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How To Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick without the Remote

Posted by Jamie on December 2, 2018

If for some reason you don’t have the remote for Amazon’s Fire TV, or the remote isn’t working, you still have options. It may seem like the little device is going to be a paperweight until a new remote is delivered but there is always a way if you know where to look. I can speak from personal experience about the challenge of trying to use an Amazon Firestick without the remote so I am only too happy to write this tutorial to help all of you.

When I first began using the Firestick, there wasn’t half of the options there are now. I had to borrow a remote from a friend and had to wait two days for her to be able to drop it over. Now you have many more options. Some of which I’m going to cover here.

Use the Amazon Firestick without a remote

If the batteries run out and you don’t have replacements, you lose the remote or the remote stops working for some reason, you can try one of the following ways to get your Amazon Firestick working.

If your remote stops working, you can buy a replacement remote from Amazon. With the current deals running on the Amazon Firestick, a replacement remote costs almost as much as buying the whole thing new. You can also buy the newer Alexa voice control remote for around the same price.

Use the Fire TV Remote App

The Fire TV Remote App installs onto your phone and allows you to use it as a remote using touch or voice. As long as your Firestick has a network connection, you should still be able to use it as normal with the app. This is probably the easiest way to keep using Fire TV while you wait for your replacement. Android here, iOS here if you don’t have it already.

You need to pair the two to allow them to work. Connect your phone and Firestick to the same WiFi network, open the app, select the Firestick from the available devices screen and enter the code that appears on your TV into the app to confirm. Now you should be able to control your Firestick using your phone or voice.

If you’re traveling and cannot connect to a wireless network, all is not lost. If you know the SSID of the last network you connected to you can set your phone as a wireless hotspot and use that SSID as the network name. This should allow you to connect to your Fire TV Stick and set it up with the app. Once done, you can turn off the hotspot and use the Fire TV Remote App to connect to the wireless network wherever you are.

Borrow a remote

It worked for me and will still work for you if you know people who use the Amazon Firestick. They seem to be universal, so a remote will work on any Fire TV Stick regardless if it’s the one the remote came with or not. If yours doesn’t work, borrow one until your replacement arrives.

Use a universal or other remote

You usually have to program a universal remote with the original device remote but some universal remotes will control Amazon Fire TV in default TV mode. Other TV remotes can also work. The controls will be basic but may be enough to keep you watching. Set the control into TV mode and see if it works or not. You have nothing to lose.

Use Alexa

If you use an Echo and Alexa as well as Amazon Firestick and they are on the same network, you can use Alexa voice control to manage your Fire TV. It’s a feature introduced last summer to enable users to integrate their devices into the growing Amazon ecosystem. As long as your Echo and Firestick have been paired, you’re golden. If they haven’t, you may have a little more work to do.

When your new Fire TV remote control arrives

When your replacement remote arrives you will need to pair it with your Fire TV in order for them to work properly. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Remove the Fire TV Stick from power for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Connect the Fire TV Stick again, turn on the TV and wait for it to boot.
  3. Press the Select and Home button on the new remote and hold them down until you see a message on screen that the remote is connected.

You need to hold both buttons at once and hold them for around 50-60 seconds until the remote and Fire TV Stick pairs. Once done you should see the message and be able to use the remote as usual.

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