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Firestick remote not working after changing batteries: Quick Fix

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There are loads of streaming devices available for just about every use case but only a few of them are as versatile as the Firestick from Amazon. That said, just like every other tech product, it has its own shortcomings and can run into the occasional bug or glitch from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about the Firestick remote not working after changing batteries, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this issue?

The issue can be caused by a number of reasons including but not limited to

  • Incorrect battery installation.
  • Pairing issues with the remote.
  • Obstructions between the Firstick and remote.
  • Interference from other hardware devices. 
  • Hardware issues with the remote or Firestick.

Also read: Firestick remote blinking orange: Quick Fixes

How to fix this?

Here are seven fixes you can try out. 

Check the batteries

The first thing you should do is check the orientation of the new batteries inside your remote. If you’ve put them the other way around, the remote will not work and can even get damaged. Check to see if the batteries are properly placed and try using the remote again. 

Check the range

The remote’s range is about three meters or 10 feet. Make sure you’re in this range from your Firestick when trying to establish a connection between the two. 

Also read: Does AirTag need to be charged?

Remove the interference from other Bluetooth devices

A lot of TVs these days come with Bluetooth. If you’ve got seven or more Bluetooth devices paired to your TV at the same time, you might want to remove a few as they can cause disruptions with the remote causing it to disconnect. 

Multiple Fire TV devices

Similar to Bluetooth, the issue can be caused by multiple Fire TV devices in your house. Turn all of them off and try setting them up again one at a time to get rid of this situation. 

Factory reset the remote

You can factory reset your remote to force it to connect to a Fire TV stick by following these steps. 

Step 1: Press and hold down the Back, Menu and Left Navigation Circle buttons for at least 10 seconds. 

Step 2: Wait for 60 seconds for the remote to reset. 

Step 3: Now unplug your Fire TV Stick and wait a minute before reconnecting the device. 

Step 4: Press and hold the Home button for 40 seconds to re-establish the connection.

Use the Fire TV app

You can also turn your Android or iOS smartphone into a remote for the Fire TV Stick using the Fire TV app available for Android here and iOS here. Although this isn’t a permanent fix, that’ll help you get around the frustration of not having a remote for the time being. 

Check for updates

Outdated or buggy software can also cause issues with the Firestick remote. Check to see if you’ve got any updates and install them to see if that resolves the Fire stick remote blinking orange error.

Check out this detailed guide on how to update Fire TV Stick

Also read: How to restart Firestick when frozen?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: