How to identify which model and version of Amazon Fire TV, Stick, Cube, Edition that you have

With all the different Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks (a.k.a Firesticks), Fire TV Cubes, Fire TV Pendants, and Fire TV Edition televisions that have been released over the last few years, it’s difficult for some people to figure out exactly which model or generation device that they own. This guide will help you easily determine what you have.

If your device is powered on…


If your Fire TV is turned on, the easiest way to determine exactly which model you have is to install my Informer app. It’s available in the Amazon appstore and it will tell you which Fire TV model you have, what generation it is, when it was released, its specs, and much more. To install the app, simply search for “Informer” right from your Fire TV and the app should come up. Once you launch the app, the very first screen that appears will display all the information about your specific Fire TV.

If your device is powered off…

If your Fire TV is turned off and you don’t want to power it on, you can use the steps below to determine which model you have by examining the hardware.

If it’s a flat square…

Image: 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV (2014)

If your Fire TV is a large flat square, take a look at the ports on the back. If the middle port is an optical audio TOSLINK port, which looks like a square with a hinged flap, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV that was released on April 12, 2014.

Image: 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV (2015)

If your Fire TV is a large flat square and the second port from the right is a micro SD card slot, then it is a 2nd-generation Fire TV that was released on October 5, 2015.

If it’s a square pendant…

Image: 3rd-generation Amazon Fire TV (2017)

If your Fire TV is a square with a short HDMI cable attached to one corner, then it is a 3rd-generation Fire TV that was released on October 25, 2017.

If it’s a cube…

Image: 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube (2018)

If your Fire TV is a cube, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV Cube that was released on June 21, 2018.

If it’s a stick…

Image Top: 1st-generation Fire TV Stick (2014)
Image Middle: 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick (2016)
Image Bottom: 1st-generation Fire TV Stick 4K (2018)

If your Fire TV is a stick shape, meaning it is a rectangle with an HDMI plug attached to one end, then it is one of the Fire TV Sticks. Some people think that you can tell the difference between the different Fire TV Sticks by the remote that it came with, but that is absolutely not true. Use the steps below.

Image: 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (2018)

If your Fire TV Stick does not say “Amazon” above the curved arrow logo, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV Stick 4K that was released on October 31, 2018. You can also verify this by checking that it says model E9L29Y on the back.

Image: 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (2014)

If you Fire TV Stick does say “Amazon” above the curved arrow logo, check the model number on the back. If it is model number W87CUN, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV Stick that was released on November 19, 2014.

Image: 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (2016)

If your Fire TV Stick has model number that is LY73PR, then it is a 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick that was released on October 20, 2016.

Image: 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition (2017)

However, if your Fire TV Stick has model number LY73PR written on the back but it came with a non-voice remote, then it is technically a 1st-generation Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. The Basic Edition version is identical to the 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick hardware in every way, but the software is slightly different because the Basic Edition was made for international markets. The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition was released on November 7, 2017.

If it has a bunch of holes on the front and back…

Image: 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV Recast (2018)

If your Fire TV is a large rectangular box and it has a coaxial plug on the back, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV Recast that was released on November 14, 2018. This is not a media player, like all of the other Fire TV models above. It is a network OTA tuner and DVR that serves as an accessory to the above Fire TV devices.

If it’s a television…

If your Fire TV is a television, then it is one of the Fire TV Edition televisions that run the same operating system as the above Fire TV media players. These are TVs that essentially have a Fire TV built-in.

Image: 1st-generation Fire TV Edition televisions by Element and Westinghouse (2017)

If your Fire TV television is made by Element or Westinghouse, then it is a 1st-generation Fire TV Edition that was released on June 14, 2017. Regardless of which brand or size TV you have, they all share the same specs.

Image: 2nd-generation Fire TV Edition televisions by Insignia and Toshiba (2018)

If your Fire TV television is made by Insignia or Toshiba, then it is a 2nd-generation Fire TV Edition that was released on June 22, 2018. All 4K models, regardless of brand and screen size, shared the same specs. All non-4K models, regardless of brand and screen size, also shared the same specs, but those specs were different from the 4K models.

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10 comments
  1. Alt links for rooters says:

    It sucks for those of us who are rooted and have removed Amazon’s gui from our devices. We do not have access to your apps because they are only on the Amazon app store. It would be cool if you gave us alt links to them.

  2. TechyChris says:

    On a side note,today marks an anniversary of sorts for my two Gen 1 Fire TV’s. Three years ago today I blocked updates and they are still working perfectly!(Kudos to Elias for the great tutorials)

  3. Grace Colung says:

    I would like to know if I would be able to pick the channels I want to be able to watch.

    • Alt links for rooters says:

      You can literally watch 99% of anything you can think of on demand 100% free. All you need is an internet connection.

  4. Joyce Diacopoulos says:

    purchased fire stick with Alexa voice Dec 18
    Local xfinity cable service cannot help me connect to some TV shows ie food network which should be free? Any suggestions have tried numerous times to connect with no suscces

    • AFTVnews says:

      That’s up to the cable company and networks to come to an agreement. It has nothing to do with Amazon or the Fire TV. Your only option is to complain to your cable company and/or the channel directly so that they know that you’re annoyed that they can’t come to an agreement to give you access that you’re already paying for.

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