Lost your Amazon Fire TV remote control yet? Don’t worry, you can download a free app for your iPhone or Android smartphone that will allow you to control the device remotely. Here’s how.
Then make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Fire TV device you want to control. The app works via Wi-Fi, so there is no need to perform a line-of-sight operation like a IR TV remote control.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, launch it, and then sign in to your Amazon.com account. The app will present you with a list of nearby Fire TV devices that you can control.
Tap the Fire TV device you want to control and watch the TV connected to that device. It will display a four-digit code to type in your Fire TV application so the two can connect.
This security measure is so random that is on your Wi-Fi network will not be able to control your Fire TV.
Once you’re signed in, you can swipe up, down, left, and right in the main area of the app’s touchpad to navigate as if you press the up, down, left, and right buttons of the remote control. Likewise, the back, the house, Hamburger, the rewind, play / pause, and fast forward buttons all work the same as on a physical Fire TV remote control.
You can even search Alexa on your Fire TV using the app by pulling on the microphone tab at the top of the screen and speaking into your device’s microphone. The results are displayed on the TV.
If you prefer to search using text input (or if you need to parental control password), press the Keyboard button and you will be redirected to a virtual keyboard screen.
You can use the Fire TV app to control multiple Fire TV devices from anywhere in the house, wherever you have a local Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t have to be very close to the TV. This is useful if, for example, you cook in the kitchen and put on a show in the other room for your children. Or, you can convince your neighbors that you have a haunted TV.
And, if you find your Fire TV remote control (it’s probably in the sofa cushions), you can use the app and the remote control simultaneously if you wish. Good viewing!