How to connect your phone to Firestick?


When you know how to take advantage of advanced technology devices to optimize the entertainment experience, you don’t have to own expensive or professional equipment to do that.

With just Firestick, a compact portable device you can get unlimited access to online entertainment, download tons of movies, watch premium sports, and much more. The experience is further enhanced if you are familiar with the methods to connect your mobile device to the Firestick.

There are three ways to connect your phone to Firestick:

  1. Connect your phone to be a Firestick as a remote control
  2. Set up mirroring connection from your phone to Firestick
  3. Connect your phone as a wifi hotspot for Firestick device

The article explains these useful ways to connect your phone and Firestick device. Are you ready? Take out your phone and follow the instructions below.

1. Connect your phone to be a Firestick as a remote control

  • Step 1: Get the Amazon Fire TV app on your phone’s app store. Once the app is installed on your phone, you open the app and sign up for an Amazon account. Then you are ready to sign in.
  • Step 2: Once logged in to your account, all Firestick devices in the wifi network will be displayed on the screen of your phone. You find the name of your Firestick device to make the connection.
  • Step 3: On the Firestick TV screen, a 4-digit code will appear. You use this code to connect the phone to the Firestick. Please enter correctly to establish a pairing connection between the two devices.
  • Step 4: Firestick is now connected to your phone. Users can use the phone to control the Firestick device. You have some control functions on your phone. It would be a perfect alternative for the physical remote.

Navigating functions

  • The phone’s touch screen becomes a touchpad area, you can move your finger to control the pointer on the Firestick screen.
  • Tap on the touchpad area to highlight a selection or item on Firestick
  • Press your finger down on the touchscreen and move up, down, left, right to move in different directions on Firestick.

Controlling functions

  • User can select keyboard icon to enter text for search
  • The microphone icon allows the voice-input function. You can not use this as a voice command function because it is quite different from Alexa. But it helps with a quick search for movie names, apps, or shows you want to watch without having to type on the keyboard.
  • You select the Apps & Games icon, to quickly launch an application.

Some requirements are to connect the phone to the Firestick as a remote control.

  • Having both Phone and Firestick connected to the same wifi network.
  • Upgrading your devices, the Amazon Fire TV app works on iOS phones running OS 10.0 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher
  • Amazon Fire TV app can manage multiple Firestick devices at the same time, including Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 4K

So there are many utilities when you can turn your phone into a Firestick’s control. Keep the tip for your later use.

2. Set up mirroring connection from your phone to Firestick

When you want to play videos, photos from your phone on the big screen of Firestick then you need to know how to connect them for mirroring.

Further reading: Can you mirror iPhone to Amazon Firestick?

2.1 Connect Android phones to Firestick for mirroring via Built-in cast feature

With Android phones, you will take advantage of the Built-in cast feature to connect the Firestick directly to the phone. You will perform the following steps:

  • Step 1: On Firestick TV select Settings => Select Display & Sounds => Enable Display Mirroring.
  • Step 2: Press the Home button to select Enable Display Mirroring, a menu appears and you select Mirroring to enable this function on Firestick.
  • Step 3: Now you just need to go to the app panel on your Android phone, swipe the phone screen, and select Cast, choose the Firestick device name to mirror the content from the phone to the larger screen.

When you have connected your phone to Firestick, you will be able to play videos, play games, and have more satisfactory entertainment. You not only get enlarged images, but the sound is also transmitted and played through the Firestick TV speakers with higher quality.

2.2 Connect phones to Firestick for mirroring via ApowerMirror App

With iOS phones, you can’t use the built-in connection, but there are plenty of mirroring apps that will help you. One of the most popular and straightforward apps is ApowerMirror. This application can be used for both iPhone and Android phones, it is available on the app stores.

  • Step 1: Download and install the app on your phone and Firestick. After downloading, you need to open this application on the devices.
  • Step 2: Connect the devices to the same wifi network so they can find each other for mirroring.
  • Step 3: Open ApowerMirror on Firestick TV, for Android users, the first screen appears, you will see a PIN code, select the Cast function on your Android phone and enter the PIN code to mirror content from Android phone to Firestick.

If you are iOS users:

  • Step 4: At the first screen of ApowerMirror on Firestick, select phone screen mirroring
  • Step 5: On your iOS device, open the ApowerMirror app, and press Mirror
  • Step 6: go to the icons display and select the Screen Mirroring function, choose the name of Firestick to make the connection.

Now, users can connect it to Firestick to mirror all kinds of content onto Firestick’s big screen.

3. Connect phone as a wifi hotspot for Firestick device

When there is no wifi network, Firestick offers too little to keep you interested. It is when you need to know how to connect your phone as a hotspot for Firestick to get back online.

  • Step 1: Turn on the wireless hotspot on your phone
  • Step 2: On the Firestick’s screen, select Settings => Network Option
  • Step 3: Choose the name of your phone’s wifi hotspot
  • Step 4: Enter the password of the wireless hotspot.

The Firestick is now connected to the wifi hotspot on your phone. The speed to stream and use Firestick with no buffer is 32 Mbps for 4K content. If the bandwidth and connectivity are low, it can reduce image quality, so you should ensure your cellular hotspot connection is at least 20 Mbps to eliminate freezing or lagging.

Closing Points

Among many streaming devices, Firestick still proves it is trendy and handy. This article gives plain and practical know-how to connect Firestick and your phone.

We hope users are familiar with the technique for connection between these two devices and can perform their setup for mirroring, internet connection via cellular hotspot, and remote controlling of Firestick with their useful smartphones.

References:

  1. How to Mirror Android to Fire Stick”, letsview.com, Amanda Smith, November 4, 2020.
  2. How to Use Your Phone as a Remote Control With Amazon Fire TV Stick”, lifewire.com, Jeremy Laukkonen, December 06, 2020.
  3. How to Connect Amazon Fire Stick to Mobile Hotspot: Simple Guide”, brainyhousing.com, retrieved June 02, 2021.

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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