If you’re buying your firestick from Amazon, it will come in a box containing HDMI extender, USB cable, power adapter, and other accessories. The first thing one needs to do is to do the setup. The firestick has things like an HDMI port that will help you in the setup process. You simply need to plug the HDMI cable into the firestick and connect to the WiFi. The process is fairly simple until you now need to start using your firestick to stream movies and TV shows online. It is practically impossible to set up firestick and start streaming content without a stable internet connection, but you can use firestick without internet. It is important to note that firestick doesn’t come with many pre-installed apps. The few that are there are not all compatible with video streaming providers. So, you will need an internet connection for a start; to install additional apps that will allow you to access all TV shows and movies from around the world.
- Which Streaming Services Require Internet Access?
- What Happens If I Don’t Have Internet Access?
- How to Use Firestick Without the Internet
- Firestick TV and Android Games
- Use Kodi with Firestick
- Create a Hotspot for Your Firestick
- Use Firestick Settings to Access Other Apps
- Mirror Android with Amazon Firestick
- Mirroring on Phone or Tablet
Which Streaming Services Require Internet Access?
While some streaming services and apps allow you to download content to watch later when you’re offline, others don’t. For Instance, Hulu and Netflix require that your firestick is connected to the internet before you start streaming content. However, the two apps also have an option to download content, but you will need an internet connection to perform the initial download.
Most importantly, make sure the streaming service you’re using does not purport to offer free streaming, only to charge it from your data. Popular platforms like Netflix will usually indicate whether a particular movie or TV show can be downloaded. If not, you can always use third-party apps to access the same content without consuming your data.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Internet Access?
There are two scenarios here when it comes to lack of internet access; one is a complete lack of internet and the other is low internet because of a faulty router or your device is not connecting. In the case of a faulty router that does not reach your firestick’s location, you will need WiFi to boost the signal. However, if it is the case of a complete lack of internet access, then things will be a little complicated. That is because you will need an internet connection to perform initial functions such as downloading and installing some apps.
How to Use Firestick Without the Internet
Of course one can use their firestick without necessarily being connected to the internet. However, you might encounter some hurdles like not being able to display items on the home screen. As mentioned earlier, certain applications enable you to use your firestick without an internet connection. All you need to do is access the device settings and follow the following steps.
1. Turn your firestick TV on and go to settings
2. Select applications
3. Click ‘Manage Installed applications’
Launch the application you want by selecting it
Most importantly, you’ll need a travel router to use your firestick while on a journey. But that won’t be necessary if you have a smartphone with enough mobile data.
Some of the amazing features associated with firestick are not available without a stable internet connection. One such feature is the ability to turn any TV into a smart TV by merely connecting to a firestick. You will then be able to stream movies and popular TV shows from the internet. Apart from using the installed apps mentioned above, which do not need an internet connection, there are several ways you can use firestick without internet.
Firestick TV and Android Games
Many android games do not require an internet connection to play. All you need to do is open the games store and select games that are compatible with your firestick and need no internet connection.
Use Kodi with Firestick
Kodi is another platform that allows you to stream your favorite movies and popular TV shows. Additionally, the platform allows you to download videos so you can watch them offline with your firestick. All you need to do is install the app on your firestick and enjoy your shows without connecting to the internet directly.
However, using Kodi alongside your Firestick TV will only allow you to watch downloaded and saved videos. If you want to access the online library, you will need to connect to the internet first. This method is suitable for people who only have access to the internet during a specific period. Download what you need in advance and watch it later when there is no internet connection. The best part about all this is that you will not be limited to one location. You can watch your favorite videos anywhere, anytime.
Create a Hotspot for Your Firestick
Did you know that you can use your mobile data to stream movies and TV shows on your firestick? You don’t necessarily have to be connected to the internet with your firestick to start streaming. Follow this procedure to use the internet on your phone to stream on firestick.
1. Set up the hotspot on your smartphone. To do it, go to settings and activate the hotspot function.
2. Open the Alexa app on your firestick
3. Select devices, and then connect them to your phone. To do this, select ‘Amazon Tap’, then ‘edit’. Select the option that allows you to use your phone as a WiFi device.
4. Start the connection
5. Type in the name of your phone and password, then connect
The connection will take a few minutes to be established. Alexa will notify you when the connection is available and you will be able to use your device’s data as WiFi. It is important to know that Amazon Tap will increase your data consumption. Your data provider will normally show you the rate of consumption of your cellular data.
Use Firestick Settings to Access Other Apps
If you haven’t noticed, firestick does not display the home screen if you’re not connected to the internet. However, one can always use other applications that do not need an internet connection to stream your movies and popular shows. These apps will require at least a router to function properly. Luckily, some old firestick versions come with a cable that allows you to sideload apps without necessarily connecting to the internet. However, most modern versions do not have this feature and you need to modify the firestick settings to access those apps. The procedure is not any different from the one provided earlier.
1. Start the TV and go to firestick settings
2. Select applications, then manage installed applications
3. Select the application you’re interested in and hit ‘start application’.
Mirror Android with Amazon Firestick
Mirroring your android phone with the Amazon firestick is another way of using the device without the internet. But how does one know about it? Well, the process is even simpler than you think. The first step involves you going to your firestick menu and hit the home button. Scroll right to get to settings. Select Display and Settings, and then click on Enable Display Mirroring.
Alternatively, you can hold the home button on your firestick remote until ‘Mirroring’ pops up, and then click on it. Connect your android device to the firestick and start mirroring. If you wish to disable mirroring, all you need to do is press any button, and the device will be disconnected.
Mirroring allows your firestick to go to reception mode, and all the input will be from the android device. However, you may not be able to display the whole home screen while mirroring, although this does not happen to all devices. During this mirroring, you will be able to stream movies and TV shows on your firestick without necessarily connecting to the internet.
Mirroring on Phone or Tablet
If you love streaming videos using your phone or tablet, you can always display the content on your firestick’s giant screen. The procedure of mirroring your phone or tablet is not very different from mirroring android.
Start by enabling Miracast on your phone or tablet. Make sure the device is compatible with Miracast before you start mirroring. All devices made after 2012 will likely support Miracast and make mirroring even easier. With Miracast, one can share wireless audio and video between compatible devices. You don’t have to worry if you don’t see the name ‘Miracast’ on your device. Some phone or tablet manufacturers use different names for it. So, you might want to dig deeper to find out the name your device is using instead. Some of the alternative names used include Cast Screen, Wireless Display, AllShareCast, Quick Connect, Wireless Mirroring, and more.
Once you find the name for this mirroring functionality on your device, all you need to do is activate it and your phone or tablet will start mirroring. You can then be streaming movies and popular shows on your device and the content will be displayed on your firestick screen.
In conclusion, Amazon firestick can be used without the internet but you have to meet the stated conditions with your device. Most importantly, firestick can help you turn any standard device into a smart TV through mirroring and other functionalities. All you need to know is certain aspects of your device that will help you use firestick without internet. These include compatible applications (pre-installed and downloaded), settings and functionalities, and how to set up a connection with your firestick. If you are not familiar with these aspects of your device, you can always contact your device’s manufacturer through their official website for help. Learn these little tricks today and enjoy infinite hours of streaming content on your firestick, even without an internet connection.