Have you run into the annoying Amazon Fire Stick error code 8056 that simply refuses to go away no matter what you do? Well, take heart because you aren’t the only one.
Countless users have reported the 8056-error code on their Amazon Fire Stick which is why we’ve created this ultimate guide to fixing it.
You’ll find multiple solutions in this guide arranged in increasing order of difficulty.
What Is the Amazon Fire Stick Error Code 8056 And When Does It Occur?
The Amazon Fire Stick error code 8056 is usually accompanied by the sentence, “An updated version of this application is required to receive content”.
The error code typically appears when you’re trying to update something on your device.
This could be a single app or the entire operating system on the Amazon Fire Stick.
In fact, this error code and message can be associated with all upgrade issues even when they don’t show up.
For instance, an update can fail or get stuck in the middle even without you seeing the error code or the accompanying message.
Reboot Your Router
You may be seeing the Amazon Fire TV error code 8056 because your internet is not working properly. The easiest fix would be to reboot your router.
- Turn your router off and remove the plug from the socket.
- Wait for approximately one minute.
- Plug the router back in and start it.
- Once all the lights stabilize, try updating your Amazon Fire Stick again.
Reboot Your Amazon Fire Stick
The connectivity issue can be caused by the Amazon Fire Stick too. It’s even possible that your device is stuck on the update screen.
The solution again is a restart.
- On your Amazon Fire Stick remote, press and hold the Play/Pause button and the button at the center of the navigation circle (Okay button).
- Once the device turns off, let go of the buttons and wait for a full restart.
- The Fire Stick can also be restarted by unplugging it from the television or the power outlet.
Clear App Cache and Data
Sometimes, the information that an Amazon Fire Stick saves to make apps easier to use ends up interfering with the update procedure.
Clearing the app cache and data can resolve this problem.
- Use your remote to go to the Settings on the Amazon Fire Stick.
- Select Manage Installed Applications and then choose the Prime Video app.
- Finally, use the Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons to fix the Amazon Fire Stick error code 8056.
Deregister Your Amazon Account
Deregistering your account with Amazon is another way to wipe away problematic data if the previous steps don’t work for you.
- With your remote, go to Settings and then Account & Profile Settings.
- Inside, select the relevant Amazon account and then choose Deregister.
- You will be asked to Confirm before your account will be deregistered.
- Restart the Amazon Fire Stick. Instructions are provided earlier in the Reboot Your Amazon Fire Stick section.
Perform A Factory Reset
If you perform a factory reset on the Amazon Fire Stick, you’ll not only lose all the third-party apps you’ve downloaded but also your login credentials and data.
As a result, this solution is irreversible. This is why you should only try this solution as a last resort. Here are the steps.
- Go to Settings on the Amazon Fire Stick and select Device Options.
- Inside, choose Reset to Factory Defaults.
- You’ll be asked to insert your PIN. The PIN can be found by accessing the Parental Controls Settings of your Prime Video page on a browser.
- A shortcut for resetting your Amazon Fire Stick is to press and hold down the right button of the navigation circle and the Return button simultaneously.
Manually Enter Network Information
For a very small minority of people, all the solutions provided above don’t work because the Fire Stick is still choosing the network settings automatically.
If you’re one of these people too, then you need to manually enter the entire network information into your Amazon Fire Stick.
There are multiple steps involved.
Find Your IP Address
- On a windows-enabled computer, press the Windows button or click Start.
- Type cmd and press enter to open the command prompt.
- Once the command prompt is open, type ipconfig and press Enter.
- Your network settings will appear in the window where you should note down your IP address. This will show under the IPv4 heading.
If you have a Mac instead of a Windows PC, your steps will be slightly different. You can find them here.
Find Your Device’s Network Information
- On your Amazon Fire Stick, use the remote to go to Settings.
- Select My Fire TV and then About.
- Choose the Network option and take a photo of the details that show up. You’ll see settings like IP Address, Gateway, Subnet Mask, and DNS.
Input All the Information Manually
- Using your remote, open Settings and select Network.
- Choose your Wi-Fi network and you’ll see new details open up.
- Press the Menu (☰) button to Forget the network.
- Follow the same steps and select your network again.
- Enter your password but, instead of pressing Connect, select Advanced.
- You’ll be required to input various network settings including IP Address, Gateway, Network Prefix Length, and DNS. Input all.
- The Network Prefix Length is derived from the Subnet Mask value. If the value is 255.255.255.0 then the prefix is 24 and if it is 255.255.255.255 then it is 32.
The Amazon Fire Stick error code 8056 can be pretty annoying because sometimes it just refuses to go away even after you’ve followed everything that the device tells you to do.
However, if you try all the steps listed above, the error code will likely disappear.