"It's probably under the sofa" - that's the usual response you'd get if you've ever lost ONE remote control, includingControl Fire TV Stick remotely. If you've already searched everywhere and still can't find your lost Firestick remote, don't worry, all hope is not lost yet. There are still a few ways you can use the Fire TV Stick without the physical remote. I've made a list of all the possible situations where you can still use your Fire TV Stick even after losing your FireStick Remote. Let us begin.
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understand the problem
The Fire TV Stick works over a Wi-Fi connection, and when you set up the device for the first time, use the remote control to navigate the interface and save your Wi-Fi credentials to the device. However, if you lose your remote, the Fire TV Stick will still turn on and connect to Wi-Fi. But if you don't have a remote control, you can't do anything.
This situation is made worse when you go out of range of your standard WiFi network, which can happen if you take your FireStick somewhere and forget the remote at home or lose it altogether. I tried to fix this problem and listed 5 ways you can use your FireStick without Fire TV Stick Remote.
How to navigate and control the FireStick without a remote control
1. When the Firestick Remote is lost around the house
For those who don't know, you can use your smartphone to navigate and control the FireStick. If you're connected to the same network that your Firestick is connected to, you can log into the app and use your phone as a full-featured remote control.
First,Install the Fire TV appof theLoad gameor theAppstore. Once installed, launch the app from the app drawer. If you are now on the same network,Your Firestick should automatically appear in the appwithout having to register. After tapping the Fire TV Stick on your phone, you will be prompted to do soEnter a 4-digit PINin App
The code will be displayed on the TV,Enter the code to connect the Fire TV Remote appa su FireStick.
Now everything is set up, your application would look like the image below. This is the digital remote control for the FireStick and it does itslide your finger over the blank areaSimulate arrow keys andTouch the empty field to press OK. With the remote app, you can go to settings, use Alexa, enter URLs with smartphone keyboard, etc.
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The app is a decent alternative to the traditional remote control and you can use it when you can't find your remote control or are too lazy to get up and look for it.
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2. If you lose your Firestick Remote on the go
Connecting the smartphone app to the Fire TV Stick was easy since it was connected to your home WiFi. However, if you are not at home and forgot the remote control, it would take more work to get it working.
You would need two smartphones; one that acts as a remote control for the FireStick, and we're going to need thatanother smartphone that can create a WiFi hotspot. Unfortunately, the iPhone's hotspot name cannot be changed, so I suggest you use aMac-Computer, AWindows-Computer, o einsAndroid-Smartphonewith a working internet connection.
As before, install the Fire TV app on your smartphone, sign in with your Amazon credentials, and keep them aside. The next part is crucial to make the whole process work. We are going toCreate a WiFi hotspot using the same credentials as your home WiFi. The Wi-Fi name and password are case-sensitive, so create an access point with that in mind.
Create a new access point with the same name and password that your Firestick was previously connected to. After that, connect the Fire TV Stick to the TV and turn it on. should automaticallyConnect to the WiFi hotspot you just created. Connect the other smartphone to the same Wi-Fi network.
That's it, your Fire TV Stick should automatically appear on the Fire TV remote using the hotspot you just created. However, you can now change the Wi-Fi if you want to use FireStick in the new location.
Go to Settings on the Fire TV Stick > scroll to Network > select the Wi-Fi network > enter the password.
3. Use the previous generation Firestick Remote
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is backwards compatible, which means you can take the remote from an old Fire TV Stick and use it as the standard. The previous generation remote lacks a few buttons, namely volume, mute and power buttons. So if you're using the older generation remote on the 4K Firestick, you're going to miss out on these buttons. Otherwise it would work the same way.
There is a lothidden shortcut keys you can presson the Firestick Remote, including resetting the remote. To pair your older generation remote with the newer FireStick,Just hold down the Home, Back, and Left arrow keys simultaneously for ten seconds.and then restart your FireStick. The new (technically older) remote control will be paired automatically after a restart.
4. Use your TV remote to control FireStick
Most Smart TVs come with itHDMI-CECo Control of consumer electronics. Basically it is an interface that allows you to control electronic devices connected to your TV via HDMI with your TV remote control. It's an incredibly useful feature if you don't want to use multiple remotes or lose one.
Most TVs have the feature enabled by default, but to be sure we'll double-check before proceeding. Now every TV manufacturer labels this feature differently, so you may need to figure out what it's called. For example, LG calls it SimpLink, Philips calls it EasyLink, Hitachi calls it HDMI-CEC, Sony calls it Bravia Sync, etc. Find the HDMI CEC option in the TV settings and turn it on. Now you can navigate the Firestick using the arrow keys on the TV. However, each TV manufacturer modifies the technology and implements it in their own way, so the experience may vary and some features may not work.
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5. Use a keyboard or mouse with the FireStick
The above methods are enough to provide full functionality when you lose the remote but want to surf the websideloaded Firestick appsAs a web browser, the FireStick remote doesn't even come close to matching the capabilities of a full-size keyboard. You can connect an external mouse or keyboard to oneSplitter Micro USBfrom amazon
These were some ways you can try if you lose your Fire TV Stick remote. The official application is the ideal solution if you lose the remote control inside the premises of the house. But it doesn't work if you're not at home. You can easily change the Wi-Fi by following the above methods and get the device working even without a remote control. If none of the above methods work for you, the only option left isbuy a replacement from amazonfor $29.
What do you think of these methods? If you have any tricks, please let me know in the comments below.
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