What To Know
- Modern universal remotes can control Fire Sticks using HDMI CEC, which your TV must support.
- To connect, enable your TV’s HDMI CEC feature, which may have a brand-specific name like SimpLink (LG) or Aynet+ (Samsung).
- If a universal remote isn’t preferable, use the Amazon Fire TV app or buy a replacement Fire TV remote.
Have you ever wondered if you can use a universal remote on a Fire Stick? You’re in luck!
In this guide, we’ll dive into how to use a universal remote on a Fire Stick and get you back to seamless streaming. Read on, and let’s get started!
- Can You Use a Universal Remote on a Fire Stick?
- What Makes a Universal Remote Work With a Fire Stick?
- How To Pair a Universal Remote to a Fire Stick?
- 3 Good Universal Remotes for Your Fire Stick
- Wrapping Things Up
Can You Use a Universal Remote on a Fire Stick?
Yes, you can use a universal remote on a Fire Stick.
While some older universal remotes may not work with a Fire Stick, many newer TV remotes will.
Because streaming sticks are so popular nowadays (and many consumers tend to lose their original remotes) many modern universal remotes will boast Fire Stick compatibility.
However, you must ensure that your TV supports HDMI CEC, which will allow you to control your Fire Stick with your TV’s infrared universal remote.
The universal remote will send commands to your TV via its infrared sensor. Then, your TV will process these infrared commands to control your Fire Stick using its HDMI CEC function.
Most modern TVs will have this feature, but if your TV is on the older side, consider confirming it has HDMI CEC before purchasing a compatible universal remote.
What Makes a Universal Remote Work With a Fire Stick?
Universal remotes use HDMI CEC to work with a Fire Stick.
While you can Bluetooth pair remotes to your Fire Stick through its settings, infrared remotes work differently.
Instead, you will need to configure your TV’s settings and check whether or not your TV has HDMI CEC.
This feature may be labeled differently depending on the brand.
While it’s simply labeled HDMI-CEC on Hitachi TVs and CEC on Vizio TVs, some brands have crafted their own name for this feature.
For instance, Samsung calls it Aynet+ and it’s labeled SimpLink on LG units.
If you’re not sure what your TV brand’s HDMI CEC feature is called, look for a setting with the words “command,” “link,” or “sync” in it. You can also consult your manual or the brand’s official website for information.
Universal remotes send commands to your TV via its infrared sensor, found on the front of your unit. However, configuring your TV’s HDMI CEC settings will allow your universal remote to control your HDMI input’s (i.e. the Fire Stick) commands via the same infrared sensor.
How To Pair a Universal Remote to a Fire Stick?
Pair your universal remote with a Fire Stick by following the steps below.
Controlling your Fire Stick with a universal remote may seem complicated, but it couldn’t be easier.
All you need to do is configure your TV’s settings.
Every TV brand’s instructions will differ slightly.
We’ve included instructions on how to enable HDMI CEC for the three most popular TV brands.
How to turn on an LG TV’s HDMI CEC (Simplink).
Step 1: Click your remote’s Menu button.
Step 2: Open your LG TV’s Settings.
Step 3: Click on All Settings.
Step 4: Press General.
Step 5: Go to Simplink and toggle it on.
Let’s learn how to enable HDMI CEC (Bravia Sync) on a Sony TV.
Step 1: Open the Menu.
Step 2: Head to your TV’s Settings.
Step 3: Open Preferences.
Step 4: Click on Setup.
Step 5: Scroll down and select Bravia Sync Settings.
Step 6: Toggle Bravia Sync Control on.
Step 7: Go to Bravia Sync Device List and ensure your Fire Stick is listed there.
Enable HDMI CEC (Anynet+) on your Samsung TV in a few short steps.
Step 1: Go to your Samsung TV Menu.
Step 2: Click on the Settings icon.
Step 3: Open Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC).
Step 4: Turn Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) on.
Take a Bath Productions on YouTube has a great video below outlining how to enable HDMI CEC on a Sony and Samsung TV. Watch it below!
Tip: Some TV brands (like Samsung) will require you to select the HDMI CEC input when using a universal remote for your streaming stick. You can change your TV’s input by clicking the remote’s Input or Source button and choosing HDMI CEC from the list.
Is using a universal remote not for you? Try these alternatives instead!
You can still use your Fire Stick if your TV doesn’t support HDMI CEC or you don’t feel like investing in a new universal remote.
Instead, you can navigate your Fire Stick using your smartphone or buy a replacement Fire Stick and pair it to your TV.
Amazon Fire TV App
Why buy a new remote when you have a smartphone?
Follow these steps to pair your Amazon Fire TV app with your Fire Stick.
Step 1: Download the Amazon Fire TV app on a compatible device.
Step 2: Reboot your Fire Stick by unplugging it from your TV for a few seconds before plugging it back in.
Step 3: The app should detect your Fire Stick and display its name in the list of available devices. Select your Fire Stick device.
Step 4: You will see a four-digit code on your TV. Enter this code into the Amazon Fire TV app on your smartphone or tablet.
Your device should connect to your Fire Stick, allowing you to control it through the app’s touchpad, buttons, and voice command feature.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to download, pair, and use the Amazon Fire TV app.
Order a Replacement Fire TV Remote
Please only buy replacement Fire TV remotes from Amazon’s official storefront.
To do this, you must first download the Amazon Fire TV app since you will need to navigate your Fire Stick’s Bluetooth settings.
Step 1: Open the Amazon Fire TV app and go to Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.
Step 2: Then click on Amazon Fire TV Remotes.
Step 3: Go to Add New Remote.
Step 4: Select your remote from the list of available Bluetooth remotes. Follow any additional on-screen prompts.
Once they’re successfully paired, you will be able to navigate your Fire Stick with your new Fire TV remote.
3 Good Universal Remotes for Your Fire Stick
Here are our top three recommendations for the best universal remotes to use with your Fire Stick.
While any newer universal remote should work with your Fire Stick as long as your TV has HDMI CEC, it’s important to find one that’s high-quality.
All of the universal remotes mentioned below use infrared technology to communicate with your TV and state that they may be used with streaming devices.
Note: You may see “will not work with RF streaming devices like Fire Sticks” in their product descriptions. However, this is only clarifying that the remote works with infrared rather than radio frequency. You may still use these remotes with your Fire Stick once you’ve enabled HDMI CEC.
Philips Universal Remote Control
- Stylish Finish And Ergonomic Design – This Universal Remote’S Brushed Electric Blue Finish Adds...
- Multi-Device Control - Operate Up To 3 Different Audio And Video Components Such As Tvs, Blu-Ray/Dvd...
- Best Remote Code Library – This Universal Remote Works With All Major Brands And Supports...
Last update on 2023-12-03 / Paid Link.
This snazzy, ergonomic control is the perfect addition to any colorful living room. It has specific buttons for controlling streaming devices, like Fire Sticks.
The Philips Universal Remote Control is also lightweight and easy to pair to your TV.
GE Universal Remote Control
- MULTI-DEVICE CONTROL - Operate up to 4 different audio and video components such as TVs Blu-Ray/DVD...
- BEST REMOTE CODE LIBRARY – This universal remote comes pre-programmed for Samsung TVs and Roku...
- Does not work with Roku streaming stick fire TV stick or other RF streaming devices
Last update on 2023-12-03 / Paid Link.
The GE Universal Remote Control works with the most well-known TV brands and comes in several metallic colors with backlit buttons, so you can program your TV in the dark.
It’s very reasonably priced and can be paired to your TV in a few simple steps.
One for All Smart Control Universal Remote
- COMPATIBLE with television, streaming devices, sound Bar, STB, SKY Q, Blu-ray, game console (IR...
- SMART APP & FEATURE With a free setup app for your smartphone you can easily set up this remote and...
- INFRARED CONNECTIVITY technology with learning feature is used for fully customizing the remote...
Last update on 2023-12-03 / Paid Link.
This universal remote is a bit pricier than the other options, but for a good reason! It also comes with an app, so you can control which devices your remote is paired to straight from your smartphone!
The One for All Smart Control Universal Remote is sleek and stylish and will make navigating your Fire Stick with a universal remote a breeze.
Wrapping Things Up
Universal remotes can’t only control any infrared TV, they can also control your Fire Stick!
Connecting them to your Fire Stick is as simple as enabling your TV’s HDMI CEC feature, giving your remote access to your Fire Stick’s commands.
Remember, every TV brand’s HDMI CEC feature is labeled differently, so consult your user manual to find out what to look for on your TV.
You may also need to select HDMI CEC as your TV’s input.
If using a universal remote isn’t your style, try getting the Amazon Fire TV app instead. This app can also be used to pair a replacement Fire TV remote to your Fire Stick without the original remote.
What’s your experience using a universal remote with a Fire Stick? Do you prefer navigating your Fire TV with the included Fire TV remote, universal remote, or the Amazon Fire TV app?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.