Remotes have a knack for growing legs and running away. And with how great the remote is for the Fire TV Stick, it can be increasingly frustrating to lose the remote entirely, leaving you without a way to binge watch your favorite movies and television shows.
Without your remote, the Fire TV Stick is useless, right? Wrong. There’s plenty of options you have and one such solution is right in your back pocket. Try one of the methods below rather than going out and buying a new remote.
Use a CEC Compliant Remote
Do you have a television set or a universal remote that was released after 2002? Then congratulations you most likely have a CEC compliant remote that can control your Amazon Fire TV Stick, at least most of the features.
It has everything to do with the hardware that’s built into the TV’s themselves. There’s certain standards that need to be met for CEC standards and when they’re met, you can use the TV remote itself as an alternative remote for your Amazon Fire TV Stick, minus the voice control, of course. But other than that, you can navigate around the menu just fine.
However, there is one problem you should be aware of: it isn’t always labeled as CEC in your TV’s menu. Instead of simplifying it and calling it the most basic and straightforward name across all devices (Apple is a big offender in that regard), they went ahead and made their own special label for it. Open your TV menu and check for an option like so:
- 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
Find one of the options listed above and enable it. Afterwards, you should be able to use your remote to move around the menu.
Installing the Fire TV App
There’s an app for everything, isn’t there? And that includes an app for your Amazon Fire TV Stick. It was a smart move to make to create an app that can work as a remote, at least until your remote decides to reveal itself again. Until then, make use of the Fire TV app, provided you’re fine with putting yet another app onto your smartphone or tablet.
However, before you move forward and install the Fire TV app, you should show the requirements your devices need:
- Android devices: The version of your Android devices needs to be 4.0.3 and above. Anything before that and the app won’t work.
- iOS devices: The version of your iOS device needs to be 7.0 and above. Anything less and you’re going to have trouble.
- Amazon Fire Tablets: In order to use the Fire TV app your Amazon Fire tablet needs to be of the 4th generation variety and after. Anything before that and it won’t work.
Using the Fire TV App
Now that you have the Fire TV app installed, you’re only a few steps away from using your smartphone or tablet as a remote. Here’s what you do:
1. Locate and launch the Fire TV app. When it launches, log into your Amazon account, the one linked to your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
2. Now, choose the device you want to connect to. In order for your Amazon Fire TV Stick to appear as an option, both devices have to be on the same network connection.
3. Your Amazon TV Stick will now give you a confirmation code. Take that code and punch it into your smartphone or tablet. The connection will be made and you can now use your device as a remote.
Use your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot
Did you know you can use your Amazon Echo and Echo Dot to control your Amazon Fire TV Stick? Well, now you do. In an attempt to connect Amazon devices, the support was rolled out recently and requires very little to make use of Alexa’s commands.
What do you need? Just make sure your Amazon Fire TV Stick is hooked up to the same network connection as your Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot.