In this guide, I will show you how to sync your FireStick remote with your TV. This guide also applies to remotes of other Fire TV devices, such as FireStick 4K, FireStick Lite, New FireStick 4K, New FireStick 4K Max, and Fire Cube TV. I will guide you through various ways to set up your FireStick remote so it can be used to control your TV.
Usually, when you connect a smart device or external media player to your television, you undergo the hassle of using two remotes. It includes a TV remote and a remote of the external plugin device (i.e., smart boxes, DVD player, etc.). However, Fire TVs and FireSticks save you from the extra effort.
Luckily, the Fire TV remote can easily sync and control a television. You can turn the TV on/off, control the volume slider, and more. All you have to do is connect the Fire TV remote to the TV.
That said, there are some prerequisites for the supported TVs. First, you should have a CEC-supported TV. Second, you should have an Alexa Voice Remote With Power and Volume buttons.
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How to Connect a New FireStick Remote to TV
Ideally, the FireStick remote automatically pairs with the TV. If, for some reason, the process doesn’t take place automatically, you can complete it manually by following these steps.
- Long press the home button (looks like a house) on your FireStick remote for around 10 seconds.
- The LED light on the button will start blinking. This means that the remote is searching for a TV.
- The remote will flash three blue lights once it has found a TV and connected to it. This means that your remote is paired with the TV.
The remote might fail to connect even after following all the steps above. This issue can be blamed on CEC technology.
How to Control the TV using FireStick Remote
CEC, standing for Consumer Electronic Control, is a feature of HDMI. In simpler terms, CEC helps in the back-and-forth communication between the TV and a connected device (here, the FireStick). As a result, you can change the TV settings using the HDMI-connected device.
Since quite a few years ago, most TVs have shipped with CEC included. However, the name of the technology varies from brand to brand. Here’s a list of the most popular TV brands and their corresponding CEC branding:
- Samsung: Anynet+
- Sony: BRAVIA Sync
- LG: SimpLink
- Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
- Toshiba: CE-Link and Regza Link
I will show you how to enable CEC on your FireStick and TV.
Part 1: Preparing your FireStick and TV
Please follow these steps:
1. Go to your FireStick home screen and click on settings (the gear icon) on the far right.
2. Click on the Display & Audio banner.
3. Scroll down to HDMI CEC Device Control.
4. If this setting is OFF, click it to turn it ON.
Your FireStick is now ready. I will now explain how to enable CEC on your TV.
Note: I will explain this process on a Toshiba TV. The UI and controls will vary from brand to brand. However, the general process should be similar.
- Press the menu button on the TV remote.
- The settings window should pop up. Head to System.
- Locate the option named HDMI CEC Control.
- Enable HDMI CEC control. If prompted, select Always On.
We can now set up the FireStick remote to control the TV, as CEC has been enabled on both devices.
Part 2: Connecting the FireStick Remote to TV
Here are the steps:
1. Click on the home button on your FireStick remote to go back to the home screen. Click on settings again.
2. Select the Equipment Control banner.
3. Scroll down to Manage Equipment.
4. Click on Add Equipment.
5. Select TV.
6. Wait for the setup process to be completed.
7. If the system correctly identifies your TV, select Yes and skip to step 10. Otherwise, continue with step 8 below.
8. If the identified TV is incorrect, click on No.
9. From the list of TV brands, select the one that matches your TV. I am using a Toshiba TV, hence I’ll select Toshiba.
10. Follow the on-screen instructions: Press the power button on your FireStick remote, wait 10 seconds, and press the power button again.
11. If your FireStick remote turns your TV off and back on, select Yes and skip to step 15. Otherwise, go to step 12 below.
12. Select No if your TV didn’t respond to the FireStick remote’s power button.
13. The system will now ask you to go through several attempts. This is a trial-and-error method. Keep trying until you come across the option that works for you. Each user’s mileage and the number of attempts may vary.
14. Click on Yes for the attempt that successfully turned the TV off and on.
15. The system will now perform a volume test. If the TV is muted, increase the volume using your TV’s traditional remote. Click Next when you’re ready for the volume test.
16. Use your FireStick remote to change the volume levels. If you can control the volume using your FireStick remote, click Yes and skip to step 19. Otherwise, follow step 17 below.
17. Click No if the volume didn’t change in response to your FireStick remote.
18. Select the option that suits your setup. I will select I use just my TV since I am not using any external audio equipment.
Repeat from step 13. Keep repeating this cycle until you find a setup that works for you. Once you’ve found one, you can proceed to step 20.
19. This step is very useful when you have multiple media devices (like consoles and DTH boxes) connected to your TV and must constantly switch between the HDMI channels.
This step will create a shortcut to jump to your FireStick’s HDMI channel. Select the HDMI port your FireStick is connected to from the list. In my case, it’s HDMI 2.
Note: If you use only a single HDMI input (FireStick) on your TV, you can skip this process by pressing the forward button (two forward arrows) on your FireStick remote. Then, skip to step 23.
20. Switch to an alternate HDMI input source using your traditional TV remote. Press the forward button (two forward arrows) on your FireStick remote.
21. The TV should switch to the FireStick HDMI channel. If it did, select Yes. You have now created a shortcut to switch back to your Fire TV from any HDMI source using the forward button on your FireStick remote.
22. Click on OK. You have successfully synced your FireStick remote to your TV.
You can now enjoy a hassle-free experience of using only a single remote to control your FireStick and TV.
How to Change the Paired TV
Suppose you’ve switched to a newer, better television and want to switch the FireStick device to the new gadget. Fortunately, Fire TV allows you to pair their FireStick remote with a new TV. Follow these steps to sync the FireStick remote to the TV:
1. Access the Fire TV Home menu and click the Cog icon.
2. In the Settings menu, select the Equipment Control tab.
3. Next, select Manage Equipment.
4. Now, click TV.
5. In the TV menu, press the Change TV tab.
6. Press Change TV. Refer to the Connecting the FireStick Remote to TV section and follow steps 6-23.
And that’s it. The FireStick remote will be connected to the new television. You can now control and navigate the Fire TV using the remote.
How to Add a New Remote to FireStick
Fire TV devices offer many features and facilities. It includes the ability to sync two remotes with a single streaming stick. This feature is helpful for users who may have an additional remote. Follow these steps to connect a new remote to FireStick.
1. Return to the Fire TV Home menu and click the Cog icon at the top right corner.
2. In the Settings menu, select the Remotes & Bluetooth devices tab.
3. Next, select the Amazon Fire TV Remotes tab.
4. Now click on Add New Remote.
5. The Fire TV stick will start looking for nearby devices. You must press and hold the Home button on the remote to make it visible. The new remote should appear alongside your old remote.
And you’re done. The new remote will be paired with the TV and appear next to the older remote.
The above article discusses syncing your FireStick remote to a TV. It also covers pairing a new remote and syncing two remotes with a single TV. Fire TVs are excellent devices. Therefore, ideally, a Fire TV remote will automatically connect to the TV. However, if it doesn’t happen, refer to the above guide to sync the FireStick remote to the TV.
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