Lost Fire TV Remote Here’s How to Gain Control Again

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Gone are the days of universal remote controls; welcome to the era of specialized remotes for smart devices. Devices like Amazon Fire TV come with a tailored remote that contains just the right number of buttons and functions to enhance the device’s capabilities. However, the very specificity of these remotes also poses a challenge – lose it, and you lose control of your device, as unlike the televisions of yore, a Fire TV lacks the physical controls necessary for full navigation. So, what happens if you misplace your remote and can’t get a new one immediately? Thankfully, there are a few simple backup options available to you.

The Fire TV app is a handy solution for those who’ve lost track of their physical Fire TV remote. This app, available for free download on iOS and Android devices, can serve as a virtual remote, offering the same functionality as the physical one. Once you log in with your Amazon account and pair your device with the app, you can control your Fire TV with ease. But what if you don’t have a smartphone at hand? There’s one last emergency measure you can fall back on: your regular TV remote.

Navigating Amazon Fire TV Without the Original Remote: Your Options

Compared to the generic $5 remote you could purchase from Circuit City to operate your television in the olden days, smart device remotes like the one that comes with an Amazon Fire TV are much more specialized. These remotes are designed with just the right number of buttons and functions to optimize the device’s capabilities. However, they are also indispensable – you cannot use your Fire TV without one. This dependence can cause inconvenience if you ever misplace your Fire TV remote, as the device lacks the physical controls necessary to fully navigate menus. However, there are a few simple alternatives available.

Using the Fire TV App

The first solution is the Fire TV mobile app, a free application available for download on iOS and Android devices that can serve as a virtual Fire TV remote. Once you download the app and log in with your Amazon account, your phone will automatically detect your Fire TV if both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi. After tapping your Fire TV’s name in the app and entering the four-digit code that appears on your TV screen, your devices will be paired, and the Fire TV remote interface will appear on your phone.

The virtual remote interface provides buttons for all necessary Fire TV functions, including directional controls, home, options, and tracking buttons. You can also access your apps list and a virtual keyboard, and launch Alexa via the microphone icon at the top of the screen.

Leveraging Your Regular TV Remote

In situations where you do not have access to the original Fire TV remote or a smartphone, you can still control your Fire TV through a regular TV remote. This workaround applies if you’re using a plug-in Fire device like a Fire Stick connected to a traditional TV.

The key to this method is the HDMI-CEC functionality that is present in many TVs manufactured after 2018. This feature allows a single remote to control any compatible device. If your TV has this functionality, you can use the remote to control basic Fire Stick functions by navigating to a "control other devices" or "HDMI-CEC" option in your TV’s system settings (Samsung refers to it as Anynet+ on some TVs). However, this method only allows for basic navigation and does not support shortcuts or tracking buttons.


While the specialized nature of smart device remotes like the Fire TV remote lends itself to a more optimized user experience, it can also cause inconvenience when the remote is misplaced. However, the Fire TV mobile app and HDMI-CEC functionality on more recent television models provide viable alternatives for controlling your Fire TV. As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that more such solutions will become available to users.

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