How To Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote

Posted by Robert Hayes on April 28, 2019

Your Amazon Fire TV stick is a powerful way to watch TV using your Internet connection and cutting the cable cord. It’s a feature-rich and user-friendly environment for getting all your video needs met. But what do you do if you’ve lost your remote control? Relax, not all is lost – there are options and you can still get a lot of use out of your Fire TV Stick even without a remote. In this article I’ll show you four basic ways to keep using your Fire TV Stick without a remote.

Maybe your batteries ran out and you don’t have replacements, or you’ve lost the remote, or it got crunched underfoot and is now hopelessly broken. Regardless, you need a new way to get access to your content now, and I’m going to show you how to do it.

Option one: buy a new one

Not all that helpful, I know, but 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.

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. 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.

Option two: 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 Fire TV Stick 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. You can download the app for Android here, iOS here.

For the app to work, you have to pair the smartphone (or tablet) and the Fire TV Stick. Connect your phone and Firestick 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. Now you should be able to control your Fire Stick using your phone or voice.

Option three: 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 will need to enable the CEC setting in your TV.  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 and meaningless label. 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.

Option four: use 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 Firestick 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!

There are a lot of things you can do with your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Need to hook up a Fire TV Stick for the first time, but don’t have a remote? We’ve got a tutorial on connecting the Fire Stick without a remote.

Just need to repair your remote? See our guide to getting your Fire TV Stick remote working again.

Read this tutorial and you can learn how to put YouTube on your Fire TV Stick.

Here’s our full guide to using your Echo or Echo Dot to control your Fire TV Stick.

And of course we have an intro on what the Fire TV Stick does for you.

3 thoughts on “How To Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote”

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Wilburn Lancaster says:
Cannot open remote device. Just received remote and trying to put in batteries. HELP!
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