How To Pair Or Unpair a Firestick Remote in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 2 Jan 2022

Pair Firestick Remote, Unpair It or Sync with TV Controls

Have you just purchased a new Firestick remote and are unable to pair it with your device? You need not worry even a little bit!

That’s because we’re going to discuss, in detail, how you can pair a Firestick remote to your device. This guide works for remote controllers for the FireStick 2nd Generation, FireStick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and most older Fire TV devices.

Additionally, we’ve included an in-depth explanation of how to unpair your remote. Moreover, if you wish to learn how to sync the remote with TV controls, we’ve covered it in this tutorial as well.

Thus, without further ado, let’s dive right into our complete guide.

How to Pair a Firestick Remote

Your Firestick device offers multiple scenarios where you can pair the remote. Let’s discuss them one by one.

Pairing During Setup Process

By default, you’re required to pair the remote with your Firestick device when you use it for the first time. 

To navigate and complete the setup process of your device, you’ll require the Firestick remote. Thus, the need to pair your remote arises.

During the setup of your Firestick device, to pair the remote with it, you will be requested to press the Play/Pause button on the remote.

Pairing Second/Additional Remote

Yes, Firestick allows you to use multiple remotes.

Follow these steps to pair the second/additional remote to your FireStick:

Step 1: Head to your Firestick’s home screen.Your device home screen

Step 2: Select Settings.Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted

Step 3: Look for the option Controllers & Bluetooth Devices. Click on it.Firestick setting screen Controllers & Bluetooth Devices highlighted

Step 4: Hit on Amazon Fire TV Remotes.Firestick Controllers & Bluetooth Devices screen Amazon Fire TV Remotes highlighted

Step 5: Tap on Add New Remote on this window.Firestick Controllers & Bluetooth Devices screen Add New Remote highlighted

Step 6: As the device searches for the remote, long-press the Home buttonfor about ten seconds – on the remote you wish to pair.Firestick Controllers & Bluetooth Devices screen Searching highlighted

Step 7: Once the device discovers the new remote, pair it with your device by pressing the SELECT button on the already-paired remote

Pairing a New/Replacement Remote

When your remote stops working and you’re trying to pair a new/replacement remote, the following steps will come in handy.Pairing A New Remote

Step 1: Ensure your Firestick is switched off.
Step 2: Insert batteries into your remote to power it on.
Step 3: Turn on your device.
Step 4: Sometimes, the device pairs to the remote on its own. Check if your remote is working.
Step 5: If that’s not the case, push down the Home button for about ten to twenty seconds.

On successful pairing, the device will notify you of the same.

How to Pair Firestick Remote to TV Controls

Do you know, you can easily access basic TV controls via your new Firestick remote. You’ll need to sync your TV’s IR profile with your Firestick remote.

To do so, your Firestick remote has the following buttons:

  • Mute
  • Volume Down/Up
  • Power OFF/ON

Let us remind you that these buttons do not control the Firestick. Instead, your TV simply syncs to them.

Generally, your TV will pair with these TV buttons automatically. But, sometimes you will have to do it yourself.

Go through the following steps in case the above isn’t working out for you.

Step 1: Once you’re on the Firestick’s home screen, look for the Settings icon and click on it.Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted

Step 2: You need to choose Equipment Control.Firestick setting screen Equipment Control highlighted

Step 3: Now, select Manage Equipment.Firestick Equipment Control screen Manage Equipment highlighted

Step 4:  Tap on option TV.Firestick Equipment Control screen TV highlighted

Step 5: Pick Change TV from the given choices.Firestick Equipment Control screen Change TV highlighted

Step 6: When a prompt appears, select Change TV.Firestick Change TV guided setup screen

Step 7: Be patient while the screen takes time to load.Firestick Change TV guided setup loading screen

Step 8: Choose Yes, if your Firestick has detected the TV.

Otherwise, click No.Firestick TV detected screen

Step 9: You’ll need to pick the brand of your TV if you tapped on No in the previous step.

To finish setting up your TV controls, follow the onscreen steps carefully.

How to Unpair a Firestick Remote

If you want to connect and use the remote with your new Firestick device, it’s a prerequisite to unpair your Firestick remote from any other device you might’ve paired it with in the past.

You must consider two situations:

  • You’re using two remotes for your existing device.
  • You’re using a single remote for your existing device.

In the following sections, we’re going to cover each situation in detail. So, let’s begin!

Case 1: When You are Using Two Remotes

Say, for one Firestick device, you’re using two remotes. You want to unpair one of the remotes while leaving the other remote paired with your Firestick device.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Hit on Settings on your Firestick’s home screen. Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted

Step 2: Around the center of your screen, you’ll see Controllers & Bluetooth Devices. Click on it.Firestick setting screen Controllers & Bluetooth Devices highlighted

Step 3: Once a new window emerges, select Amazon Fire TV Remotes.Firestick Controllers & Bluetooth Devices screen Amazon Fire TV Remotes highlighted

Step 4: Now, pick the Firestick remote you want to unpair.

Using the “other” paired remote, press the button with three lines stacked together. You’ll find it towards the right section of the remote.

Make sure not to use the remote that you want to unpair. Otherwise, It’s not going to work.Firestick Controllers & Bluetooth Devices screen Amazon Fire TV Remotes & Press to unpair highlighted

Step 5: Again, using the same remote, push down the Select button.Firestick Controllers & Bluetooth Devices screen Amazon Fire TV Remotes & Confirm to unpair highlighted

Case 2: When You are Using One Remote

Contrary to the above situation, you only have a single paired remote now. You cannot use the sole remote for the unpairing process.

But then again, if you wish to use the remote with any other Firestick device of yours, it’s possible to unpair it.

Ensure that the remote that you intend to unpair falls within the range of the two Firestick devices. 

Also, remember to turn off the existing Firestick device. Otherwise, the remote will remain paired with this device, and you won’t be able to unpair it. 

Once you’ve carefully followed these instructions, you can continue pairing your remote with the other device without any hassle.

Final Thoughts

As you’ve just seen, it’s hardly rocket science to pair your Firestick remote. You’re only required to press one button at most. But only if your remote doesn’t get automatically paired by itself. All you must do is carefully follow through with the steps we’ve provided, and voila! You’ve successfully paired or unpaired your Firestick remote with your TV.

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