Amazon Fire TV (Stick): How to Use Your Phone as Remote Control

An alternative way to control your Fire TV is the official Remote App from Amazon. This article explains how to setup the App (available for iOS, Android and Amazon Hardware) and what features it has (with some bonus for Fire TV Stick users).


Voices search for Fire TV Stick and Keyboard input

Nice for Fire TV Stick users: You can use the voice search with the App and save the 30$ for an additional Remote with Voice capabilities (because the Remote with Voice Search isn’t included when you buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick).

If you like Keyboard input better than Voice Search or the virtual Keyboard on the Fire TV, all users can benefit from the Phone Keyboard (button in the upper right corner of the App).

How to use the Remote App

It’s very easy to use the Fire TV Remote App because it’s similar to the normal hardware Remote.

  • Click / Tap on the pad to select an item (so the same as the round button in the middle of the Remote
  • The navigation buttons from the Remote (up / down / left / right) aren’t clicks but swipes on the pad of the Remote App (see pictures).


How to pair a Remote App with Fire TV

You have to do the following steps to pair the Remote App on your Phone with the Fire TV (Stick):

  • Make sure that the Phone with App and the Fire TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
  • Launch the app and select your Amazon Fire TV
  • Your TV displays a code. Enter this code on your Phone.

Done. You can see all of the remote apps that are paired with your Amazon Fire TV device under “Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Fire TV Remotes”.

Do games work with the Remote App?

Amazon says: “The Fire TV Remote App is not designed to play games. Some games might work, but performance will vary. The app does not currently support Second Screen or Display Mirroring.” So if you really want to play games you should better use the regular Remote or the Gamepad (there are also Gamepad available for Fire TV).

Download links and supported OS

You can download the Remote Apps for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (1.4.1 or higher) here:

Further Links:
Download & Pair the Fire TV Remote App
Fire TV Remote App Basics


      1. I had the firestick app on my phone at home but my firestick was turning itself on at all hours so I got rid of the app and used my regular stick remote.
        I brought my stick on Vacation but forgot my remote 🙁
        I remembered the app the app was in iCloud so I downloaded it and I cant pair with the same stick on a different tv so I brought the stick for nothing ! I have the wifi password too.

    1. In short, you can’t. I’ve read somewhere a way to do it, but unless you are a hacker or coder, forget it.

  1. My samsung peel smart remote was able to control the fire tv to get it connected to wifi using the generic tv remote

        1. Weirdly while reading this in a hotel with firestick and no remote I pressed the ok button on the Philips tv remote and it controlled the firestick. Once network selected using tv remote I could pair the fire remote app on my phone before entering the email address the hotel wifi was asking for. Needed this as couldn’t type in with tv remote. All working

    1. Like what did you select (streaming media player or HDMI Switch) and if one of those options, what’s the brand or model you selected and how did you get them to sync?

    1. make sure you have your phone set to ‘wifi’ and connected to the same network the fire stick is connected to. That was my problem.

  2. Hi i have a matrix spliter. i have put my firestick into it but it does not let me change channels.

    I know the remote has bluetooth capabilities but does it also have any infrared settings? If so do you know where the infrared window is on the firestick?


  3. I used the app to make my phone the remote but now I’m leaving the house so How do I make the TV remote work again so my family can control the TV without my phone?

  4. I love your posts, thanks.

    Separate question: do you know if you can use speakers on an AirPort Extreme as the output source for audio from a fire stick? Hoping to use wifi speakers rather than Bluetooth. Cheers!

  5. I’ve just factory reset my fire stick, but now it’s asking me to pair my remote with the stick to get it set up again, however I only have the app. Because it’s factory reset, its now forgotten the WiFi and my app, so how do I pair it?

  6. I’ve just factory reset my fire stick, but now it’s asking me to pair my remote with the stick to get it set up again, however I only have the app. Because it’s factory reset, its now forgotten the WiFi and my app, so how do I pair it?

  7. As with the last 2 questions, same. How do I pair the remote app to the fire stick when I need to press the home key to start the fire stick set up BUT can’t get a home key without already having the fire stick set up to have access on the remote app.

  8. My firestick remote broke n i go off an optimum hotspot, so it loggs out after an hr r 2. I downloaded the ap on my phone, but im not conected to Internet cause i cant log in w out the remote….what do i do? I cant conect to any internet w out having the remote…..??? Help

  9. Trying to use my I phone6 as remote for my fire stick don’t know the “code” that was mentioned not sure how to get firestick app on my phone (DONT KNOW ALOT ABOUT THIS),also have ROKU BOX IS IT BETTER THAN FIRE STICK?

  10. I put a VPN on my Firestick and now I can’t control it with the phone app bcuz they have to be connected on the same network. My dog chewed up my remote. I don’t have my tv remote either. HELP!

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