How to use your phone as an Amazon Firestick remote

An Amazon Fire TV Stick remote.
You can control your Amazon Firestick with the standard remote, or with the remote app. Aayan Arts/Shutterstock
  • You can use the Fire TV app on your smartphone as a remote for your Amazon Firestick.
  • Once you download the app, it’ll let you connect to any Firestick on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • The Fire TV app has three remote control types – Directional Pad, Swipe Gesture, and Mini – all of which work with a Firestick.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick (better known as the Firestick) is incredibly small, and its remote is just as tiny. This makes it easy to hold, but even easier to lose in your couch cushions.

Luckily, you don’t need the remote that came with your Firestick to control it. If you have a smartphone – either an iPhone or Android – you can download the Fire TV app and use it as a remote control.

Here’s how to use the Fire TV app as your Firestick’s remote.

How to use the Firestick remote app

Before you do anything, make sure that your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Firestick. You can check what Wi-Fi network your Firestick is on by opening the Settings menu, and then selecting Network.

Once they’re connected to the same network:

1. Download the Fire TV app onto your iPhone or Android and open it.

2. The first time you open the Fire TV app, you’ll be asked to give the app Local Network Permission – click Sure.

3. The app should automatically start looking for Fire TV devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone. Once your Firestick appears in the list, tap it.

The Amazon Fire TV app searching for local Fire TV devices, and then displaying the ones it's found.
Tap the Firestick that you want to connect to. Amazon; William Antonelli/Insider

4. A four-digit code will appear on your TV screen. Enter this code into the app.

An Amazon Fire TV device displaying a code that the user can enter onto their phone to use the phone as a remote control.
Once you get the code, enter it on your phone. Amazon; William Antonelli/Insider

Give your devices a moment, and they should connect. Your Firestick will go back to the home screen, and your Fire TV app will show you the remote control.

If the Fire TV app can’t find your Firestick, or the two won’t connect correctly, disconnect both devices from the internet and then reconnect them. You might also need to tap Set Up New Device and log into your Amazon account.

How to change your Firestick app’s remote

The Fire TV app offers two different kinds of remotes, as well as an extra one if you’re using an Android phone.

  • The Directional Pad remote is the default. It gives you four directional buttons and one in the middle for selecting or confirming things.
  • The Swipe Gesture remote just has a black pad which you can swipe your finger across to move, or tap to select/confirm things.
  • Android users also have the Mini Remote, a small remote pad that appears on your phone’s lock screen and notification panel.

All of these remotes include separate buttons for getting to the home screen, going back, rewinding and fast-forwarding, pausing and playing, and opening a menu.

The two different types of remotes offered in the Amazon Fire TV app.
Every user has access to at least two types of remotes. Amazon; William Antonelli/Insider

To switch between the different remotes, open the Fire TV app’s remote screen and tap the gear icon in the top-left corner. It’ll bring you to a screen where you can enable or disable the different remotes.

The 'Fire TV Remote' settings screen in the Fire TV app. The 'Directional Pad' and 'Mini Remote' options are highlighted.
Android users can also enable the ‘Mini Remote.’ Amazon; William Antonelli/Insider

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