Complete Guide For Programming A Firestick Remote

The Amazon Firestick is a fantastic little device that turns your ordinary TV into a smart TV. You can then stream movies, tv shows, live events, and more with just a single push of a remote button.

However, your TV won’t get smart if you don’t know how to program the Firestick remote. By learning how to pair the Firestick remote with the TV, you can easily get back to watching your favorite programs without wasting time.  

Let’s get right to it. 

How To Program Firestick Remote To TV

Thankfully programming Firestick remote to TV is a very straightforward process. Most of the time, the remote pairs automatically, and you don’t need to do anything. Follow the steps below if you are a newbie to Firestick. 

  • The first step is to connect your Firestick to your TV. There are two ways to do that: either connect an HDMI cable from the box to your TV or connect the HDMI connector on the device itself to your TV’s HDMI port using the cable. 
  • Once you make the requisite cable connection between your Firestick and TV, you’re ready to pair the remote. 
  • Turn on your TV as well as Firestick.
  • Take out the Firestick remote from the box along with the two batteries
  • Insert the batteries in their respective battery slots
  • The pairing process will start automatically when you insert the batteries.

In rare cases, the Firestick remote fails to program with the TV. Follow the steps below to successfully pair a Firestick remote. 

  • Check all the cable connections to ensure all connections are working fine.
  • Turn off your Firestick device.
  • Take the Firestick remote and remove the batteries
  • Now reconnect Firestick to a power source
  • If the remote is new, you probably need to replace the batteries
  • Insert the new batteries
  • Press and hold the Home button for 10 seconds on your Firestick remote
  • Release the button when the remote’s LED begins flickering
  • Wait for Firestick to load your main page to ensure your Firestick remote was paired successfully

So, that’s how to pair the Firestick remote to the TV. Now, you’re ready to register your Firestick with Amazon and start streaming. 

How To Pair A 4k Fire Stick Remote To A Change TV Set

If you want to pair your 4K Firestick remote to a different TV set, here’s how to proceed:

  1. Go to the Firestick Home page
  2. Select “Settings” from the menu bar on the main page
  3. Now, select “Equipment Control.”
  4. On the next screen, select “Manage Equipment.”
  5. Tap on TV in the next window
  6. Now choose “Change TV.”
  7. Tap on Change TV when Firestick prompts to verify your selection
  8. Wait a few moments. The setup process will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this process
  9. Firestick will detect the new TV set automatically. Select “Yes” in that case, and you are good to go with your new TV.
  10. Click “NO” if Firestick fails to detect your new TV set. 
  11. If you click NO, Firestick will ask you to select your TV brand. 
  12. Go ahead, select your TV brand, and then follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up TV controls. 

How To Pair A Replacement Remote With Amazon Firestick 

If you want to pair a second remote with your Firestick, use the guidelines below: 

  • Go to Firestick home screen
  • Navigate to the Settings option on the main menu
  • Tap the “Controllers & Bluetooth Devices” option
  • Now select the “Amazon Fire TV Remotes” option
  • Choose “Add New Remote”
  • Now get your new remote, press and hold its home button for 10 seconds

(This will make the new remote go into the discovery mode)

  • When Firestick discovers the new remote, press the select button on your old remote to confirm your pairing of the new remote
  • By using the old remote, select the name of your new replacement remote from the list
  • Wait for the on-screen message confirming the pairing

That’s all. Your new replacement remote is now paired to the TV and ready to use. 

How To Reprogram A Firestick Remote?

Follow the instructions below to reprogram your Firestick remote: 

  1. Unplug your Firestick device from the power source (don’t remove the cables, just turn off the device)
  2. Wait at least 10 seconds before turning it on again
  3. Once your Firestick connects to the internet, you see the home screen, and it’s ready to use. Take out the Firestick remote.
  4. Press the Home button for 10 seconds till you see the orange flashlight flickering on the remote
  5. If you use an old Firestick remote with no flickering light feature, keep pressing the button until a popup message confirms the connection.

That’s how you reprogram a firestick remote. However, if, for whatever reason, you fail to reprogram the remote after attempting the steps above a couple of times, we suggest changing your remote. There’s a high probability it’s faulty. 

Firestick Remote Alternatives

Besides the Firestick remote that comes with the package from Amazon, the Firestick and Fire lineup of Amazon streaming devices also offer some alternative controllers. 

FireTV App

Do you know you can control Firestick with a simple app on your smartphone? The official Firetv app tops our list because it’s absolutely free of cost. It contains no ads, and you don’t have to purchase any equipment to get it working.

Simply download it from the official Google or Apple app stores. The FireTV app supports an inbuilt keyboard as well. 

Bluetooth And USB Keyboards

Bluetooth and USB keyboards are excellent control options for any streaming device. They work flawlessly with Firestick and offer an excellent Firestick remote replacement. While there are several excellent options in this category, we suggest the following: 

  • iPazzPort Mini BT Wireless Keyboard
  • Rii Mini Wireless BT Touchpad Keyboard
  • Formon Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

WeChip W1 Fly Mouse

The WeChip W1 Fly Mouse is another excellent alternative. It has a gyroscope, a directional pad, and multiple select buttons to easily control your streaming device.

It has a qwerty layout which makes it fairly easy to use. Oh, and it’s pretty lightweight as well. Just as lightweight as your original Firestick remote. 

How To Pair A Bluetooth Keyboard Or Mouse With A Firestick

If you want to pair a Bluetooth control device with your Firestick, follow these guidelines: 

  • Make sure the Bluetooth is ON
  • Go to Firestick Settings
  • Tap on Controllers & Bluetooth Devices
  • Tap “Other Bluetooth devices.”
  • Select “Add Bluetooth devices.”
  • The Firestick will then scan for any nearby compatible Bluetooth controller. 
  • Once Firestick finds your device, select it
  • Confirm your selection
  • Your new Bluetooth control device (Keyboard/mouse) is ready to use.

Firestick Remote Not Working?

Like other electronic devices, Firestick remote sometimes stops functioning. So, if you face Firestick remote not working issue, try these Amazon Firestick hacks

  1. Restart Firestick by unplugging it from the power source. Plug it back in after at least 10 seconds. A quick restart of Firestick often keeps your remote control in working condition. 
  2. Reset your Fire TV remote. If you don’t know how to reset the Firestick remote, look at detailed instructions from Amazon for different models
  3. Remove the batteries by opening up the back of the remote. Now, put them back in after at least 10 seconds. 
  4. Make sure the batteries are new and working fine. Insert new batteries into the remote to really be sure of that. 
  5. If your remote is still not working with Firestick, you may have to re-pair this gadget. Re-pairing often makes it work like a charm for the Firestick again. 

How To Repair Firestick Remote 

In order to pair your remote with Firestick again, follow these simple instructions: 

  • Press and hold the “Left”, “Back” and “Home” buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds 

(This will unpair the remote from Firestick)

  • Now press and hold the “Home” button for 10 seconds

(This will re-pair the remote with Firestick)

  • If the repair fails, go to Firestick’s CEC Settings
  • Navigate to “Equipment Control” settings
  • Make sure the CEC is enabled

Final Thoughts

We hope now you know how to program Firestick remote for your TV and Firestick. Often people use different terms for programming, such as pairing or connecting. Don’t get confused. All these essentially mean the same thing, i.e., connecting the two devices to enable remote control.

We hope the information in this write-up was informative enough for you to pair your remote easily. Now you’re all set to stream. Have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I Use Any Remote With Firestick? 

Well, not really. Standard IR universal remotes won’t work with Firestick or any other Fire lineup of Amazon devices. Fire TVs utilize Bluetooth instead of IR to communicate with their remote controls.

Therefore, your universal remote has to be Bluetooth-capable to work with Firestick. Below are some of our favorite universal remotes for Firestick

  • Logitech Harmony Elite
  • Caavo Control Center
  • Logitech Harmony Companion

Can I Use Firestick Without A Remote? 

Yes, you can use Firestick without any remote. The trick is super easy – use the best Fire TV Remote App i.e. official Fire TV app. Download the app on your smartphone, connect your phone and Firestick to the same WiFi network and pair the two. To pair the two: 

  • Launch the app on your smartphone
  • In the Available Devices window, select Firestick
  • Your TV will start showing a code
  • Enter this code into the app
  • This will pair your Fire TV remote app with Firestick. Enjoy!

Can I Replace My Firestick Remote? 

Yes, if you lost the firestick remote, or it gets damaged and stops working, you can get a new Firestick remote. Just make sure the replacement is compatible with your Firestick model and generation. 

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