When you first get your Fire TV or Firestick, it may seem like a mystery what those buttons on the remote do.
Buttons like the Select button and the Play/Pause button are self-explanatory, but other less obvious buttons might not be as obvious as they seem at first glance.
Despite their variations, certain features are typical among all the Fire TV and Firestick TV remotes.
Some of these features aren’t common to all but are particularly relevant.
The Fire TV and Firestick TV remote buttons include the Microphone button, Select, Navigation, Back, Home, Menu, Rewind, Play/ Pause, and Fast Forward.
For the latest variation of Fire TV and Firestick TV remote, you will also find the Volume Buttons, Mute Buttons, and the buttons for some streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO.
Among all the Alexa Voice Remotes, the Alexa Voice Remote with streaming service buttons has the most buttons, while the Alexa Voice Remote Lite has the least.
The Basic Remote (Non-Voice Remote) has the least number of buttons among all the remote types, as it lacks the Microphone Button. It also does not have any volume control buttons.
How do I use my fire stick remote?
There’s a learning curve to using your Amazon fire stick remote. You might have trouble finding certain buttons if you’re new to using it.
The good news is that once you familiarize yourself with the various buttons on the remote, everything becomes easier.
Learning to use your Amazon fire stick remote will come with time and practice. It’s not hard to use; you just need to know where all of its buttons are located and what they do.
Microphone/ Voice Button
The microphone button lets you make a call to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant without having to use your smartphone.
It enables you to control your television with your voice. Amazon has built-in features that allow you to play movies, TV shows, and music.
The most obvious is the Alexa voice search. Tap the Microphone/ Voice Search button on your remote and go ahead with your instruction.
Alternatively, you can use your voice to find specific content by saying things like Find Squid Game season two or where’s my favorite song from Michael Jackson?
You can also ask for movie ratings, actor information, and more. Just tap Voice Search on your remote and start talking.
The Navigation button acts as a joystick and allows you to go back, forward, move up, down, and select menu items.
It’s also used in conjunction with other buttons to navigate menus or while using apps.
You can use it just like a mouse by moving it around your screen and clicking when you want to make a selection.
If you press and hold it for several seconds, you will enter mouse mode, which allows you to click-and-drag objects around your screen. To exit mouse mode, simply tap another button (like Back).
The Select button is a multifunction button. It can be used to select a show or movie, rewind, fast forward, and pause your content.
If you’re using voice search, you can say select to make a selection. You can also use it as an enter key if navigating menus on-screen.
Back/ Exit Button
The back button gets you out of whatever you’re doing (think Undo) or goes one screen if you need to go back a level.
The exit button will close your app and get you out of your device and into your home screen, or at least that’s what it should do.
Sometimes, apps crash when you press them, so be aware that sometimes pressing it won’t work.
If you have difficulty getting out of an app by pressing Exit, try holding down Back until you see Quit App, then tap OK to quit.
You can also hold down Back until you see Home Screen, then tap OK to return to your Home Screen; don’t forget there is also a Home button on your remote.
The top button is labeled home and acts as a return button; pressing it will take you back to your home screen. It’s essentially an up arrow.
If you’re watching something, hitting home will pause it even if it’s in full-screen mode and bring you back to your home screen, where you can access all of your apps or resume playback from where you left off by selecting that show or movie again.
This is your primary button for navigating. It’s where you’ll go to return to a home screen after browsing apps or loading a stream.
This button will change based on what you have open, so if you have an app open, pressing it will take you back one step (to your home screen).
If you have a movie or TV show playing, pressing it will pause and restart that content.
Pressing it again will bring up options to either resume playback or move forward/backward through a video.
When you don’t have anything open, pressing Menu brings up options like adding a bookmark, returning to your home screen, or searching Amazon Prime Video content.
Fast Forward Button
The fast forward button lets you skip past a clip or commercial during playback. If you wish to continue watching a program, you can press pause and then use fast forward once more when done to continue where you left off.
Fast forward is also great for replays of sporting events such as baseball and football because they often come with multiple commercials that slow down your viewing experience.
In addition, if you want to watch something again, fast forward allows you to quickly reach a specific part of a video without having to sit through everything leading up to it. You may find yourself using fast forward quite frequently.
Play/ Pause Button
As its name suggests, pressing Play/Pause plays a video if it’s paused and pauses a video if it’s playing.
It also works for music. The button is located in between the Rewind and Fast Forward buttons, making it easy to reach when you want to pause or play something. If you’re using your voice remote, just say Play or Pause.
The Rewind Button is a button that allows you to go back in time and undo an action.
For instance, if you accidentally skipped forward in a movie, you can press rewind to return to your original position.
Volume Control Buttons
To increase or decrease your volume, press it up or down. (You can also use your remote’s physical buttons to adjust your volume.)
Keep in mind that increasing or decreasing your speaker’s volume will automatically change your streaming device’s volume if you’re using an audio output like a Bluetooth speaker.
If you want to set these two volumes independently of one another manually, go into your Fire TV Stick settings and select Audio > Volume Control > Speakers & Headphones.
You can set separate volume levels for your streaming device and any connected speakers or headphones here.
The buttons on the Fire TV remote are laid out differently than most other remotes on the market, making them confusing at first glance.
To help you easily navigate your device and find the feature you’re looking for, you must conversate with the various buttons and what they do.
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