The Fire TV Remote App enhances the Fire TV experience with simple navigation, a keyboard for easy text entry (no more hunting and pecking), quick access to your apps and games, plus voice search. Voice search is powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon Fire TV and supports the entirety of Fire TV’s integrated video, app and game catalogue. Note that voice search does not work directly inside individual applications such as Netflix.
• Voice Search
• Simple Navigation
• Playback Controls
• Keyboard for simple text entry
• Quick access to your apps and games
• Multicast-enabled router required
• Designed for simple navigation and playback control of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
• For gameplay, use the remote included with your Fire TV or the optional Amazon Fire TV Game Controller
• Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Great concept, bad execution
I love that this exists because the remotes that come with the Fire TVs always die right away. The concept is good. The way the concept is executed is terrible though! What the heck is the purpose of having the play button disappear like that?! I’m always accidentally hitting home when I’m trying to hit pause. Also, rewinding is a pain because (again) that row of buttons just disappears. It always seems to happen when I’m rewinding the fastest so that, by the time I swipe that row back up again, it’s rewound to the beginning of the movie! The “finger pad” portion of the remote doesn’t work that well either, especially because I’m usually watching something while washing dishes or cooking so I have to use a knuckle or other less dexterous body part when my fingers are wet. If the buttons didn’t jump around, it wouldn’t be an issue because I would default to the buttons rather than the unresponsive pad in most situations. As it is, it’s kind of insane that this neat idea works so much worse than the physical remote with its stupidly curved bottom that makes it rock when you try to press anything on it. Or at least it would if the physical remote would work at all.
I first discovered the app when a girl friend connected it to change what I was playing, I thought this could be handy! A few months after I got my fire stick the remote stopped working, I thought it was strange, changed the batteries but nothing. That’s when I really started using the app. It worked great at first but as days went on it would take a long time to find and connect to the fire stick. I tried my controller again which magically worked again. About a year later my dog chewed the controller so only the up and left button worked as well as the other so I couldn’t use it on the home screen since the down and right button didn’t work. Again same problem with the app, it can connect right away at times. Sometimes I have to try and connect 3-5 times meaning closing and opening the app. Other than getting connected the app works great! I like the keyboard feature which didn’t work for my iPhone 6s until the 11 generation update.
Only use if desperate!
This App is great if your batteries on your physical remote go out or if you lose your remote. There are two main issues that I have with this App. The first one are connectivity to the actual fire stick. Sometimes the app doesn’t want to connect to the fire stick or there are issues while using the app. The second issue is the fact that the home button is right above the pause/play button and in order to get the pause/play you have to swipe up from the bottom of your device. The issue is the app automatically times out the pause and play button leaving the home button in the exact same place where you might have wanted to press pause/play. I’ve hit the home button many times thinking it was the pause/play button and it’s so frustrating to be watching a show and get completely kicked out to the home screen. Developers need to please fix that!
- AMZN Mobile LLC
- 33.3 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2015 Amazon.com and its affiliates
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.