How to identify which model, year, generation Amazon Fire TV, Stick, Cube, Edition you have – Updated Oct. 2020

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

1. Software Method (Recommended Method)

If your Fire TV is turned on, the recommended and easiest way to determine exactly which model you have is to install my Informer app. It’s available for free 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, it will display all the information about your specific Fire TV.

2. Hardware Method

If your Fire TV is turned off and you don’t want to power it on to use the Informer app to identify your device, scroll to the section below that describes the shape of your device to determine which model you have.

2.1 Fire TV Sticks

From top to bottom:
1st-generation Fire TV Stick (2014)
2nd-generation Fire TV Stick (2016)
1st-generation Fire TV Stick Lite (2020)
3rd-generation Fire TV Stick (2020)
1st-generation Fire TV Stick 4K (2018)

1st-Gen Fire TV Stick

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

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV Stick that is 3.3 inches (84.9 mm) long, including the HDMI connector.
Model Number: W87CUN (Printed on the back)
Released: Novemeber 19, 2014

The 1st-gen Fire TV Stick is physically the smallest model. On the side opposite the Amazon logo is a lot of text written in glossy black. It will say “Model No. W87CUN” if it is a 1st-gen Fire TV Stick. If the tiny text is too hard to read, you can measure the longest side (including the metal HDMI connector). If it’s 3.3 inches (84.9 mm) long, then it’s a 1st-gen Fire TV Stick.

2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick

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

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV Stick that is 3.75 inches (95.3 mm) long, including the HDMI connector, AND has the text “Amazon” logo. The size alone is not unique to this model.
Model Number: LY73PR (Printed on the back)
Released: October 20, 2016

On the side opposite the Amazon logo is a lot of text written in glossy black. It will say “Model No. LY73PR” if it is a 2ng-gen Fire TV Stick. If the tiny text is too hard to read, you can measure the longest side (including the metal HDMI connector). If it’s 3.75 inches (95.3 mm) long and has the “Amazon” text logo, then it’s a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick. Amazon also released the 2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick outside of the US as the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. The Basic Edition hardware is identical to the 2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick.

1st-Gen Fire TV Stick 4K

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

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV Stick that is 4.25 inches (108 mm) long, including the HDMI connector.
Model Number: E9L29Y (Printed on the back)
Released: October 31, 2018

The 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K is the longest Fire TV Stick, so if you measure the length and find that it is longer than 4 inches, including the HDMI connector, then it’s definitely a Fire TV Stick 4K. On the side opposite the Amazon arrow logo is a lot of text written in glossy black where it will also say “Model No. E9L29Y” if it is a 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K. Note that there is only one generation of the Fire TV stick 4K, since a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K has not been released.

1st-Gen Fire TV Stick Lite & 3rd-Gen Fire TV Stick

Image: Alexa Voice Remote Lite, 2020 Fire TV Stick Lite / Fire TV Stick 3, Alexa Voice Remote

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV Sticks that are 3.75 inches (95.3 mm) long, including the HDMI connector, AND have the arrow Amazon logo without the “Amazon” text.
Model Number: S3L46N (Printed on the back)
Released: September 30, 2020

The 1st-gen Fire TV Stick Lite and 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick are completely indistinguishable from one another. That’s because the hardware for both is identical. Both devices have “Model No: S3L46N” written on the side opposite the Amazon arrow logo. The only way to definitively tell them apart is to power them on and check their settings. The 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick has an “Advanced Audio” menu under Settings > Display & Sound > Audio, while the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick does not have this menu. Another way to tell them apart is by the remote that came with the device. If it came with a remote that has a power button, then it is the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stik, but if the remote does not have a power button, then it is the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick Lite. Do note that the remotes can be interchanged between the two, so you must know which remote originally came with the device, not just which remote happens to be working with it.

2.2 Fire TV Cubes, Boxes, & Pendants

1st-Gen Fire TV

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

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV with an optical audio TOSLINK port.
Model Number: CL1130 (Printed on the bottom)
Released: April 12, 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-gen Fire TV. On the rubber bottom, you’ll also find “Model No. CL1130” printed.

2nd-Gen Fire TV

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

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV with a microSD card slot.
Model Number: DV83YW (Printed on the bottom)
Released: October 5, 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-gen Fire TV. On the rubber bottom, you’ll also find “Model No. DV83YW” printed.

3rd-Gen Fire TV

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

Unique Characteristic: Only Fire TV that is a hanging pendant/diamond form factor.
Model Number: LDC9WZ (Printed on the bottom)
Released: October 25, 2017

If your Fire TV is a square with a short HDMI cable attached to one corner, then it is a 3rd-gen Fire TV. On the back, you’ll also find “Model No. LDC9WZ” printed.

1st-Gen Fire TV Cube

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

Unique Characteristic: None. You must look for the model number on the bottom.
Model Number: EX69VW (Printed on the bottom)
Released: June 21, 2018

If your Fire TV is a cube, the only way to physically determine if it is a 1st or 2nd generation model is to find the model number printed on the rubber bottom of the device. If it says “Model No. EX69VW” then it is a 1st-gen Fire TV Cube.

2nd-Gen Fire TV Cube

Image: 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube (2019)

Unique Characteristic: None. You must look for the model number on the bottom.
Model Number: A78V3N (Printed on the bottom)
Released: October 10, 2019

If your Fire TV is a cube, the only way to physically determine if it is a 1st or 2nd generation model is to find the model number printed on the rubber bottom of the device. If it says “Model No. A78V3N” then it is a 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube.

1st-Gen Fire TV Recast

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 over-the-air (OTA) tuner and DVR that serves as an accessory to all Fire TV devices.

2.3 Fire TV Edition Televisions & Soundbars

Fire TV Edition devices are televisions and soundbars that have the Fire TV operating system / experience built into the device, so there is no need to connect an external Fire TV device to their HDMI ports. Fire TV Edition devices don’t really have generations, so this guide will help you determine the model year of your device.

Element TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by Element, it is a 2017 model. Element only made Fire TV Edition televisions for that one year.

Westinghouse TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by Westinghouse, it is a 2017 model. Westinghouse only made Fire TV Edition televisions for that one year.

Toshiba TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by Toshiba, it is either a 2018, 2019, or 2020 model. To determine which model year your TV is, look on the label on the back of the device for the model number. Example model numbers are TF-32A710U21 and 43LF421C19. If the model number ends in “19” then it is a 2018 model, if it ends in “20” then it is a 2019 model, and if it ends in “21” then it is a 2020 model.

Insignia TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by Insignia, it is either a 2018, 2019, or 2020 model. To determine which model year your TV is, look on the label on the back of the device for the model number. Example model numbers are NS-24DF310NA19 and NS-55DF710NA21. If the model number ends in “19” then it is a 2018 model, if it ends in “20” then it is a 2019 model, and if it ends in “21” then it is a 2020 model.

JVC TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by JVC, it is a 2019 model. JVC only made Fire TV Edition televisions for that one year.

Grundig TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by Grundig, it is a 2019 model. Grundig only made Fire TV Edition televisions for that one year.

Onida TV


If your Fire TV Edition television is made by Onida, it is a 2020 model. Onida only made Fire TV Edition televisions for that one year.

Anker Nebula Soundbar


If your Fire TV Edition soundbar is made by Anker Nebula, then it is a 2019 model. Anker Nebula only made Fire TV Edition soundbars for that one year. Internally, it has the same capabilities as a 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K.

TCL Soundbar


If your Fire TV Edition soundbar is made by TCL, then it is a 2019 model. TCL only made Fire TV Edition soundbars for that one year. Internally, it has the same capabilities as a 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K.

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17 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.

  5. I have just updated this guide for 2020 to include the new models that have since been released.

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  7. Ron Casalotti says:

    I have four FireTV Pendant models (2017}. informer true me they’re operating Fire OS 6; Android 7.1 Nougat; APK level 25; 4K resolution at 69fps; and audio support Dolby Atmos among others.

    Is there any benefit to me to swap them out for the FireTV 4K Stick (latest gen) or does what I have do the same things?

  8. Willy says:

    Did Amazon Intentionally make the new Remotes – with the Volume and Power buttons – not able to Communicate with Older models?? I *Hope* that is not the Case. I bought three new remotes, the Seller stated that they would work “with Gen 2 Fire t.v.’s.” I have been Trying for Two weeks to get them to work. (I bought from Multiple Sellers.) None Work. I press the ‘Home’ button for Several minutes, after a fresh power re-set and it comes back up. I will Lose ‘A Lot’ of respect for Billionaire mr. Bezos…if he Did this deliberately

  9. Larry Anders says:

    Be prepared to lose “A Lot” of respect for Mr. Bezos. They don’t work with older Fire TV’s and are incompatible by design.

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