The Firestick is one of our favorite streaming devices, and millions of others feel the same way. Like any other piece of tech, occasionally you may experience a glitch. Today we’re going to teach you how to do a Firestick Factory Reset without Remote, something that may be easier than you think.
Since the remote control first burst onto the scene, people have been losing them. The original models made that difficult considering they actually had a cord. While that may seem bizarre depending on your age, it’s a fact Jack. Cords aside, today’s IR blasters and wireless remotes can control more than just your big screen.
Amazon jumped on the voice-controlled bandwagon with Alexa. You can find their virtual voice assistant built into the Fire TV and Firestick along with every other gadget the company produces. She is nice to have around when you want to search for your favorite movies and TV shows, but not much help if something happens to go wrong.
Depending on what’s wrong with your streamer, it may not require a Firestick factory reset. While it will clean things up quickly, it should be used as a last resort unless you enjoy installing Kodi and your Amazon apps repeatedly. There are plenty of ways you can deal with buffering issues, so if it’s lag related, we may be able to lend a hand.
If your factory defaults have become out of whack, a reset can be your best bet. Beginners can spend hours looking for the correcting settings to adjust, but if you reset your Fire TV, the problem is solved. Thankfully, the process is extremely easy. You only need to go to your Settings menus, and then select Device. From there, you’ll see options to Restart or Reset to Factory Defaults.
That will take care of 99% of your issues, and the solution is only a few clicks away – if you have a remote. If you are like half the population, there’s a chance you may have misplaced it which is where our Firestick Factory Reset without Remote guide comes into play.
Resetting your Firestick without a Remote
Whether the dog ran off with your remote or the couch cushion monster swallowed it, have no fear. Do you own a smartphone or tablet? If so, you’re all set as you only need to download the official Amazon Remote app from Google Play or the App Store.
This will allow you to sync up to your Firestick or the Fire TV and navigate to the settings menu for your factory reset. We told you it was a simple fix. On the off chance you do not own a mobile device, you can always borrow one or have a friend come over to get you back on track. You can repay their kindness by installing Kodi letting them choose the next flick.
HDMI CEC control
This is a workaround if you don’t have a remote or are friendless at the moment – it happens. The Fire TV has a setting for something called HDMI CEC Device Control which you can find under Display and Sounds. It’s been around for a while, but something that users easily miss.
This feature allows you to control your streamer through the TV remote. It can be a huge pain for some users when used by accident but can save your day if you have a TV equipped for HDMI CEC. It can also be the cause of some issues and is something to look into before pulling a factory reset.
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Another option is ADB Shell or a wireless keyboard. The former depends on your experience level while the latter is hit or miss with some setups. ADB is not something everyone will want to attempt although there are plenty of tutorials online to get you started. It is also a handy skill to learn if you are an avid Android user.
Losing your remote does not have to ruin your day. Doing a Firestick Factory Reset without Remote is simple if you have a smartphone on hand. It’s only a temporary fix, however, so we suggest resuming the search for your missing remote control once you’ve completed your reset.