If you just bought your first Amazon streaming device, you’re probably wondering what all the different buttons on the remote control mean. While some buttons like the navigation keys, volume rocker, and channel switcher are universally recognisable, the guide button and numbered keys may throw you off. So, here is a brief explainer for all the different buttons on the Amazon Fire TV Remote.
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Amazon Fire TV Remote buttons explained
- The power key at the top left corner of the remote control is pretty self-explanatory. Press this key to turn on or turn off your TV.
- On the top right side of the remote lies the headphone button. Press this key to quickly bring up the Bluetooth menu on your device. Use this menu to connect any wireless headphones or TWS to your TV. Between the headphone and power buttons, there is a small LED indicator.
- Next up is the Alexa voice button, and this is possibly the coolest feature on your Amazon Fire TV remote. We went into a lot of detail about Alexa support in our review of the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Simply pressing this button gives you access to Alexa, Amazon’s native voice assistant. You can use Alexa to play any content on your TV, and even control connected devices.
- Right below the Alexa button are the navigation keys. On Fire TV remotes, the navigation keys are aligned in a circle with the select button at the centre. Use these keys to browse stuff on your TV and make selections.
- The row following the navigation keys contains the back, home, and menu buttons. Pressing the home key, no matter which app you’re in, takes you back to the home screen. The menu button triggers your Fire TV and in-app menus.
- The next row contains playback buttons. This is where you’ll find the rewind, play/pause, and fast-forward keys.
- Following the row of media playback keys, you will find some vertically aligned keys. These are the volume rocker and channel switcher with the settings and guide buttons in the middle. The guide button on your Amazon Fire TV remote gives you a look at what’s playing on the live TV channels. You can view the programme run time and even customise the list by adding streaming platforms to it.
- Next up, you get the mute button along with two customisable buttons. You can assign any action to these buttons, ranging from opening an app or channel on your TV to an Alexa command like dimming your bedroom lights.
- The last two rows on your Fire TV remote contain dedicated buttons for certain streaming apps. These streaming apps may vary depending on your location. In India, most remotes get dedicated keys for Prime Video, Netflix, and Amazon Music, along with a special button to view all the apps on your TV.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you replace a Fire TV remote?
If you lost your Fire TV remote you can easily replace it with a new one from Amazon. There are a bunch of options to choose from, the best one being the Amazon Voice Remote Pro.
Can I control my Fire TV without a remote?
You can use the Amazon Fire TV app on your smartphone to control your TV without a remote. If you own a Fire TV Cube, you can simply give voice commands to the streaming box to carry out any action.
What should I do if I lose my Amazon Fire TV remote?
To find your lost remote, simply say ‘Find My Remote’ to any Amazon app with Alexa support. This will trigger the ringer on the remote, allowing you to find it. You can also use the ‘Remote Finder’ option on the Fire TV remote app. These fixes only work for the Amazon Voice Remote Pro.
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The buttons on the Amazon Fire TV remote may vary, depending on the model of the streaming device. Entry-level Fire TV Sticks usually come with a minimal, starter remote with just the essential buttons. You won’t find dedicated keys for streaming services on this remote. The flagship Fire TV Cube gets a standard remote. The flagship Voice Remote Pro is sold separately on Amazon.
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