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How to Factory Reset a Firestick Remote

Last Updated Dec 9, 2022
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The range of Firestick remotes is designed by Amazon to work with Firestick and Fire TVs. You may occasionally experience connection issues between the Firestick remote and the Firestick or Fire TV that may be solved by a factory reset.

There are four different Firestick remotes. To perform a factory reset, you will need to know which of these you’re resetting:

  • Basic Edition remote
  • Alexa Voice remote: 1st Generation
  • Alexa Voice remote: 2nd and 3rd Generations
  • Alexa Voice Remote Lite
  • Fire TV Smart TV Remote

The steps to follow in order to do a factory reset on a Firestick remote will be specific to your remote.

For more information on how to factory reset a Firestick remote, follow the steps for your remote. Keep reading for more details on how to do a factory reset on the remote you have.

How to Factory Reset a Firestick Remote

Before you can perform a factory reset on your Firestick remote, you have to determine which remote you have.

  • Basic Edition remote
  • Alexa Voice remote: 1st Generation
  • Alexa Voice remote: 2nd and 3rd Generations
  • Alexa Voice Remote Lite
  • Fire TV Smart TV Remote

The essential steps for each remote consist of unplugging the Firestick or Fire TV and holding down a series of buttons. The order that you perform these steps and the buttons you use will depend on your remote.

Find specific steps for performing a factory reset on your remote below.

Factory Reset the Basic Edition Remote

The Firestick remote has many versions to go with each model and generation of Firestick and Fire TV. The process of factory resetting the Firestick remote will differ slightly based on which version you have.

For the Basic Edition Remote, here are the steps to follow for a factory reset:

  • Press the Home button and hold it.
  • At the same time, quickly press the Menu button three times.
  • Release the Home button.
  • Quickly press the Menu button nine times in succession.
  • Take the batteries out of your Firestick remote.
  • Unplug the Firestick or Fire TV.
  • Wait at least sixty seconds.
  • Place the batteries back in your remote and plug the TV back in.
  • Wait for the system to boot up. When the Home screen loads, press the Home button on the remote again and hold it for at least forty seconds.
  • The factory reset process will be complete in sixty seconds.

Factory Reset the Alexa Voice Remote (1st Generation)

Your Firestick remote may be the first generation of Alexa voice remote instead. In this case, the steps to follow will be somewhat different. You should first unplug your Fire TV and wait for sixty seconds.

Then hold the Left button and the Menu button at the same time, waiting for at least twelve seconds. After that, release both buttons at once and wait another five seconds before taking the batteries out of the remote.

Plug your Fire TV back in, then place the batteries back in the Firestick remote. Press the Home button on the remote, which should automatically pair it back with the TV. If it doesn’t, press the Home button once more and hold it for ten seconds.

Factory Reset the Alexa Voice Remote (2nd and 3rd Generations)

The second and third generations of the Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV are slightly different from the first. Here are the steps to follow for a factory reset with these models:

  • Unplug the Fire TV and give it a sixty-second wait.
  • Grab your remote and hold the Left, Menu, and Back buttons at the same time for at least twelve seconds.
  • Release the buttons all at once and wait another five seconds.
  • Then take the batteries out of the remote.
  • Plug your Fire TV back in and wait at least sixty seconds.
  • Place the batteries back in the Firestick remote and press the Home button.
  • Wait for the LED on the remote to blink blue. This will show that the remote has connected successfully to the TV.
  • If the LED doesn’t blink blue, hold the Home button on the remote for ten seconds.

Factory Reset the Alexa Voice Remote Lite

To factory reset the Alexa Voice Remote Lite, you will have to follow different steps. This model has no power button or volume up and down buttons, which is why there is a different routine to follow for a factory reset.

You should first unplug the Fire TV connected to the Firestick remote and wait sixty seconds. Then hold the Left, Back, and Menu button at the same time for twelve seconds. Let go of the buttons and wait five more seconds.

Take the batteries out of the Firestick remote and plug the Fire TV back in. Wait sixty seconds before making the next move. Place the batteries back in the remote, then press the Home button.

Your Firestick remote will now be once more paired to the Fire TV with full connectivity. If you notice that the remote hasn’t paired again with the TV, hold the Home button for ten seconds. You should then be able to use the remote again.

Factory Reset the Fire TV Smart TV Remote

The Fire TV Smart TV is designed to work with the Fire TV Edition TV. To factory reset this Firestick remote, you should start by placing it at least within ten feet of the Fire TV. Then you should unplug the Fire TV and give it a break for sixty seconds.

Hold the Back, Menu, and Left buttons on the remote for twelve seconds. Then let go of the buttons and wait an additional five seconds. Take the batteries out of the Firestick remote, then plug the TV back in and wait another sixty seconds.

Place the batteries back in the remote and then press the Home button. The link to the TV will be restored.

Conclusion

There are various ways in which to factory reset a Firestick remote, depending on the type of Firestick or Fire TV device you have. These steps are easy and quick to follow and will usually help with most connectivity issues between the remote and the TV.