Usually, connecting a firestick is easy. A new firestick remote doesn’t need steps to connect; it connects on its own just by pressing and holding the home button until you see a blue flashing light blinking three times. However, in some cases, the TV’s compatibility prevents the firestick from connecting on its own, so you need to go through the steps to see how to connect a firestick remote before programming your firestick with the TV.
Access the TV’s settings (how to do this depends on the brand and model), look for CEC options, and turn CEC on. This step makes it possible for the Firestick to turn on and off the TV. Try turning your TV on or off by pressing the Power button on the Firestick remote. If it works, that’s it.
How to Connect Firestick Remote to Turn Off TV?
Many modern televisions use Consumer Electronics Control or CEC. The HDMI CEC protocol enables devices with the necessary hardware to communicate with one another and take commands over the HDMI cable. A CEC-enabled TV will allow you to use your Firestick as a remote. Just make sure your TV and Firestick are both set to receive CEC commands.
To activate CEC on a different TV, however, you should encounter no difficulties navigating the settings. You’ll be able to use this in various contexts once you’ve seen it.
- To access the TV’s menu, hit the menu button on the remote.
- Go to the System menu and look for CEC to access the CEC settings.
- To activate CEC, simply slide the switch to the left or right.
An Important Note
A lot of manufacturers use different names for CEC on their TVs. They might call it something proprietary, but they all mean the same thing.
LG uses SimpLink, Samsung has Anynet +, and Sony has either Bravia Sync or Bravia Link. If you can’t find the exact name for your TV, here’s a complete listing on Wikipedia
Enable CEC on your Firestick
If your TV supports CEC, you can connect it to your Firestick by simply activating the feature on both devices. Most Firesticks have CEC activated by default, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
To activate CEC on your Fire TV, follow these directions:
- Go to the Fire Stick’s Settings menu.
- Select Display & Sound from the menu that appears.
- Now, head to the Settings menu and enable HDMI CEC Device Control under Display & Sound.
You should be good to go after enabling CEC on your Firestick. For instance, if you were to turn on your TV and hit the Home button on your Firestick remote, your TV would automatically switch channels and display the Fire TV home screen. There’s even less of a learning curve involved in turning off the TV. Say “Alexa, turn off the TV” and she will comply immediately. It’s possible that you’ll have even more flexibility because of the varying CEC features offered by various television sets.
If you have an earlier Firestick that doesn’t support voice commands, you’ll need to pair it with an Amazon Echo device.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you turn on the TV with a fire stick?
With a FireStick remote that is connected, you can turn your TV on or off and change the volume. Just connect your FireStick remote to the TV. Most of the time, this step is taken care of when the FireStick is first set up.
Does Fire Stick turn off when TV is off?
FireStick keeps running even when your TV is off. The good thing about FireStick or Fire TV is that it turns off by itself after a while of not being used (20 minutes). So, even if you just turned off the TV, FireStick will turn off automatically after 20 minutes.
Can Fire Stick turn TV on and off with Alexa?
With an Echo speaker and a Fire TV Stick or Cube, Alexa can be used to control your TV.
Why is my Fire TV Isn’t Turning On?
- The batteries in your remote need to be changed.
- Use the adapter and power cable that came with your Fire TV device.
- If you lose the power cable or adapter for your Fire TV device, you should replace them with Amazon-branded items to make sure they work with your device.
- Unplug the power cord from your device or the wall for a few seconds, then plug it back in.
- Press the source or input button on your remote and make sure your TV’s input matches the name or number of the HDMI port your Fire TV is plugged into (often located on the back of your TV).
- Use an HDMI cable with a high-speed rating (you can purchase this separately).
- If you are using an HDMI hub, unplug your Fire TV from it and plug it directly into the HDMI port on your TV.
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