I’ve talked a lot before about TV streaming sticks like Roku and Chromecast and how they are easy to install. Now I’m actually going to show you. I purchased and installed an Amazon Fire TV streaming stick last week and I thought to take some photos on my phone while I did it.

I took the shots with my phone, so they aren’t the best composed or well-lit photos you’ve ever seen. Plus the bedroom is just a little bit dusty. However, this actually did only take 5 minutes

If you aren’t familiar with a streaming stick, it’s a device that allows me to watch programs from services like Netflix, Hulu and, of course, Amazon Prime Video.

Here’s what the stick and remote look like in the box.

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The stick is just a bit larger than a USB flash drive.

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It also comes with a power adapter and cord. You can plug it in without a power source, but it will work much better with one.

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Let’s get started on the installation time. We’ll start at 7:20 p.m. Once the power cord is plugged in, we’re ready to install.

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Here’s the HDMI port on the side of my HDTV. This is where the stick goes.

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Here it is plugged in. I seriously need to dust.

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The Fire TV began working right away. Once I pressed the appropriate button my remote, the set-up began. It is now 7:21 p.m.

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I was asked to choose a language, and then it immediately began searching for my wireless network.

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I used the remote and on-screen keyboard to put in the password and I was connected within seconds.

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It’s now 7:22 p.m.

If you purchased it from Amazon, it will already be set up to your Amazon account. If not, you’ll have to log in with your Amazon username and password.

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It’s now 7:24 p.m. A helpful video explaining about all of Fire TV’s features will begin to play.

Since it’s from Amazon, the Amazon Prime app is already good to go. But I easily went to the app store and downloaded Netflix and YouTube apps in less than a minute.

That’s all there was to it.

~ Cynthia