How to Connect Fire TV Stick to Mobile Hotspot Effortlessly
By Trae Jacobs,
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You have finally taken the plunge and purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick to stream all of the shows and movies that your heart desires. But can you connect that new Fire TV Stick to a mobile hotspot if need be?
Here is the best way to effortlessly connect your Fire TV Stick to your mobile hotspot:
- Select the Gear Icon
- Go to Settings
- Select the Network button
- Find your mobile hotspot on the list
- Enter password (if applicable)
From there, your Fire TV Stick should be connected. Read on to find out more detail about Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and connecting it to a mobile hotspot.
What is the Fire TV Stick?
Released in 2014, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is meant to provide consumers with a low-cost but feature-rich streamer supported by Amazon’s ecosystem. The latest version is the Fire TV Stick 4K Max released in 2021.
Despite the low entry price, the Fire TV Stick offers excellent features such as:
- Dolby Atmos
- WiFi 6
- Accelerated AV1 support in the 4K Max
It is easy to see how the Fire TV represents fantastic value for consumers who do not need the fastest streamer packed full of the latest technology for a hefty price tag.
Some Things to Consider
Streaming video and music on your Fire TV Stick using a mobile hotspot should be used only if your home internet is down or you do not have another fast wireless internet available.
Make sure you are getting at least 3 Mbps download speeds through your mobile hotspot to ensure a good streaming experience.
If you want to stream high-definition video, make sure you are getting about 5 Mbps download speeds.
If your mobile hotspot is being broadcast from an iPhone, you may have to use the Fire TV Sticks network settings to manually connect to your hotspot.
Connect Your Fire TV Stick to Your Mobile Hotspot
Now that your Fire TV Stick is unpacked and connected to your TV, how can you connect the streamer to your mobile hotspot?
Fire TV Sticks simply connect to any WiFi signal, even if it comes from a mobile hotspot. However, make sure there are at least 3 Mbps download speeds to ensure a good quality streaming experience.
Here is the best way to effortlessly connect your Fire TV Stick to your mobile hotspot.
Select the Gear Icon
With your Fire TV Stick connected to the TV, powered on, and your TV on the correct input, find the gear icon on the homepage. Select it to open up the Settings menu.
Inside your settings menu, click on the Network button. This will bring up your network settings to allow you to connect to your mobile hotspot.
You should see a list of available wireless networks in the network settings.
If your mobile hotspot is not showing up, make sure the hotspot is powered on, and then select See All Networks to find it.
From the list, select the wireless network with your mobile hotspot’s name.
If you have set up your mobile hotspot with a password, your Fire TV Stick will prompt you to enter it now.
After you have entered your password, select Connect to finalize the connection.
After that, your Fire TV Stick should be connected to your mobile hotspot.
Fire TV Stick Alternatives
Even though the Fire TV Stick is a great choice for a budget streaming device, there are some other options if you are not married to the Amazon ecosystem.
If you are interested in 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision support, Roku has you covered. Roku has 4 different options available when it comes to streaming sticks.
- Roku Express
- Roku Express 4K+
- Roku Streaming Stick 4K
- Roku Streaming Stick 4K+
All of the options are affordable and offer great features for the price.
The great thing about the Roku options is that you can buy a Roku Express (the least expensive option) if you just need something that will stream and does not need 4K output.
The top-of-the-line Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ is the most powerful streaming stick from Roku, and they even provide you with a rechargeable remote.
Google’s newest Chromecast has come a long way since the first version was released. In the package, you now get a stylish new remote and Google TV built-in.
Google offers the Chromecast in two flavors: 4K and HD. The HD-only version is a little cheaper, and you still get the great features that are offered with the stick.
Onn FHD Streaming Stick
If you are looking for the absolute cheapest way to stream your favorites, Onn offers their FHD Streaming Stick.
As the name tells you, this one is HD-only and will not support 4K, Dolby Atmos, or anything fancy. However, you get a streaming stick, power adapter, and remote control in the box.
The remote looks similar to a Roku remote, so you will be right at home if you switch over from that brand.
Connecting your Fire TV Stick should be quick and easy to connect to a mobile hotspot. Follow the steps above, and you will be streaming from your mobile WiFi in no time!