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

What to Know

  • The remote that comes with Fire TV Stick and Fire TV devices works great, but you don't need it to navigate certain menus.
  • The official Fire TV Stick remote app can control Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube devices.
  • The Fire TV Stick remote app is available for both Android and iOS, but it doesn't work with every device.

Here's how to set up and use the app on your phone, plus lists the requirements your device needs to use the app.

How to Set up the Fire TV Stick Remote Control App

Once you've 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.

  3. Enter the email and password for your Amazon account, and then tap Sign In.

  4. Select your Fire TV Stick, or any other Fire TV device you own.

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

    Sign in to your Amazon account
  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.

    Enter the PIN to pair your app
  7. Enter the code in your Fire TV Stick remote app.

  8. The app will connect to your Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device.

Requirements to Use the Fire TV Phone App

The Fire TV Stick remote app is available for both Android and iOS, but it doesn't work with every device. Here are the basic requirements that your device needs to meet to use the Fire TV Stick remote app:

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.

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.

  2. With your finger pressed down in the touch pad area, move your finger left, right, up, or down to scroll in that direction.

  3. To move your selection without scrolling, swipe from the middle of the touchpad in the direction you want to move.

    Basic controls for the Fire app
  4. Tap the keyboard icon in the upper left corner to access the keyboard.

    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.

    The Keyboard button
  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.

    The microphone button
  6. Tap the Apps & Games icon, located between the microphone and keyboard icons, to launch the Apps & Games shortcut menu.

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

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