How to Also Turn Off Your TV With Your Amazon Fire Stick Remote

When it comes to watching entertainment on the big screen, nothing can top the power and efficiency of the Amazon Fire TV line of devices. Starting at just $39.99 for the 1080p Fire Stick, Fire TV allows you to watch Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon’s own Prime video service, and thousands of other apps right on the big screen.

How to Also Turn Off Your TV With Your Amazon Fire Stick Remote

Though it wasn’t the first Amazon Fire TV device, the Fire Stick (and its 4K sister product) are by far the most popular, and competes directly with the likes of Roku and Google Chromecast in the budget streaming device market. The device plugs into the back of your television through HDMI (either with the stick itself or using the bundled adapter for tight connections), and connects to your home WiFi connection in order to deliver media straight to your television using apps, just like your smartphone.

If you’re trying to simplify your home theater setup, you’ve come to the right place. The Fire Stick can go a long way in helping to make your experience watching television feel more premium and more straightforward. Let’s take a look at how to turn off your television using your Amazon Fire Stick.

The New Fire Remote

The easiest way to control your television using your Fire Stick is by utilizing the newest Fire Remote made available by Android. Unlike older models of the Fire remote, the newest version (first introduced with the 4K Fire Stick, and now bundled with all Fire devices) includes an IR blaster that allows you to control the volume and, more importantly, the power of your television, right from the remote itself. It’s easy to tell if you have this version: if you see a volume rocker on the bottom of your Fire remote (along with a power button in the top-left corner), you have the newest model.

If you don’t have this model, don’t fret—you don’t have to upgrade your entire Fire Stick to get the newer remote. Amazon sells this remote as an upgrade for existing consumers for $29.99 on their website, with occasional sales and drops in price. You’ll want to make sure that your television supports generic IR blasters before buying, but for most people, this remote will allow them to control their Fire Stick navigation, along with the power and volume of their television, all from one device.

Using CEC

Consumer Electronics Control, or CEC,  is built into many contemporary TVs. CEC is an HDMI protocol which allows CEC-enabled devices to trade information and accept controls via HDMI. If you have a CEC-enabled TV, you should be able to use your Firestick to control its functions. Just make sure that CEC commands are enabled on both the TV and the Firestick.

For illustration purposes, this article describes a Vizio TV. You shouldn’t have any problems navigating the menus to turn on CEC on any other TVs though. This is one of those things that once you see it, you’ll know how to apply it to other situations.

  1. Press the Menu button on your television’s remote.
  2. Access your System Settings by heading to System and locating CEC.
  3. Toggle the CEC option left or right to enable it.

An Important Note

A lot of manufacturers use different names for CEC on their TVs. They might call it something proprietary but they all mean the same thing.

LG uses SimpLink, Samsung Anynet +, and Sony either Bravia Sync or Bravia Link. If you can’t find the exact name for your TV, here’s a complete listing on Wikipedia.

Enabling CEC on Your Fire Stick

Once you’ve enabled CEC on the TV, you should make sure that the option is also enabled on your Firestick. It is worth noting that CEC is usually enabled by default on most Firesticks, but it wouldn’t hurt to double check.

These are the steps to enable CEC on your Fire TV:

  1. Navigate to the Settings menu on your Fire Stick. Fire TV Homepage
  2. Then, click on Display & Sound from the list of options. Fire TV Settings page
  3. Now, under Display & Sound, navigate down and make sure HDMI CEC Device Control is turned on.

After enabling CEC on your Firestick, you should be all set. For example, press the Home button on the Firestick remote and the TV should immediately turn on and display the Fire TV home screen. Turning off the TV is even simpler. Just tell Alexa to turn off your TV and she will do it for you. Different TVs offer different CEC capabilities, so you might have even more options.

Make sure to pair your Firestick with an Amazon Echo device, if you are using one of the older non-voice-operated models.

Other Cool Alexa TV Controls

You might not be aware that you can actually control your satellite and cable TV box via Alexa, in addition to turning the TV on and off. These all work with Alexa: Optic Hub, Dish, Tivo, Fios, and Frontier. This is how to connect your satellite or cable TV box to the Alexa app.

  1. Start by launching the Alexa app on your phone, then select Music, Video, and Books from the settings menu.
  2. Select your Provider under the Video tab.
  3. Choose the Manage and Link Devices option that appears in your provider’s menu and tap on Link a device.
  4. Select your set top box.
  5. At this point, you need to choose the Alexa-enabled device that will control your TV and tap on the Link Devices button to confirm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Turn My Fire TV Stick Back On?

Like many devices nowadays, the Amazon Fire TV Stick doesn’t shutdown unless you unplug it. Instead, they go into sleep mode to conserve power while still retaining the ability to receive updates, etc. from Amazon.

To awake a Fire TV Stick from its Sleep mode, simply press the Home button located on your Fire TV remote. Fire TV Remote home button

Why is the Fire TV Stick Keeping My TV From Turning Off?

Most smart devices don’t actually turn off, they only go into a standby or sleep mode. Although this feature is meant to save power, it can cause unforeseen issues when pairing with the multitude of devices that it can.

If your TV utilizes an auto shutoff feature, then you’ll need to manually turn off the TV or unplug the Fire TV Stick for your TV to properly turn off.

Even though your Amazon Fire Stick may just be a simple stick that plugs into the back of your television, it’s an incredibly powerful device that makes it easy to control your entire home theater set up. Whether you choose to upgrade your existing Fire remote, or enable CEC and Alexa support right on your Fire Stick itself, turning your television off and on with your Fire Stick is a simple task, allowing you to turn on your television and select your new favorite show all from one single device.

6 thoughts on “How to Also Turn Off Your TV With Your Amazon Fire Stick Remote”

Avatar Cynthia says:
Purchased a new 2020 firestick – setup worked great. I watched tv for a while, then shut it off and now when i turn it back on – all i get is a black screen that shows No Signal. the only way to get it to work is to unplug everything tv/firestick and plug back in then it works. getting really frustrated – how do i get the firestick to turn back on without unplugging?
Avatar Jerry Isaacs says:
It may help if you plug your firestick power transformer into 120v receptacle and into a USB port that both stay live even when you turn the TV off. Mine is wired that way, and I do not have the problem that you describe.
Avatar Kyle says:
Fire tv keeps my tv from auto shutting off. It burned up one of my other tv’s when I left it on the entire vacation away. Any thoughts on how to fix this?
Avatar Jerry Isaacs says:
I have an old Sharp TV that is pre-CEC, according to Sharp. The TV is approx 10 yrs old. I can use the firestick 4k, but I cannot use my amazon remote for volume up/down or to turn the TV on/off. Sharp could not provide me with an ir code. Am I hosed, or is it likely that one of the 69 Sharp codes that I have found for Sharp TVs will be of use??
Avatar Jerry Isaacs says:
I solved that problem by giving Sharp TV to our cleaning lady and buying a 55-inch LG smart TV.
Avatar Stephen W. Cooper says:
Sounded great, except it did not work. 43″ LG TV both CEC enabled. have Firestick 4K.
Alexa will turn on TV. Tell her to turn off TV she says OK but nothing happens. Volume control on Firestick sometimes works except pushing up volume and volume goes down. Push down button nothing happens. Amazon tech said remote was B/O
and sent me a new one. Same responses to either remote.
Avatar Mark Schwartz says:
I have tried about everything to get the surround sound and other features to work with my Firestick and get my Amazon Echo to work with the TV all the time.

Here are my components
TV – Samsung UN65H7150AFXZA
AMP- Pioneer VSX-524K
Blu-Ray- Samsung BDH59
COX Cable box – Contour XC1-A

The connections are as follows;
Cable box HDMI-TV to AMP HDMI SAT/CBL

Blu-Ray HDMI OUT to AMP HDMI DVD

AMP HDMI OUT to TV HDMI IN 2 (ARC)

FireStick to HDMI IN 1 (STB)

FireStick turns the TV on and off with voice and goes to where I want it to go. I get no surround sound at any time. I get what comes out of the TV speaker. What do I do?

I linked the Firestick to Alexa Echo.
When I say Alexa turn on or off the TV I get her saying, “Sorry TV not responding”

If I say Alexa tune to NBC the TV turns on and goes to not NBC but to the last channel I was watching.

So the TV is responding just only to a certain command.

If I say Alexa, tune to HGTV, ESPN or anything else she answers Couldn’t find HGTV, ESPN or whatever I ask for.

So, how do I get everything to work. I tried what you stated about the CEC.

Avatar janelle Kessler says:
what if I don’t have an Alexa? I just have the firestick.
Avatar Edward says:
Can I turn off read on TV with only fire stick no Alexa?

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