Insignia Fire TV Turns On By Itself? Here Is Why

Has your Insignia TV been acting weird lately? It was working fine yesterday and suddenly started to turn on by itself randomly and you can’t figure out the reason behind this weird behavior, don’t worry, you’re not alone, some people online reported the same problem, in this article, I’ll try to list out a few reasons on why your insignia fire tv turns on by itself and how to fix this problem using various tips.

Why does Insignia TV turn on by itself?

This problem could happen for many reasons, one of which is a software bug, a stuck button, a buggy app you just installed, messed up settings, etc.

We’ll try to go through each reason and tell you what to do to make it work again, remember, nothing is guaranteed, if nothing works you can always ask a technician or call customer support.

Turn HDMI CEC Device Control Off

The HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) can cause this problem, it’s responsible for turning your TV on or off automatically, you might want to turn it off first before trying the rest of the solutions mentioned below.

In order to turn this feature off follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose Display & Sounds.
  3. Choose HDMI CEC Device Control.
  4. Set it to ON to auto switch on the TV, or OFF to not.

Check the TV or Fire Settings

Maybe someone messed up the settings of your TV, a kid maybe, or someone else, look for anything related to wake-up timers or auto on/off switches, or anything similar to these concepts.

You might also want to try this:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose Equipment Control.
  3. Choose Manage Equipment then TV.
  4. Choose Power Controls.
  5. Choose Power Command Repetition.
  6. If the Power On option was set to twice then set it to once.
  7. Also change the delay to 5 seconds instead of 12.

Soft Reset the TV

This tip helps fix some problems, if the above trick didn’t work try this one, remove the TV from the power source and press the power button of the TV for about 60 seconds, this process discharges the capacitors and sometimes fixes similar issues, don’t overlook this tip because of how easy it is, this could save you hours of hassle.

Uninstall recently installed apps

If this issue popped up right after installing a new app then try to uninstall this app and see if the issue persists, if the issue still occurs, try removing all the apps except for the default ones and see what happens.

Check remote buttons and battery

Check out the remote to see if it’s working correctly, look for any stuck buttons, especially the power button, and change the batteries too if needed. 

Stuck power button

The TV power button could get stuck sometimes, take a look at it to make sure it’s not, and look closely to see if it goes back to its normal position after you let it go.

Reset the TV

Sometimes resetting the TV to its default mode fixes some problems, the reset process is fairly easy and straightforward, first look for a reset button or hole on the sides if the TV, press the reset button if you found one for 30 or 60 seconds while your TV is on of off, preferably when it’s on, this should bring the settings back to the default settings when you first bought it. 

Reset the TV using the remote

If you can’t find a reset button use the remote instead.

  1. Press the Home button on the remote. 
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Device and Software.
  4. Choose Reset to Factory Defaults.


If you don’t have a remote you can get one on Amazon or you can buy a universal remote, this remote can or should recognize your TV model because it comes with a huge database of IR codes.

Before buying a Logitech Harmony remote make sure it supports your TV model first, you can do that by visiting their website from here then enter the name of the manufacturer and the TV model then click search, if your TV is supported you should see something like this:

How to reset Insignia Android TV

If you have a Fire TV that’s using Android, you can reset it without having a remote. 

  1. Turn off the TV. 
  2. Press the power button and hold. 
  3. While still holding the power button, plug the TV back in. 
  4. Let go of the power button once you see the logo screen.
  5. Wait a few seconds until you see the Android options menu. 
  6. Press the power button 3 times until it highlights wipe data/factory reset.
  7. Long press the power button until the highlight color turns green. 
  8. It will then prompt you to choose Yes or No before proceeding with the factory reset process.
  9. Press the power button to choose Yes
  10. Long press again until the highlight color turns green.
  11. The factory reset process will begin. 
  12. Wait a few seconds or minutes until the process is over and the TV should restart on its own.


Update the firmware

Updating the firmware is another option to fix this issue and other issues too, follow the steps below in order to update your TV.

  1. Use the remote to open the Menu.
  2. Navigate to the Help option at the top.
  3. Choose System Info and write down the TV model, firmware version, and any related information.
  4. Go to the Insignia website and contact tech support and ask them if there’s an update available for your TV model. 
  5. Once they give you the download link, transfer the update files to a USB drive. 
  6. While the TV is turned off, Connect the USB drive to your TV and then turn the TV on.
  7. Your TV could start updating automatically, but if it didn’t, go back to the Menu I mentioned above, and instead of choosing System Info choose Update Firmware
  8. The update process should start. 
  9. Don’t turn off the TV before the updating process is done.
  10. After the update process is complete, Unplug the USB drive.


P.S: The process or steps could not be exactly the same, you could see other labels or options but the idea should be the same.

Reset Roku or Fire Stick

Devices connected to your TV could be causing this problem, a streaming device like the Roku or Fire stick could be the reason behind the boot loop, the reset process shouldn’t be a problem here, the process should be similar, not exactly but the idea should be the same. 

How to reset the Roku stick

Follow the instructions below to check for software updates.

  1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  2. Scroll and select Settings.
  3. Select System.
  4. Select System update.
  5. Select Check Now to check for updates.

If there is a new update available, your Roku device will download and install them automatically, and your Roku device will reboot once completed.

How to Reset Amazon Fire stick

  1. Go to Settings using the Fire remote.
  2. Select My Fire TV.
  3. Select About.
  4. Select Check for System Update or Install Update.

Unplug the TV

I know. It could seem like an obvious fix but if nothing works, then maybe you should try this one temporarily until you figure out what is wrong with your TV, unplugging the TV completely from the power source will prevent your TV from coming on again on its own.

Call Customer Support

Sometimes, calling or emailing customer support could help you find what’s wrong with your TV, try reaching out to them via email or phone using this link, if you just got your TV and still can be replaced or returned then I’d highly advise you to do so, don’t take the risk and let them get you a new one that’s free of defects.


There you go, these are the basic tips you should follow in order to fix the Insignia fire tv turns on by itself, in this article we mentioned these tips which include:

  1. Turn HDMI CEC Device Control Off.
  2. Check the TV or Fire Settings.
  3. Soft reset your TV by unplugging it and pressing the power button for 60 seconds and then turning it back on.
  4. Uninstall recently installed apps.
  5. Check the remote buttons and batteries.
  6. Check if the TV power button is stuck.
  7. Reset the TV to its default factory settings.
  8. Update the firmware.
  9. Reset the devices connected to your TV which includes resetting Roku or Fire Stick.
  10. Finally, you should call customer support if nothing works.

I hope you found this article helpful and if it helped you fix your problem please don’t hesitate to leave feedback or a comment below.

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