wolfgang ziegler

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Setting up an Amazon Fire TV Stick without a Remote

July 12, 2023

TL;DR: To setup a Fire TV stick without a remote, you need: A USB OTG cable. A keyboard. The Fire TV app.

Recently, I bought a used Amazon Fire TV stick online, that featured a "little surprise": its remote control was broken. At first, this rendered the device useless to me as it was in a state waiting to join a network, so I could no interact with it at all.

Connect to network screen

Then I remembered that these devices actual support USB hardware ... like e.g. keyboards!

All it takes is USB OTG cable (or hub).

A USB OTG cable

This way, you can connect the USB keyboard to the stick and still power it (the red USB cable in the picture is the keyboard).

USB OTG cable connected to the Fire TV Stick and a keyboard

Then, you can simply use the keyboard to connect to your WIFI, setup the stick and control it with the Fire TV app on your phone.

The Fire TV app as your remote