How to Use Your Phone as a Remote Control With Amazon Fire TV Stick

Lost your Fire remote? Take control with this app on iOS and Android

A woman using the Fire Stick TV remote app to control her Fire TV.

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The remote that's included with Fire TV Stick and Fire TV devices works great, and it's small, so it doesn't take up a lot of space. That compact size makes it alarmingly easy to lose though, and even if you have a Fire TV Cube, or a Fire TV Stick that's connected to an Echo Dot, you still need the remote to navigate certain menus.

Whether you've lost your Fire TV Stick remote, or you just want an extra remote without having to buy one, the official Fire TV Stick remote app is capable of controlling Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube devices.

The Fire TV Stick remote app can also control other Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 4K. You can download this single app and use it as a remote for all of your Fire TV devices.

Requirements to Use the Fire TV Phone App

The Fire TV Stick remote app is available for both Android an iOS, but there are some phones it doesn't work with. Here are the basic requirements that your device needs to meet if you want to use the Fire TV Stick remote app:

  • Fire tablets: Works on all 4th generation and later Fire tablets.
  • Android: Requires Android OS 4.0.3 or newer.
  • iOS: Requires iOS 7.0 or newer.

Some devices are compatible with the app, but only if you update the operating system.

How to Get the Fire TV Phone App

The Fire TV Stick remote app is available directly from Amazon, Apple, or Google, depending on the type of device you have.

Here's where you can get the app:

How to Set Up the Fire TV Stick Remote Control App

Once you have download and installed the Fire TV Stick remote app on your phone or compatible tablet, you're ready to set it up with your Fire TV. To accomplish this, you'll need access to both your Fire TV and your phone.

Here's how to set up the Fire TV Stick remote control app:

  1. Launch the Fire TV Stick remote app.

  2. Tap SIGN IN.

    A screenshot of the Fire TV remote control app.
  3. Enter the email and password for your Amazon account, and tap Sign In.

    A screenshot of the Fire TV remote app sign in screen.
  4. Select your Fire TV Stick, or any other Fire TV device you own.

    A screenshot of the Fire TV remote device selection screen.

    If you don't see your device, make sure that it's plugged in and connected to the same network as your phone.

  5. Turn on your television, and switch to the input associated with your Fire TV Stick, or whichever Fire TV device you're trying to control.

  6. Look for the Fire TV Stick remote app connection request code number.

    A screenshot of a Fire TV device connection PIN.
  7. Enter the code in your Fire TV Stick remote app.

    A screenshot of the Fire TV remote app code entry screen.
  8. Wait for the app to connect to your Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device. When the process completes, you'll be ready to use your phone as a remote control.

How to Use the Fire TV Stick Remote App

The Fire TV Stick remote app mimics the same functionality that you're used to from the physical Fire TV Stick remote. It has all the same buttons, and they do all of the same things.

The only differences between the remote app and the physical remote are:

  • The app has a touchpad in the middle instead of the circle button.
  • The app has a built-in keyboard.
  • The app includes a shortcut list that allows you to launch any of your apps whenever you want.

Here's how to use to Fire TV Stick remote app:

  1. Tap anywhere on the touch pad area to select the currently highlighted item on your Fire TV.

    A screenshot showing how to use the select functionality on the Fire TV remote app.
  2. With your finger pressed down in the touch pad area, move your finger left, right, up, or down to scroll in that direction.

    A screenshot showing how to scroll using the Fire TV remote app.
  3. To move your selection without scrolling, swipe from the middle of the touchpad in the direction you want to move.

    A screenshot showing how to move your selection with the Fire TV remote app.
  4. Tap the keyboard icon in the upper left corner to access the keyboard.

    Keyboard icon for Fire stick on Android phone

    Voice controls are only available in certain countries. If you live in an area where Amazon doesn't allow voice controls, downloading this app will not enable voice controls.

  5. Tap and hold the microphone, then say what you're looking for, or say the name of an app you want your Fire TV to open.

    Microphone icon in Amazon Fire app on Android
  6. Tap the Apps & Games icon, located between the microphone and keyboard icons, to launch the Apps & Games shortcut menu.

    Apps & Games shortcut menu in Amazon Fire app on Android phone

    Tap any app or game in this list to instantly launch it on your Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device.

  7. The return, home, menu, reverse, play/pause, and fast forward buttons all work exactly the same way they do on the physical remote.