Last Updated on June 21, 2022
Have you lost your Fire Stick remote and bought a few backups, only to later rediscover your old remote behind the sofa cushions? Now you find yourself in a situation where you have too many remotes paired to your Fire Stick. Or maybe you want to give one of your paired remotes to a friend that needs it.
The bottom line is you need to unpair your remote, and you don’t know how to do so. The Fire Stick remote can be unpaired from settings, using the mobile app, or by factory reset.
Here are the easiest ways to unpair your Fire Stick remote.
Methods to unpair your Fire Stick remote
To unpair the Fire Stick remote using the settings menu, you must have at least two remotes already connected to the Fire Stick. This will not work if the remote you want to unpair is the only remote that is connected to the device.
A few methods work to unpair the only remote, and that is the factory reset method and the mobile app method that will be mentioned later in this article. Feel free to skip ahead to those methods if they are the right options for you. If you wish to reset FireStick without remote you can read mobile app method too.
- From the home screen, navigate to the setting menu.
- Once in the settings menu, select the “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” option.
- When the “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” menu is open, click the option that says, “Amazon Fire TV Remotes.” This will be the first option listed under the “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” tab.
- The list of remotes connected to the Fire Stick will appear. Using the remote you want to unpair, hover over the name of the remote you want to unpair and push the menu button on the remote.
- On the tv screen, a message will appear asking for you to confirm you want to unpair the remote.
- Using the same remote, push the select button on the remote to confirm you would like to unpair it from the device.
- Repeat this process with every remote you wish to unpair if you are unpairing multiple remotes.
- The names of the unpaired remotes will disappear once they are unpaired.
- Using the remote you will not be unpairing, go back to the home menu of the Fire Stick.
- From the home menu, enter the settings menu.
- Select “My Fire TV.”
- In the “My Fire TV” tab, select the “Restart” option.
- Select “Restart” again when the message appears on the screen.
That is the settings menu method to unpairing the Fire Stick remote. After the FireStick system has restarted, the changes will take effect.
2. The mobile app method
This method requires the use of a mobile device and requires the installation of an app on the said mobile device. If a mobile device is unavailable, this option is not right for you. This method can be used to unpair multiple remotes or can be used to unpair the only remote that is connected to the Fire Stick. This is a versatile method.
Installing the mobile app
- Open either the Google Play Store or the App Store on your mobile device, depending on the type of mobile device you are using.
- Search for “Amazon Fire TV” in the App Store or Amazon FireTV app on Google Play Store.
- The app will have an orange icon next to the name. Select “Install” or “Get.”
- Wait for the app to install. Depending on your internet speed, this may take a few minutes.
- Once installation is complete, open the app.
- A screen asking if you would like to enable app notifications will appear. Notifications are not required for this process, so it is completely up to your discretion if you would like to allow the app to send your phone notifications.
- After selecting either “Sure!” or “No, thanks,” connect your mobile device to the same Internet network that the Fire Stick is connected to.
- Select the name of the TV on the remote.
- A code will appear on the TV screen.
- Type the code on the TV screen into the mobile device when asked.
This will pair your mobile device to the Fire TV. Now you can use the mobile device as a remote and begin the process of unpairing the remote you wish to unpair. Once the mobile app can be used as a remote, follow these instructions to unpair any remotes you want.
- The mobile app should appear to look like a remote now. In the upper left-hand corner of the app, you will see what appears to be a small gear.
- Click the gear button, this will open the settings menu.
- Using the right arrow in your mobile app, navigate over to the “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” option that appears on the TV.
- Select the option “Amazon Fire TV Remotes” at the top of the list in the “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices” tab.
- The devices paired to the Fire Stick will appear. Hover over the remote you wish to disconnect from the list. This list may also show the paired headphone speakers on FireStick that you may wish to skip.
- While hovering over the remote you wish to unpair, press the menu button on the app to unpair the remote. The menu button will look like three horizontal parallel lines. This button will be in the bottom right corner of the app.
- A message will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to unpair the remote.
- To confirm you wish to unpair the remote, push the select button on the mobile app.
- The name of the remote will disappear from the screen once it is no longer paired with the device.
- From the home menu of the Fire Stick, enter the settings menu.
- Select “My Fire TV.”
- Once you are in the “My Fire TV” tab, select the option “Restart.”
- When prompted, select “Restart” again.
- After the Fire Stick restarts, the changes will be finalized.
This is a fantastic method for people who wish to unpair their remote from their Fire Stick but do not have another one handy. If you do have an extra remote already paired to the device, the first method will be a much simpler option. However, this method can still be used with multiple remotes if you prefer the mobile app.
3. The factory reset method
This method should not be used as a first resort unless you intend to sell or give away the Fire Stick. This method is only recommended if the other two methods do not work out for whatever reason. This method will completely reset your Fire Stick to the settings it came with.
This method will unpair all your devices from the Fire Stick, and it will uninstall and applications you have installed on the Fire Stick. This method will also remove your account. If you choose this method, you will be starting over from scratch entirely.
Perfect if the intent is to sell or give away the device, but extremely inconvenient if you plan to continue using it yourself. If this is an acceptable method for you, or you are out of options, continue to the following steps.
Factory reset using the settings
- From the home screen, hover over the “settings” tab and select “My Fire TV.”
- Once in the “My Fire TV” tab, you will need to scroll down to the “Reset to Factory Defaults” option and select it.
- When prompted, click on “Reset” to confirm your decision. This will start FireStick reset process and start the further process.
- The device will be reset to the way it was when it was initially purchased.
- This process will take a few minutes to reset fully.
- Once the device is fully reset, the remotes will no longer be paired. You will have to go through and set everything up all over again if you plan to keep the device. If you are giving this device to someone else, it is ready for them to go through the setup process.
Just in case you are not able to factory reset your device using the TV settings method, there is an alternative way to factory reset your Fire Stick, so you can unpair all the connected devices.
Factory reset using the remote
This method is great if your system is frozen and you need to factory reset the device. Before trying this method, if the Fire Stick is frozen, try unplugging the device and plugging it back in. This could avoid the need for a factory reset altogether if you do not want to go through and reset everything.
Remember, factory reset is not ideal if you plan to keep your device. Any of the other options would be much quicker and easier.
- On your Fire Stick, locate the button you would typically use to scroll to the right.
- Now locate the back button. This button will look like a curved arrow pointing to the left.
- Hold both the right button and the back button together at the same time for a minimum of ten seconds.
- A screen will pop up informing you that a factory reset has been initiated. This is your last chance to back out of this option.
- To continue with the reset, either press “Ok” or wait fourteen seconds for the reset to automatically occur.
- If you do not wish to continue with the reset, click cancel before the fourteen seconds are up.
- It will take a few minutes for the reset to complete. Once the reset is complete, all the devices that were paired will no longer be paired.
Now that the factory reset is complete, feel free to set up the device as you prefer. It will be just like when the device was first purchased.
The method you choose will greatly depend on the reason you wish to unpair the remotes, and the circumstances you are under when you go to unpair the remote. The first method listed is the quickest and easiest method if you have two or more remotes already connected to the Fire Stick, the second method is ideal if you only have one remote that is connected to the device, and the third method is ideal as either a last resort or in the case of giving away or reselling the Fire Stick.
These are the only methods currently available for unpairing remotes, so be sure to choose the one that is best for your situation.