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What Does Flashing Blue Light on Firestick Remote Mean?

Last Updated Jun 15, 2022
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With cable slowly going out of fashion and streaming over the Internet becoming more and more common, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has found itself a place in many households. The device allows you to stream in 4K from popular websites such as Netflix and Hulu, and it comes with Alexa voice prompts that make it easy to use and incorporate in an Amazon-driven smart home ecosystem. Despite the convenience factor, there are some technical difficulties that users have run into when using their Fire TV Stick remotes, such as experiencing flashing blue lights.

A flashing blue light on your Fire TV Stick remote may mean that the Alexa button was pushed; pushing and holding the Alexa button will allow you to use voice commands. However, if the remote remains unresponsive, you may need to pair it again by holding the home button for 10 seconds.

Once you’re able to get your Fire TV Stick remote working normally, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of content streaming once again. In the remainder of this article, we’ll discuss the reasons why your Fire Stick remote is blinking blue in more detail and what it means, in addition to other lights you may be noticing.

Why is My Fire TV Stick Remote Flashing Blue?

It can be helpful to know that there is a difference between a blinking blue light and a solid blue light on your Fire Stick remote.

When the blue light is solid, Alexa is waiting for your command. You can say things like, “Alexa, play Space Force on Netflix.” When the blue light is flashing, it indicates that the Alexa button has been pressed, but it won’t be listening for a command.

On occasion, you may notice that your Fire TV Stick remote has this flashing blue light. The solution to this may be as simple as holding the Alexa button (without saying anything) until it stays solid blue; after this, you’ll have access to Alexa prompts once again, and the light will no longer be a flashing blue light (Source: Amazon Forum).

What to Do When the Light Flashes Blue

However, it’s also possible that the above solution won’t make the flashing blue light go away (or that this is only a temporary fix that users will have to run over and over). In some instances, the blue light doesn’t stop flashing, and users have lost functionality in their remotes.

There are a few alternative ways to try and fix the problem:

  1. Unplug the Fire TV Stick and take the batteries out of the remote for 30 seconds.
  2. Then, plug the Fire TV Stick back into your TV or monitor and re-assemble your remote.
  3. Try pairing the remote again. To pair with the TV, hold the home button for 10 seconds until the light starts blinking. Once the light stops blinking, the remote should be functioning correctly once again.
  4. Restart the device by holding down the Play/Pause button and the Select button together for 5 seconds.

(Source: Amazon Forum)

If all else fails, your last resort should be to call/email Amazon and see if they’ll give you a replacement. If you’re under warranty, you should be able to get a replacement. If not, it’s still worth a try since some companies will admit that there is a defect with their product and will honor a replacement to keep your business.

Other Lights on the Firestick Remote

Since we’ve covered the flashing blue light, it might help to cover some other lights that you may see on your Fire TV Stick remote:

Blinking amber lightRemote is in discovery mode—it is looking for a device to pair with
Blue light blinks three timesPairing was successful
Amber light blinking slowlyThe device has not been paired
Glowing red lightThe device is low on battery
(Source: Smart TV Setup)

For any other issues or questions that you may have with the Amazon Fire TV Stick or the remote, check out our user guide on what to do if your Fire Stick stops working and see if there’s anything in the troubleshooting section that will help you out.

Final Thoughts

Having a smart device clunk out on you can be a frustrating experience. They’re supposed to make your life easier, after all! However, with a more technologically advanced device comes more technologically advanced issues, and it’s a part of transitioning into the smart world to learn how to solve these problems.

Thankfully, there are solutions to any issues you may have with your Fire TV Stick remote, and worse case, you can always go to Amazon to see if they’ll offer a replacement.

Your Amazon TV Fire Stick remote is meant to make your life easier, and though the flashing blue light may be a nuisance at first, the solutions to it are all relatively simple. Consider yourself that much more of a tech-savvy person when you can fix this problem with your device!