There is little more frustrating than a remote control of a device that doesn’t work. If your Amazon Fire TV Stick remote is having issues and you can’t use it to control your Stick, we’ve got a few troubleshooting tips.
Check the batteries of your remote control
When your remote stops working, the first thing to check is the batteries.
It is possible that the batteries are not installed correctly or that the battery is completely empty. In the first case, remove the batteries from the remote control and reinsert them. If that doesn’t work, replace the old batteries with new ones and see if that fixes the problem.
Doing the above will solve most battery-related issues with your Fire TV Stick remote. However, it is also possible that you have a loose battery contact, for which iFixit provides a guide to fix this.
Bring your remote closer to your Fire TV Stick
Your Fire TV Stick’s remote uses Bluetooth for connectivity, meaning it has a range of 30 meters. You need to make sure that your TV and your remote control are within this range. If both items are far from each other, bring them closer and see if the remote control works.
Also make sure there are no obstacles between your TV and your remote. If there are, remove them and your remote will work.
Pair your remote with your Fire TV Stick
One possible reason your Fire TV Stick remote isn’t working is that you haven’t paired it with your Stick. This is usually the case with new remotes, but it could also be that your existing remote has been unpaired for some reason.
Either way, it’s easy to pair a remote with your Stick. To do that, first turn on your Fire TV Stick. Then bring your remote close to the TV.
On the remote you want to pair, press and hold the Home button for about ten seconds.
Your remote will be paired with your Stick and you can now use it to perform your actions.
How to Fix a Damaged Fire TV Stick Remote
If your remote still doesn’t work, chances are it has been physically damaged. It may look good and fine from the outside, but the circuit inside may be damaged.
In this case, you can try to repair your remote or buy a replacement remote from online stores like Amazon.
Alexa Voice Fire TV Remote Control
This replacement remote is compatible with Fire TV Sticks (2nd generation and later) and comes with Alexa voice control.
If you decide to buy a new remote, make sure you pair it properly with your Stick so that it works as it should. While you wait for the new remote to arrive, you can control the functions of your Stick using the Amazon Fire TV app on your iPhone or Android phone.
And that’s how you solve some common problems with your Fire TV Stick remote. We hope your remote starts to work!
If your Fire TV Stick itself is having issues, try clearing its cache and doing a system reset.
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