How to Troubleshoot & Fix Amazon Fire TV & Firestick Remote Control Not Updating

The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick or Firestick line of devices are incredibly popular in most households. Between the bevy of content available on the platforms, the extra functionality that comes with being Android devices and the relatively inexpensive prices, they’re solid deals. But, what we’re especially sure about is that every single user has faced issues with their remotes not working properly and at times won’t connect to Fire TV.

Most of the time, Amazon’s Fire TV and Firestick remotes work as intended. They allow you to interact with the content on your smart TV screen display, and it doesn’t do anything much outside of that. But, when the remote control starts to malfunction and not work, then you’re bound to be frustrated about it. Missed button presses and unresponsive controls inevitably lead to a not very enjoyable experience.

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A quick and easy fix to common issues on Fire TV Stick devices including the remote control is installing the latest software updates. So, what can you do when your remote stops updating its firmware, and its performance begins to slow down to a halt? Well, worry not, because we’ve got some solutions for you. If you follow our simple guides, then you should find your remote working again in no time.

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How to Fix Amazon Fire TV & Firestick Remote Not Updating or Installing Firmware Upgrades Not Working

The general issue with the remote tends to be with its battery compartment. More often than not, batteries get loose, or are installed wrong in the first place. These and more contribute to problems that cause your Amazon Fire TV Stick or Firestick remote not to install available firmware updates. There are other issues as well, and we’ll be taking a look at these with our solutions, so if you’re ready, then let’s get started.

Swap Batteries on Fire TV Stick Remote Control Device

  • Open the battery compartment of your remote.
  • Take out batteries.
  • Replace with fresh batch of batteries.
  • Ensure that batteries are slotted in properly and tightly.
  • Close battery compartment.
  • Test remote.

Enable CEC Functionality on your Smart TV

  • Some TVs come with CEC functionality, which needs to be turned on.
  • Ensure that your Firestick or Fire TV device is properly inserted and powered.
  • Access your television’s settings menu.
  • Search for an external device manager.
  • Find and enable HDMI-CEC.
  • Test remote.

Re-Pair Remote to your Amazon Fire TV Device

  • Press back and home for 10 seconds on the home screen to unpair remote.
  • Wait for a bit, and then hold the home button to pair the remote again.
  • Wait for the remote to pair with your Fire device.
  • Once it has paired, test the remote.

We’re now at the end of our guide! We hope these simple steps have restored functionality to your remote. For more helpful fixes and tips like this, keep reading and stay tuned!

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Eddie Mendoza
Eddie Mendoza
With a Bachelor’s degree in IT, Eddie has a natural knack for troubleshooting gadget issues. With more than 10 years of blogging experience under his belt, writing and publishing articles for streaming and related services is one of his main act. When not on his computer, you can find him tinkering his guitars.

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