This detailed guide will show you how to pair the remote of FireStick, Fire TV, FireStick 4K, and Fire TV Cube.
If you’re setting up FireStick remote for the first time, or if you have lost your old FireStick remote or it stopped working for any reason, you have to pair a new or replacement remote to your FireStick device.
Having said that, you can also pair an additional remote in case you have lost the old one. I have discussed several scenarios with detailed steps in this guide that could require you to pair a new FireStick remote. You will also get to know how to use your phone as a FireStick remote as a bonus.
How to Pair New/Replacement FireStick Remote
To pair FireStick remote during set up is quite simple, and you just have to press the Play/Pause button during the setup, and your remote will be paired up to your Amazon FireStick.
If your original FireStick remote is not working anymore, or you cannot find it, you have to pair a new/ replacement remote to navigate through your device.
You can pair a new or replacement FireStick remote to the FireStick with these simple steps:
Step 1: Plug in your FireStick device
Step 2: Wait for the device to boot
Step 3: Press and hold the Home button of your FireStick for about 20 seconds
Step 4: Release the button and check if the remote is paired to your FireStick or not
Step 5: If not, then hold the Home button again for 20 seconds
Step 6: Your remote will pair with your FireStick device
How to Pair Additional/Old FireStick Remote
You can pair any spare remote lying around in the house when the original one has stopped working. It will get you some time, and you can arrange a good quality remote in the meantime.
Follow these steps to pair an additional FireStick remote:
Step 1: Click the Settings gear from the home screen of your FireStick
Step 2: Click the option Controllers & Bluetooth Devices
Step 3: Select Amazon Fire TV Remotes from the menu
Step 4: Click Add New Remote option
Step 5: Now press and hold the home button of the remote you want to pair for 10 seconds
Step 6: Click the Select button of your old remote to confirm pairing new remote
Step 7: Your old/additional remote is paired successfully to the FireStick
How to Use TV Controls to Pair FireStick Remote
You can use TV buttons, including the Power on/off button, volume up/down button, and mute button. Usually, these buttons are automatically paired with your TV, but sometimes, you have to pair them manually.
Follow these steps to pair these TV buttons:
Step 1: Click the Settings icon from the home screen of your FireStick
Step 2: Select the option Equipment Control
Step 3: Click Manage Equipment
Step 4: Now click TV among the other options
Step 5: Click Change TV
Step 6: Click Change TV again from the appeared menu
Step 7: Wait while the remote is preparing for set up
Step 8: Click Yes if your FireStick is detected correctly or No if not detected correctly
Step 9: Select your device from the list if you are clicked No in the previous step
How to Use Your Phone as a FireStick Remote
Last but not least, you can use your phone as a FireStick remote in an emergency when you can’t use the FireStick remote. You have to install FireStick Remote App from the App Store to control your FireStick using the remote app.
Follow these steps to install and use the FireStick Remote app:
Step 1: Install the FireStick Remote app on your device from Google Play Store or Apple Store. The interface of the app will look like this
Step 2: Choose your FireStick or Fire TV from the screen
Step 3: A 4 digit code will appear on the TV screen. Enter the code in your phone, and the app is paired with your FireStick
Step 4: Click the Apps icon to open the apps installed on your FireStick
Step 5: Select the app you want to launch
Step 6: Click the keyboard icon next to the apps’ icon to open the keypad
Step 7: Write whatever you want with your phone’s keypad
Step 8: You can also click the mic icon to open Alexa
Step 9: Speak what you want to write or command
How to Fix FireStick Remote Not Working Issues
There are various reasons why your FireStick remote is not working. Fortunately, you don’t need to pair a new remote to your FireStick device most of the time, and a few tips work wonders.
So here are some of the quick fixes if your FireStick remote is not working:
- Unplug your FireStick from the power source and plug it back in after a few minutes
- Remove the batteries of your remote and insert them back
- Replace your remote batteries with new ones
- Reduce the distance between your remote and FireStick
- Use your phone as a FireStick remote
However, if you have tried all these tricks and your remote is still not working, you have to pair a new or replacement remote with your device.
FAQs – FireStick Remote
What to do if I lost my FireStick remote?
While you arrange a new FireStick remote when the old one is lost, you can pair an old remote with your FireStick. You can also use your phone as a FireStick remote using the FireStick Remote app.
Can I pair any remote with my FireStick?
Most probably yes. You can pair any old remote with your FireStick to navigate if you have lost the original one or it is not working.
How to reset the Amazon FireStick remote?
You can reset your FireStick remote by removing the batteries and inserting new batteries after a while. Hopefully, it will resolve the issues causing your remote not to work properly.
It’s pretty frustrating to lose your FireStick remote or face issues with it. Whatever the reason is, you can’t navigate your device without a remote, so you have to find alternatives.
I have discussed in this guide how you can pair a FireStick remote, whether it is a new remote or an old one. You can also pair an additional remote or use your phone as a remote through the FireStick Remote app.
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