Don’t panic if your Amazon Firestick is lost or damaged.
Pairing your Firestick remote is easy. It is possible to pair your Firestick remotes with ease if you are persistent and patient.
To pair the Firestick remote, hold down the HOME button for 20 seconds and point it at your TV.
How do I pair Firestick remote
First, make sure your Firestick device/FireTV is ON.
To pair your Firestick remote with your Firestick, you will need to locate the “HOME” button. Press it for at least 20 seconds while pointing your remote at the TV.
After 20 seconds, the remote should blink. Stop it and restart it until it blinks again.
Wait for the remote to blink 30 seconds before you attempt to use it.
You will see the remote-connected box at the bottom of your TV screen.
This can be tedious. It can take up to 20 attempts before you get it right.
Troubleshooting a Firestick remote that won’t pair
Once you have tried 20 times to pair your Firestick remote with the instructions above, you are able to power cycle your TV/Firestick device.
Power cycle TV/Firestick devices
Power cycling simply means turning off equipment and turning it back on again.
Power cycle TV
This is an easy fix but the best way to get your Firestick paired.
It is recommended that you wait at least 60 seconds before re-inserting the plug.
After you’ve waited, hold down for 30 seconds on the power button. This will turn off any remaining power to the TV’s capacitors.
This allows for the TV to perform a soft reset.
After you have plugged your TV in again, pair your Firestick remote and the TV by holding down on the Home button for 20 seconds.
Power cycle your Firestick device to see if it’s still working.
Power cycle Firestick device
Unplug the Firestick device from its USB port. The HDMI port is not required.
Unplug the device for at least 30 seconds. Then, plug it back in.
You should then reset your connection. This is the same as setting up a router, modem or another device.
It should! Great!
The Firestick remote can also be powered cycled
The TV or Firestick cannot be power cycled.
Remove the backing from your remote and remove the batteries.
Allow the batteries to rest for at least 30 seconds before inserting them again. Be sure they are facing the correct direction.
Reset the remote.
While this may seem obvious, if the connection does not reestablish, it may be worth changing the remote batteries or installing a new pair.
This is the most common solution. The simplest solution is often best.
Download the Amazon Fire TV App
It doesn’t matter if you have paired your Amazon Firestick remote again. This is the next step.
Download the free Amazon Fire TV app!
You can use the remote with your Firestick TV.
The app remote also makes a big improvement over the Firestick remote.
Firestick remotes have small keyboards, but the app allows you to type and navigate. If you’re like me, you’ll use the app more than the remote.
The app can be downloaded by searching “Amazon Fire TV” in either the Google Playstore or the App Store.
Once the app is downloaded, you will need to follow a few set-up steps. To link, you’ll need to know those exact numbers.
Make certain that your phone and Firestick TV are connected to the same WiFi network.
You can disassemble the Firestick remote and repair it.
This is the most difficult fix I’ve found. You will need to have the Amazon Fire TV App installed and set up in order to try this.
This will allow you to go into Firestick settings and unpairing your remote.
Firestick settings can be accessed using the Amazon Fire TV app that you downloaded in step 1.
After the Fire TV has been turned on, click the gear icon at the top right of the app and choose “Settings”.
Next, navigate to. Select “Remotes and Bluetooth Devices”, then “Amazon Fire TV Remotes”, and scroll down to “Amazon Fire TV Remote”.
You will likely see the “Battery”, Offline here. Even if you have new batteries!
This means that the connection isn’t working correctly.
You will need to unpair the remote by pressing the three icons at the bottom.
Continue to “Add New Remote” in “Remotes and Bluetooth Devices”.
Now you should see “Battery OK”. Your Firestick remote should be paired again.
How to pair a new remote
It is simple to pair a Firestick remote with the Amazon Fire TV app. The app can be used as a temporary remote during the next steps.
Scroll down to SETTINGS, then scroll up to CONTROLLERS/BLUETOOTH DeVICES.
Now, the Firestick or Fire TV will start looking for your new remote. Hold down on the HOME key on the new remote for a minimum of 10 seconds.
Your new Firestick remote is now added to the list. Your new Firestick remote is now paired.
NOTE You may need to hold down the home button MANY times before your Firestick remote is located.
Firestick remote won’t pair?
You could also use the Amazon Fire TV App to temporarily control your TV. Or, you can just replace your TV remote with your regular TV remote.
This trick won’t work with Fire TVs. Only Firestick devices can be plugged into the TV.
To do this workaround, you’ll need a TV equipped with HDMI-CEC.
HDMI–CEC stands for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. Our Firestick remote should be compatible with the TV remote.
Many TV manufacturers don’t call it HDMI-CEC.
This list lists the most popular TVs equipped with HDMI-CEC. You can also find their associated brand names, so it is easy to identify them.
- AOC E-link
- Insignia link
- LG SimpLink
- Mitsubishi – NetCommand
- Onkyo RIHD
- Panasonic – VIERA Link HDAVI Control or EZSync
- Pioneer – Kuro Link
- Runco International – RuncoLink
- Samsung – Anynet+
- Sharp – Aquos Link
- Sony BRAVIA Link & BRAVIA Sync
- Toshiba Regza Link or CE-Link
- Vizio – CEC
Most TVs equipped with HDMI-CEC have it disabled by default. To activate it, follow these steps:
This can be done by opening the options, settings or menu of your TV and searching for HDMI CEC.
If you have trouble finding the model of your TV and how to enable HDMI–CEC, you might try a Google Search.
I enabled it recently on my Samsung TV by clicking “Menu”, scrolling up to “System” then clicking “Anynet+”.
HDMI CEC will be enabled, and you can use the TV remote control to control your Firestick.
Pairing a Firestick remote is easy. First, turn on your Firestick TV/Fire TV and then point your remote towards your TV. For 20 seconds, hold the home button down.
After 20 seconds, you should see a small box in the bottom right corner on your TV screen. This means that the remote has been successfully connected.
You may have to repeat this step as many as 20 times. Keep going! Do not give up.
These steps will help you pair your Firestick remote to the computer.
- Turn on your TV or Firestick device
- Remote control firestick power cycle
- Fire TV App
- Firestick remotes can be repaired or made unrepairable
We are glad you were able to pair your Firestick remote.
Your TV remote can be used as a temporary remote by activating HDMI CEC on your television.
Have you managed to pair your Firestick remote? Please let us know in the comments below if you were successful!