When Fire TV Software Updates could stop for every model and which ones have already reached their end-of-life

A few years ago, Amazon published its official policy around software update releases for its Fire TV devices. At the time, the company guaranteed at least 4 years of security updates after the device was last available for purchase and it continues to stand behind that guarantee. Since then, several Fire TV models have stopped receiving updates. Here’s a breakdown of when each generation of Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and Fire TV Cube could stop receiving updates and the ones that have already stopped being updated.

Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t make it easy to know when a discontinued Fire TV model will stop receiving updates. That’s because it only lists the possible update cutoff year for current models and removes older models from the list when they are no longer being sold.

I keep close tabs on when Fire TV models drop off the official update list, as well as when each model has its software version and source code notices updated. Based on those three published changes, here’s the list of when each model is guaranteed updates and when they last received updates.

 ReleasedDiscontinuedUpdates GuaranteedLast Known UpdateYears Updated
Fire TV 120142015Through 20194/20217 Years
Fire TV 220152017Through 20213/20237.5 Years
Fire TV 320172018Through 20224/2024*6.5 Years
Fire TV Cube 120182019Through 20234/2024*6 Years
Fire TV Cube 220192022Through 2026Ongoing
Fire TV Cube 32022-Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Stick 120142016Through 202012/20228 Years
Fire TV Stick 220162020Through 20243/20236.5 Years
Fire TV Stick 32020-Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Stick Lite2020-Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Stick 4K 120182023Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Stick 4K 22023-Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Stick 4K Max 120212023Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Stick 4K Max 22023-Through 2028Ongoing
Fire TV Recast (DVR)20182022Through 2026Ongoing
* This might turn out to not be the final update

Four Fire TV models haven’t received a software update in over a year and are, therefore, likely not going to be updated again. They include all the models running Fire OS 5 and are the 1st-gen Fire TV, 2nd-gen Fire TV, 1st-gen Fire TV Stick, and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick. While the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick was released in 2016 and received updates for over six years, it was sold new through September 2020, which is when it was replaced by the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick. That means it should still be guaranteed updates through September 2024, so it’s the only model that hasn’t lived up to Amazon’s guaranteed four years of updates since it last sold.

All other Fire TV models that no longer receive updates have exceeded Amazon’s promise of four years by at least an extra year and a half. The 1st-gen Fire TV Stick impressively received updates for over eight years after it was originally released in 2014, with its final update being released just before 2023 rolled around. The 3rd-gen Fire TV (pendant) and the 1st-gen Fire TV Cube, which share nearly identical hardware, were both updated last month, even though they are both past their guaranteed update period. Those recent updates could mean that they haven’t yet reached their end-of-life, but time will tell.

As Amazon is expected to transition from its Android-based operating system to a new proprietary one, Fire TV users may question the future of their existing devices. However, considering Amazon’s history of mostly surpassing its promised software update timeline, it’s reasonable to expect that the current, and possibly final, breed of Android-based Fire TV models will continue to receive updates for a long time to come.

19 comments
  1. Nate says:

    Great article! I know security updates may not be at the top of a consumer’s list for a product feature, but considering Amazon’s inevitable pivot to Vega OS, it is reassuring to know that for the foreseeable future, currently sold devices will be kept up to date on security patches.

  2. Daniel says:

    Switched to ONN google TV. Lots of space and more options

    • Kary says:

      Not really. That’s a low end option. The Amazon Fire TV world includes a lot more options. The biggest one is the high end upscaling offered on the lastest Fire Cubes, which also have HDMI inputs. Not available at all in your system.

      Not to mention the easy method of determining the security update period I mentioned in my other post. I have another Google TV device I’ve retired due to uncertainty over the update period.

      • Larry says:

        Sorry, but if you look at the all New Onn 4K Pro Device you will see it is a very good option over the fire tv line up. It provides 32gb of storage, 3Gb of RAM and has a dedicated USB 3.0 and Ethernet Port. It Also supports WiFi 6. The only advantage the Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen as over this new Onn 4K Pro is the processor which if you are only streaming you really don’t need a better processor.

        • Kary says:

          Did you forget the features I specifically mentioned? And LOL that processors don’t matter. Maybe if you never load an app, or don’t care how long that takes.

    • Ralph says:

      I also switched to onn Google TV. Clear improvement over fire stick and 4k/cube.

      • Paul Miner says:

        I got the new Onn 4k pro boxes. Run Google TV. Bought 1, then 2 more and swapped out all my fireticks.

      • Kary says:

        Yes, because the HDMI input and 4k upscaling work so well. /sarc

        Seriously, if you’re talking about low end devices like the ONN Google TV device (or maybe all Google TV devices are low end), one is pretty much the same as the other, with the biggest differences being memory and storage. But when you start comparing to the Cube, even the Cube Gen 2 isn’t as good as the Gen 3. To get something comparable you’d need to be comparing to a Roku device.

  3. Kary says:

    Amazon does make it easy. Go to Accounts/Lists, then devices and it will show every device connected to your account. Click on any device and it will show the date for updates ending

    • Unfortunately, the year shown there is bugged/inaccurate. For example, it lists “Through 2027” for all the current devices that Amazon’s support page (correctly) lists as “Through 2028.”

      • Kary says:

        I noticed that when I looked. That’s a bug of sort, where the deadline doesn’t currently exist because the product is still being sold. Since it’s so far off and there is no current deadline, I didn’t consider it that important.

  4. Kary says:

    For those reading this article, and presumably concerned about device security, here’s a tip. Connect these (and other IOT) devices to your wifi guest network. Unfortunately I cannot do that because they need access to my DVR server.

    • That’s great advice. I’d also add that it’s a good idea to use dummy/secondary accounts to register devices whenever possible. If you don’t have Prime, use a second Amazon account to register your Fire TV so that your main account with all your credit card and personal info isn’t accessible. If you don’t have subscriptions tied to your main Google account, register Android TV devices with a secondary Google account. This is all especially good practice if you’re sideloading *questionable* apps.

  5. Hunter says:

    ThankU for all the entertaining banter. I’ve been well informed.

  6. badbob says:

    Which one is the oddball firetv pendant?

  7. kywildcat says:

    Not related to article but Amazon will be forced to provide a decent hardware upgrade now, they usually just barely bump the specs. Think I’d prefer the onn over anything that Amazon could offer

  8. Red green says:

    Downloads mirror apps IeGeek app works

  9. Nerd says:

    Saved between fire stick really 1080P

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