The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a streaming device that converts your non-smart TV to a smart TV. Yesterday, after a long working day I wanted to chill for a bit and switch on my Fire TV Stick but the remote was not working and I couldn’t find the exact reason that was making my Fire Stick remote control unresponsive.
I started searching online for the reasons and found that there could be multiple reasons including battery problems, broken remote, pairing issues, and many more.
Finally, I contacted Amazon customer support and after a few minutes of conversation, I learned 5 ways to control my Fire TV Stick without a remote control.
These 5 ways can also be helpful for you in case you have lost your Firestick remote and find ways to control your Fire TV stick and enjoy your favorite movies and shows.
Thanks to modern technology, you can now use your smartphone to control your Fire TV Stick and there are plenty of apps that can turn your Android and iOS smartphone into a Firestick remote control.
Here are the proven ways to control your Fire TV device that always works in case you have lost your Firestick remote control.
1. Use Amazon Fire TV App on Your Smartphone
First, I will show you how to operate your Amazon FireStick using your smartphone. You can control your Fire TV Stick by downloading Amazon’s Fire TV app on your phone from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS).
The Fire TV app offers all the controls provided on a Fire TV Stick remote, including voice control.
Here are the steps to install the Fire TV App:
- Open the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS) on your smartphone.
- In the search box, type Amazon Fire TV and initiate the search.
- Click on the Install button to install the App. The App will take around 66 MB of space on your iPhone.
- Once installation is complete, tap on Open.
- Sign in using your Amazon account and select your Fire TV Stick from the list of Available Devices.
- Simply, type the code displayed on your TV into the App to pair your smartphone with Fire TV Stick.
Here’s How to Use the Fire TV App
When you open the Fire TV App, you’ll see a familiar interface resembling your physical remote. A directional pad takes center stage, flanked by utility icons for home, menu, rewind, play/pause, and fast forward.
Directional and Select Buttons
The directional pad mimics physical commands—left, right, up, and down, and the Select button which is perfect for menu surfing and app selection. However, you do have the option to switch to the touchpad for a swiping experience that some users find more intuitive.
Other Buttons For Remote Functions
There are six buttons placed right under the navigational buttons for other remote functions including options, back, home, rewind, play/pause, and fast forward.
Buttons To Access Apps and Games and Keyboard
You will see two buttons on the top-right corner of the screen (see pic 3) for quick access to the Apps and Games section, and a keyboard that can let you enter text.
Dedicated Voice Command Button
You also get a dedicated voice command button on the Fire TV App in the top middle screen (see pic 4). Simply, pull down the mic icon and give the voice command while holding the icon to use it.
Use the Gear Icon to Access Settings
To access settings, click on the gear symbol located at the top left corner. You have the option to put your Fire TV into sleep mode, modify App Remote Settings, and enter your Fire TV Settings.
There are a few more features available under App Remote Settings including options such as the Directional Pad and Vibration.
If you choose to turn off the Directional Pad feature, it will be substituted with a touchpad. To navigate through the Fire TV interface, you’ll need to swipe in different directions – left, right, up, or down.
The choice to activate Vibration or haptic feedback depends on your personal preference within the Amazon Fire TV app.
2. Use Your TV Remote
You can use your TV remotes to control your Firestick device, but only when your TV supports HDMI-CEC.
But, first, let’s understand what HDMI CEC is!
CEC stands for Consumer Electronics Control. The HDMI CEC allows devices that are connected to HDMI ports to work as one and allows you to control all HDMI devices using a single remote.
So, if you want to control your Firestick using the TV remote, you should verify whether your TV supports CEC. You can quickly check this by having a look at the product manual or by visiting your TV brand’s official website.
3. Use Your Bluetooth Mouse
Yes, you read it right! You can connect and operate your Fire TV Stick using several Bluetooth accessories including keyboards and mice.
Here’s how you can pair your Bluetooth mouse with your Fire TV Stick:
- Go to Settings on your Fire TV Stick Home Screen.
- Select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices from the list of options.
- Choose Other Bluetooth Devices and then click on Add Bluetooth Devices.
- Firestick will search for the device and show it to you, initiating pairing for the Bluetooth mouse.
Now that your Bluetooth mouse is paired with your Firestick, control your device using the mouse.
4. Use Your Firiend’s FireStick Remote
You can use your friend’s Fire TV Stick remote in an emergency but for this, you will have to reset the Firestick remote first and then pair it with your Fire TV device.
In short, to reset your Fire TV stick, unplug the device and then press and hold the left, options, and back buttons simultaneously for 12 seconds.
5. Use Alexa to Control the Fire TV Stick
If you own an Alexa-enabled speaker like me, it becomes more convenient to stream content on your Fire TV.
To do this, just ask, “Alexa, play X on my Fire TV,” and Alexa will obediently execute your command. If you have the latest Alexa Voice Remote Pro, you can even ask Alexa to locate your remote (in case you have lost your remote) by simply saying, “Alexa, find my remote.”
Note- To use Alexa to control your Fire TV Stick, your Fire TV remote and Alexa Echo Dot/show both should be registered using the same Amazon account.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Can you operate a Fire Stick without a remote?
Yes, you can operate a Fire Stick without a remote as Amazon provides the option to control your Firestick using the Fire TV app on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. We have already provided the 5 ways to do this without hassle but I would recommend using the Amazon Fire TV app since it’s simple and accurate.
Why is my Fire Stick remote not working?
Your Fire Stick remote may not be working for several reasons including low battery power, pairing issues with between the device and the remote, or interference from other devices. Depending on the specific issue, you may need to replace the batteries, re-pair the remote with your Fire Stick, or move other electronic devices away from your Fire Stick and remote.
What should I do if I lost my Fire TV remote?
If you’ve lost your Fire TV remote, you can use the Fire TV app on your mobile device as a backup remote. You can also purchase a new Fire TV remote from Amazon or a trusted retailer.
Can I use my phone as a remote for my FireStick?
Yes, you can use your phone as a remote for your FireStick. Simply, download the Fire TV app from the Play Store or App Store and connect your phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Fire Stick device.
Can I play games using the Amazon Fire TV app?
Since the Amazon Fire TV app primarily functions as a remote control for the Fire TV stick, you can still play games using this. But, since the Fire TV remote app is not primarily developed to offer a gaming interface, it has its own limitations.
For gaming, you will need a physical game controller compatible with the Fire TV Stick.
Can I control my FireStick with Bluetooth devices?
Yes, the FireStick supports a range of Bluetooth devices that you can pair with it such as headphones, speakers, game controllers, and keyboards for enhanced functionality.
Can I use a TV remote to control my FireStick?
Yes, if your TV supports HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), you can use your TV remote to control your FireStick. This will allow you to use a single remote to control multiple devices connected via HDMI.
Can Alexa find my Fire Stick remote?
Yes, Alexa can find your Fire Stick remote but both the Firestick remote and the Alexa should have the same Amazon account and you must have the new Alexa Voice Remote Pro.
If you have the Alexa Voice Remote Pro, you only have to say “Alexa, find my remote” and your remote will start ringing for the next 5 minutes until you press any button on the remote.
If you have lost or encountering issues with the Fire Stick remote, you can use your TV remote with HDMI-CEC support, connect a Bluetooth mouse, borrow your friend’s remote, or install the Amazon Fire TV App.
Additionally, you can also use Alexa voice commands for hands-free control which adds an extra layer of convenience, especially with the advanced features of the Alexa Voice Remote Pro.
Regardless of the method you choose, it’s important to ensure compatibility and connectivity with your Fire TV Stick and confirm HDMI-CEC support for TV remote usage.
With these practical alternatives, you can overcome remote-related challenges and continue enjoying a seamless streaming experience on your Fire TV Stick without the need for a replacement remote.