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Secret Firestick remote shortcuts you didn't know

There are a few hidden key combinations on the Fire TV stick remote, that let you unlock hidden features. For example, some of these remote tips simply help to quickly restart or rest your Fire TV stick from your remote, while others bring up hidden menus that are not accessible in any other way like Launching Developer Tools Menu and what not.

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Restart your Firestick

If your Firestick stops responding and you wish to restart it but are too lazy to get up then this trick will certainly come in handy. You can press and hold the SELECT + PLAY button for 10 seconds to initiate a forced restart.

This is equivalent to pulling the power cable and plugging it back in.

Reset your Firestick remote

If your Fire TV remote is not working, then the first thing you should do is check the batteries and physical damage. We have a dedicated video on fixing the Fire TV stick remote which you can check in the YouTube cards.

However, if you know the batteries are fine and still can’t get the remote to work, you can try resetting the remote itself.  This is also helpful when you want to unpair your remote and then pair it with another Fire TV stick. 

You can simply hard reset it, we’ll show you the step for all 3 Fire TV stick remotes.

For Remote has no microphone button: Press and hold the HOME button. While still holding HOME, press the MENU button 3 times. Release HOME and then press the MENU button 9 times.

For Remote has a microphone button but no power, volume, or guide buttons): Press and hold the LEFT and MENU buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds.

All the other Fire TV stick remove, including all-new Fire TV Remotes: Press and hold the LEFT, MENU, and BACK buttons simultaneously for about 12 seconds.

After you’ve reset the remote, wait at least 10 seconds and then remove the batteries from your remote. Your remote is now reset so to connect it to your Fire TV, unplug and replug the Fire TV in, wait about 1 minute, then put the batteries in your remote. Lastly, press and hold the HOME button on your remote for about 10 seconds and it should pair with your Fire TV.

Access hidden display resolution & refresh rate

If you go into your Fire TV’s display settings, you’ll have the option to switch between 720p, 1080p, and 2160p resolutions which are all locked to a 60Hz refresh rate. There are actually many more resolution and refresh rate combinations. Simply press and hold the UP Navigation + REWIND on the Firestick remote for about five to ten seconds and the display will show the current resolution.

Firestick will cycle between all the available resolutions and refresh rate combinations that your TV supports. With this feature, you can drop down to 480p if you want, which is useful if you’re connecting to an old TV or tiny display. It also allows you to select 24Hz and 30Hz refresh rates, which might better match the content you are playing at the time.

Remap app buttons

If you have a remote with app shortcut buttons at the bottom (e.g., Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, etc.), it’s possible to remap most of those buttons to launch any app that you want.

For example, in one of the previous videos, we showed you how to remap your Fire TV stick remote such that, if I press the Netflix button it will open Disney Plus on the Fire TV stick.

For starts, you have to download the button remapper and select the apps you want to replace and with what. For full tutorial, check out the video in YouTube cards.

Control Bluetooth earphone volume

Okay, this is our favorite one, and very few people know this since it recently came out.

So, if you have a device running Fire OS 7, which includes, 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, and Fire TV Stick 4K Max, then your remote can control the volume of headphones or speakers connected via Bluetooth.

For example, here I just have to pair my AirPods by going to Bluetooth settings, and once done, I can just use the volume buttons on your remote to change the volume on the AirPods.

How cool is that?

Enable Voice View

For those who are visually impaired, the Fire TV has a feature called Voice View that will read out what is currently highlighted on the screen. To enable Voice View, press and hold the BACK and MENU buttons simultaneously for about 5 seconds.

Enable Screen Magnifier

Another Fire TV feature for visually impaired users is the Screen Magnifier, which allows you to zoom in/out and pan around the interface. To enable or disable the Screen Magnifier, press and hold the BACK and FAST-FORWARD buttons simultaneously for about 5 seconds.

Open the System Menu

This is one of the most frequently used features that we discovered accidentally. Long pressing the HOME button on the remote opens the Quick Settings where you can access the Mirroring option, Settings, or even put your Firestick to sleep. It’s really convenient.

These were a few Firestick remote shortcuts that we frequently use. For more such videos on Fire TV stick, check out the playlist.

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