Forgot Or Lost FireStick Remote? 7 Best Ways To Operate Without The Remote

People are forgetful. Losing phones, keys, money, etc., is standard and happens to everybody. So the reason why you’re reading this article is that you have lost your FireStick remote.

And you can’t find it despite your efforts searching every nook & corner. Don’t fret. This article will discuss what you should do when you forgot or lost FireStick remote.

Let us see how you can operate FireStick without the remote.

Forgot or Lost FireStick Remote

How Does FireStick & FireStick Remote Works?

When setting up your FireStick, you need to input your WiFi credentials. FireStick uses the Wi-Fi network to get data, and you can watch your favorite movies & shows, surf the Internet, etc. And you also pair the accompanying FireStick remote in this setup. 

Depending on where you have lost the remote, you must apply different strategies to possible situations and navigate your FireStick. For example, if you lose your remote in your mouse, you can navigate the FireStick using the Amazon Fire TV app installed on your Smartphone.

But the situation gets complicated when you take your FireStick with you but leave the Remote to your house. There is no Wi-Fi network to connect to, and without a remote, you can’t set up new Wi-Fi credentials. Check out more details about this situation in this article.

Forgot or Lost FireStick Remote How To Operate FireStick Without The Remote?

  • When Both Fire TV Stick & FireStick Remote Is Within The Range Of Wi-Fi Network
  • When The FireStick Is Out-Of-Range Of Your Wi-Fi Network
  • Use A Old Version Of FireStick Remote
  • Use The TV Remote To Control FireStick
  • Control FireStick With Keyboard And Mouse
  • Control FireStick With Bluetooth

1. When Both Fire TV Stick & FireStick Remote Is Within The Range Of WiFi Network

Those who don’t know that Fire TV Stick can operate using the Amazon Fire TV app on your Android or iOS. However, there’s a catch. The Fire TV Stick & Remote must be in your home, i.e., you have lost your remote in your house. Controlling & operating Fire TV using your phone is easy. Just follow the steps given below.

  • Connect your phone with Wi-Fi.
  • Download & install the Fire TV app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Amazon Fire TV app on Google Play Store
  • After installation is completer, launch the Fire TV app.
  • Log in using your Amazon Credentials(Username & Password).
  • If your phone and Fire TV Stick are on the same Wi-Fi network, Fire TV will automatically appear on your Fire TV app.
  • Tap the Fire TV Stick on your phone’s screen.
Tap the Fire TV Stick on your phone's screen
  • Your TV will display a 4-digit number. Insert this pin in your phone’s Fire TV app.
  • Voila, you set up the Fire TV controller on your phone.

Swiping your finger up/down/left/right on your phone’s screen will simulate the arrow key on your remote. Tap on your phone to simulate the Ok key. You can use your phone’s keyboard to insert URLs, access Settings, etc.

2. When The FireStick Is Out-Of-Range Of Your WiFi Network

FireStick & the Remote was lost in the previous case but still within your Wi-Fi range. So operating with your Smartphone was easy. Just install the Fire TV remote app and insert the 4-digit PIN.

Suppose you’re traveling with FireStick in your pocket and left the remote at home. In that case, the previous method will fail. Let’s see what steps to be taken in this situation.

The first condition is to install a mobile with the Fire TV app. Secondly, a Wi-Fi hotspot with the same name(SSID) as your home’s Wi-Fi network. You can use your Desktop/Laptop(Mac computer or Windows computer) or Android with a working Internet connection to create the hotspot.

Create WiFi Hotspot on Android smartphone:

  • Open your Android Settings app.
  • Go to Connections-> Portable hotspot.
Open Settings and tap Portable hotspot
  • Tap Set Up portable hotspot.
Tap Set Up portable hotspot
  • Set the wi-fi name of your home network.
  • Set the same password.
Set the wi-fi name and password of your home network.
  • Tap on the tick icon from the top right corner of the screen.

Now that the hotspot is ready connect your FireStick to a TV in the new location. Also, connect your Smartphone with the Amazon Fire TV app installed. If FireStick connects to the fake hotspot, its name will automatically flash on your Fire TV app. Tap on it and insert the four-digit PIN displayed on the TV.

3. Navigate Using Old Fire TV Stick Remote

The best thing about the old Fire TV Stick remote is its compatibility with the newer version of FireStick. The only downside is that you will miss features such as the volume and mute key buttons. It is not present in the previous-gen FireStick remote.

  • Turn on your TV with FireStick.
  • Press & hold the Home, Back, and Left Arrow keys on the old remote controller. 
  • Keep holding them for at least 10 seconds.
  • Restart the FireStick. It will pair automatically with the old remote after the Restart.

4. Use The TV Remote To Control Amazon Fire TV Stick

First, let’s introduce the HDMI-CEC feature. The CEC or Consumer Electronics Control acts as an interface to control any electronic devices connected to your smart TV. Every Smart TV has this feature pre-installed. But the name is different in different brands.

Here’s a list of popular Smart TV Manufacturers and the name of the HDMI-CEC option.

  • SimpLink in LG.
  • HDMI-CEC in Hitachi.
  • EasyLink in Philips.
  • Bravia Sync in Sony.

The CEC feature is enabled by default. But if you want to check the active status, you can do so by following these steps.

  • Open FireStick Settings.
  • Go to HDMI.
  • Ensure the status of the CEC feature is set to ON.

Now everything is set, you can use your Smart TV remote to control the FireStick.

5. Control FireStick With Keyboard And Mouse

You can also operate FireStick using Keyboard or Mouse. The trick is to buy a Micro USB splitter or USB Connector. Connect one of the connectors (micro USB) to the FireStick, and insert your Keyboard or Mouse receiver dongle to the other end. Also, it is much more comfortable to use a keyboard & mouse to navigate the Fire TV web browser.

A micro USB connector

6. Control FireStick With Bluetooth

FireStick also supports Bluetooth connectivity. So you can use your Bluetooth device, such as Mouse or Keyboard, to pair with your FireStick and operate it when you lose the FireStick remote.

Follow these steps to pair a Bluetooth device with FireStick.

  • Open FireStick Settings.
  • Navigate to Remotes & Bluetooth Devices-> Other Bluetooth Devices.
  • Click on the Add Bluetooth Devices option.
  • Search for your Bluetooth device name on the TV screen.
  • Tap on your device name.

You’re done pairing the Bluetooth device with your FireStick.

7. Bonus: Navigate fire TV Using Amazon Alexa

First, you need to set up the Alexa with Fire TV Stick so that you can verbally command and navigate your Fire TV.

  • Open the Amazon Alexa app on your Smart TV.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Select TV & Video.
  • Tap the plus(+) sign beside the Fire TV option.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and sync Alexa with Fire TV Stick.

When you lose your FireStick remote, you can navigate verbally using Amazon Alexa. For example, let’s say something like, “Alexa, play Avengers on my Fire TV.”


That’s it. Using the above solutions, you can operate your Fire TV Stick when you lose your FireStick remote. The most potential solution you can apply is using the Fire TV app to manage your FireStick from your Smartphone. 

But that’s when FireStick and remote are within your home WiFi range. However, if you only take FiresStick with you but leave the remote at home. You can salvage the situation by creating a temporary wifi hotspot using your laptop or Android phone. Too bad that you can’t change your iPhone’s hotspot name.

The next best thing you can do is operate FireStick with the previous generation oF FireStick remote. Also, Firestick has Bluetooth connectivity. So you can use Bluetooth Mouse or Keyboard to pair it with your FireStick and operate the Fire TV.

Lastly, if none of the above methods don’t work for you, either find the lost remote or buy a completely new replacement from Amazon.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What If You Lost Your Fire Stick Remote?

You can either look out for your remote in places where you might have lost it or use the following alternatives to operate the Fire TV. If you lose the remote within your Wi-Fi range(home), you can install the Fire TV smartphone app and use it to operate your Fire TV.
However, if FireStick is out of range of your wi-fi, set up a new hotspot with the same SSID & password as your home wi-fi. Also, you can use an OTG cable to connect an external Mouse or Keyboard to FireStick. Use the CEC feature to operate FireStic using a TV Remote.

How To Navigate FireStick Without Remote And Wi-Fi Network?

You can create a temporary hotspot with the same wifi name and Password as your home wifi. Connect the FireStick to the new hotspot. Open the Fire TV official app on your Smartphone and connect to the same hotspot.
Tap the name of FireStick flashing on your screen, and insert the four-digit number flashing on the TV screen. Voila, you are now connected to your FireStick.

How To Pair A Bluetooth Mouse With My Fire TV Stick?

If you have a Bluetooth mouse and want to connect it with your Fire Tv Stick, follow the steps. First, open Fire TV settings. Navigate to Remotes & Bluetooth Devices-> Other Bluetooth Devices.
Select Add Bluetooth Devices. Your Bluetooth mouse will flash on the TV screen. Select the mouse to start the pairing process.

Can I Navigate My Fire TV With Keyboard?

Yes, you can use your keyboard to control your FireStick. A USB connector(OTG cable) or a micro USB splitter is required to connect your Keyboard and FireStick. Insert the micro USB port into FireStick, and the USB receiver dongle to the USB port.