The Amazon Firestick is a great device to stream movies, TV shows, and music from anywhere in the house. However, if you lose the remote, you may be worried that you cannot experience the full benefits of the Firestick.
If you are traveling and you want to take your Firestick with you, it can be infuriating when you reach your destination after leaving the remote at home.
Is there another way to use your Firestick without the remote?
In this article, we will show you how to connect your Firestick without using the remote and we will also show you how to make it work with a smartphone or tablet. Knowing these techniques is very convenient if you lose the remote, so read on to keep using your Firestick!
How To Connect To WiFi With No Remote
When purchasing a Firestick, you are given a remote that is the key to a lot of happiness. Endless movies, TV shows, music. You name it, it is on the Amazon Firestick. But what happens when you lose the remote?
It’s not as easy as just buying a new one. If you have lost the remote for your Firestick, then you can still enjoy all the content that you have purchased on Amazon. There are a couple of ways that you can use your Firestick without a remote, but the Firestick won’t work without WiFi.
A Firestick always tries to connect to the last WiFi that it was connected to, so you will have to reset it. But how if you don’t have a remote?
Fire TV App
If you have lost or forgotten your remote, you can download the Fire TV App on your smartphone to control your Firestick. This app has been designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. It allows you to change channels, play videos, pause, skip forward, rewind, fast-forward, adjust volume, mute/unmute, and much more.
You are also able to connect your Firestick to the WiFi using the app on your smartphone. You will need 2 devices to do this as one will need to hotspot the Firestick and the other will need to control the Firestick. Make sure that the phone that has the Fire TV App on is connected to the hotspot of the other smartphone.
You will then be able to control the Firestick by using the app to control what you want to watch. If you want to connect to another WiFi, simply use the app to select the WiFi that you want to use.
Universal Remote Apps And HDMI-CEC
If you are unable to download the Fire TV App, there is an option to download a universal remote app from the App Store. The universal remotes are usually compatible with a variety of TVs, so it is recommended that you try to control your Firestick using this.
To use the universal remote app, there is a process called HDMI-CEC, which stands for HDMI Customer Electronic Control, that you need to enable. This allows you to control your TV electronically, you just need to check that the TV that you are trying this with has the feature built-in.
If you go to settings, display, and sound on the TV settings, there will be an option of HDMI-CEC. Once this is enabled, you will be able to use the universal remote app to try and connect your Firestick to WiFi.
The Firestick Won’t Connect
If your Firestick won’t connect to the WiFi, this will be due to a poor signal. Your Firestick needs to be relatively close to the WiFi router to work, so you can always try moving closer to the router to ensure that your Firestick has a better chance of connecting.
However, if you are in a hotel, moving the WiFi router may not be an option. In this case, restarting your Firestick may help it connect to other surrounding routers.
If you are still unable to connect to the WiFi after this, you can always use your mobile hotspot to provide your Firestick with a stable network.
Poor WiFi connection will be the answer to most issues where you are unable to connect your Firestick, but your Firestick will let you know that the WiFi is the problem by showing ‘unable to connect’ on your screen.
Amazon Firesticks have Alexa built into them which makes them very easy to use at home, especially if you do not want to use the remote. If you are at home and cozy on the couch, you may not want to move to reach across the room for the remote. This is where Alexa comes in handy!
Remembering that Firesticks have Alexa built into them may be bringing you some joy when you realize that you can control the Firestick with your voice. However, Alexa cannot change WiFi settings.
Trying to connect to WiFi by using Alexa will, unfortunately, be unsuccessful, but you can use Alexa once your Firestick has connected.
Using Echo Dot
Echo Dot is a smart speaker that is controlled by your voice. You can connect your Echo Dot to the Firestick to control it with your voice if your Alexa isn’t working or if your Firestick doesn’t have the built-in Alexa feature.
However, similar to Alexa, the WiFi connection on your Firestick cannot be controlled by your voice. You will need to connect your Firestick to a suitable connection before connecting your Echo Dot.
To conclude, I hope that this guide was helpful for those who were having problems connecting their Amazon Firestick to WiFi. Knowing that there are apps to help you connect your Firestick will ensure that you can always use your Firestick, even if you have forgotten the remote.
If your Firestick can’t connect, this is often down to a poor WiFi connection, not the app that you are using to connect. Once you have reset the Firestick or moved it closer to the router, you should be able to connect your Firestick using an app with no problem!