Remotes come in handy to turn up the volume, switch between apps, change shows, etc. from the comfort of your chair. But what happens if your Fire TV Stick remote is lost? Is it still possible to use your Fire TV Stick? Read on to know all the ways to use your Fire TV Stick without a remote.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with a number of optional settings that allows you to use it any way you want. For instance, you can use it with the Fire TV remote app. Or better yet, with a Bluetooth mouse. Read on to find out all the ways you can use your Fire TV Stick without a remote.
1. Control Fire TV Stick Using the Phone App
The easiest way to control your Fire TV Stick without a remote is by pairing it with the Amazon Fire TV Stick remote app. With this app, you will have access to all the controls usually available with the Fire TV remote. However, for volume controls, you will need to use your TV’s remote.
Follow these steps to pair it with your Fire TV Stick.
Step 1: Download the Fire TV remote app on your Android or iOS smartphones.
Step 2: Enable your device’s location services and Bluetooth.
Step 3: Open the Fire TV remote app. Then, tap on your Fire TV Stick.
This will generate a PIN that will appear on your TV screen.
Step 4: Enter this PIN in the Fire TV app.
The Fire TV remote app is all set and ready to be used with your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
2. How to Use Fire TV Stick With Your TV Remote
If you’ve lost your Fire TV Stick remote, your TV remote can come in handy. The CEC feature allows you to connect your TV remote to a number of different devices, saving you from the hassle of using a different remote for everything.
A simple change in your Fire TV Stick’s settings will let you use your CEC-compliant remote with your Fire TV streaming device. Follow these steps to do it.
Note: Before starting, make sure CEC is enabled on your TV remote. To know more, check out our guide on HDMI-CEC protocol and how it works.
Step 1: Turn on Fire TV Stick, go to Settings, and select Equipment Control.
Step 2: Here, select Manage Equipment.
Step 3: Scroll down and select Advanced Settings.
Step 4: Go to the Home button and change it from ‘HDMI-CEC Only’ to ‘IR and HDMI-CEC’.
You will now be able to use your TV remote with Fire TV Stick.
3. How to Use Alexa Device to Control Fire TV Stick
Gone are the days when you need to press buttons on a remote to change channels. Now, simply say a command like ‘Alexa, open Netflix on Fire TV Stick,’ and watch the magic happen. To do this, pair your Alexa device with your Fire TV Stick and control it using voice commands. Here’s how.
Note: Your Alexa device and Fire TV Stick need to be registered to the same Amazon account.
Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa app on your device.
Step 2: In the top right corner, tap on the + icon.
Step 3: Here, tap on Add Device.
Step 4: Scroll down and tap on TV.
Step 5: Then, tap on Fire TV.
Step 6: Here, tap on ‘Link Your Alexa Device’.
Step 7: Now, select your device and tap on Continue.
This will link your Fire TV Stick with your Alexa device. You can also have a look through our other article if you’re having any issues connecting your Fire TV Stick to Alexa.
4. How to Control Fire TV Stick With Bluetooth Mouse
The Amazon Fire TV Stick also supports a number of Bluetooth devices. Using this feature, you can connect your Bluetooth mouse and use it to control your Fire TV Stick even if you lost your remote. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open Fire TV Stick. Go to Settings and select ‘Controllers & Bluetooth Devices’.
Step 2: Scroll down and select ‘Other Bluetooth Devices’.
Step 3: Here, select ‘Add Bluetooth Devices’.
Once your Bluetooth mouse appears on the list, select it to add it to your Fire TV Stick. Then, use it to operate your Fire TV streaming device.
5. Add a Different Remote to Your Fire TV Stick
While using the above methods will help navigate and operate the Fire TV Stick, it might not be a long-term solution for many. So, to either use a replacement or a new remote, let’s have a look at how we can, if required, reset and pair it with the Fire TV Stick.
Reset Fire TV Stick Remote
While Fire TV Stick allows you to pair up to 7 remotes at the same time, each remote can only be paired with 1 Fire TV streaming device at a time. So if you’re using an old remote and it’s already paired with another TV, you might need to reset it first. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Unplug your Fire TV Stick and wait for a minute.
Step 2: Then, on your old remote, simultaneously press and hold the Left button, Menu button, and Back button for about 12 seconds.
Step 3: Release the buttons and wait for another 5 seconds. Now, remove the batteries from the remote.
Step 4: Plug your Fire TV Stick back in and wait for another minute.
Step 5: Now, put the batteries back into the remote.
Your Fire TV remote has now been reset. Now, follow the below steps to pair it with your Fire TV Stick.
Pair Fire TV Stick Remote
There are two major ways through which we can pair a remote, new or old, with the Fire TV Stick: by using the Home Button and using the Fire TV remote app. Let’s have a closer look at them both.
Method 1: Using the Home Button
The first and easiest way to pair your Fire TV remote with the TV is by using the Home button. Simply press and hold the Home button for 10 seconds while pointing the remote towards the Fire TV Stick. A light will appear on the remote, indicating that it’s paired.
You can press and hold the Home button for another 10 seconds if this doesn’t work the first time.
Method 2: Using the Amazon Fire TV Stick remote app
Another way to pair your remote is through the Fire TV Stick’s settings menu, which you can access using the Fire TV remote app. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Using the Fire TV remote app, go to Settings on Firestick and select ‘Controllers & Bluetooth Devices’.
Step 2: Select ‘Amazon Fire TV Remotes’.
Step 3: Scroll down and select ‘Add New Remote’.
Step 4: Select your remote from the list.
Step 5: Now, press and hold the home button on your remote and once it says ready to pair, tap on the select button on your Fire TV Remote app.
Your Fire TV Stick remote is all set and ready to be used.
FAQs for Using Fire TV Stick
No, the Fire TV remote must be connected to your Fire TV Stick to be used. To register it again, go to Settings > Controllers & Bluetooth Devices > Amazon Fire TV Remotes > Add New Remote. Then select your remote from the list and follow the on-screen instruction to pair it again.
Yes, you can use other Bluetooth devices such as a keyboard to control your Fire TV Stick.
Yes, you can play games using your Amazon Fire TV remote app.
Binge Movies Seamlessly
So, here are all the ways you can use your Fire TV Stick without a remote. Because losing a remote should not put a damper on your plans. If you have any other way that worked for you, let us know in the comment section. Until then, happy streaming!
Last updated on 16 February, 2023
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