The Amazon Fire TV Stick transforms an ordinary television into a smart television. However, if your remote isn’t working, it won’t be as clever. Once you’ve set up your Fire TV Stick, your remote should couple with it right out of the box. However, your remote may lose connection from time to time. Here are a few options for manually pairing your Fire TV Stick remote, as well as how to utilize your smartphone as a remote.
How to Pair an Amazon Fire Stick Remote
To fast pair an Amazon Fire TV Stick remote, press and hold the home button for 10 seconds, or until the light on the top of the remote begins to flicker rapidly. When your remote is associated, you’ll receive an on-screen notification or the light on your remote will flash blue three times.
- By pressing and holding the “Home” button on your Firestick remote, you can couple it.
- If you’re pairing a second Firestick remote, you’ll need to do extra procedures.
- Some non-Firestick remotes can be paired, but they must use special Bluetooth profiles to function.
If that doesn’t work, try resetting your remote as described below:
How to Reset the Remote on an Amazon Fire Stick
Unplug your Fire TV device from the power source for 60 seconds to reset the remote. Then, for 12 seconds, hit the left, menu, and back buttons on your remote. After that, remove the batteries and wait 60 seconds before plugging in your Fire TV device. Finally, press the home button after inserting your batteries.
- For 60 seconds, unplug your Fire Stick from the power source.
- Then, for 12 seconds, press and hold the left, menu, and back buttons on your remote. The left directional button is located on the left side of your remote’s ring, the menu button has three horizontal lines, and the back button has a rounded arrow pointing left.
- Remove the batteries from your remote after waiting five seconds. If you have a spare set of batteries, now is the time to swap them out.
- Then wait 60 seconds after plugging your Fire Stick back into the power outlet.
- After that, put the batteries in your remote control.
- Finally, on your remote, press the home button. When you reset your Fire TV device, Amazon suggests that you stand at least 10 feet away from it.
Note that pairing your remote with your Fire TV may take a few moments. If it doesn’t pair after a few minutes, try pressing and holding the home button for 10 seconds.
If you’re trying to pair a new or replacement remote with your Fire Stick, you may need to do it manually. Here’s how to do it:
How to Pair a Replacement Remote to Your Fire TV
Go to Settings > Controllers & Bluetooth Devices > Amazon Fire TV Remotes > Add New Remote to pair a replacement remote with your Fire Stick. Then, to confirm, press and hold the home button on your new remote for 10 seconds before selecting the new remote’s name using your old remote.
1. On your Fire Stick control, press the home button.
Note: If you don’t have a working Fire TV remote, you can add and remove remotes with your smartphone. To learn how to use your phone as a remote, go to the next section, then follow the steps to link a new remote.
2. After that, go to Settings. To do so, press and hold the right directional button on your remote until the right-hand gear icon is highlighted. Then, on your remote, hit the down directional button to access the settings menu.
Note that your screen may look different if you’re using an older version of Fire OS. If that’s the case, press the up button on your remote until Home is highlighted to access the Settings menu. Then press the right directional button to enter the Settings menu and the down directional button to select Settings. Then all of the steps after that will be substantially identical.
3. Select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices after that.
4. Then choose Amazon Fire TV Remotes from the drop-down menu.
Note: If you’re pairing a third-party remote, go to the bottom of the page and click Other Bluetooth Devices, then Add Bluetooth Devices. Then, when it displays on the screen, put your remote in pairing mode and choose it.
5. Select Add New Remote after that. Your Amazon Fire TV will look for discoverable remote controls and present a list of them.
6. Then, for at least 10 seconds, press and hold the home button on your new remote. Your new remote will appear on the screen after your Fire Stick identifies it.
7. To confirm, push the Select button on your old remote. On your remote, this is the button in the middle of the ring.
Note that updating your new remote may take some time.
8. Finally, when you see your new remote listed on the screen, you can use it.
Your Fire Stick can have up to seven remote controls. You’ll need to unpair one of them if you’ve surpassed your limit. You can do this by pressing the menu button on your remote with the three lines and then the select button in the middle of the ring. This may also assist you in resetting a broken remote.
How to Use Your Phone as a Fire Stick Remote
If you don’t like using the remote, you should be pleased to know that you can use your phone as a Fire Stick remote. Start by downloading and installing the Amazon Fire TV app on your phone. Then open the app and choose your Fire TV device from the drop-down menu. Log into your Amazon account and use your phone to input the PIN that appears on the TV screen.
- Install the Amazon Fire TV app on your device. For Android devices, go to the Google Play Store, and for iPhones and other iOS devices, go to the Apple App Store. Ensure that the software is downloaded from AMZN Mobile LLC.
- Then open the app and choose your Fire TV device from the drop-down menu. The app will connect to your Fire TV device immediately. Tap New Devices if you don’t see your Fire TV Stick in the list.
- Then, using your Amazon login and password, log in.
- In your app, enter the four-digit PIN from your TV.
- You may now operate your Fire TV device with your phone as a remote. Your remote buttons will appear on your smartphone screen as pairing is complete. By following the procedures in the preceding section with your app, you can continue to use your device as a remote or use it to pair a new remote.
Check read our tutorial on how to reset your Amazon Fire Stick if nothing else works.