The Fire TV Stick remote is small, sleek, and convenient. But what if you lose it? Well, that’s where your smartphone comes in handy. Using the Amazon Fire TV Remote app, you can activate your Fire TV Stick, switch apps, play/pause, and more. So let’s see how you can control your Fire TV Stick with your phone.
With your phone, you can set up and use the Fire TV Stick without using a remote. So, let’s see all the features and functions of the Amazon Fire TV Stick remote app and how it can help you use your phone as a Fire TV Stick remote. However, not all smartphones support the Fire TV Stick app.
Fire TV Remote App Requirements for Android and iOS
Before installing the official Amazon Fire TV app on your Android and iOS devices, it is worth checking that your device software is compatible with the app. Otherwise, you will not be able to install or use the app on your device. So here are the Fire TV Remote app requirements:
- For Android: Android OS 4 and above is required
- For iOS: iOS 10 or higher is required.
If your smartphone meets the above requirements, proceed to the next section to connect your devices.
Note: Before you begin, make sure your device and Fire TV Stick are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
How to Connect Fire TV Stick to Your Phone
To use your phone as a Fire TV Stick remote, you must first set up the Fire TV Remote app and pair it with your Fire TV Stick. Here’s how.
Step 1: Download and open the Fire TV Remote app. Also, make sure your Fire TV Stick is turned on and ready to use.
2nd step: Turn on your phone’s location services and Bluetooth and open the Fire TV Remote app. Grant notification and other permissions, if needed.
Step 3: In the list, tap on your Fire TV Stick.
Now a PIN code will appear on your TV screen.
Step 4: Enter this PIN into the Fire TV app.
The Fire TV remote app is ready to go. You can also use the same Fire TV remote app to control all of your other Fire TV devices. However, you may be prompted to log in to your Amazon account to access certain services.
How to Use Your Phone as a Fire TV Stick Remote
Once the Amazon Fire TV Stick remote app is fully set up, you can now use it with your Fire TV Stick. Let’s take a look at all the different features available on the Fire TV remote app and how to use them.
Navigation keys: After opening the Fire TV Remote app, the first thing you might notice are the arrow icons. Use these keys to easily navigate up, down, and sideways on your Fire TV Stick. Once you are on the app you want, tap in the middle to confirm.
Keyboard: In the top right corner, tap the keyboard icon to access keyboard services. This will allow you to easily type on your Fire TV Stick. Once you’re done typing, tap the back icon to return to the main menu.
Alexa icon: You can control your Fire TV Stick with voice commands by tapping the Alexa icon.
App icon: Tap the app icon next to the keyboard. This will open all apps currently available on Fire TV. In the list, tap the app you want to launch.
Note: Apps with cloud in the upper right corner are not currently installed on your device. Tap it to open the app install page on your Fire TV Stick.
Menu icons: Tap the plus icon to view more menu options. Here you get controls for rewind, home, menu, rewind, play/pause, and fast forward. Also, you can still use all navigation keys while menu options are expanded.
Settings: In the upper left corner, tap the gear icon. This will allow you to access the settings menu or put your Fire TV Stick to sleep.
Now control your Fire TV Stick like a pro using the Fire TV Remote app.
How to Change Your Fire TV Stick App Remote
Along with having the traditional directional control pad, the Fire TV Stick remote app also gives you the option to switch to a swipe gesture pad. You can also enable mini controls which will allow you to control your Fire TV Stick from your lock screen and notification panel.
Follow these steps to change the remote for the Amazon Fire TV Stick app.
Step 1: Open the Fire TV Remote app and tap More.
2nd step: Tap Fire TV Remote.
Step 3: Here, disable the toggle for the directional pad. This will enable the Swipe Gesture pad for your Fire TV remote app. Using this, you can swipe across the pad to browse the Fire TV Stick menu options and tap on it to confirm/open.
Step 4: Go back to the Fire TV Remote settings and tap the Mini Remote toggle to turn it on. This will help bring Fire TV remotes to your notification panel and lock screen for easy access.
Note: The Mini Remote option is only available on the Fire TV Stick remote app for Android.
The above changes to your Fire TV remote app are not permanent and you can always revert to the original controls by toggling the toggles on/off.
FAQs on Using the Fire TV Remote App
Yes, the Fire TV Remote can be used with the Fire TV Remote app.
Yes, tap the Settings icon and then tap Sleep to turn off your Fire TV Stick using the Fire TV Remote app.
Not your traditional remote
We hoped this article helped you understand how to control Fire TV with your phone as a remote. Besides using your smartphone as a remote control, you can also check out these cool gadgets to enhance your Fire TV Stick experience.