How To Change The WiFi Network On A Firestick Without The Remote

Picture the scene. You’re away on vacation or with work and are staying in a hotel with free internet. You brought your Amazon Firestick with you so you can enjoy some downtime but forgot the remote. You cannot change the WiFi network on a Firestick without the remote so what do you do?


If Reddit and Android forums are anything to go by, this is a common occurrence. Both the Firestick and the remote are small and very portable so lend themselves well to taking with you on vacation. They are also small enough to lose or misplace, leaving us in this situation.

The problem is, the Firestick is set to your home WiFi network. Without the remote, how can you change that network on the Firestick so you can use all that free internet goodness at the hotel?

You can connect to your Firestick using the Amazon Fire TV app but as soon as you try to change the WiFi, the connection drops. A phone or tablet can only use the modem for one thing at a time so it cannot make changes to WiFi while maintaining a connection to the Firestick. As soon as you try to change the WiFi settings, it will drop the connection to your Firestick.

What you do next depends on the tools you have to hand. If you have a phone and a 4G tablet or access to two phones, you can easily overcome this challenge. If your hotel remote is HDMI-CEC compatible, you could use that. As both would work, I’ll cover both options.

Using a second device to change WiFi network on a Firestick

If you have more than one 4G device, you can use both of those to change the WiFi network. As part of the problem is the dropping of the connection between the phone with the app to change the WiFi, we need to use a second device to hold the WiFi network while we use the Amazon Fire TV app.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. If you have the Amazon Fire TV app on one device, use the other as a WiFi hotspot.
  2. Set the name and login of that hotspot to the exact same settings as your home WiFi network.
  3. Connect the device with the Amazon Fire TV app to your new hotspot.
  4. Make sure your Firestick is connected to the TV and powered on.
  5. Open the Amazon Fire TV app and try to connect to the Firestick.
  6. Use the Amazon Fire TV app to access the Firestick Settings menu and change the Network settings to the premises network.
  7. Save your changes and disable your hotspot.

Yes this is a convoluted setup but it does work. I tested it at home with a borrowed iPad and my Android phone and it worked. I used the iPad as a hotspot and had the Amazon Fire TV app on my phone anyway. Once reconfigured, I joined the Firestick to my guest network which has a different name and login and it worked fine.

Use HDMI-CEC remote to change WiFi network on a Firestick

HDMI-CEC, HDMI-Consumer Electronics Control, is an international standard for remotes. It is designed to allow a range of different remote controls to work with different TVs and make the universal remote control market easier to use and much more compatible.

The Amazon Firestick also has HDMI-CEC compatibility and is enabled by default. As long as you haven’t disabled it for any reason, you may be able to use the hotel’s remote control to access basic functions on your Firestick. As long as the remote is a relatively recent one and the TV has CEC compatibility, you could be up and running in seconds.

Enable CEC on the TV using the Settings menu if you have access to it. Connect your Firestick to the TV and you may be able to use the remote with your Firestick. You should at least be able to navigate menus and play media.

Different TV manufacturers call CEC different things, because branding. Some of the more popular TV manufacturers are listed below:

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC

(Thanks for the list How-To Geek)

If you don’t see CEC in the TV settings, match the naming convention above with the brand of TV you’re using and try that.