Usually when a device’s light starts blinking orange it means that something is wrong. The Amazon Fire Stick is no exception here, so what does it mean when your Fire Stick remote is blinking orange? After doing a bit of research, I managed to find out why that light flashes and what the fixes are.
What Does It Mean When Your Fire Stick Remote Blinks Orange?
After reading though Amazon’s support forums, I found out that the blinking orange light means that the Fire Stick remote is stuck in discovery mode. This means that the remote is trying to connect to your Fire Stick but is having a hard time doing so. To fix this issue, you simply have to factory reset your Fire Stick remote.
Although discovery mode is a normal function of your Fire Stick remote, a malfunction can sometimes happen, that’s why factory resetting it might fix it. To enter discovery mode manually, press and hold the home button for around 10 seconds.
How To Factory Reset A Fire Stick Remote That’s Blinking Orange?
The guide below teaches you how to properly factory reset a Fire Stick remote, make sure you follow each step correctly and you should be on your way to fixing the blinking orange light.
Before proceeding, make sure that your remote is close to your Fire TV device. Check that the batteries in the remote are working properly.
Here are the 6 easy steps to factory reset your remote:
- Press the Back button, the Menu button, and the Left Navigation Circle button, all at the same time for at least 10 seconds.
- Wait 60 seconds for the Remote to factory reset.
- Remove the batteries from the remote and unplug the Fire TV device for 60 seconds.
- Reconnect the Fire TV device to your TV.
- Wait until the Fire TV menu shows up on the display, then insert the batteries into the Fire Stick remote.
- At the Fire TV menu, press the Home button for 40 seconds to reconnect the remote.
Still having trouble fixing the blinking light?
If factory resetting hasn’t fixed your problem, there’s still some things you can do. Troubleshooting your Fire Stick remote is fairly easy, so here are a few fixes recommended by Amazon.
Keep your remote close to your Fire TV device
The Fire Stick remote should be at least 3 meters (~10 feet) or less away from your Fire TV device, remember that the blinking orange light means that the remote is in discovery mode, so make sure to keep it close so it can properly connect to your Fire TV device.
Make sure everything is connected properly
Your Fire TV device might not be able to connect to your remote simply because something isn’t connected properly. Check your outlet and power adapter, your Fire TV Stick probably isn’t getting power at all.
Try using the Fire TV app as a temporary Fire Stick remote
Thankfully, if your Fire Stick remote just isn’t working, you can still use Amazon’s Fire TV app on your smartphone or tablet as a remote. You will only have to download the Fire TV app through Apple App Store or Google Play Store, depending on what type of device you have.
Here’s how to do it in 5 easy steps:
- Download the Fire TV app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Make sure your smartphone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Fire TV Device.
- Open the Fire TV app.
- Select your Fire TV Device on the screen.
- Follow the instructions shown on your screen.
Check for a Software Update
Maybe the remote is flashing orange light because its software is outdated. Amazon releases new updates for their devices frequently and those usually update by themselves, but maybe your device missed one of those updates that might have fixed your issue.
To check for a software update, use the Fire TV app as a temporary remote as mentioned before:
- Go to Settings on your Fire TV device -> select My Fire TV -> select About -> select Check for System Update.
- Now to update your Fire Stick Remote: Go to Settings on your Fire TV device -> select Controllers and Bluetooth Devices -> select Amazon Fire TV Remotes -> select your remote and update its software if it’s available.
After updating your software, try pairing your Fire Stick remote again by pressing and holding the Home button for around 10 seconds, making sure the Fire Stick remote is close to your Fire TV device.
That blinking orange light on your Fire Stick remote simply means that it’s stuck in discovery mode and is trying to connect to your Fire TV. This is something common on Amazon’s Fire Stick Remote and therefore multiple fixes have surfaced on the internet.
Factory resetting your remote is the first thing you can do and it usually fixes the problem instantly. If not, there’s still multiple things you can do to fix your fire stick remote.
If nothing works, even though you tried all the fixes and:
- Checked that the batteries inside the remote are working properly/are new.
- Made sure that your remote is at least 3 meters (~10 feet) away from your Fire TV device.
- Checked all connections of your Fire TV device.
Then, simply download the Fire TV app and use your smartphone/tablet as a remote for your Fire TV device.