How to Turn Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Into a Fire TV Box

Christian Cawley 29-12-2017

Your Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great device, isn’t it? Ideal for watching Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, or installing Kodi! Then there’s apps like Plex for streaming video from a PC to your TV.


But this HDMI TV stick isn’t so good for other things. For instance, you’re limited only to wireless networking. Also, there is no way to connect a USB drive and view your own video files. Contrast this with the more expensive Amazon Fire TV, and you’ll see you’re missing more than just the 4K video streaming.

Fortunately, there’s an answer. With a few cables you might have laying around, and a suitable case, you can easily turn your Amazon Fire TV Stick into a Fire TV box. Here’s how!

What You’ll Need

To turn your Amazon Fire TV Stick into a Fire TV, you’ll need to find (or buy) a few cables and adaptors. This is what you need:

  • OTG cable M/F: $7 (make sure it is capable of supplying power and data)
  • Non-powered 4-port USB hub: $13 (powered is fine, but they tend to be bulkier, and need an extra cable)
  • USB SD card reader: $7
  • USB-to-Ethernet adapter: $14 (optional, if you need Ethernet)
  • M-to-F HDMI cable: $7

You’ll also need a case: several different, suitable cases in the TV box form factor are available. Our own choice was a Western Digital case from, which is designed to house a Raspberry Pi and a 3.5 inch HDD. When available (stocks are low), this costs under $10. It just so happens to be ideal for housing a USB hub and Amazon Fire Stick!

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That’s a total of $48, and you might even be able to get it all for under $40. Compare that to the price of an Amazon Fire TV and you’re on to a real winner.

Even if you don’t already own an Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’ll be able to get one for under $40. Get your timing right, and it might even be less! This build is therefore cheaper than the Amazon Fire TV. All you’re missing out on is 4K. Obviously if that’s a deal breaker for you, you’ll already be prepared to spend the extra.

Your First Generation Amazon Fire Stick Won’t Work

It’s worth noting at this stage that not all Amazon Fire TV Sticks are suitable for this. Specifically, if you have a first generation stick, you’ll be unable to enjoy the benefits of the USB hub.

First-gen Amazon Fire TV Sticks don’t have USB OTG What Is USB OTG? 5 Cool Ways to Use It on Android What is USB OTG and how can you use it on Android? We explain the feature and the many ways to utilize it. Read More . The USB connector is purely for powering the device. I have taken the time to confirm this, using my OTG cable, a known-to-work USB memory stick, and the Amazon Fire version of VLC Player.


Fortunately, this shortcoming has been dealt with in the subsequent models. As such, I’m building this Fire TV box using the latest Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Get Started: Hook It Up and Test

We’re assuming you’ve already set up your Amazon Fire TV Stick How to Set Up and Use Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Here's how to set up and use your Amazon Fire TV Stick for best performance, plus fixes to common Fire TV Stick issues. Read More and have it connected to your network. You’ll need to unplug it from your TV and the mains to begin this project, and hook it up to the cables and adaptors you’ve bought.

Begin with the OTG cable, connecting it to the power input on your Fire Stick. Next, attach the USB hub to the OTG cable, then a USB storage device or the card reader, with a card inserted. You should then connect the HDMI cable between the Fire Stick and the back of your TV. Finally, connect the power cable to the female connector on the OTG cable.

how to turn amazon fire tv stick into fire tv box


Your Amazon Fire Stick should boot up as normal, but now you’ll be able to browse the additional storage! With everything correctly connected, your device has essentially been upgraded to a Fire TV box.

Now it’s time to fit it all together.

Squeeze It Into Your Case

Leaving everything behind your TV like this will look really untidy, not to mention confusing. It is for this reason that we suggest some sort of case for the project. It only needs to be big enough to store a Fire Stick and your chosen USB hub, plus a couple of cables. Everything else you’ve bought will be plugged in as needed.

how to turn amazon fire tv stick into fire tv box


Various cases could be employed, from an unwanted Apple TV to a standard project box. As noted, I’ve selected a Raspberry Pi case from Western Digital’s WDLabs, which is big enough to also store a 3.5-inch HDD. This gives me the option to add a HDD later on. Your own project box might be much smaller.

Need Some Gaps? Use a File or Dremel

It’s unlikely that you’ll find a box that is designed for the purpose, unless you manufactured one with your own 3D printer model Beginner's Guide to OpenSCAD: Programming 3D Printed Models 3D modelling software can be difficult to use if you're not artistic. OpenSCAD provides a way for you to design models specifically for 3D printing, using nothing but code. Read More . As such, you’ll probably need some holes.

Employing some basic tools will come in handy here. A drill and a file can help if you need to make a hole for a cable, for instance. On the other hand, you might need to remove a section of the case to access the USB ports. I ran into this problem, and solved it by employing my Dremel. After a portion from the front of the case was removed, I glued the USB hub into place.

how to turn amazon fire tv stick into fire tv box

Holding It All in Place

How you arrange the components in your case is your own choice. If there are no useful compartments to hold the Fire Stick and USB hub in place, I would recommend a hot glue gun. If you don’t want to glue your Fire Stick, find some suitable material to hold it in place (perhaps Sugru), and glue that instead if it isn’t already adhesive.

how to turn amazon fire tv stick into fire tv box

For my own project, I opted to dab glue around the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This was mainly to keep it in place while I organized the cabling, rather than to secure it long term. Need to remove hot glue? Use a sharp knife! It’s tricky to remove by hand, but a small blade will make light work of it.

Keep Your DIY Amazon Fire TV Box Where You Can See It

My own Amazon Fire TV Stick is now secured in a box, sitting below my living room TV. I’ve installed Kodi, a few useful apps, and a couple of games.

Meanwhile, I have set up a VPN How to Set Up a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick Using a VPN on your Fire TV can have a lot of benefits. Read More and Kodi is also installed How to Install Kodi Media Center on an Amazon Fire Stick In this article we explain how to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Which, when you've finished, will leave you with the best media center for anyone on a budget. Read More (with legal add-ons How Your Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kodi Could Cause Legal Issues Kodi and the Amazon Fire TV Stick are insanely popular. However, although users are attracted to both Kodi and the Amazon Fire TV Stick's flexibility, they could easily land themselves in legal hot water. Read More ), along with Plex, and VLC. Capable of playing back videos from locations on our home network. With access to YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and all of the other packaged services, along with the various legal add-ons in Kodi — not to mention audio content — this Amazon Fire TV Stick is now a superb media box!

Although I’ve yet to connect a HDD, I have a high capacity USB stick connected, and use a wired data connection via the USB to Ethernet adaptor. Everything is fast, and if I need to enter text, rather than use the Fire Stick’s remote control, I can either use the dedicated mobile app or a Bluetooth keyboard. Or just plug in a USB keyboard.

how to turn amazon fire tv stick into fire tv box

The end result is a Fire TV box, made by my own hand! Seriously, this was ridiculously simple, with the toughest stage being cutting the section from the case. Thanks to USB OTG, everything else works effortlessly!

If you have yet to make a purchase and find the DIY aspect a little too overwhelming, check out this comparison of Android TV and Amazon Fire Stick to figure out which one is right for you.

Do you have a Fire TV Stick? Want the benefits of a set-top box, or would you rather buy one? Tell us what you think below.

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  1. Gaz
    January 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    When I first got my 2nd gen stick ages ago to put on a second TV, all I needed to do was get the correct OTG cable and voila.
    Cable cost about $1 (free shipping) off ebay.
    I have plugged in a 2TB 2.5" HDD' and USB flash drives and they work without any problems.
    And when needed for searching, I use a mini Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad.
    It is even operated using only the LG remote via LG's HDMI CEC Simplink ( the Stick's remote is left in a draw)
    All of this runs off the USB 3 port on my TV which appears to have sufficient power output to run everything fine (although I have not been able to find out how many mA it outputs on the LG 60LA6800) - so no need for extra power.
    Since I run a Fire TV box on the main TV, I don't need to and couldn't be bothered to fiddle any more with the stick, besides, I want the stick to be hidden out of the way behind the TV which is why I went this route.

  2. Mur
    January 3, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Or how about just buying the Fire TV box for less.
    New Amazon Fire TV Box: $69.99

    Amazon Fire TV Stick: $39.99
    Extra parts in Article: $48.00
    Total Cost: $88.00, plus time & effort.

    No thanks, I think I will just go out and buy the box.

  3. Lucas
    January 3, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for the idea. If I'm bored one night I might just play with it. I already have all the parts plus more, like an old external HDD already hooked to a spare RPi on my old a** tv, and set up a VPN in what little spare time I have just to learn how.

  4. ContraptionMaker
    January 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I have 2 FireTV's and 1 Fire Stick. This will never be the same as a FireTV box! It just doesn't have the hardware. It is much slower and enclosed in a box like that will probably cause it to overheat. Mine will overheat just hanging off the back of the TV sometimes. Unless your just a super geek, don't waste your time or money, just buy the FireTV.

    Fire Stick FireTV
    Memory 1GB 2GB
    Processor MediaTek 8127D quad-core (32-bit) MediaTek 8173C quad-core (64-bit)
    GPU Mali-450 MP4 PowerVR Rogue GX6250
    Bluetooth 4.1 4.1 + LE

  5. Alexander Gerrard
    January 1, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    So, let's see, $48 maybe $40 for bits and pieces + Rasp Pi case + $40 for a Fire TV stick total $80 - $88 + case Vs Fire TV box $69.99 on Amazon. why the f*** would you bother??? and still have an under powered device at the end of all that.

    • Christian Cawley
      January 2, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Because you can, because it's fun, and because you might already own the stick :)

    • Todd
      January 2, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      I'm with you. I have the fire stick already. I'm not going to pay the extra money to make a Fire TV Box, I'm just going to buy one. They seem to be upgrading everything every year, so why monk around with something that may or may not work. Good call. Bad article.

  6. Teri
    December 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I don’t think it would have the Same RAM as a Fire TV ( vs 4). Also, I’ve paid about the same for a refurbished Fire TV without the hassle. Works fine.

  7. PCman
    December 30, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Omg.. Seriously??
    You save a few dollars maybe , but the author forgot to figure the amount of time needed to build such a device.
    Just go buy the Fire TV box and enjoy the many hours of labor and frustration you just saved by trying to build such a silly workaround. And I just wasted 20 minutes reading this worthless article and posting my worthless comment.. Haha

  8. Stephen
    December 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I thought Amazon was coming out with a cube which includes Alexa with sensitive speakers .When is it coming out ?

  9. Craig
    December 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Or y could just buy a damn Fire TV box. What in the actual f*** was the point of this article. I want my sixty seconds back

    • Bob
      December 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      What a sad due you are! It's called "creating something out of nothing" for a good purpose. Maybe some people just like the challenge, yeah?
      Also using your brains, if you have any.
      Sixty seconds in your little life wil get you SFA boy.
      Happy new year

      • Craig
        January 4, 2018 at 1:37 am

        Somehow I get the feeling your ignorant ass calling me boy in person wouldn't go the way you expected.

        Secondly... Using my brain consists of me not wasting my time building something I can buy.

        Maybe thinking is challenging for you. Not me.

        Happy New year. ?

  10. Roman
    December 30, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    It will never be a fire TV box. The firestick does not have the RAM like the box. It will always be just that, a stick. Which is slow compared to the box.

  11. Ryan
    December 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Seriously? A fire stick costs $40 and and fire TV is only $70. The refurbished previous model is $85, and has all the features plus 4k.

  12. Rinny
    December 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    This is stupid. With all the additional parts just buy a damn firetv. It's the same price at this point.

    • Marco
      December 31, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      It's actually $20 cheaper just to buy the FireTV

      • Rinny
        January 2, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        The firetv 2 is still $85. Pretty much the same price as this ridiculous article (ftv3 is a pos) without the weak performance of the stick. Seriously, this article is so useless.

  13. Seriously?
    December 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    $58 in additional parts, plus your labor, to make a $40 device behave like a $70 device. That's pure genius - now go eat your $11 avocado toast!

  14. Greg
    December 30, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Well, it's a neat concept. But it won't save you any money. The latest gen fire tv is $70, or $55 on sale. In addition to 4K support, it has better hardware than the stick.

    Maybe you can start with the new fire tv and expand it with a USB hub, etc.

  15. Gmo
    December 30, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    A fire stick cost $40.00 A fire tv cost $70.00 both on Amazon right now. Bottom line it will cost more to make one than to buy one....

    December 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    $39.99 Fire Stick + $48 materials
    Isn't the new fire TV just $69.99, and the previous generation $84

  17. Fred
    December 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Lying around. Not laying.

  18. Fred
    December 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Lying around. Not laying around.

  19. Joe
    December 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Really? Not a single nod to in this whole article, when it was clearly inspired by them?

    • Christian Cawley
      January 2, 2018 at 11:12 am

      I'm sorry, I haven't heard of aftvnews. My inspiration comes from using tech. I've been doing this a while ;)

  20. Joe
    December 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Really? Not a single nod to in the whole article, when this was clearly inspired by them?

  21. Tiga
    December 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Too much hassle IMO

  22. Henry
    December 30, 2017 at 1:26 am

    The cool thing about using a VPN is you can install it on your Fire Stick. I went with ExpressVPN because their router app automatically covers every smart device connected to it, but you can set one up manually too.

    • Carl
      December 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      The thing about it I don't like is the remote is junk you have to be close to the box for it to work. To many apps pop up. And it freezes up after the first month I got it. Other then that it's great lol