Amazon produces a lot of streaming devices to compete in today’s market.
The original Firestick was released in 2014, with a follow-up generation in 2016 (second generation).
Then, Amazon unveiled the 4K Firestick in 2018. But in 2020, Amazon released a first-generation Fire TV Stick Lite, quickly followed by the third generation of the original Firestick. All of which have their own remote controls.
Now you’re confused because you love them all. And as an aficionado, you’ve purchased one of each. And now you’re wondering if Fire Stick remotes are interchangeable.
The truth is, yes, you can use some Fire Stick remotes interchangeably within the Firestick family.
However, not all of them work with one another. Therefore, in order to use it interchangeably, you’ll have to make sure the remote you’re using is the correct remote for your particular Fire Stick type.
Let’s elaborate and clear up any confusion.
Are Fire Stick Remotes Interchangeable?
Yes, some Fire Stick remotes are interchangeable. However, not all of them are. Therefore, there are two important criteria to remember before purchasing a Fire Stick remote for all your devices.
- The remote must be compatible with your Fire Stick model
- The remote must be compatible with the generation of your model (or models)
While there is no easy way to figure out which remotes are compatible with your devices, here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve learned in our experience.
First-generation Fire Stick remotes are currently unavailable for purchase. But you can still get a second and third-generation remote control easily on Amazon.
A second-generation remote with Alexa voice command cannot be paired with a first or second-generation Fire TV, first-generation Fire Stick or the Fire TV Edition smart TV.
However, it will pair with all other Fire Stick generations and models.
Alexa Voice command Fire Stick Remote third generation is also compatible with many models.
You can use this remote with Fire TV Stick Lite second generation and later. Pair it with the first generation and later Fire TV Stick 4K.
However, it is not compatible with the first and second-generation Fire TV or first-generation Fire TV stick.
If you’re curious about the Fire TV remote , it is only compatible with Fire TV Omni Series and Fire TV 4-Series smart TV. It is not compatible with Fire TV media players or other smart TVs.
Here’s a table to make things easier for you:
|Remote Generation||Compatible With||Not Compatible With|
|First Generation Control||Discontinued||Discontinued|
|Second Gen Control||
|Third Gen Control||
If you’re unsure if the Fire Stick remote is compatible with your generation or model, it’s best to contact Amazon customer service for verification.
In any case, you have a new remote, and now you want to pair it with your device. How do you do so?
Let’s get to it below.
How to Pair a Fire Stick Remote?
A fun sidenote is that you can pair up to seven remotes to any Fire Stick as long as they’re compatible.
To pair a compatible Fire Stick remote, please follow the following steps:
Step 1: First, Unplug your Fire Stick from its power source.
Step 2: Insert batteries into your new remote if you haven’t done so already.
Step 3: Next, plug your Fire Stick back into its source.
Step 4: Now we’ll press and hold the Home button until the light on the remote blinks. Then release the button.
Step 5: Once your Fire Stick loads the Home Menu screen, your control should be paired.
You’ll see a window near the lower right-hand side of the screen confirming the successful pairing of your new remote.
Test your remote to see if it’s properly paired.
That’s it. Pretty easy, right?
What if you want to unpair an old remote? Is that a thing?
Yes. You can unpair your remote. To unpair it, press the Back Button, Menu Button, and Left button at the same time.
Hold the three buttons for 10 seconds or until its light flashes. Your remote is now unpaired.
If you’re interested in a quick video tutorial of the above information, feel free to check out this video here.
Do I Need a Remote for My Fire Stick?
All of these remote controls and their different generations are getting confusing. What if you want to avoid all of that? Do you need a remote control in the first place?
Yes, unfortunately, you need a remote to control your Fire Stick. However, we can work around this.
If you do not feel like purchasing a replacement remote, download the Fire Stick Remote app.
After you install the app, you’ll have to activate it.
Step 1: First, open the app.
Step 2: Next, sign in to your Amazon account.
Step 3: It will then show you all the Fire TV (and Sticks) you have connected. Choose the appropriate one.
Step 4: Your TV will then display a code to type into your smartphone.
Your smartphone is now paired to your Fire TV Stick. Feel free to test it out and make sure it’s working as it should.
If you’re interested in a video representation of the above information, view this video here.
Now we understand that, yes, most Fire Stick remotes are interchangeable, but we need to make sure our remote works with our model and generation.
Once you’ve purchased your new remote, pairing it is easy. And if you find that all of the remotes, models, and generations are too confusing, downloading the Fire TV Stick app on your phone is simple to do and can easily replace your remote.
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James Quintanilla is a technical copywriter. Although his experience allows him to write on many topics, he loves to focus on tech and travel. As a freelancer, James has worked on projects with Pointer Clicker, Lonely Planet, and the Travel Channel. When he’s not writing or planning his next adventure, he’s watching a scary movie.