How to Pair a Firestick Remote to Any Projector & TV Easily

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What To Know

  • The Fire Stick remote is capable of controlling projectors. By plugging the Fire Stick into the projector’s HDMI port and configuring the Equipment Control settings with the correct IR code, you can use it to power the projector on and off as well as adjust the volume.
  • For TVs, the Fire Stick can be connected to the HDMI port, and through a similar process of selecting the TV brand in the Equipment Control settings

Discover how to use your Fire TV Stick remote to effortlessly command your projector or TV with our concise 101 guide.

This guide will show you how to expand its capabilities, making it the central control for all your home theater equipment.

Simplify your entertainment system with these practical tips—let’s tap into the versatility of your Fire TV Stick remote.

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Can I Control a Projector with a Fire Stick Remote?

The fire stick remote along side with the Epson projector and the orange background

As stated earlier, you can control a projector, the soundbar connected to the projector, etc. with a Fire Stick remote. But because your projector and Fire TV Stick remote are not natural matches, the remote control functions will be limited.

In other words, you’ll likely be unable to do more than turn on or off the projector and control the volume when the two devices are connected.

We discovered this by connecting the Fire TV Stick to different projector brands. Of all the brands, we could control the volume of and turn off only the BenQ projector using the Fire Stick remote.

If you don’t use a BenQ projector, don’t feel sad. We’ve found a workaround that lets you use the Fire Stick remote to control multiple functions of your projector, irrespective of its make.

Continue reading to learn more.

How to Control the Projector with a Fire Stick Remote?

To control the projector with a Fire Stick remote, connect the two devices first.

1. Pairing the Fire Stick to the Connected Projector

Step 1. Link the Fire Stick to the projector by inserting the streaming device into an HDMI port of the projector.

The Fire stick remote and the Fire stick is connected to BenQ projector

Step 2. Supply power through your projector’s USB port or a wall outlet.

Step 3. Power on both devices.

Step 4. Now go to Settings on your Fire TV.

Step 5. Choose Equipment Control.

The equipment control from the Fire Stick menu settings

Step 6. Next, select Manage Equipment.

The manage equipment after the equipment control is selected on Fire Stick

Step 7. Choose TV > Change TV > and select your projector brand.

TV settings from the control of the equipment management

The Change TV is being selected on Fire Stick settings menu

BenQ projector is being selected from the Fire Stick streaming device

Step 8. Follow the next set of Fire Stick instructions.

Step 9. Choose No when the Fire Stick asks, “Did your TV turn off and then back on when you press?”

The Fire TV is asking if the remote response if the turn off button is worked or no

Step 10. Next, press Next.

Step 11. Your Fire TV Stick will now ask you one more question. Press the Menu button (represented by three horizontal lines) on your Fire Stick remote.

The Fire remote on the right of the image and the Fire Stick settings interfaces asking for press the three lines button on the remote

Step 12. The IR menu will appear. Manually enter your projector code. If you don’t know the code, try inputting the different IR codes. The IR code for my BenQ projector, for instance, is 130. Try typing in the same code if you have a BenQ or input some other code.

The IR control panel from the Fire TV for user can manually enter the IR code of the TV or projector

The IR list from for BenQ projector that is listed inside the Fire TV menu

Once you’ve typed in the correct IR code, follow the on-screen setup instructions to complete the setup process.

Step 13. Return to Settings > Equipment Control > and choose Automatic.

The Equipment control is changing from Manual to Automatic on the Fire TV interface

Once you’ve successfully implemented the instructions above, your projector is now ready to be controlled by your Fire TV Stick remote. For example, you can turn off your projector using the Fire TV remote’s power button.

2. Using an External Soundbar

Not just your projector, but you can also use your Fire TV remote to control the external soundbar connected to your projector.

Step 1. Power on your projector and Fire TV Stick and link the two devices.

Step 2. Pair the Fire Stick and your soundbar via Bluetooth.

Step 3. Go to Settings and then Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.

The Controllers & Bluetooth Devices is highlighted with a red box on Fire TV

Step 4. Choose Other Bluetooth Devices and then Add Bluetooth Devices.

Other Bluetooth Devices is being highlighted with the white box on the Fire Stick interface

Step 5. Select the soundbar you would like to connect.

The LG soundbar name Dining Room Speaker shows up in the Bluetooth list devices on Fire Stick

Once done, you are now ready to manage the soundbar connected to your projector using your Fire TV Stick remote.

How to Control a TV with a Fire Stick Remote

Once again, to control a TV with a Fire Stick remote, you must have the streaming device connected to the television.

And doing so is identical to connecting a projector and Fire TV Stick. In fact, most Fire Sticks are inserted into a TV than a projector.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Insert the Fire TV stick’s HDMI connector into your TV’s corresponding port.

Step 2. Power the device by borrowing energy from the TV’s USB port or a wall outlet.

Step 3. Turn on your TV. Switch the TV’s input source to the concerned HDMI port.

Step 4. Once you’ve launched Fire TV, go to Settings. Choose Equipment Control.

The equipment control from the Fire Stick menu settings

Step 5. Select Manage Equipment.

The manage equipment after the equipment control is selected on Fire Stick

Step 6. Next, choose TV.

TV settings from the control of the equipment management

Step 7. Select Change TV to choose your TV brand. Mine is a Sony.

The Change TV is being selected on Fire Stick settings menu

Sony TV in the list brand of TVs on the Fire Stick interface and highlighted with a white box

Step 8. You should now be set. To confirm, try turning off the TV using the Fire Stick remote. If you can, it means the TV and the Fire Stick remote are successfully connected. You should also be able to change the TV’s volume with the remote.

The Fire TV is asking if the remote response if the turn off button is worked or no

Step 9. Go back to Settings > Equipment Control > and choose Automatic.

The Equipment control is changing from Manual to Automatic on the Fire TV interface

Now, you should be able to operate the TV using the Fire Stick remote. You should be able to turn on the TV, power it off, control volume, etc.

Your TV’s remote doesn’t become completely redundant, however. If you use a set-top box or cable TV, you’ll need the TV remote to switch to the Fire TV HDMI source and control all other TV functions each time you turn on the television.

When the TV’s input source is set to the Fire Stick, the streaming device’s remote takes over maximum control, sending the TV’s actual remote temporarily out of use.

Conclusion

The Fire TV Stick remote may look plain on the outside. But once you get to know the remote better, you’ll unravel its true capabilities.

This article hopefully let you in some of those added functionalities. We are almost certain you didn’t know you could control your external soundbar using the remote. If you did, you are in the minority,

And if you’re wondering how somebody can use their Fire Stick remote to control a third-party soundbar through a TV or projector, welcome to the world of “HDMI-CEC.”

If you don’t know what that means, we have a dedicated article on the topic. It’s nothing short of electronic wizardry.

To sum it up, unlocking the full potential of your Fire Stick remote lets you enjoy a more integrated and streamlined home theatre experience with ease. Just open the door to this exciting possibility.

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2 Comments

  1. So if I understand, I have my smart vizio tv and sr5015 marantz conected to each other via earc.Then I have my firestick max plug into Avr controlling surround sound work with one firestick remote and tv. Are you saying I can a use one remote to control firestick functions on projector but I need to move it to projector temporarily to pair projector then return firestick to avr after pairing? Or do I need two firesticks?
    Thank you

    1. Essentially, you can’t use one FireStick remote to simultaneously control both the TV and the projector, as the FireStick can only be paired with one device at a time.
      When you pair the FireStick with the projector, the FireStick will disconnect from your Vizio TV.
      Therefore, in your situation, you will indeed need two separate FireSticks – one for your TV and another for your projector.

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