How to Control Volume on Your Amazon Fire Stick
Trying to manage remotes in 2021 feels like trying to handle bills. Thankfully, if you’re using a Fire Stick to stream your favorite shows and movies, you can take it on yourself to reduce the number of remote controls and gaming controllers that are probably flooding your living room.
Depending on which Fire Stick model you own, you may have a remote that already controls your volume. If you don’t, that’s okay too. In this guide, you’ll see all the options you have to control how your Fire Stick works to change the volume. Let’s get started!
Use the Firestick Remote to Control TV Volume
Beginning with the Fire Stick 4K, Amazon started to equip the Fire remote with a volume rocker, a mute button, and a power switch for your TV. Regardless, you may not have a television equipped to handle the input.
If you’re trying to get your Firestick remote to work for your TV’s volume, ensure your TV supports High-Definition Multimedia Interface-Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC) and that your Fire Stick connects to a CEC-compatible port.
For anyone else who doesn’t have an Amazon Fire TV volume-equipped remote, here’s the good news: you can buy the newest version available from Amazon without having to buy an all-new device. Amazon sells remotes individually, and the more recent releases work with all Fire Sticks and most other Fire devices except early Fire TV boxes or TVs with Fire OS built-in.
Pairing the Firestick Remote for Volume Control
Pairing a new remote with your Fire Stick is super easy, and it also can help you if you have an unresponsive remote. Here’s how to do it.
- Hold down the “Home button” on your Firestick’s remote to go into the “Settings,” or navigate to it from the “Home Screen.”
- Navigate to the right and select “Equipment Control.”
- Select “TV,” then a loading screen appears.
- A new screen opens. You get asked, “What brand of TV do you have?”
- Select the appropriate brand.
- Press the “Power button” on your remote. This action turns the TV off.
- Wait for ten seconds, then press the “Power button” again. The TV turns back on.
- You get asked, “Did your TV turn off and then back on when you pressed the Power button?” Select “Yes” if it worked. You may need to try and pair the remote several times for it to work.
- Next, try turning up the volume. The device plays some music so you can check.
- If the volume changed then click “Yes.” If not, select “No” and try the setup process again.
- Follow the prompts to end the setup, you get asked about your TV’s input settings after setting the remote.
Several people have reported having to run through the remote setup process at least three times to work, so be patient and attempt it a few times. Not to bore you with some of the details of how it works, but the remote is essentially scanning and setting itself to match the frequency that the TV’s IR receiver uses.
Owners of Fire Stick devices that have the 2nd-gen Alexa remotes can also control the volume via voice commands. Press the Microphone button on your remote and tell Alexa to increase or decrease the volume.
Using Alexa to Control TV Volume
Don’t forget; if you don’t have a Fire TV Stick 4K remote that supports volume control, you can still use Echo devices to ask Alexa to turn your volume up or down. Of course, you also have the Alexa remote to talk to whenever needed. It won’t work on every television, but if your device supports CEC, you should be able to control your volume without any remote at all.
In closing, the ability to control your TV’s volume from the Fire TV Stick remote is simple, as long as you have the correct remote (4K Firestick or newer). But don’t fret if you have an older firestick model. You can either talk to your Echo Dot, use the microphone button to ask Alexa, or upgrade your remote from your older Firestick.