How to set up Amazon Fire TV Stick without remote

How to set up Amazon Fire TV Stick without remote

After buying an Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’ve misplaced the remote; or maybe you purchased a second-hand device that didn’t come with one. You’re left wondering: How to set up Amazon Fire TV Stick without remote.


Thankfully, getting your Fire TV Stick set up and working is easy, whether you have the remote or not. And while you can buy a replacement remote, who wants to wait for one to arrive!


If you don’t have the remote, you can use the Amazon Fire TV app to set the device up. After unpacking your Fire TV Stick and connecting it to your Wi-Fi. Next, download the mobile app, sign in to your Amazon profile.


Finally, enter your 4-digit code and use the app’s digital remote to complete the set-up process. You can now use your Amazon Fire TV device without a remote.


Here’s how to set up Amazon Fire TV Stick without remote, step by step.



Can you set up Amazon Fire TV Stick without remote?

You don’t need a Fire TV stick remote to set up or use your Fire TV device. Of course, you might prefer to use a remote, and Amazon sells third-party replacement remote. But you don’t need one.


Thankfully, Amazon has built a fantastic Fire TV app that’s available for both Android and iOS devices. So you can use the app instead of a physical remote. You might even prefer to use your phone than always need to search the sofa for a remote.


It doesn’t matter if you’ve lost your remote, purchased a used device that came without one, or feel the current remote is limited.


As your phone uses Wi-Fi, it’s not as directional as a remote that uses infrared and line-of-sight to communicate with devices.


Regardless of why you want to learn how to set up a Fire TV Stick without a remote, we will show you the steps shortly.



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Setting your Fire TV Stick without the remote

If you don’t have the remote, you’ll need your smartphone and Wi-Fi to get your Fire TV Stick working on any TV.


Step 1: Unpack the Fire TV Stick

Before you can do anything, you need to unpack your Amazon Fire TV Stick and get it ready to be connected to your TV.


You’ll first want to connect the power cable. A micro USB cable and 3 pin mains adapter are included. Plug the micro USB connector into the Fire TV stick and attach the USB at the other end into either a USB port on your TV or the included mains adapter.


At the other end of the Fire TV Stick is an HDMI connector. You can plug this end into an HDMI port on your TV. Most TVs have two HDMI ports, so you should have a spare.


You’ve now successfully installed your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Now, let’s get it working with your smartphone.


Step 2: Download the Fire TV app

With your Fire TV Stick set up and ready to be configured, you’ll need to download the Fire TV app to use it as a digital remote. Available from the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android), it only takes a few minutes to download and install.


Step 3: Log-in/sign up to Amazon on the Fire TV app

You can log-in to the Fire TV app using your existing Amazon account. If you don’t yet have an Amazon account, you’ll need to create one; or you won’t be able to use the app to control your Fire TV Stick.


Step 4: Confirm the 4-digit code

There are only a few steps left to complete. When you log-in, a window will appear, prompting you to input a specific 4-digit confirmation code.


You should be able to see the 4-digit code on the bottom left corner of your TV screen. Either write it down or memorise it, and enter the code into the app when prompted.


If you’ve entered the correct code, you’ll be able to use the Fire TV app to control your device and browse for content to watch. Your phone’s screen will transform into a digital remote. Finish connecting your Fire TV Stick with the app by pressing the Home button, then the Play/Pause button.


After completing these steps, you’ll be able to finalise setting up your Fire TV stick using the app and by following the on-screen instructions.



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Are there any alternative options to set up my Fire TV stick?

If you don’t fancy turning your phone into a remote, don’t worry as there are other ways to set up your Amazon Fire TV Stick without a remote.


Here are some of the options you could try:


Using Alexa

You can set up your Fire TV Stick using Alexa and any Amazon Echo device since Amazon manufactures all of these products.


Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Echo device to your Wi-Fi network
  2. Download the Alexa app to your phone or tablet
  3. Go to Settings > TV and Video
  4. Select Fire TV
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and your Fire Stick will be linked with your Alexa.


You can then instruct Alexa to control your Fire TV stick by saying:

  • “Alexa, rewind 10 seconds”
  • “Alexa, play Stranger Things”
  • “Alexa, turn down the volume on Fire Stick”


CEC-compliant remote

If your TV was manufactured after 2002, you will likely have the advantage of using a CEC-compliant remote to set up your Fire TV Stick. Not sure if your TV uses CEC? Google your TV model and the word CEC.


If your TV supports CEC, you can use your TV remote to control your Fire TV stick.


Universal remote

Finally, if you use a universal remote unit with your TV or have a spare one, you can likely use it to configure your Fire TV Stick. Select the right channel (i.e. HDMI 1 or 2) on your TV remote and use your universal remote to control your device.


Buy replacement remote

If all else fails, you could buy a replacement remote from Amazon. They are affordable and instantly work with your device.


To get your new remote working with your Fire TV Stick:

  • Plug your Fire TV device into your TV and switch it on.
  • Hold down the Select and Home buttons on your remote until they connect to your TV. It should take about a minute to complete.



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Configuring your Amazon Fire TV stick without a remote

Setting up your Fire TV stick without a remote is possible. You must download the mobile app, sign up/log in to your Amazon account, and confirm the 4-digit code to gain access.


Alternatively, you can use an Alexa and an Echo product, a CEC-compliant remote, or a universal remote. You could always buy another Fire TV Stick remote from Amazon.


Once your Fire TV Stick is working, you can enjoy a wealth of content, including movies, TV shows and music (30-day FREE Prime Trial). You can even watch YouTube videos!


Also, your Amazon Fire TV Stick can mirror android phone, allowing you to enjoy action on the big screen!