Amazon’s Firestick is gradually becoming everyone’s choice of smart device. Amazon did a pretty good job with its introduction. This device is capable of turning your ordinary projector into a smart one, and it can be used for TVs as well. The Firestick comes with a remote control to access various options on the device. However, the question remains whether you can use the Firestick’s remote for your projector and how to do it.
You can use your Firestick remote to control your projector and TV. To control your projector with your Firestick remote, you must first plug the Firestick into an HDMI port and pair the remote to your projector. Pair the remote with your projector by pointing the remote towards the projector and press and hold the home key for about 10s. You will either get a confirmation message on your screen telling you the pairing was successful, or you will see blue flashes of light on the remote.
Once pairing has been successful, you can set aside your projector’s remote control and use your Firestick remote. You will find a detailed guide on correctly connecting your Firestick to your projector and using its remote to navigate your way around.
How Do I Connect a Firestick Remote to a Projector?
Before you start using your Firestick on your projector, you have to connect it to a power source to turn it on, plug it into your projector and then pair the remote control to your projector. You can connect your Firestick remote to a projector by:
- Connect the Firestick to your projector’s HDMI port
- Change the projector’s source to HDMI
- Pair the remote to your projector
- Connect the firestick to the projector
Firesticks have an HDMI output, so you must connect it to the HDMI port of the projector. You will need to use an adapter if your projector does not have an HDMI port. Depending on your projector’s input source, you will need a VGA-to-HDMI adapter, USB-C to HDMI adapter, etc. Make sure that one end of the adapter has an HDMI port.
Stick the firestick into your projector’s HDMI port. If you are using an adapter, stick the firestick into the HDMI end of the adapter and connect the other end to the projector.
- Change the projector’s input source if it reads its signal
After connecting your firestick to the projector, it should automatically detect the signal and switch the source. This may not be the same in all instances. If your projector still reads no signal after connecting, change your projector’s input source to HDMI or the connection type of the adapter (for example, VGA as the input source if the connection type of the adapter is VGA)
- Pair the remote with your projector
After setting up your Firestick to your projector, you must pair the remote to the projector before you can use it for navigation. To pair the remote, press and hold the home key for 10s while pointing it toward the projector.
Upon successful connection, a confirmation message will appear on your screen. Once the connection is successful, you will also see blue flashes of light on your projector. You do not need to see both signs before you know that the connection is successful; one is enough.
How to Use Firestick Remote for Your Projector
Once you have successfully connected your Firestick to the projector, you can use the remote control to switch the projector on or off. You will even be able to use it to increase or decrease your projector’s volume.
All you have to do is make sure that the connection and pairing have been successful.
My Firestick Remote is not Pairing with My Projector
If you have tried pairing your projector to your Firestick remote and it has not worked, there are some things you have to do and try again. It is common to have this issue, and there is no need for an alarm if it is still not pairing. Here are some things you can try if your remote is not pairing with your projector:
Restart Your Firestick
Remove the firestick’s power source and connect it back in. Use a wall power outlet for connection to get a more stable power outflow; using your projector’s USB port as a power source may supply inadequate power.
When connecting the power cable back to your firestick, stick it in tightly to prevent a weak connection.
Replace the remote’s batteries
The remote control’s batteries may be weak or may have died. Consider replacing them if you realize your projector is not receiving a signal from the remote. Use two AAA batteries for your Firestick remote.
Properly dispose of the old batteries, preferably in battery bins.
Use the Remote Closer to the Projector
The distance between where you are holding the remote and where the projector is may be quite far; hence the projector may not get a good signal. Make sure you are within a 10 feet distance limit, as recommended by Amazon, to get the best results. Standing too far from the projector can cause the projector to receive weak signals or no signals at all.
How to Connect Firestick to Projector and Get Audio?
If you have already connected speakers to your projector or if it has internal speakers, upon connection, the audio will automatically be registered.
The firestick will rely on the speakers of the device it has connected to. If you have not connected a speaker to your projector, you should consider doing so, especially if your projector does not have an in-built speaker.
If your projector has a Bluetooth feature, you can connect a Bluetooth speaker wirelessly to your projector. If it does not have a Bluetooth feature, consider using an audio jack for connection or any other compatible sound input.
Connect your projector and Firestick to a Bluetooth speaker by (using the Firestick remote):
- Go to the settings
- Select Controllers and Bluetooth Devices
- Go to other Bluetooth devices
- Go to add Bluetooth devices
Follow these steps to pair your projector with the speaker. If you follow the steps carefully, the projector will successfully pair with your speaker.
Can I Connect My Firestick to a TV?
Yes, you can connect your Firestick to your TV just like a projector. Not only can you connect the Firestick to the TV, but you can also use the Firestick remote control for your TV.
To connect your Firestick to a TV, stick it to its HDMI port. If your TV does not have an HDMI port, you can use an adapter for connection, either an RCA or VGA, to an HDMI adapter.
Make sure to connect your firestick to a power source.
Once you are done, press and hold the home key on the projector for 10s to pair.
Using a firestick is a great way to get your ordinary projector to be a smart device. It can save you the money you could have used to buy a smart projector. Using the Firestick for your projector allows you to access many streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and others.
Ensure you connect the firestick to your projector correctly and pair the remote to the projector to use it.