How To Change the TV Input With a Firestick Remote

As excited as people were when Amazon released the new Firestick remote, there were those who wished there was a button for changing the TV input. While they may not be as useful as a custom button, there are still ways you can use your remote to change the input. These techniques work whether you’re using a Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube.

Check them out in this article.

Requirements to Change TV Input with Firestick Remote

Your remote control must either have the 2nd or 3rd generation Alexa Voice Remote. If your remote doesn’t have a power button on the top, you won’t be able to use it for this task.

Some TVs may not work at all to change the input with your Firestick remote, while others may work partially. Sony and Samsung have many TVs that work perfectly for input selection from a Firestick/Fire TV remote. Fire TVs should work just fine, of course. The feature is a hit or miss.

Let’s take a look at how to change the input using your Fire TV device remote.

  1. You need to make sure that your Fire TV or any other brand of TV is properly configured. Go to the Fire TV device (Stick, Cube, or actual Fire TV) “Settings” and select “Device control.”
  2. To elect “Manage equipment”, select the “TV” option, then choose “Switch input.”
  3. Select “Input change type” and make sure it matches your original TV remote’s input switching functionality. On some TVs, press the “Input source” repeatedly, while others use an up/down or left/right configuration after pressing “Input” or “Source”.
  4. Select if necessary “Confirmation order.” This function is for TVs that have the “Enter/OK” after selecting an input.
  5. Select if necessary “Abandon order.” This function is for TVs that have the “Exit” to close the menu/overlay on your screen.
  6. Some TVs will work right out of the box if you say “Alexa, switch to HDMI 2” using CEC compliant features.
  7. Other TVs require you to label the inputs, such as Blu-Ray for HDMI 2 and PlayStation for HDMI 3. Go to “Settings -> Device Management -> Manage Devices -> Add Devices.” Choose the device name and follow the prompts to set it up and test it. This method uses infrared (IR) signals sent to the TV. After that you can tell Alexa to “switch to” [device name].”
  8. Now you are ready to use the Fire TV remote. Press and hold the “microphone button”, then say “Switch to HDMI 2” and point the remote at the IR receiver on the TV. It should change the input. You don’t have to say “Alexa” when using the remote. With labeled devices set up through the Fire Stick or Cube, you might be able to say “Switch to Blu-Ray” or whatever device you’ve added, such as Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC, etc.
  9. If the remote cannot change the input, try saying “Switch input twice” or another number. On TVs where you press the “Source/Input” button to move to the next entry, it should accept the command, as long as you set up the TV in your Fire device correctly.

As you can see above, the process of getting your Fire TV remote to change your TV input is confusing and variable based on certain TV models and capabilities. If you have a real Fire TV, you still need to add devices so that they have a name, then you can say something like ‘Switch to Roku’. You can also say ‘go home’, ‘switch home’ to return to the ‘Start’ screen.

Method One: Set the Remote to Switch Inputs

With the right remote and Firestick settings for your TV, you’re now ready to switch inputs. The steps described here will show you how to do this.

  1. Press and hold the microphone button on your Firestick remote.
  2. Say, “Switch to (correct entry).”
  3. Release the microphone button and point the remote at the TV. The remote uses an infrared (IR) signal to communicate for volume up/down and input selection.

Your TV input will change to the Fire TV HDMI channel or whatever input you specified, such as HDMI 2.

Method Two: Configure Fire TV

You can configure your Fire TV to recognize the various devices connected to your television. For example, you can name HDMI one as Firestick, HDMI two as Xbox, and so on. This makes it easier to switch between inputs.

That’s how you set it up.

  1. Open the Firesticks “Settings” on your TV set and go to “Device control.”
  2. Click “Manage equipment”, then choose “TV” and choose the input it is connected to.

Now to change the TV input to your Fire TV, all you need to do is press and hold the microphone button and say: “Go home.”

Follow these steps to set up the rest of the input devices.

  1. Navigate to “Settings” and select “Device control.”
  2. Click “Manage equipment”, then “Add equipment”, and proceed to configure the inputs for the relevant devices.

Once the devices have been added, you can now use the microphone button on the remote to move from one input to another. Say “Switch to Xbox”, and your TV set will switch to the correct HDMI channel. This method means that you don’t have to remember the specific input, such as HDMI 2, to which a device is connected.

Using HDMI-CEC to change inputs with a Firestick remote

HDMI-CEC is a language used by many devices to communicate with each other. The function is mainly used to turn on the TV and select the correct input according to the device. Since your Firestick connects to your Fire TV via an HDMI cable, you can use HDMI-CEC to change the TV input with your Firestick remote.

  1. Enable CEC on your TV. The option is often located in “Settings,” “System,” then “CEC.” However, this may vary depending on the TV make and model.
  2. Check if CEC is also enabled on Fire TV by navigating to “Settings -> Display and Sounds.”

Your Fire TV is now configured. When you press the “Home” button on the remote, the TV will automatically switch to the Fire TV HDMI channel.

FAQ: Change TV Input with Fire TV Remote

Can I use a mobile app to switch inputs?

Yes, you can use the Fire TV app to control your TV and switch inputs. The app can be downloaded on your smartphone or tablet. However, it must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your Firestick to work.

What if I use an automatic HDMI switcher on my multi-device TV?

The best method is to unplug the multi-HDMI switch and connect each device one by one to the same TV input. Set up the devices using the settings in your Firestick, Cube, or Fire TV. Reconnect all devices to the HDMI switch and test the results. If each device has a name, it should go to the correct input for the specified device, as long as your HDMI switch has the automatic function and is working properly.

Remote Firestick Hacks

The Firestick is a great streaming device. Unfortunately, the remote does not have a dedicated button to switch the TV input. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to move from one HDMI channel to another. This guide will guide you through several ways to change the TV input using your Firestick remote. You will also learn other remote shortcuts that can enhance your Firestick experience.

Have you used your Firestick remote to change the TV input? How did you handle it? Let us know in the comments below.

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