What Does Flashing Blue Light on Firestick Remote Mean?

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With cable slowly going out of fashion, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has become very popular for streaming content from apps like Netflix and Hulu. But, a flashing blue light on the remote may worry some users.

Why is My Fire TV Stick Remote Flashing Blue?

A blinking blue light on your Fire TV remote is different from a solid blue light. When the blue light is flashing, it usually means the Alexa button was pressed, but Alexa isn’t waiting for a command.

The blue light will blink if you press and release the Alexa button, or if you’ve given her a command and she’s “thinking” about her answer.

Alexa button on fire tv remote control

If you want to give Alexa a command, you’ll need to press and hold the Alexa button. When you do this, the blue light will turn solid. 

What to Do If the Light Flashes Blue Continuously

If you still see a flashing blue light on your Fire TV remote after trying to give Alexa a command, press and hold the Alexa button for five seconds without saying anything. Then, press the back button. 

Still flashing blue? Your remote is probably experiencing some kind of temporary glitch. 

Try removing the batteries from your FireStick remote for about 30 seconds before replacing them. This will give the remote time to clear any glitches.

If that doesn’t work, try pairing the remote again. Press and hold the Home button for about 10 seconds until the light flashes blue three times or you see an on-screen confirmation.

If the blue light is still flashing, restart your FireStick. Hold down the Play/Pause and Select buttons until the device reboots. 

Press and hold the select and home to restart the fire tv

If none of the above fixes work, try resetting your Fire TV remote. 

  1. Unplug your FireStick.
  2. Press and hold the remote’s Menu and “Left” buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds.
    Reset the fire tv remote
  3. Release the buttons and wait about five seconds.
  4. Take the batteries out of your remote.
  5. Plug your FireStick back in. You should see a screen that says the TV cannot detect your remote.
  6. Replace the batteries and press the Home button.

If you still can’t get the blinking blue light to turn off, you might just need to replace the remote altogether. 

Amazon devices are covered under a one-year limited warranty, so contact customer service and see if you can get a replacement if you’re still within the warranty period.

FAQ: Flashing Blue Light on a FireStick

How Can I Tell if Alexa is Listening on My Remote?

Alexa is listening for a voice command on your FireStick remote when the indicator light is solid blue

You’ll also see the Alexa prompt on your Fire TV screen and hear the signature “Alexa is listening” sound.

How to Access FireStick Troubleshooting Mode

Troubleshooting mode is a feature built into Alexa-compatible FireSticks that can help you diagnose different issues. Here’s how you can access troubleshooting mode with your Fire TV remote:

  1. Press Rewind and “Right” simultaneously for approximately three seconds.
  2. Press the Menu button. The indicator light should turn green.
  3. Press any button on your remote.

You can find out what the problem with your remote is based on the color of the indicator light.

Indicator Light ColorProblem
RedIf the light flashes slowly, your remote’s batteries are low. If it flashes quickly, your remote needs to be reset.
OrangeYour remote needs to be paired to your TV again.
WhiteYou need to restart your Fire TV.
BlueNo issue detected.

You can exit troubleshooting mode by following the steps below:

  1. Press Play/Pause and “Up” simultaneously for about three seconds.
  2. Press the Menu button.

What Do Other Lights on a FireStick Remote Mean?

The indicator light on your FireStick remote won’t always be blue. Here’s what some of the other lights mean:

Light SequenceMeaning
Blinking orange lightYour remote is in Discovery Mode and looking for a Fire TV device to pair with.
Blue light blinks three timesYour remote was successfully paired to your FireStick.
Orange light blinks slowlyYour remote is not paired to your TV.
Red light is glowingYour remote’s batteries are low.
Light turns greenYour remote is connected to your TV. 
Yellow light is blinkingSomething is interfering with your FireStick remote or your internet connection is unstable.

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