Do you need a Fire TV replacement remote? This article will provide you with the best options and show you how to use each of them. These remote alternatives will also work with the Fire TV Stick as well.
If you have lost or broken a Fire TV remote then you know how frustrating it is to find or purchase a new one. Luckily, there are a few alternatives that work great with the Fire TV box and Stick. Many users even find these better than the actual remote as they offer some additional features.
The three options shown below are the Fire TV Remote App (free), CetusPlay App (free), and Rii Wireless Keyboard.
Fire TV Remote App
One of the best and simplest options when looking for a replacement remote for your Fire TV Box or Fire TV Stick is the Fire TV Remote App. This is a free app downloaded to an iPhone, Android, or any other Smartphone that works exactly as your previous Fire TV remote. The Apple App Store, Google Play, or any place that holds your phone’s applications all carry the remote app. Just do a quick search for Amazon Fire TV Remote or use the links below:
Installing the Fire TV Remote App
Upon installation, the Fire TV Remote App functions the same as a Fire TV Remote. It acts as a secondary Fire TV remote with a few added extras to boot. Shown below is a screenshot of the App on an iPhone 6S.
Once the App is installed, you will need to connect the Fire TV device to your phone via Wi-Fi. The phone and Fire TV must be connected to the same Wi-Fi Network for use. After opening the App, it will detect your device(s).
To Pair the Fire TV Remote App with your Device you must:
- Select the Fire TV/Stick device you will be using
- Once chosen, look for a 4 digit code that will appear on your TV
- Type this code into your phone’s App
- When recognized, it will access the Fire TV Remote App
The picture below shows all functions of your new Fire TV remote.
The center of the Application is a touch pad for navigating through your Fire TV. Swipe left, right, up, and down to move and operate the device. Tapping the center of the screen will click or select. The buttons on the bottom function exactly the same as a typical Fire TV remote would. And on top is a toolbar that can be used for numerous capabilities within the device.
Fire TV Replacement Remote Benefits
As you can see, there are some great benefits to using the App versus the actual remote for Fire TV. Many older generation Fire TV’s do not offer Alexa Voice Assist with the compatible remote. Using the App gains access to Alexa with any generation Fire TV.
The Apps and Games Tool opens all downloaded Games & Applications on your phone for easy selection rather than having to scroll through them on the television. You can also move them around to suit your preference.
One of the coolest features available on the remote App is the Keyboard option. We all know how frustrating and time consuming it is typing in a search bar using the Fire TV remote. With the App, you always have the option to select the Keyboard and type e-mail addresses, searches, etc.
There are plenty of options to explore within the Fire TV Remote App. After testing the remote it is easy to see why many prefer this App to the actual remote for their Amazon Fire TV devices.
CetusPlay is an all-in-one Remote app that is compatible with numerous devices as a replacement remote control. This free app is available for download on the Google Play Store as well as Apple’s App Store. You can install on your mobile device by searching for CetusPlay or using the links below:
After installation, CetusPlay is able to link up with tons of devices including your Fire TV box/Stick. To pair the app, simply click the Configure button in the upper left hand corner and choose your device. Pictured below is a screenshot of CetusPlay on an iPhone 6S.
One of the coolest features of the CetusPlay App is its different navigation modes. It offers Direction-Pad mode, Touch Pad mode, Keyboard mode, and mouse mode. These options are available in the upper right hand corner of the app. After testing, you will be sure to find one that suits your preference.
Just like the Fire TV Remote App, Cetus has a “My Apps” Tab that lists all of your downloaded apps. This makes it easy to quickly open an app rather than scrolling through all downloaded applications.
CetusPlay also gives you the ability to sideload hundreds of applications with just the click of a button. Using the “Application Center” Tab available on the app, you can scroll through popular apps and install using only your phone. This is a great way to install Kodi, Mobdro, Terrarium TV, or any other resource you may want.
Within the Options Category a “Play on TV” Section allows you to cast photos and videos stored on your phone right onto your television screen. There is also a “Clean Master” on the bottom of the application which closes all apps that are not in use on your device.
The CetusPlay App has tons of awesome features and abilities. Overall it is a great Fire TV/Stick replacement remote that doubles as a universal remote for numerous streaming devices.
Rii Wireless Keyboard
Using a keyboard as a replacement remote for a Fire TV box or Stick is a great alternative to the original remote. With a keyboard paired to your device, numerous apps and functions will now be available that weren’t before. Bluetooth Keyboards like the Rii i8+ Mini Wireless Keyboard will enable you to sideload applications that previously could not be installed.
Not only does the Rii Wireless Keyboard work with a Fire TV Box or Stick but you can also pair it with almost any Bluetooth compatible device. This gadget is more than just your typical keyboard. The Rii Mini Keyboard offers a touch pad, rechargeable Li-ion battery, and fully functional QWERTY keypad. It is extremely light and versatile and a great upgrade for Fire TV users. Pictured below is the Rii i8+ 2.4 GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard.
Important Note: Rii provides different models of this keyboard. The Rii i8+ is the Bluetooth model. Double check that you are purchasing the proper keyboard prior to checking out.
Upon purchasing a Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard or other Bluetooth Keyboard, you will need to pair it with your Fire TV/Stick. To learn how to pair Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse with Fire TV box or Fire Stick CLICK HERE or use the link below:
After pairing your keyboard with your Fire TV device the fun begins. Using this device you are now able to access many applications that before were not available with the original Fire TV remote. The Rii Keyboard is a great asset to have for all Fire TV users and tech lovers.
For other helpful tips and tutorials for your Fire TV Box/Stick, check out the links below:
Original Amazon Fire TV Replacement Remote
If you would rather purchase a new Fire TV/Stick remote directly from Amazon, you can use the following link to do so. If you are looking to replace a remote for a Firestick, you may find it in your best interest to purchase a new Fire TV Stick for an additional $10 to $20 depending on the model you get.