Amazon’s Firestick has long rivaled Chromecast and Roku because of the supported benefits of Amazon Prime Membership.
Throughout this article, I intend to familiarise users with basic usage methods of pairing and unpairing the Firestick Remote. Along with these stepwise processes, we will also learn how to use our Android Smartphone as our Firestick remote.
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That makes the first outline that concerns us:
PAIRING THE REMOTE AFTER UNBOXING IT
It is an evident and logical fact that you won’t be able to navigate through the process of setting up the Fire TV stick without pairing the remote first.
Doing that is a piece of cake. During initial setup, you will be prompted to press the PLAY/PAUSE button on the Bluetooth remote as marked in the following image.
A simple one-step process.
Apart from this, there are plenty of scenarios where we might need to pair the Firestick remote with the device. We will take a glance at the possible situations we may find ourselves in. The steps will vary only slightly with each case.
PAIRING THE REMOTE:
SITUATION 1: PAIRING A REPLACEMENT/NEW REMOTE
- Remove Fire Stick from the power source.
- Put 2 AAA batteries in your new Remote.
- Put the power supply back on after about a minute and wait until the home screen loads up.
- Without needing to proceed to the next step, check if your new remote has connected automatically.
- If it didn’t pair automatically, hold down the HOME button on the remote for 10-15 seconds. A timing switch then triggers the “Pairing Mode.” The light on the remote will start blinking rapidly now as the remote is now discoverable.
- When the main screen appears, the remote is paired. If you have the 2nd gen Alexa voice-enabled remote, the remote light will display three blue flashes to inform you about the pairing.
EASTER EGG: YOU CAN ADD UP TO 70 [INCLUDING THIRD-PARTY REMOTES] ON A SINGLE FIRESTICK.
SITUATION 2: PAIRING AN ADDITIONAL/SECOND REMOTE
- To begin with, we need to press the HOME button on the Remote.
- The “Settings” tab is on the right-hand most corner of the menu bar. Slide to the Setting tab and press the big ol’ SELECT Button.
- Select the “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” option. On this page, you can also tweak other settings and make your Firestick experience more personal.
- The next page that pops on the screen shows a list of 3 options. We can also add game controllers and a third-party Bluetooth remote.
- When you get to the next screen, select ADD NEW REMOTE option.
- The following instruction will be on the screen: PRESS & HOLD HOME button for 10-15 seconds.
- As the device is discovered and appears on the screen, press the SELECT Button on the FIRST remote to acknowledge the addition of another remote. Here we have to remember that the 2nd remote has just been discovered and is not connected yet. So logically, to go ahead with it, we should press SELECT Button on the OLD remote and not on the NEW one,
- Once the Remote is connected, it gets displayed in the list of Paired dev.
We have covered all possible situations where we have to PAIR the Bluetooth remote to the Firestick.
Now let us take a look at the possible situations when we need to UNPAIR the Remote.
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SITUATION 1: UNPAIRING, GIVEN ONLY ONE REMOTE CONNECTED WITH FIRESTICK
Unfortunately, you cannot unpair a remote from its Firestick, given that remote is the ONLY remote connected. This is a safety feature as you cannot navigate through the Firestick without the Remote.
So, to unpair the remote from one Firestick, we will have to pair that remote with another Firestick first.
This can be done quickly by the steps mentioned above, depending on the situation.
SITUATION 2: UNPAIRING, WHEN MORE THAN ONE REMOTE ARE CONNECTED
In this situation, there are multiple remotes already connected to the Firestick. So, we can easily unpair any one of these remotes.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Controllers and Bluetooth Devices.
- Select “AMAZON FIRE TV REMOTES,” and a list of connected remotes will be displayed.
- Press the 3-bars MENU button on the other remote that you are using.
- Choose the ‘Press to unpair’ option by pressing the SELECT button “other remote.” Voila, the remote that you chose after Step 3 will be UNPAIRED.
Have you lost the remote? You can use your SMARTPHONE!
Those who aren’t a big fan of remotes, or keep losing it frequently, follow these steps to learn how to use your Mobile as one.
- Install the Amazon Fire TV app on your Android or iOS device from Play Store or the Apple App Store.
- Ensure the Phone and Fire TV stick ARE CONNECTED to the same WIFI for this to work.
- Open the app and choose your Fire TV device from the list of devices.
- Upon selecting Firestick TV, you have to sign in with your Amazon username and password.
- A 4-digit password will pop on the TV; enter the same in the app.
- Once the pairing is complete, your phone’s screen will turn into a display resembling a remote with various buttons.