One of the easiest workarounds for a broken Firestick remote is to download and use one of the Firestick remote apps for mobile. This article will provide you with the best possible Firestick remote app to use when your remote breaks. We will give you a roundup of some of the most useful apps that are on the market.
There will be times when you misplace your remote or when a your four-legged friend sees it as a new chew toy. When this happens, you’ll want to have the best app on your phone or tablet to take back control of your Firestick. You’ll be able get right back to streaming TV shows and movies without your binge being interrupted by something so small as a lost or broken Firestick remote.
Here are our contenders for best Firestick remote app:
Amazon Firestick Remote App
This is the official app made by Amazon to control your Firestick. You can download it on both iOS, Android, and even Kindle. The app has the same layout as the remote and works with Alexa. Additionally, it has quick access to your apps and playback controls. You can also launch any installed apps directly from the remote app.
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The official Firestick remote app works just like the regular remote but has some extra features. You can use it to type requests or URLs quicker into the Firestick with the use of the keyboard on your phone or tablet. This removes the hassle of selecting every word with your remote and will get you your favorite movie to play faster. You’re also able to sign in to the app with the “Sign In” button at the bottom of the screen. This is not mandatory, however. If you don’t sign in, you will still have all of the options available to you.
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Unlike the Fire TV remote, the Firestick remote app does not have a navigation ring around the Select/Okay button. The app features a touchpad that you can use to navigate. All-in-all it’s a solid and intuitive Firestick remote app, and since it’s made by Amazon you can guarantee that it stays up to date and fully supported. It’s definitely worth taking for a test drive.
How to Use Amazon Firestick Remote App
When you open the app, it will automatically search and display any Firestick and Fire TV devices connected to your current WiFi. To start using the app, simply:
- Tap the device you want to connect with when it appears.
- If it’s your first time connecting, then the app will ask you for a 4-digit code. This code can be found on the device you want to connect with.
If for some reason the device doesn’t appear on your app, make sure that both the Firestick remote app and your Firestick are on the same WiFi network. That’s it on the Amazon Firestick Remote App. We believe that it is one of the best Firestick remote apps on the market to control your TV remotely. We will discuss the other apps further down this list.
CetusPlay Remote App
This is possibly the best third-party Firestick remote app. This app brings a flawless experience as an alternative to the TV remote with a lot more functionality than you’ll get from the official version. It has different exciting modes to use, such as keyboard mode, mouse mode, direction pad mode, and touchpad mode. These modes offer something different for each user and can, for some people, even provide a better Firestick experience.
It’s easy to connect to your Firestick, and it has a simple interface that is easy to understand and quick to navigate through, even for less experienced users. CetusPlay supports different languages in the app. People from different countries can use the app with ease.
CetusPlay ultimately has way more accessibility features for people who want or need a different way to interact with their Firestick remote apps. This one may be our personal favorite for that reason alone.
How to Use CetusPlay Firestick Remote App
The app has to be installed on your mobile phone and your Firestick (CetusPlay will push the installation files from your mobile device over WiFi to install the app on your Firestick when you open it for the first time).
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- When you first open the app, it will ask for permission. Press Allow.
- Tap Get Started once you’re on the home screen. CetusPlay will scan your current WiFi network looking for Firestick/Fire TV/Android TV devices present.
- Select the right device you want to connect with, and if you cannot identify your device, search for its IP address.
- The following prompt will appear on the screen of your device, “Allow USB debugging.” Select the box that says, “Always allow from this computer” and press OK.
- Once your device is connected with the Firestick, you will see that the Connected status appears.
You will need to enter a 4-digit code when you first connect CetusPlay to your Firestick. This code will appear on your Firestick screen. Enter this code, and you are now ready to use the CetusPlay app with your devices at home.
Harmony Universal Remote App
Harmony is another tremendous third party remote control app for your Firestick. This is a universal control for all your entertainment and home control devices. However, there is one big difference between this app and the others on this list. Just like the Amazon Firestick Remote App, the Harmony app provides you with voice searches to make it easier when you want to quickly look up your favorite movie.
The Harmony Remote does not connect through WiFi, but instead, it connects through Bluetooth. The app has a unique feature that uses encryption software. This means that you can protect your device and can control who gets access to your content. Just like the other apps, you can navigate through Harmony with a keypad mode to make it easier to search for shows and movies.
The big selling point for the Harmony app is its multi-function capability. If your looking for the ability to control multiple devices from one app on your phone, Harmony maybe the best Firestick remote app for you. While this is a great app, some users have mentioned connectivity issues when using it, so keep this in mind.
Important Firestick Safety Note:
When you’ve found a Firestick remote app that works for you and are ready to get back to streaming, it important that you’re browsing safely. Important steps you can take are to make sure that your WiFi router password is strong and that you’re using a safe, fast VPN.
There are already companies and government agencies collecting your browsing data, and it’s not as difficult as you’d think for hackers to do the same. You can make your browsing safe and anonymous through a VPN, which means you can be sure that no one is looking in on your activity.
As a bonus, there are tons of side benefits to using a VPN, like unlocking region restricted content on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Watch anything from anywhere! Check out our how to install a VPN on anything guide for a little extra help on the technical end of things.
Kore Kodi Remote App
This application is another great way to control your Firestick. However, it is limited (some would say specialized) of the Firestick remote apps on our list. The Kore remote app works only with the Kodi app.
The Kore Remote comes in handy for big fans of this service and is really useful. The application has a ton of different features and even supports multiples languages, just like the CetusPlay. It has library browsing abilities, a wide range of color themes to choose from, and a lot more.
If you are a big user of the Kodi service, this app should rank at the top for you.
The Limitless Firestick Remote App
This is the last app on our list and resembles the CetusPlay app a lot. It also offers different control modes, such as joystick, D-pad, keyboard, or wireless mouse. These different modes, just like the CetusPlay, make it a lot more convenient to use.
Note: Since this app will only support the client aspect. You will also have to download a server app such as Limitless Remote Service on the Fire TV to control it via the client app on your phone.
This is a solid app, and many users may find themselves preferring it over our other options. Since so much of its functionality is also covered by CetusPlay, we’re placing it near the bottom of our list of best Firestick remote apps. Don’t let that reflect poorly on Limitless, though. It’s an excellent product.
These are the best apps for you to use when your remote is lost or broken. We highly recommend the Amazon Firestick Remote App because it is made by Amazon, the Firestick makers. Other third-party applications such as the CetusPlay Remote App are also excellent, and in some circumstances, it might be more useful to use these.
We hope you found this helpful! Comment below to let us know which app works best for you and why!