4K streaming. If your internet connection is working fine, move on to the next solution.
Also Read: How to Fix FireStick Buffering Issues
8. Leave FireStick to Cool Off
If your FireStick is constantly turned on, even when it is not in use, it may lead to overheating of the device. Too many apps and background processes running on the FireStick can also cause the device to overheat.
Overheating can cause black screen as well as other performance-related issues in FireStick.
If your FireStick is stuck on a black screen, turn off the device completely and leave it alone for 20 to 30 minutes. After that, you may turn on the device again and check if the black screen issue is resolved.
If none of the solutions work for you, it may be because of a faulty FireStick. In that case, you need to get it repaired or replaced.
FAQs – FireStick Black Screen
There could be several reasons behind this. Some reasons include broken cable, slow internet, wrong source input, HDMI cable problem, power supply problem, and much more. All the reasons are solutions are covered in detail in this guide.
A simple solution is to restart your device. It usually does the trick and your FireStick home screen should load again.
It can occur due to damaged cables, the device not properly inserted into the HDMI port, and more. Try unplugging the FireStick from the HDMI port and then re-insert it properly.
Unplug the device from the power source for 30 seconds and then re-plug it. Wait for the device to restart and then check if the visuals and audio are back.
FireStick black is a common occurrence among FireStick users. However, these easy fixes mentioned in this guide will help you resolve this issue effectively and quickly.
Do let us know which solution worked for you in the comments section below.