Losing your remote can be a frustrating experience, especially when you want to relax and enjoy your favorite shows on your Toshiba Fire TV. However, there’s a way out!
In this post, I’ve covered different options and steps you can take to control your Toshiba Fire TV — just as the remote works.
Note that the options I’m about to show you don’t completely replace the remote but allow you to relax on your couch/bed and conveniently control your Toshiba Fire TV.
Now, let’s dive in!
1. Utilize the Amazon Fire TV App
One of the most convenient options for controlling your Toshiba Fire TV when the physical remote is lost is to use the Amazon Fire TV app. Here is how to go about this:
Download the App:
First, you need to download the Amazon Fire TV app on your smartphone or tablet. The app is available for Android and iOS devices and can be found on the respective app stores. Search for “Amazon Fire TV” and look for the official app developed by Amazon.
Connect your Device to the Same Wi-Fi Network:
Ensure that your smartphone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Toshiba Fire TV. Both devices need to be on the same network for the app to function properly.
Pair the App with your Toshiba Fire TV:
Open the Amazon Fire TV app on your device. You will see a screen with instructions on how to pair the app with your TV. Usually, the app will automatically detect your Toshiba Fire TV if it’s on the same Wi-Fi network. If not, the app will provide alternative methods to pair the devices manually.
Control your Toshiba Fire TV with the App:
Once the pairing is successful, you will have access to a virtual remote control interface on your smartphone or tablet. The app provides buttons and controls similar to those found on the physical remote, allowing you to navigate through the TV’s menus, adjust volume, change channels, and more.
2. Use HDMI-CEC Control
Another alternative available to Toshiba Fire TV users is HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control).
HDMI-CEC is a feature that allows compatible devices connected through HDMI to communicate and control each other’s functions. Many modern TVs, including Toshiba Fire TVs, support HDMI-CEC. It enables you to control certain aspects of your TV using the remote of another HDMI-CEC compatible device.
Here is a guide on how to use the HDMI-CEC to replace your lost remote:
Check HDMI-CEC Compatibility:
To use HDMI-CEC with your Toshiba Fire TV, ensure the other device’s remote you want to use is HDMI-CEC compatible.
Examples of devices that often support HDMI-CEC include gaming consoles (such as PlayStation or Xbox) and Blu-ray players. Check the user manual or specifications of the device to verify HDMI-CEC compatibility.
Enable HDMI-CEC on Your Toshiba Fire TV:
To utilize HDMI-CEC control with your Toshiba Fire TV, you need to ensure that HDMI-CEC is enabled on both your TV and the connected device.
On your Toshiba Fire TV, navigate to the Settings menu using either the physical remote or the Toshiba Fire TV app. Look for the option related to HDMI-CEC or HDMI control and enable it.
Control Your Toshiba Fire TV with HDMI-CEC:
Once HDMI-CEC is enabled, you can use the remote of the HDMI-CEC compatible device to control certain functions of your Toshiba Fire TV.
The specific controls and capabilities may vary depending on the connected device, but common functions include power on/off, volume control, and input selection. Experiment with the remote of the connected device to see which features are available for your Toshiba Fire TV.
If HDMI-CEC control doesn’t work as expected, ensure all HDMI cables are properly connected between your Toshiba Fire TV and the HDMI-CEC compatible device.
Additionally, check the HDMI-CEC settings on both devices to confirm they are enabled.
3. Get a Universal Remote
If the above options are not viable for you, consider using a universal remote.
Universal remotes are capable of controlling various devices, including Toshiba Fire TVs. You can purchase a universal remote from most electronics stores or online retailers.
Look for a model that is compatible with Toshiba Fire TVs. Once you have the universal remote, follow the included instructions to program it for use with your Toshiba Fire TV.
If you’re not sure what Universal remote to get for your Toshiba Fire TV, I’ve done the research for you. Go here to see universal remotes compatible with Toshiba Fire TVs.
If none of the above methods work, try contacting Toshiba’s support for further assistance.
They may provide guidance on troubleshooting based on your specific situation. They may also be able to provide information on how to get a replacement remote.
Losing a remote can be a hassle, but there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of it happening again. Consider designating a specific place to keep your remote when not in use, such as a remote holder or a dedicated spot on a coffee table.
Additionally, you could attach a small Bluetooth tracker or a keychain to your remote to make it easier to find if it goes missing.