Firestick Stuck On Searching For Remote: 5 Steps To Fix

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Is your Fire Stick stuck on a “Searching For Your Remote” message?

Not being able to properly use your Fire Stick can be super annoying, especially when you’ve waited all day to get home and watch your favorite movie.

Believe it or not, this issue affects hundreds of people. There are several reasons that might be causing it, and while that’s frustrating, you’re in luck.

In this article, you’ll find different tips to stop your Fire Stick from being stuck on a “Searching For Your Remote” message. These are: restart your Fire Stick, change the batteries, or reset your remote. You can also try using the Fire TV app, or factory resetting your Fire Stick.

Keep reading to fix this issue!

#1 Restart Your Fire TV Stick

Before doing anything else, try restarting your Fire Stick.

I know this simple action may sound like a cliché, but it can give your Fire TV Stick a fresh restart and get rid of bugs or other errors that are preventing it from paring and functioning correctly.

Follow this simple guide to restart your Fire TV Stick:

  1. Press your remote’s Select and Play/Pause button for ten seconds.
  2. Your Fire Stick will automatically restart.
Restart your Fire Stick

You can also try unplugging the USB power supply from your Fire Stick and waiting 30 seconds before plugging it back in.

#2 Change the Batteries

Next, let’s check your batteries.

You see, sometimes taking out your remote’s batteries and waiting 30 seconds to put them back in can give your remote a fresh restart.

But if that doesn’t work, try cleaning the battery compartment and changing the batteries.

Tip: If your battery compartment is dirty, you won’t be able to activate your remote. Please use a dry tissue or cloth to clean it.

Once you’ve done that, check if the issue was solved. If it persists, don’t worry! Keep reading to learn more about other ways to fix it!

#3 Reset Your Remote

If you’ve changed your remote’s batteries, but your Fire Stick is still stuck on a “Searching for your remote” message, you might want to keep reading!

As simple as it seems, sometimes restarting your remote can solve pairing issues and give your Bluetooth connection a fresh restart!

Follow this quick guide to restart your Fire Stick remote:

  1. Unplug your Fire TV from the power source and wait 60 seconds.
  2. Press the left button, the horizontal lines button, and the back button at the same time for 15 seconds.
  3. Release the buttons and remove the batteries from your remote.
  4. Plug in your Fire TV and wait 1 minute.
  5. Put the batteries back in your remote.
  6. Press the home button on your remote.
  7. Wait until the blue light on your remote starts to blink. If this doesn’t happen, press the home button on your remote again for 10 seconds.
Restart your Fire TV remote

#4 Use the Fire TV App

If none of the fixes above have solved the issue, try installing the Fire TV app.

This fantastic app will turn your phone into a remote and allow you to easily navigate through your installed apps. It also includes a keyboard and voice search, so looking for your favorite movies will be really easy and quick!

Sounds good, huh?

Follow these steps to install the Fire TV app on your phone:


  1. Go to the App Store.
  2. Search for “Fire TV”.
  3. Select the app and tap on “Get”
Download the Fire TV app on your iPhone


  1. Open Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “Fire TV”.
  3. Tap on “Download” or “Install”.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, please make sure that your phone and Fire TV Stick are connected to the same network because they’ll communicate via Wi-Fi.

Then, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Turn on your TV.
  2. Open the Fire TV app on your phone.
  3. Select your Fire TV to connect.
  4. Enter the code on your mobile device.

#5 Factory Reset Your Fire Stick

If the issue persists, it’s time to factory reset your Fire Stick.

This action will get rid of any bugs or corrupted files that may be causing performance problems such as pairing difficulties, login issues, and much more.

Please note that this step should only be taken as a last resort since it will delete all your saved login credentials, user preferences, and downloaded apps.

Tip. Write down or take a picture of your installed apps, so you can download them again.

Try this method to factory reset your Fire Stick:

  1. Open the Fire TV app on your phone.
  2. Use the app to open the Settings menu.
  3. Go to “System”.
  4. Select “Reset to Factory Defaults”.
  5. Click on “Reset” to confirm the process.
Factory reset your Fire Stick using the Fire TV app


That about covers it! Hopefully, with the help of this article, you’ll be able to stop your Fire Stick from being stuck on a “Searching For Your Remote” message.

Remember, quick actions like restarting your Fire Stick, changing the batteries, resetting your remote, or using the Fire TV app on your phone can solve the issue.

Thank you so much for sticking with me all the way to the end. Here at Tech Detective, we’re passionate about bringing quick and simple solutions to everyday problems.

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