Do You Need Internet for Fire Stick? 3 Ways to Use Fire Stick Without Wi-Fi

playing a game on Fire Stick with the Fire Stick remote

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What To Know

  • Your Fire Stick needs an internet connection to stream online content, which can be via Wi-Fi, a mobile hotspot, or a wired Ethernet connection.
  • Without the internet, you can still play offline games, and watch pre-downloaded movies from a USB flash drive.
  • You can also mirror content from phones or laptops to your Fire TV Cube or Fire Stick without needing an internet connection, just a local Wi-Fi network.

In this article, we’ll explore whether you need internet for your Fire Stick to work properly.

Then I’ll share with you fun offline activities you can do on your Fire Stick without Wi-Fi. Let’s get started.

Do You Need Internet for Fire Stick?

Yes, your Fire Stick needs an internet connection to stream online content.

This necessary connection can be made through a few different methods: Wi-Fi, a mobile hotspot, or a wired Ethernet connection, providing you with a variety of ways to connect to the internet. 

Understanding Wi-Fi and Internet

It’s important to clarify that Wi-Fi and the Internet, although often used interchangeably, are not the same thing.

Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly connect devices to the internet through a Wi-Fi router, representing just one of the several avenues for accessing the internet, other options can be wired Ethernet connections, mobile hotspots, or 4G Hotspot Boxes.

Understanding Wi-Fi and the Internet is crucial for utilizing your devices effectively and ensuring you can always enjoy your favorite online content through your Fire Stick.

Possible Ways to Connect Your Fire Stick to the Internet

Fire Sticks are popular devices designed to stream content over the internet directly to your television and primarily connect through wireless internet.

However, it’s important to know that they aren’t limited to Wi-Fi connections alone.

For those moments when your Wi-Fi isn’t up to speed, or you’re seeking a more stable connection, you have the option of using a wired Ethernet connection. 

This method can provide a more reliable internet connection directly to your Fire Stick.

Because Fire Sticks lack a built-in Ethernet port, an Ethernet adapter compatible with Amazon Fire TV devices is required. 

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Additionally, if you don’t have a traditional internet setup or access to a router, using a personal mobile hotspot or a 4G Hotspot Box can also get your Fire Stick online. 

We already have a detailed article that talks about this topic, read here to learn more.

an iphone's hotspot is enabled next to a fire tv stick

What Can Your Fire Stick Do Without the Internet?

Your Amazon Fire Stick is pretty amazing, even when you’re not connected to the internet.

You might think it loses all its magic without the internet, but that’s not entirely true.

Sure, you won’t be able to stream your favorite shows from Netflix or Hulu, or browse through online content, but that doesn’t mean it turns into just another piece of plastic. 

Your Fire Stick’s home screen will look different because it won’t display apps that need the internet to work. 

the home screen on the Fire Stick is unavailable

But here’s the cool part: you can still use those apps in a unique way and discover entertaining activities to do offline.

To launch an app without internet access, simply head over to your Fire Stick’s Settings.

select the Settings icon on the Fire Stick

Once there, click on Applications, then select Manage Installed Applications.

select the Application+ setting on the Fire Stick

select the Manage Installed Applications on the Fire Stick

From this list, you can pick any app you’d like to explore and select Launch application to start using it. 

select the Crossy Road app on the Fire Stick

select the Launch application to open the Crossy Road game on Fire Stick

So, even without the internet, your Fire Stick has some tricks up its sleeve to keep you entertained.

1. Play Offline Games

Playing offline games on your Fire Stick is a great way to have fun.

Even though you won’t be able to join in on games that require an internet connection to play with others, there’s a wide selection of games you can enjoy by yourself. 

Before you start, you’ll need to download these games from your Fire Stick’s App Store while you’re connected to the internet.

Once they’re downloaded, you’re all set to play them anytime you want, even without an internet connection. 

Some popular choices among players include Crossy Road and Hill Climb Racing, which are both entertaining and easy to get into.

Crossy Road game on Fire Stick App Store

Crossy Road game playing screen

Hill Climb Racing game on Fire Stick App Store

playing the Hill Climber game with the Fire Stick remote

2. Watch Pre-Downloaded Movies from a USB Flash Drive (for Fire TV Cube and Fire Stick 4K Max)

Enjoying your favorite movies from a USB flash drive on a Fire TV Cube or Fire Stick 4K Max is a breeze.

If you own a Fire TV Cube, like I do, you’ll appreciate its ability to support external storage through the USB port.

a fire TV cube is placed in front of the Spectrum TV app showing on a TV screen

To start, simply insert a USB flash drive loaded with your preferred movies and formatted in FAT32 into the Cube’s USB port.

plug the USB flash drive into the Fire TV Cube

Keep an eye out for a notification on the bottom right of your screen confirming the USB’s connection.

USB Drive connected notification on the Fire Stick screen

Afterward, press the Menu button on your remote to access the media player on your Fire TV Cube.

Scroll to find your chosen movie, press OK, and prepare for movie night. 

select a movie file to play on the Fire Stick

a video is played by Fire Stick's built-in media player

It’s crucial to ensure the movies you download are from safe and legal sources to avoid pirated content or malware, which could compromise your device’s security.

For those using a Fire TV Stick 4K Max, the process requires an additional step since it lacks a USB port. 

An OTG adapter cable is necessary to connect your USB drive.

The complete setup of the Fire Stick with the OTG cable

Follow our detailed guide on adding external storage to your Fire TV Stick 4K Max for comprehensive instructions.

Unlike the Cube, the Fire Stick doesn’t include a media player, necessitating the installation of one, such as the VLC media player

Make sure to install VLC from the Fire Stick’s Appstore while you’re online.

select VLC player on the Fire Stick app store

installing the VLC media for Fire TV devices

Upon opening VLC, allow the app to access your device’s photos, media, and files.

Launch the VLC player on the Fire Stick

grant VLC player permission to access photos and videos on the Fire Stick

You’ll be prompted to add your external storage device to the media library; select Yes to proceed. 

Select Yes to add new external storage to the VLC player on the Fire Stick

Now, you can navigate through your USB drive’s video content via the VLC app, setting the stage for an enjoyable viewing experience.

select a video file to play in the VLC player on the Fire Stick

a video is played by VLC player on Fire Stick

Remember, the key to a smooth and secure movie night lies in using legally downloaded content and taking the necessary steps to connect your external storage properly.

3. Screen Mirroring from Phones or Laptops

Screen mirroring from phones or laptops to your Fire TV Cube or Fire Stick is a simple way to share videos, photos, or presentations right from your device. 

The great news is that this process does not need an internet connection.

All that is required is for your device and the Fire Stick to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, which doesn’t even need to have internet access.

For instance, let’s talk about how to mirror the screen of a Windows laptop to a Fire TV Cube.

The first step is to make sure that both your laptop and the Fire TV Cube are on the same Wi-Fi network

After confirming this, you’ll follow a few straightforward steps:

Step 1: Start by going to the Settings menu on your Fire TV Cube and navigate to Display & Sounds.

select the Display & Sound setting on the Fire Stick

Step 2: Look for the option labeled Enable Display Mirroring and activate it.

select the Enable Display Mirroring feature on the Fire Stick

Display Mirroring feature is enabled on the Fire Stick

Step 3: On your Windows laptop, press the Windows key plus P to open the PROJECT window.

There, you’ll select Connect to a wireless display.

select Connect to a wireless display on a Windows PC

Step 4: Look for your Fire TV Cube in the list of devices and select it to finalize the setup.

select the Fire TV Cube to mirror on the Windows PC Project section

Once these steps are completed, you’ll see your laptop’s screen appear on your Fire TV Cube’s display, allowing you to share whatever is on your laptop with ease.

preparing to mirror a wireless display onto the Fire Stick screen

a Windows PC screen is mirrored on the Fire TV Cube screen

For those interested in mirroring from a phone to a Fire Stick, you can read my detailed instructions here.

select the Fire TV name on the Smart View device list

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  1. I’m wondering about downloading movies on my firestick? We go camping lots . Is this even an option?

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