How to Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote

As a consumer, you have more ways than ever before to choose how you watch TV. That’s what makes Amazon’s Fire Stick so surprising—despite mounting competition from Google, Apple, and Roku, their Fire TV lineup continues to be the best way to stream movies, music, television, and so much more.

How to Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote

With apps for nearly ever video streaming service on the market, it’s an easy way to get all of your video needs met. Of course, without a remote, browsing through the newest releases on Netflix might seem impossible. If you’ve lost or broken your Fire TV remote, you might feel like all hope is lost.

Thankfully there are plenty of ways to get around a lost remote, whether you need something immediately or you have the time to order a replacement. Let’s take a look at four different ways to use your Fire Stick without a remote.

Use the Fire TV Remote App to Control a Fire TV Stick

The easiest way to get around a lost or broken remote is to turn to Amazon’s Fire TV app, available for both iOS and Android. This app gives you all the controls you get with a standard physical remote and also allows you to use your phone’s keyboard and microphone to type or voice search for movies and TV shows.

For the app to work, you have to pair your smartphone (or tablet) and your Fire TV Stick. Thankfully, it’s super easy.

  1. Connect your phone and Fire Stick to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the app on your smartphone and select the Fire Stick from the Available Devices screen.
  3. Enter the code that appears on your TV into the app to pair your devices.
  4. With your remote set up, you can virtually control your Fire Stick right from your phone.

It’s quick, simple, and the best way to replace a missing remote.

Use Alexa Voice Controls to Control a Firestick Without a Remote

Echo Dot

Finally, if you have an Echo device somewhere in your house that is linked to your Amazon account, you can use Alexa to control and manage your Fire Stick with just your voice. Here’s how to set it up.

  1. Head to the Alexa app on your phone, then select the More tab along the bottom of your display, followed by Settings.
  2. Under Alexa Preferences, select TV & Video. Amazon Alexa Settings
  3. Tap Fire TV from the list of options.
  4. Tap Link Your Alexa Device, then follow the final setup instructions to link your gadgets together. Amazon Alexa Settings - Fire TV - Link Device

You can also link individual service providers in this menu, including Prime Video, Hulu, NBC, and more. These skills allow you to use commands for specific services rather than your Fire TV in general, and they’re all worth setting up for the services you pay for each month.

Use a CEC-compliant Remote to Control a Fire TV Stick

If your television (or your universal remote) was made after 2002, you may be able to take advantage of CEC-based universal remotes. CEC-compliant remotes can control hardware from any manufacturer who complies with the CEC standard (a part of the HDMI standard governing device interoperability). While using your TV’s remote as a way to control your Fire Stick may not offer the same experience as using your actual Fire remote, it’s typically good enough to get by for basic navigation.

For most modern TVs, CEC support should be enabled out of the box. However, some TV manufacturers may not list HDMI-CEC by its actual name, so you’ll need to be familiar with the branding your television manufacturer may use. Here’s a list of some of the most common TV brands, along with the name they’ve given HDMI-CEC.

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC

Having trouble finding your TV’s CEC setting? Try searching the web for your TV’s make and model number, followed by “CEC.”

Once you’ve ensured that CEC is both included and enabled on your television, plug your Fire Stick into the CEC-equipped HDMI port, and you should be able to both set up and control your Fire Stick using your television’s remote. While you won’t have access to Alexa on your device, the D-pad and navigation keys on your remote should work out of the box.

Buy a Replacement Firestick Remote

While Amazon’s virtual remote will help you out in a pinch, there’s no true replacement for a physical remote. If you have the time and the money to order a replacement remote, there’s good news. Amazon sells remotes directly from their own warehouse, which means you won’t have to worry about getting a knockoff device or something that doesn’t actually work with your Fire Stick.

Given how long Fire TVs have been around, it’s no surprise that it’s now up to the third generation of remote, as well. For older Fire Sticks you’ll want to use either the first-generation model that includes built-in Alexa or the second-gen model that adds power and volume controls right to the remote. Make sure you check the compatibility with your Fire Stick by looking at the product description before adding it to your cart.

When your replacement remote arrives in the mail, you’ll need to pair it with your Fire TV. Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Unplug the power supply to your Fire Stick for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Reconnect your Fire Stick, then turn on your TV and wait for it to boot.
  3. Press the Select and Home button on the new remote and hold them down until you see a message on screen that the remote is connected.

You need to hold both buttons at once and hold them for up to 60 seconds before the remote and Fire TV Stick pairs. However, once you’re paired, an on-screen message will confirm your devices are synced, and your new remote will work just like the original device included in the box.

Controlling Amazon Devices

Buying a new remote is the easiest solution, but also the costliest. So, if you don’t mind downloading an app and pairing devices or using your Echo or Echo Dot to control your Fire Stick, then your streaming awaits you.

22 thoughts on “How to Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick Without the Remote”

Jim Walker says:
I have a virtual Firestick remote on my echo show that makes me use it when I try to use Netflix, Hulu etc. Is there any way to disable this feature?
Steve Larner says:
Try something like this:
1. Navigate to the settings on your Fire TV.

2. Scroll and select “Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.”

3. Choose “Other Bluetooth Devices.”

4. Find a way to delete the Echo profile.

Onve it is deleted from the Fire TV, it should not work for Fire TV and your remote will take its place.

Sandra Gross says:
Have had our Firestick about a year. It turns our TV off & on, but that is all. It opens to the home site & that’s all…Help, please!!
Steve Larner says:
To help, we need more information. Are you using your phone as a remote? How are you turning the TV on and off with the Firestick? What version of Firestick do you have? Do you have a CEC-enabled HDMI CABLE? What model is the TV? Does the TV have CEC functionality?
Manny says:
So I am missing the fire tv remote and the fire tv cube had a factory reset done right after losing the remote. I have the remote app for fire tv but I can’t connect the fire tv cube to my phone because now the fire tv has some other wifi network and I don’t have the password. It’s Direct W3 Fire tv_e123 and so how do I fix this problem
Steve Larner says:
Replace the missing remote or borrow one and reprogram it to your Fire TV Cube.
Antonin says:
One key piece missing: how to connect the fire tv to your WiFi when you don’t have the remote to make the app work?
There is a way to get around this but there is a condition: you need to know the WiFi name (SSID) and password of a WiFi network that the fire tv previously knew and that is still saved on the fire tv. Then you need 2 smartphones . With one phone you create a WiFi hotspot with the same SSID name and password as the one known by the fire tv, with the other phone you connect to the same hotspot and use the app to access the fire tv, you should be able to see the fire tv listed in the app as both the phone with the app and the fire tv are on the same network. Once you can control the fire tv, you can connect to the local WiFi. Once the fire tv is connected to the local WiFi, you can stop the hotspot and connect the phone with the app to the local WiFi and continue to use the remote from the app. This saved me, I hope you will find it useful.
Dustin D Jernberg says:
But what if you lost remote and had a factory reset done right after so SSID and Wifi network is the wifi Direct name such as Direct-w3-firetv_17d9 and I don’t have that password? What is the wifi direct factory password
Mantrorras says:
Exactly how do you connect a Fire Stick to WiFi with a remote you moron??
Graham says:
follow the instructions MORON !1
Glenn says:
Thank you so much this solved our problem we can now use our TV remote 10/10 🙂
Tessa says:
My firestick remote recently just stop working. I have tried all the hacks shown on YouTube and still nada. I had the remote on my phone but due to a reset in my internet, my firestick is now asking me to reconnect to the internet but because I don’t have a remote and my internet was reset, I cant navigate the firestick interface. Any suggestions?
GFactor says:
This entire article was dedicated to doing just that.
AdamF says:
I lost my firestick 4K remote ages ago and have been using the app on my phone but recently had to reset my firestick as it got too sluggish and was full of unwanted files. Is there a way to get through the initial setup without the remote? (e.g. via a Bluetooth mobile app vs one that needs WiFi, OTG or even using a PC)?

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Calvin says:
A friend gave me a fire stick to use but didn’t give me a remote so I cant connect my mobile app to the fire stick to get it set up on my wifi
Johanna Larson says:
Whomever wrote this article, may your new year be filled with positivity, good luck, excellent health, and abundant joy. After literally a day of failed attempts to circumvent a lost remote, this article was my last ditch effort. Totally easy to read and understand and with less than 4 steps how could one possibly go wrong! You my friend are the real deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A million times thank you!
Jennifer Hobbs says:
Had to get a replacement remote, and your instructions were the first ones which were simple and worked! Thank you!
Zee says:
I lost the remote. Keeps saying no network connection. I can’t do anything else with it. The app does nothing. It wouldn’t even recognize I have firestick
Andy says:
Just used your suggestions about downloading the Fire TV remote app when my normal remote died. Works a treat! Many thanks for your advice – would have been stuck with watching local Arabic TV without it!
Julie Guy says:
I have lost my fire stick remote..I have the app..Says it cannot connect because I have to go to settings on fire Tv & turn on ADB
Sounds simple but how do I get to fire Tv without a remote..
Emily says:
@Julie Guy Be sure to download the ‘Fire Tv’ app and not ‘Fire Remote’ to use the app remote. The Fire Tv app does not cause the “Turn on ADB” error message. I had the same problem and it worked with the other app remote!
Kevin says:
You had exactly what I was looking for, thank you. Honest and trustworthy information can be hard to find so I appreciate what you do.
Wilburn Lancaster says:
Cannot open remote device. Just received remote and trying to put in batteries. HELP!
JDPeery says:
Thank you! This saved our trip!

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