Losing a remote is a nightmare, especially if it’s a tiny remote like the Amazon Fire TV Stick Remote. Is your firestick remote lost too and you want to know what to do next? Well, the simple answer is that, in certain scenarios, you can still use your Firestick without a remote.
Firestick Remote Lost: Let’s Understand How Firestick Operates
The Amazon Fire TV stick works on WiFi as the base connection when you set it up. Fire TV Stick comes with a Bluetooth-powered remote, hence will use a Bluetooth connection to connect with your Fire TV Stick. This is the only way you can use the Firestick to get to the point of pairing.
You’ll need the remote to pair the Firestick the first time ever, which is not an issue as most people won’t lose it right after purchasing. So if you ever lose your Firestick Remote, your Fire TV stick will still switch on but you won’t be able to navigate due to the lack of a remote.
However, the worst thing is losing the remote at an entirely different place where the wifi is also not the same as configured. We will discuss everything in this guide.
I Lost my Firestick Remote: What to do Next?
So you lost or forgot your firestick remote? Below are some of the most common scenarios and ways to keep using your Fire TV Stick even without the remote :
1. When your Firestick Remote is lost inside your own house:
When you lose your firestick remote within the premise of your building, it’s almost certain that you eventually find it. Until then you’ll need a replacement to navigate around the Fire TV OS interface so you don’t miss that TV series that everyone is talking about.
The easy way to do this is by using the Fire TV Remote App. For those who don’t know, you can control your Fire TV stick using your Smartphone using this App. Once you configure the app, you will be able to use your phone as a remote.
If your phone and the Fire TV Stick are on the same network, you will see your Fire TV Stick on your smartphone inside the Fire TV app. Tap on that to start pairing. Now your TV screen will show a 4 digit pin.
Insert the pin inside the Fire TV app and complete the pairing.
Now you can start using the Fire TV Stick with your Android or iOS smartphone as long as both the devices are on the same network.
After the successful connection between Fire TV Stick app and your Fire TV Stick, you can use the Fire TV App to navigate inside your Fire TV Stick. Use Swipe gestures inside the app to move around inside your Fire TV OS. To open/play anything, navigate on that option/movie/series and tap once on your Fire TV app.
This is a pretty neat Fire TV Remote alternative when your Fire TV remote is lost. You can even use this app while your remote is working but you are too lazy to get out of your blanket on a cold winter night.
2. Firestick Remote Lost Away from Home :
Now coming to another scenario, this is more likely to happen if you are traveling with your Fire TV Stick out of your house and left the remote at home or lost it within the hotel room.
You can use the Fire TV app here as well but using it will be a bit tricky since the Firestick remote is lost, and your Firestick will not recognize the hotel’s WiFi.
To fix this, we will need two devices :
- A phone with Fire TV app installed
- A Device that acts as the hotspot. You can use an Android phone or Windows PC or MAC to do this, as the iPhone doesn’t support changing wifi SSID.
The trick here is to make Fire TV think that we are still on the Wi-Fi name it recognizes and then changes the wifi to the new one.
Start by installing the Amazon Fire TV app on one of the phones (Android or iOS) and open the app. If you already have the app installed, then you will see that the app is no longer getting connected with your Fire TV Stick.
Now the next and the most crucial part of this method is to create a mobile hotspot with the same WiFi name (SSID) and Password as the one at home.
In my case, my home WiFi SSID is ‘MrnoobNetwork’, so I will have to change the SSID and password on my other device’s hotspot to match with it.
This will trick Firestick to treat the hotspot as a known WiFi connection.
And you will be able to use your Fire TV App to control your Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you want to use a new wifi connection then use the app to change the WiFi in the Fire TV app, input a password, and hit ‘Connect‘.
Now again the app and Fire TV stick will get disconnected, now just connect your phone and Fire TV Stick with the new wifi network and it will start working again.
3. Use Another Fire Stick’s Remote:
The Firesticks remote works on Bluetooth technology to pair, if you lose your Fire TV Stick remote then you can easily take control of the navigation by borrowing a friend’s remote and connecting it.
You can even use the previous-gen Fire tv remote to connect to a new one like Fire TV Stick 4k.
Simply, hard reset any Fire TV Remote by pressing and holding the Back, Menu, and Left buttons for 15 seconds and remove the batteries.
Now restart your Fire TV Stick and put the batteries back inside the remote, then press the ‘Home‘ button. Now you can use the new Firestick remote to control your Fire TV stick.
You can use the same method to connect Fire TV App with your Fire TV stick.
4. Use Keyboard or Mouse:
You can use a keyboard or a Mouse to use a firestick. The process however is a bit tricky, to do this you will have to buy a USB connector to connect your keyboard or mouse to the Fire TV Stick.
The trick here is buying a USB OTG connector for your Fire TV Sticks. You can use this USB OTG connector to connect your Fire TV stick alongside a USB device. (USB dongle for your Keyboard/Mouse)
Just get this USB OTG connector for the fire tv stick and connect one side of the Male Micro USB end to the fire tv stick. Now power it up by hooking up the USB cable to the female end of the OTG and insert the mouse/keyboard adapter. in the Type A slot.
You can also use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo to use both keyboard and mouse at the same time with the unifying receiver.
5. Use Fire TV stick with Bluetooth Accessories:
Since Firestick supports Bluetooth, you can also use some Bluetooth accessories like a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse to operate your Fire TV Stick.
First pair the fire tv stick app with your fire tv and then use the fire tv app to navigate to the Bluetooth page.
To do this, go to Settings > Remotes & Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices > Add Bluetooth Devices.
Now Select the Bluetooth accessory and you are good to go. In this case, I am using the Logitech M585 Bluetooth mouse with my Fire TV 1st Gen.
You can use Bluetooth enabled mouse and keyboard to navigate around the fire tv stick’s user interface. a better way to do this is to use a mini keyboard with Bluetooth.
The next easiest thing to do if you lost your firestick remote is to use an air mouse. An air mouse is the combination of a remote and a mouse. You get a full qwerty keyboard on almost all air mouse.
To use an air mouse, just insert the air mouse dongle inside the OTG adapter cable and it should start working.
Most Air mice have navigation buttons like the usual fire tv stick remote and air mouse button to navigate freely as a mouse if you flick the remote in the air. This is indeed a must-have Fire TV Stick accessory.
7. Use your TV remote with HDMI CEC to control the Fire TV stick
Most of the branded TV models these days come with an optional built-in called HDMI Consumer Electronics Control or HDMI-CEC. HDMI-CEC makes it easy to use 3rd party devices with HDMI CEC support to be used directly via the TV remote.
To use HDMI CEC on your Smart TV, you will have to make sure that the service is turned on. The HDMI CEC service is turned on by default in most cases but if it’s not then you will have to turn it on manually.
Almost every manufacturer has HDMI CEC built-in but the problem is that every brand has their patented word for the same. You can refer to this table to know what HDMI CEC is called in your brand.
And then enable the options on your TV to use your TV remote to control the Fire TV Stick.
How to Find Lost Firestick Remote?
The only way to get track of your lost Firestick remote is by looking for it where you think you have lost it. However, we have discussed some of the best alternatives that you can use if you are unable to find the lost firestick remote in your house or wherever it was lost.
Which is the Best Firestick remote replacement?
In this guide, we have discussed many firestick remote replacement. If you want to purchase a proper fire stick replacement with Alexa controls built-in then getting an official fire tv stick remote is a good idea but if you like 3rd party remotes with more functionality and no Alexa support then getting an air mouse is a good idea.
How to control Firestick without remote:
To control Firestick without a remote, you will have to use the methods that we discussed in this guide and choose the one which works best for you like using it with a mobile app or using Firestick with HDMI CEC or even an air mouse.
Firestick Remote Lost: Conclusion
So these are all the ways you can manage your ‘When your Firestick remote get lost’ situation.
Using the Fire TV mobile app seems like the easiest way to fix the lost Firestick remote problem. However, the most efficient way will be using a keyboard mouse combo and air mouse. I personally prefer the Air mouse because of the portability and ease of use with the Fire tv stick.
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