So, you have a remote for your TV, a remote for your Fire Stick, a remote for your cable box, and a remote for your DVD player. Maybe you’ve been able to get your cable remote to work your TV and possibly your DVD player, which saves a lot of hassle, but it certainly won’t accommodate your Firestick.
I knew there had to be other remotes that could operate everything, but I hadn’t seen them advertise. So, like you, I was looking for universal remotes work with Firestick, and more importantly, which is the best. After a little research, I compiled this list and found that the Harmony remotes by Logitech work great with Firestick, as well as up to 14 other devices in your home.
This is the cream of the crop remote. You can control just about any smart home device through wifi, Bluetooth or IR and even integrate Alexa so that you can ask her to operate anything that is connected to your Harmony. You can also control your lights, thermostat ceiling fan, etc.
There are a few other remotes that can get the job done though if you’re looking for something a little cheaper with less capability.
What universal remotes work with firestick:
- The Logitech Harmony Smart Control – Fully functional Universal Remote
- The SofaBaton F2 – Univeral Remote Attachment
- The Sideclick – Univeral Remote Attachment
- The Inteset Remote with IReTV Reciever and Y Cable
- The Cetus Play – Univeral Remote App
Now, let’s dive down into each one of these and see which one is right for you. I’ll also tell you which option I think is best for a universal remote that works with Firestick.
Logitech Harmony Smart Control
The Logitech Harmony Smart Control (model 915-000194 – there are a few models) is a more affordable version of the one above. It’s compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPod or Android device (apps) to control up to 8 components.
This remote stood out to me for a lot of reasons. One is the fact that it’s compatible with more than 5,000 brands and 225,000 devices.
Not only does it control your TV, DVD player, Firestick and Cable box, but it can also control most gaming consoles, your ecobee thermostat, and supposedly even your computer.
Secondly, it can sync with both Google Home and Alexa Echo devices. So for instance, you can ask Alexa to turn on your TV, switch to Netflix, Play, Pause, etc.
Thirdly, it communicates with devices in three different ways. It uses your standard IR (Infrared), WiFi, and Bluetooth technology. One way or another, it’s going to get the signal across.
Last, but not least – the price. It was pretty affordable compared to comparable remotes.
There were many other remotes that I considered, but it wasn’t clear in their description for me that they would work with Firestick and my Fios box. So, if I couldn’t find this in the description or the reviews I passed on it.
SofaBaton F2 – Universal Remote Attachment
This is actually a device that clips onto your existing Firestick remote to expand its functionality.
The SofaBaton F2 (found here on Amazon) gives you 11 extra buttons and does allow you to control your cable box, DVD player, TV and even your soundbar.
One of the reasons I considered this option is how easy and seamless it is to program. It features IR learning technology, which basically programs itself.
I will say that I worry that the design of this remote may be cheap and flawed though. I don’t have a good reason to think that other than examining the pictures.
Sideclick Univeral Remote For Firestick
The Sideclick is another clip-on unit for the Firestick remote. It clips to the left side of the remote and adds 8 extra buttons.
The Sideclick also uses an IR learning technology where it can code itself using the existing remote you’re trying to replace.
The clip portion that connects to your Firestick remote is also interchangeable in case you decide to change your streaming device at some point. The Sideclick universal remote is available for Roku, Apple TV, Xiaomi MiBox, Nividia Shield, Google Nexus and Fire TV/Amazon Firestick.
This universal remote alternative is pretty popular with users and they maintain a 4.5-star review rating on Amazon. If I had to choose between the Sideclick and the SofaBaton, I would most likely grab the Sideclick.
Using an Inteset IReTV Reciever and Y Cable
This option will allow your Firestick to receive the traditional infrared signal that most other devices use. The setup requires three components.
The Y Cable is inserted in your Firestick as shown in the image on the left. This is where you would usually plug in your power adapter.
This gives you 2 new USB connectors. One so you can still plug the power cord in. The other allows you to insert your IReTV Reciever.
The Reciever is going to allow the Inteset Universal Remote (pictured above) to communicate with the Firestick.
Important to note: This concept is also compatible with the Logitech Harmony remotes. To the best of my knowledge, the Inteset IReTV Reciever only supports the Inteset remote and the Logitech Harmony Smart Control.
CetusPlay (Universal Remote App – Works With Firestick)
Here is a quick and free option you can check out. The CetusPlay app is supposed to work a multitude of devices including your TV, Cable Box, and Firestick. I included a list of compatible devices below from their site (since it’s readily available):
|▶Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick|
|▶Bros Unite M8S TV Box|
|▶COOLEAD M8S TV Box|
|▶Febite M8S TV Box|
|▶Google Nexus Player|
|▶HiMedia Android TV box Q10 PRO/Q5 PRO/H8|
|▶Kii Pro DVB|
|▶Kudo TV KD1 Plus Android TV Box S812|
|▶LeEco Android TV|
|▶Mansy Genuine KODI(XBMC) MX Pro|
|▶MINIX NEO X7/X6/X8/Z64|
|▶Monba M8S Set Top TV Box|
|▶MX III TV Box|
|▶Nvidia Shield TV|
|▶PHILIPS Smart TV Box HMP8100|
|▶PigflyTech Android TV Box|
|▶Pigflytech MX3+ plus|
|▶RIKOMAGIC MK902 II|
|▶RQN Android TV Box MXQ|
|▶SHARP Android TV|
|▶SkyStream ONE Box|
|▶SkyStreamX Streaming Media Player|
|▶SONY Android TV|
|▶The Dragon Box|
|▶Tronsmart Vega Box|
|▶VENSMILE MXV Plus|
|▶WELLWIN Nettech Box|
|▶XiaoMi Mi Box|
|▶ZIDOO X5/X9S/X6 PRO/X1/X9/X1|
The Universal Remote I Chose That Works Perfectly With Firestick.
So, this is what I received when I purchased the Logitech Harmony Smart Control. After a pretty significant amount of reading and watching YouTube videos, my conclusion is that this is the best universal remote at a reasonable price that works with Firestick.
It comes with the remote, remote battery, the harmony remote “hub” which it uses to communicate with your WiFi (and I believe Bluetooth) devices, USB cable (USB to Micro-USB), IR mini blaster (receiver), AC wall adapter and the owner’s manual.
Setup was pretty easy. You have to start by installing the Harmony app and it will walk you through most of the steps. I was up and running with my TV, Fios, DVD player and Firestick in about 15 minutes from start to finish.
It’s pretty convenient because I can assign certain buttons to a group of commands. For instance with one click I can turn on the TV, switch the input to HDMI 2 (where my cable box is plugged in) and turn on the cable box.
Now, let’s get down to brass tax – the price. As of my writing this you can pick one up for about $69 (I put a link above to it’s Amazon page for pricing). There were other well-reviewed remotes by Logitech that worked with Firestick, but they were much more expensive. Some were upwards of $250. So, to me this became a no brainer.
I hope this article was helpful for you. You can also check out my list of Alexa Netflix Commands. Feel free to leave your comments below if you have any questions or recommendations on what universal remotes work with Firestick.