How to Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote

Your Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great way to watch movies and television shows through your internet connection, negating the need for a cable subscription altogether. With options for almost every video streaming service on the market (with a couple of notable exceptions), it’s an easy way to get all your video needs met. Of course, unlike Google’s Chromecast, browsing the interface is only possible if you have a way of controlling your television, so if you’ve lost your Fire TV remote or it’s been chewed on by your dog, you might feel like all hope is lost.

Thankfully there are plenty of ways to get around a lost remote, whether you need something immediately or you have the time to order a replacement. Let’s take a look at four different ways to use your Fire Stick without a remote.

Use the Fire TV Remote App

The easiest way to get around a lost or broken remote is to turn to Amazon’s Fire TV-associated app, which allows you to control your Fire Stick without the physical remote. Available for both iOS and Android, the Amazon Fire TV app gives you all the controls you get with a standard remote, plus allows you to use your phone’s keyboard and microphone to type or voice search for movies and TV shows.

For the app to work, you have to pair the smartphone (or tablet) and the Fire TV Stick. Connect your phone and Fire Stick to the same WiFi network, open the app, select the Fire Stick from the available devices screen and enter the code that appears on your TV into the app to confirm. With your remote set up, you can virtually control your Fire Stick right from your phone. It’s quick, simple, and the best way to replace a missing remote.

Buy a Replacement Remote

While the virtual remote will help you out in a pinch, if you have the time and the money to order a replacement remote, it can really help improve your usage of the Amazon Fire Stick. Amazon sells remotes directly from their own warehouse which means you won’t have to worry about getting a knockoff device or something that doesn’t actually worth with your Fire Stick. In fact, there are two distinct versions of the Fire remote you can grab online: the first-generation model that includes Alexa built-in, and the second-gen model that adds power and volume controls right to the remote. Make sure you check the compatibility with your Fire Stick by looking at the description before buying one.

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

  1. Unplug the power supply to your Fire TV Stick 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.

Use a CEC-compliant remote

If your television set (or your universal remote) was made after 2002, it may be CEC-compliant. CEC compliant remotes can control hardware from any manufacturer who complies with the CEC standard (a part of the HDMI standard governing device interoperability). The controls will be basic but may be enough to keep you watching. You may need to enable the CEC setting in your TV, though most newer televisions have it enabled by default.  The option will be found under the TV’s Settings menu.

Unfortunately, most TV manufacturers don’t call it CEC, instead “branding” it with their own made-up ID. Here is a list of some of the most common TV brands and the name they’ve given the CEC feature:

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC

Enable CEC (by whatever name) on the TV, hook up your Fire TV Stick normally, and you should be able to both set up your Fire TV Stick and control it with the TV remote. You won’t have access to the voice control features of your device, but you’ll be able to get by with the navigational controls on the TV remote.

Echo Dot

Use an Echo or Echo Dot

If you use an Echo and Alexa as well as an Amazon Fire Stick 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 Fire Stick have been paired, you’re golden.


Have any other suggestions for clever or unique ways to control your Amazon Fire TV Stick without the remote control? Please share them with us, and check out some of our other Fire Stick tips below!

11 thoughts on “How to Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote”

Avatar Tessa says:
My firestick remote recently just stop working. I have tried all the hacks shown on YouTube and still nada. I had the remote on my phone but due to a reset in my internet, my firestick is now asking me to reconnect to the internet but because I don’t have a remote and my internet was reset, I cant navigate the firestick interface. Any suggestions?
Avatar GFactor says:
This entire article was dedicated to doing just that.
Avatar AdamF says:
I lost my firestick 4K remote ages ago and have been using the app on my phone but recently had to reset my firestick as it got too sluggish and was full of unwanted files. Is there a way to get through the initial setup without the remote? (e.g. via a Bluetooth mobile app vs one that needs WiFi, OTG or even using a PC)?

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Avatar Calvin says:
A friend gave me a fire stick to use but didn’t give me a remote so I cant connect my mobile app to the fire stick to get it set up on my wifi
Avatar Johanna Larson says:
Whomever wrote this article, may your new year be filled with positivity, good luck, excellent health, and abundant joy. After literally a day of failed attempts to circumvent a lost remote, this article was my last ditch effort. Totally easy to read and understand and with less than 4 steps how could one possibly go wrong! You my friend are the real deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A million times thank you!
Avatar Jennifer Hobbs says:
Had to get a replacement remote, and your instructions were the first ones which were simple and worked! Thank you!
Avatar Zee says:
I lost the remote. Keeps saying no network connection. I can’t do anything else with it. The app does nothing. It wouldn’t even recognize I have firestick
Avatar Andy says:
Just used your suggestions about downloading the Fire TV remote app when my normal remote died. Works a treat! Many thanks for your advice – would have been stuck with watching local Arabic TV without it!
Avatar Julie Guy says:
I have lost my fire stick remote..I have the app..Says it cannot connect because I have to go to settings on fire Tv & turn on ADB
Sounds simple but how do I get to fire Tv without a remote..
Avatar Emily says:
@Julie Guy Be sure to download the ‘Fire Tv’ app and not ‘Fire Remote’ to use the app remote. The Fire Tv app does not cause the “Turn on ADB” error message. I had the same problem and it worked with the other app remote!
Avatar Kevin says:
You had exactly what I was looking for, thank you. Honest and trustworthy information can be hard to find so I appreciate what you do.
Avatar Wilburn Lancaster says:
Cannot open remote device. Just received remote and trying to put in batteries. HELP!
Avatar JDPeery says:
Thank you! This saved our trip!

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This Guide Last Updated: August 19, 2020

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