How to turn off sleep mode on Fire TV stick?

How to turn off sleep mode on Fire TV stick?

In this How To, I reveal the steps for how to turn off sleep mode on an Amazon Fire TV Stick. I recently decided to setup a dedicated Fire TV Stick for 2 use cases:

1. Visitors to mirror/share their device’s screen
2. Security camera monitor to view Arlo cameras

During testing and after giving Alexa commands to either open the mirroring app or Arlo live camera feeds, I frequently experienced a black/blank screen. It took me a while to figure my Fire TV Stick was sleeping! I found the “Never” start time in the screensaver settings, but this did not prevent the Fire TV Stick from still going to sleep every 20 minutes.

I was surprised to discover; Amazon does not offer an option in the FireOS settings to stop a Fire TV Stick from going to sleep. I looked at some apps which claim to keep the Fire TV Stick awake but you must remember to open the app each time your Fire TV Stick has restarted, and I will forget!

To solve this issue, I used adbLink to change my Fire TV Stick’s sleep timeout settings.

Are you annoyed when waking up your Fire TV Stick to find your apps have automatically closed? Or having to wait for your apps to re-open and losing important app add-on settings? If so, you will benefit from this detailed tutorial.

Fire TV Stick Preparation

Enable ADB Debugging

The first step is to enable ADB debugging on your Fire TV Stick.

In your Fire TV Stick’s home screen, head over to the Settings menu, select My Fire TV and then Developer Options. Turn ADB Debugging ON.

You will be presented with a secure connection screen and need to confirm it is OK to connect to your PC and allow USB debugging. You will have the option for your Fire TV Stick to remember this choice in future.

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Find Fire TV Stick IP Address

Next up, navigate back to the Settings menu, select My Fire TV followed by About and finally Network.

Jot down your IP Address as you will need this for adbLink to communicate with your Fire TV Stick.

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Install adbLink on your PC

Download and install adbLink on your PC. The adbLink software can be installed on either Windows, macOS or Linux. Click the following download links for your operating system:

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Alternatively, visit jocala.com to see the list of adbLink features and download links.

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Add your Fire TV Stick as a Device in adbLink

To connect adbLink with your Fire TV Stick, you need to open adbLink and click the New button.

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You will see a Device Record window appear. You only need to complete the Description and Address fields for adbLink to communicate with your Fire TV Stick.

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Connect adbLink with your Fire TV Stick

After entering a name for your Fire TV Stick in Description and the IP address that you obtained earlier in Address. Click the Save and then Connect buttons. That’s it!

To verify your Fire TV Stick is connected to adbLink, check the Connected devices box has the name of your Fire TV Stick and the Connection status box is displaying an “IP connection” message. You should also see “ABD running” at the bottom right of the adbLink window.

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Check Fire TV Stick Sleep Timeout Settings

Let’s start by using the ADB Shell feature within adbLink and send a command to check the current sleep timeout setting on your Fire TV Stick.

Click the ADB Shell button and you will see the command window appear. Type or copy & paste (right-click mouse) the following command and then tap Enter:

settings get secure sleep_timeout

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The result “1200000” is the number of milliseconds that a Fire TV stick is set to sleep by default. If you would like to know how many minutes this is, divide the number of milliseconds by 60000, which in this case is 20 minutes.

Change Fire TV Stick Sleep Timeout Settings

We are now at the final step, we will send 1 command to your Fire TV Stick which will turn off sleep mode, forever.

Type or copy & paste (right-click mouse) the following command and then tap Enter:

settings put secure sleep_timeout 0

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To verify this command and check your Fire TV Stick sleep mode is disabled, we can send the command covered in the previous step again:

settings get secure sleep_timeout

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Check Fire TV Stick Screensaver Start Time Settings

You can also use ADB Shell to check the current screensaver timeout setting on your Fire TV Stick. I was curious to check the result of mine because I had already set my screensaver start time to “Never” in the Fire TV Stick settings.

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Type or copy & paste (right-click mouse) the following command and then tap Enter:

settings get system screen_off_timeout

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Following the same logic as the sleep timeout process, I was expecting the result to be 0 but it was actually “2147460000” milliseconds which is nearly 25 days, even though my Fire TV Stick screensaver start time is set to “Never.”

Change Fire TV Stick Screensaver Start Time Settings

Unlike turning off your Fire TV Stick’s sleep timeout, sending a command of 0 does not disable the screensaver start time. However, you can increase the number of days before your Fire TV Stick screensaver starts. For example, just over 60 days is “5214399999.” You can use Google’s milliseconds to days calculator to determine your desired screensaver start time.

Type or copy & paste (right-click mouse) the following command and then tap Enter:

settings put system screen_off_timeout 5214399999

Simply change the number of milliseconds at the end of the command depending on your chosen screensaver start time.

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To verify this command and check when your Fire TV Stick screensaver is set to start, we can send the command covered in the previous step again:

settings get system screen_off_timeout

how to turn off sleep mode on fire tv stick

Please feel free to drop a comment if you enjoyed reading this article today or if you have any questions. How did you cope with your Fire TV Stick often going to sleep and apps automatically closing? Do you have any tips for how to permanently disable your Fire TV Stick’s screensaver?

Last update on 2021-04-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. Leonard Luviner

    This stopped working on my Fire TV 4k box. Is there a fix?

    1. Will

      I have not experienced any issues. My Fire TV Sticks are still not going to sleep.

    2. william mccarthy

      this has now happened to me after being ok for several months. resetting with adb does not help. I suspect the problem started after the recent software update

  2. Trey White

    I’m being told that I can’t install adbLink on my Macbook because it’s not digitally signed, or not signed correctly. Basically, MacOS is now saying adbLink could be malware. I can’t find an easy way to override that setting for this app, either.

  3. william mccarthy

    Hi, when I put my firetv stick into sleep mode it will not come back ON unless I switch the power off to restart it. Is this hardware or software problem. Everything else is fine. I have replaced the power unit

    1. Will

      If your Fire TV stick is faulty, I suggest you contact Amazon.

      This article is about preventing your Fire TV stick from going into sleep mode 😉

    2. Robin

      Same trouble here on fire Cube TV 4K.

      Solution short term: press play and select button for 5 seconds , system will reboot fastly.

      I noticed this trouble occured (for the moment) when using a 3 in 1 hdmi, when i switch position and go back to the original “output 1”, Fire TV’s screen showed up.

      I applied the first settings of this article, still trying to solve a way on long term

      Be aware that turning out straight with the remote keep streaming app in play mode on fire TV.
      Pressing “Home” then “Sleep” might be a good way of use before pressing directly button “power” thinking to turn off TV+FireTV.
      Will try it today.

      1. Will

        Thanks for your input Robin. Perhaps Cube TVs have a different OS or settings structure compared to Fire TV sticks.

  4. bukk

    Hello i did your method but not the firestick cuts off a second after its turned on. Any fixes?

    1. Will

      Check this step to see how many seconds your Fire Stick is set to timeout/sleep. If you correctly followed the steps, your Fire Stick will stay turned on and not sleep.

    2. Vinci

      Have tried these steps and where it was originally cutting out after 5 mins (sleeping) it’s now happening after 10 seconds. Have double checked the steps and the results and they all fit your screen shots.. thoughts?

      1. Will

        Are you sure your Fire Stick was going to sleep after 5 minutes? Default is 20 minutes.

        I suggest repeating this step.

  5. LezGrl79

    Will this still work if you set it up and it’s working correctly, but then decide to use the firestick somewhere else? I’m setting up the firestick at my house but then giving to a friend after. I just want to know if it has to be done at her place too or if it’ll stay working once you do it once.

    1. Will

      Yes it will always work after setup regardless of locations.

  6. Thomas

    Thanks for so much work. But I truly cannot BELIEVE that Amazon would make it this HARD for us to do such a simple thing. I mean, we PAY for the Fire Stick, and we PAY for additional content. Why would Amazon torture us like this? This is truly disrespectful of customers. I am utterly disgusted.

    1. Will

      Glad you found my article useful.

  7. Sandra

    I get cannot connect to ip address

    1. Will

      I suggest repeating this step.

  8. william mccarthy

    Further to my comment of 7Oct I carried out your procedures and got everything working ok. At first it would’nt connect, flagged as unautherised but when I went to the tv it had a screen up that requested authorization for debugging even though I had this selected. Did this and all OK. Many thanks.

    1. Will

      Great job William!

  9. Barry W

    Great advice – thank you – followed your instructions to the letter and your notes worked perfectly

    1. Will

      Awesome Barry!

  10. Tim D

    Thank you, for sharing! You are a life saver! I had turned off my Fire TV screensaver, so that I could fire off a particular music channel that I listen to using Firefox. About twenty minutes later the music stops, the TV screen is blank. I have kicked the music back on with anticipation that no more black outs! pun intended! Thank you, once again.

    1. Will

      You’re welcome Tim!

  11. Brad Trogdon

    Hello, I have the FireStick and have followed the directions. My device continues to switch into “Stand By Mode” I have double checked the entries and have even rebooted the device to ensure its running with the latest settings. However it continues to drop into “Stand By Mode”. Anyone have any suggestions? [email protected] is my email in the event this SIG does not alert me to questions or replys.

    1. Will

      Triple check this step Brad. When you hit any button on the remote that should wake the Fire TV Stick from standby. If you can’t get it to wake that way, check you are using the correct Amazon USB lead and power adapter, unplug (for a few minutes) and replug the USB power to reboot. Try powering from a different power socket too.

      1. Brad

        Will, Thanks for your reply. Yes it will resume working but I would like to watch the streaming without the constant Stand By. I will be purchasing the 4k version to see if it will work without interruption. Thanks for any and all suggestions. -Brad

        1. Will

          When you say constant standby, are you referring to the Fire TV Stick screensaver appearing or going to sleep? The Fire TV Stick should not go to a screensaver or sleep whilst streaming unless you press pause. The 4K version is great!

  12. Abdul

    Hi I’m a bit of a novice… But what adaptor do I need to be able to connect my firestick to my laptop so I can carry out above procedure.
    I find laptops only have a hdmi out port. Is there one to connect it to a USB port on the laptop?
    Regards

    1. Will

      Hi Abdul. Your laptop will connect to your fire stick over your Wi-Fi network. Please re-read this step. If I have helped you today, buy me a beer 🍻.

  13. P.M. Henry

    Thanks for your help. Works perfectly.

  14. Zach

    The IP Address seems to change on the firestick does this matter or it’s just a one time thing where you set the sleep time on whatever IP Address it’s on at the moment and it doesn’t matter if it switches after?

    1. Will

      Hi Zach, One time setup and not dependant assigned IP addresses in the future.

  15. Zach

    For some reason it doesn’t work. I got a new firestick recently and when I let it sit overnight when I try to start it up the next evening I get either a black screen or input not available. I got a replacement and same thing. My other older generation firestick does not do this. I tried setting the sleep timer as far as 10days out, 840million millaseconds.

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