The Fire Stick by Amazon has become an everyday utility for me.
It has become my preferred choice for all my entertainment music needs.
Things were going smoothly until one day I tried switching on my Fire Stick and I was unable to power it up.
On further inspection, I saw that the yellow light on my remote was blinking.
I realized something was up and immediately set about rectifying it.
A long weekend without any entertainment and music is the last thing I needed.
If your Fire Stick remote is blinking yellow, then try replacing your remote’s batteries. A network issue can also lead to this problem. You can also try resetting your router to fix this problem.
Check the batteries of your Fire Stick Remote
The first step in troubleshooting the yellow light blinking issue on your Fire Stick Remote is to check its batteries.
A weak battery wouldn’t be able to supply sufficient power for the remote to function properly.
This would unpair the remote and send it to the discovery mode which is indicated by the blinking yellow light.
Replace the batteries and pay attention to the polarities while inserting batteries.
It is also a good idea to use high-power alkaline batteries instead of rechargeable ones as they may not be able to supply the required current.
Check Your Internet Connectivity
The internet is an essential requirement for the Fire Stick to function properly.
Check whether your internet connection is not disrupted.
An erratic connection can also lead to the yellow light blinking on your remote.
You can also confirm whether the internet service from your ISP is not disrupted.
You may contact your ISP to confirm the status of internet service in your area.
You could also think of checking your network speed as slow internet connectivity has been seen as a potential cause too.
Reset the Router
Once you confirm there are no issues with your ISP and the problem persists, it is time to perform a reset of your router.
The problems related to a slow internet connection, recurrent network drops, and IP address-related problems can be fixed with a router reset.
A reset of your router allows various processes to be started from scratch, clears its cache, and also gives the router a chance to select a less congested channel
Follow the steps given below to perform a router reset.
- Switch off the router/modem.
- Remove all the cables connected to your router including the Ethernet cables from their respective sockets.
- Wait for at least a couple of minutes
- Power up your router after connecting back all the cables correctly
Reset the Fire TV Remote
If none of the above solutions worked, you can try resetting your Fire TV remote.
The process for resetting is common for all Fire TV remotes except for the first-generation models.
For first-generation Fire TV users, follow the steps given below:
- In your remote, press and hold the Home button. Take care not to release the home button and press the Menu button nine times.
- Once done, remove the batteries from your remote.
- Switch off your Fire TV. Remove the power cable from the power source and wait for a minimum of 60 seconds.
- Now, insert the batteries back into the remote.
- Power up your TV. Once the home screen appears, press and hold the home button for 40 seconds.
- Post this, and wait for a minute more for the reset process to complete.
Users other than first-gen Fire TV users, perform the steps listed below to reset your remote:
- Switch off your TV, remove the plug from the power source, and wait for 60 seconds.
- You should now simultaneously press the Menu, Back, and Left buttons on your remote for 15 seconds.
- Wait for some time after releasing the buttons and remove the batteries from your remote.
- Switch on your TV and wait for a minute or two.
- Insert the batteries back into the remote and press the Home button to complete the reset process.
Check for software updates
Outdated firmware can pose problems to the smooth functioning of the TV and the hardware connected to it.
Most Smart TVs nowadays automatically get updated once they are connected to the internet.
However, there would be situations where you would have to perform a manual update.
Please use your TV manual to perform a manual update correctly.
Amazon also issues periodic software updates for its hardware platforms.
Just like Smart TVs, the firmware is updated automatically once the device is connected to the internet.
That being said, in rare instances, you might have to manually update the firmware of your Fire Stick.
Perform the steps given below to update your Fire Stick firmware manually:
- Press the home button on your fire stick to go to the main menu.
- Choose Settings > My Device > About
- Now select Install System Update
- Once the firmware is updated, the Fire Stick will restart.
Try replacing your remote
You should consider replacing your remote if the issue persists even after trying all the steps.
You would be able to purchase a replacement remote from Amazon.com or any TV dealership in your area.
No hardware that we use is perfect.
The same is true with your Fire Stick Remote too.
The yellow light blinking issues are very common and may be caused due to drained batteries, network problems, or due to a faulty Fire Stick.
Checking your remote’s batteries, plugging the Fire Stick into the correct port, and ensuring sufficient power to the Fire Stick can help resolve this problem.
Additionally, it’s best to change the batteries on your remote every year to make sure your remote has enough power.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Fire Stick remotes interchangeable?
Some remote models are interchangeable and may work with certain Fire Sticks.
If you are planning to use a spare remote, it is a good idea to check its compatibility with your Fire Stick model.
Can you buy an Amazon Fire Stick remote separately?
Yes, you can.
If you have broken your Fire TV remote or have lost it, you would have to purchase a new one.