How To Pair FireStick Remote And Other Remote Pairing Tips

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Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire Cube are popular devices that make your TV smart. You can stream TV shows, movies, sports, etc., with them. But all the features can only be used when the remote works perfectly with the TV.

If you’re just setting up your Fire Stick and want to pair the remote, or your Fire Stick remote was unpaired automatically after an update, or your remote is unpaired due to any other reason, follow this guide to find out how to pair FireStick remote along with many remote pairing tips you will love. Let’s begin!

How To Pair FireStick Remote?

  1. Pair the FireStick Remote That’s Unpaired Automatically/Pair an Unresponsive Remote
  2. Pair a FireStick Remote During the Initial Fire Stick Setup
  3. Reset Your FireStick Remote and Pair It Again with FireStick
  4. Add a Replacement Remote to Your Fire Stick/Secondary FireStick Remote Pairing
  5. Set Your TV Remote to Control Your FireStick
  6. Use Your Phone as a Fire Stick Remote
  7. Pair a New FireStick Remote When the Old Remote is Lost or Broken
  8. Connect a Third-Party Remote to Your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Device
  9. Pair a Game Controller to Your FireStick and Use it as a Remote

1. Pair the FireStick Remote That’s Unpaired Automatically/Pair an Unresponsive Remote

This is common with Fire TV Sticks to unpair the remote after an update. Most of the time, updates are automatic, and after some updates, the remote stops working suddenly, leaving you frustrated. But, if this happens to you, try re-pairing it with the Fire Stick.

  • Point your FireStick remote to the TV and long-press the Home button for 15 seconds.
Amazon FireStick Remote
  • Release the Home button when you see a blue light flash on the remote or a confirmation on the TV screen.

If this doesn’t pair the remote, try this:

  • Remove the Fire Stick from the TV and its power cord.
  • Take out the batteries from the remote.
  • After 10-20 seconds, plug in the Fire Stick to the TV without attaching its power cord. 
  • Put the batteries back in the remote.
  • Turn on the TV.
  • When you see the home screen, press the Home button on your remote for 15 seconds.
  • Check if you see a blue light flash or an on-screen confirmation.

2. Pair a FireStick Remote During the Initial Fire Stick Setup

Pairing the remote for the first time on a new Fire Stick is also easy. You can use these steps if you performed a factory reset of your Fire Stick and now want to set up your Fire TV Stick.

  • Connect the Fire Stick to an empty HDMI port on your TV.
Plugging in a Fire Stick to the HDMI port of a TV
  • Plug in its power cord and connect its other end to its power adapter that goes into a power outlet. If you don’t want to use the power adapter, plug the power cable directly into the TV’s USB port.
  • Put batteries in the FireStick Remote.
  • Turn on the TV by pressing the power button on the front of the TV.
  • Use the TV’s remote to switch to the HDMI port on which the Fire Stick is plugged. Perform this by pressing the Source or Input button on your TV’s remote.
  • When you see the Fire Stick startup screen, press and hold the Home button for 15 seconds, and release the blue light on the remote flash or an on-screen prompt.
  • FireStick remotes are paired with their Fire Sticks out of the box, but we performed the pairing process to ensure that your Fire Stick remote pairs without hassle.
  • After pairing, you can go ahead with the Fire Stick setup.

If you need help with the Amazon Fire TV Setup, read below:

  • After the above steps, press the Home button on your FireStick remote to turn on the TV.
  • It’ll prompt you to press the Play/Pause button to start the setup.
Amazon FireStick Remote
  • Now, choose your language.
  • It’ll scan for networks. Press the Play/Pause button.
Scanning for networking on Fire TV
  • Choose your Wi-Fi network and enter its password.
  • The setup will check for updates and download and install them. This will take some time. Don’t unplug the power cord of FireStick during the process.
Fire TV is checking for updates during the initial setup
  • Sign in with your Amazon account. You can sign in or create a new account.
  • Signing in will show a code and instruct you to go to Amazon.com/code to sign in.
  • Use your computer or mobile or go to the link.
  • Enter the link on the mentioned web address to sign in to your Amazon account through FireStick.
  • It’ll welcome you; select ‘Continue.’
  • You’ll be asked to save your Wi-Fi password to your Amazon account. Select ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’
  • If you previously used Fire TV with the Amazon account you entered for signing in; it’ll ask if you want to restore your Fire TV settings. Select ‘Restore’ to restore the settings saved in your Amazon account, or choose ‘Skip’ to start fresh.
Restore Fire TV option during the initial setup of Fire TV Stick
  • On the next screen, you can enable ‘Parental Control’ to prevent kids from making purchases.
Parental Control option during initial setup of Fire TV
  • Now, it’ll show you to choose your streaming services. Some are free to add, while some others require a subscription for full access. Select ‘No Thanks’ if you want to add streaming services later.
  • Now, it’ll welcome you to Fire TV. Select ‘Got It.’
  • The next screen will allow you to scan for channels.
  • Then, it’ll ask if you want to add another user.
  • Done. You’re on your Amazon Fire TV Stick home screen.

3. Reset Your FireStick Remote and Pair It Again with FireStick

It had happened to many users when their Fire Stick remote stopped working, and even after multiple tries of pairing, the connection isn’t succeeding. If you’re experiencing a similar situation, consider resetting your FireStick remote.

A reset removes your remote from Fire TV Stick and any additional remote settings. Amazon recommends it for fixing remote-related issues.

3.1 Reset and Pair the Basic Edition Remote

  • Long-press the Home button on the remote. Keep pressing the Home button and press the Menu button three times.
  • Now, release the Home button.
  • This time, press the Menu button nine times.
  • After this, take out batteries from the remote and unplug your Fire TV for 1-5 minutes.
  • Place the batteries back in the remote and turn on the TV.
  • When you see the Home screen, press the Home button for 45 seconds.
  • Wait 1-2 minutes for the completion of the setup.

3.2 Reset and Pair the Alexa Voice Remote (1st Generation)

You can spot 1st generation Alexa voice remotes because they don’t have the power and volume buttons. They have Amazon written with the Amazon logo.

  • Plug out the power cord of the Fire TV and wait for 1-2 minutes.
  • On your remote, long-press the Menu and Left buttons together for 15 seconds.
Amazon FireStick Lite Remote
  • Release the buttons and remove the batteries after waiting for 5-10 seconds.
  • Plug in your TV and wait for 1-2 minutes.
  • Place the batteries back in the remote and press the Home button. If it doesn’t pair, press the Home button for 15 seconds.

3.3 Reset and Pair Alexa Voice Remotes (2nd and 3rd Generation), Alexa Voice Lite Remotes, Fire TV Smart TV Remotes, and Fire TV Soundbar Remotes

The Alexa voice remotes (2nd and 3rd generation), Fire TV Smart TV remotes, and Fire TV Soundbar remotes have the power button and volume buttons. On the other hand, the Alexa voice lite remotes don’t have the power button and volume buttons. They only have the Amazon logo at its bottom.

  • Plug out the power cord of the Fire TV and wait for 1-2 minutes.
  • Long-press the Menu button, Home button, and the Left button for 15 seconds on your remote.
Amazon FireStick Remote
  • Release the buttons and remove the batteries after waiting for 5-10 seconds.
  • Plug in your TV and wait for 1-2 minutes.
  • Place the batteries back in the remote and press the Home button. You’ll see the blue light on the remote flash or an on-screen notification. If it doesn’t pair, press the Home button for 15 seconds.

4. Add a Replacement Remote to Your Fire Stick/Secondary FireStick Remote Pairing

Fire TV Stick can remember seven remotes at a time. So, if you want to pair a few more remotes, you can easily pair them. It’s useful for situations when there are multiple users and they use different remotes.

You can also pair an additional remote and keep it as a backup if your primary remote gets broken or lost. If you want to pair a remote and decide to store it, take out its batteries and keep them with it. When the need arises, just put the batteries back in the remote and begin using it without pairing the remote.

Note: A Fire Stick can remember seven remotes at any time, but you can’t pair a FireStick remote to two Fire Sticks. If your FireStick remote is paired with one Fire Stick, and you pair it with another, its pairing with the first Fire Stick will be lost.

Follow these steps to pair a replacement remote to your FireStick:

  • Turn on your Fire TV.
  • When you’re on the home screen, go to the settings cogwheel icon at the left end.
  • This will open the FireStick settings options. Select ‘Remotes & Bluetooth Devices.’
Settings options on Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • On the next screen, pick ‘Amazon Fire TV Remotes.’
Remotes & Bluetooth Devices options on Fire TV
  • Choose ‘Add New Remote.’
  • Now, pick your new remote up, point it towards the TV and press the Home button for 15 seconds or until the FireStick recognizes it.
  • After discovering the remote, pair it to the FireStick by pressing the Select button (the middle part of the round button) on the old remote.
  • The new remote will be paired. You can now use the new and old remotes interchangeably, and your FireStick will recognize both.

5. Set Your TV Remote to Control Your FireStick

What if your FireStick remote is broken or lost? Or your remote has drained batteries, and you don’t have extra batteries. It’s 1 am, and you only want to chill by watching something on the TV? If you have your TV remote, you can use your FireStick with that remote. The process is not as straightforward as pairing a FireStick remote, so be attentive.

We’re assuming that your Amazon Fire TV Stick is already plugged into an HDMI port, and you have turned on the TV and switched to the HDMI source. FireStick is plugged in. You can see the Fire TV home screen.

  • You must go to the TV settings (not Fire TV settings). The buttons used for getting to the TV settings depend on the TV brand. Try to press the Input button and go to settings, press the Home button and go to settings, or use the Menu button on the remote to find settings.
  • Find the HDMI-CEC settings to turn it on. This setting is also labeled differently by TV manufacturers. We have listed how some TV brands label HDMI-CEC.

Hitachi: HDMI-CEC

LG: SimpLink

Mitsubishi: Net Command for HDMI

Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link

Philips: Easy Link

Samsung: Anynet+

Sharp: Aquos Link

Sony: BRAVIA Sync, Control for HDMI

Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link

  • Once you find it, enable it and close settings.
  • Now go back to the HDMI source where FireStick is connected and use the remote to control FireStick.

6. Use Your Phone as a Fire Stick Remote

We discussed a scenario in method 5 about what you can do if your FireStick remote stops working in the middle of the night. Our solution was to use the TV remote. But what if you don’t have the TV remote or it’s not working either? The answer this time is very easy – install the Amazon Fire TV app and use your smartphone as a Fire Stick remote.

  • Open Apple App Store on your iPhone/iPad or launch Google Play Store on your Android device.
  • Search and install ‘Amazon Fire TV.’
Amazon Fire TV app on Apple App Store
  • Launch the app and sign in with your Amazon account connected to the Fire TV.
  • Select the Fire TV device that you own.
  • Ensure your phone and Fire TV are connected to the same network.
  • Turn on your Fire TV.
  • It will show a ‘Fire TV Remote App Connection Request’ code.
  • Enter the code into the Fire TV app.
  • Your app will connect to the Fire Stick. Control Fire TV with your phone.

The remote interface on the app is simple. There are 5 buttons in the middle section, up, down, left, and right, with a select button in the center. At the bottom, we have the back, home, and menu buttons.

Moreover, under them, there are the rewind, play/pause, and forward buttons. The app doesn’t have volume buttons.

7. Pair a New FireStick Remote When the Old Remote is Lost or Broken

We have two methods for pairing a new FireStick remote without the old one. We’ll go through them one by one.

7.1 Pair a New FireStick Remote Directly

You can pair a new FireStick remote with your Fire TV without needing your old remote. Follow these steps:

  • Unplug the power cable from the FireStick.
  • Remove the batteries from the new FireStick remote. Make sure the batteries are in good condition. If they are old, get a new pair of batteries.
  • Now, plug the power cable into the FireStick.
  • Insert the batteries into the new remote.
  • Press and hold the Home button on the new FireStick remote.
  • Release when you see the orange or blue light flash on the remote or an on-screen confirmation on the Fire TV.

If it doesn’t pair, try the same steps again by going closer to the TV.

7.2 Pair a New FireStick Remote Using the Fire TV App

The Fire TV app lets you control your Fire TV with your smartphone. You get almost all the features of a traditional FireStick remote with the app. So, if you want to pair your new remote from the Fire TV settings when your old remote is lost, install the Fire TV app on your phone and begin pairing the new FireStick remote.

  • Connect your phone and the Fire TV to the same network.
  • Open Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your phone.
  • Search and install ‘Amazon Fire TV.’
  • Launch the app and sign in with your details.
  • Select your Fire TV device.
  • Turn on the Fire TV. (If it doesn’t open the Fire TV screen, use the TV’s remote to select the HDMI source where the Fire Stick is plugged in.)
  • You’ll find an app pairing code on the screen. Fire Stick labels it as ‘Fire TV Remote App Connection Request.’
  • Enter it into the app.
  • Your phone is now paired as a remote with the Fire TV.
  • To pair the new Fire Stick remote, use your phone to go to Fire TV settings.
  • Choose ‘Remotes & Bluetooth Devices.’
Settings on Fire TV Stick
  • Pick ‘Amazon Fire TV Remotes.’
Remotes & Bluetooth Devices options on Fire TV
  • Then, select ‘Add New Remote.’
  • When you see the Fire TV ‘Searching,’ point your new Fire Stick remote to the TV and press the Home button for 15 seconds or until the Fire Stick finds the remote.
  • To tell your Fire Stick that it found the correct remote and complete the pairing process, press the Select button (the round button in the middle of the directional buttons) from the phone.
  • The new remote is paired.
  • Now, you can use the new Fire Stick and keep the Fire TV app on the phone for emergency cases.

8. Connect a Third-Party Remote to Your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Device

Fire Stick supports many third-party, non-FireStick remotes that use Bluetooth for connection. Remotes that use the Bluetooth profiles advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP), serial port profile (SPP), and human interface device profile (HID) are compatible with Fire Stick.

Refer to the user manual of your remote to check which Bluetooth profile it uses or simply try pairing the remote with FireStick. If it pairs, it’s supported. And if it doesn’t pair, then it may not be compatible.

  • Use the old FireStick remote or the Fire TV app on your phone to go to the Fire Stick Settings and choose ‘Remotes & Bluetooth Devices.’
Settings on FireStick
  • Pick ‘Other Bluetooth Devices.’
Remotes & Bluetooth Devices options on Fire TV
  • Select ‘Add Bluetooth Devices.’
  • Make sure your third-party remote is discoverable. Fire TV will search nearby Bluetooth devices and list them on the screen.
  • Select your remote.
  • You’ll see a confirmation message that your remote has been paired.
  • Use the third-party remote to control your Fire TV.

9. Pair a Game Controller to Your FireStick and Use it as a Remote

Fire TV Sticks support all game controllers that use Bluetooth for pairing. So, you can easily pair your PlayStation or Xbox controller to the Fire Stick and use it as a remote. 

You need a FireStick remote to pair a game controller with the FireStick. If it’s lost or broken, install the Fire TV app on your phone and use it as a remote to pair a game controller with the Fire TV. The Fire TV app installation procedure is in Solution 6.

Here’s how to pair a gaming controller to your Fire TV Stick:

  • Activate the pairing mode on your game controller.
  • Use your FireStick remote or the Fire TV app installed on your phone to navigate to the Fire TV Settings and pick ‘Remotes & Bluetooth Devices.’
Settings menu on Amazon Fire TV
  • Then, choose ‘Game Controllers.’
Remotes & Bluetooth Devices options on Fire TV
  • Your Fire TV will search for game controllers. It’ll list the discovered game controllers. Select yours to pair with your Fire TV Stick.
  • Begin using Fire TV with your game controller.

If Fire TV doesn’t find your game controller, charge the controller, and try pairing it again.

Conclusion

Pairing a FireStick remote and additional remotes is fairly easy. You can also use your TV remote to control your Fire TV. Moreover, Fire Stick supports many Bluetooth remotes and controllers. Make sure to follow the steps correctly to complete the pairing process successfully.

FAQs

How Do I Pair An Amazon Fire Stick Remote?

To pair the Fire Stick remote:
– Turn on the Fire TV.
– Press and hold the Home button on the home screen from your remote for 10-15 seconds.
– Release when you see the light flash on the remote or an on-screen confirmation message on the Fire TV.

Why Is My Fire Stick Remote Not Pairing?

– The remote batteries are drained.
– The distance between the remote and the TV is more than 10 feet.
– Other Bluetooth devices are interfering with the remote’s connection to the Fire TV.
– The Fire Stick remote is damaged.

How Do I Reconnect My FireStick Remote?

– Take out the power cable of the FireStick and wait for 1-2 minutes.
– On the remote, press and hold the Home button, Menu button, and the Left button for 15 seconds.
– Release the buttons.
– Wait for 5-10 seconds.
– Remove the batteries from the remote.
– Plug the power cord into your Fire TV and wait for 1-2 minutes.
– Place the batteries back in the remote and press the Home button to pair it. If it doesn’t, long-press the Home button for 15 seconds.

How Do I Fix An Unresponsive FireStick Remote?

If your remote is unresponsive, check if its batteries aren’t drained. Now, unpair the remote and pair it again.
– Turn on the Fire TV.
– To unpair, press and hold the Back and Home buttons for 10-15 seconds.
– Wait for 60 seconds.
– Pair it again by long-pressing the Home button on the remote until you see the remote’s light flash or an on-screen confirmation.