Why Is My Firestick Remote Blinking Orange? (5 Fixes for 2023) 

Why Is My Firestick Remote Blinking Orange

Are you having issues with the Firestick remote because it is blinking orange, and you don’t know what this exactly means? Well, the indicator on the Fire Stick remote is there to make things easier and tell you about the status of the remote.

So, what does the Fire Stick remote blinking orange light mean? Well, the orange light tells that the remote is not connected to the Fire TV Stick and is in discovery mode. 

Fixing this issue is really easy, and you’ll find multiple ways to fix it below in this article. Keep reading to know what different colors mean on the Firestick remote and how to fix the issue.

What Does the Orange Light on the Firestick Remote Mean?

One of the most-occurring colors on the Firestick remote is orange, and it happens a lot of times with me as well. The orange light indicates that the remote has lost its connection to the Fire TV Stick and has entered discovery mode, which means you can reconnect the remote.

However, the orange light should be in blinking mode and not be solid.

Person Holding Firestick Remote

There isn’t just one reason why the remote controller blinks orange, and it’s essential to know about every possibility the remote does not work. Below are some common reasons the remote may start blinking orange.

Obstacles or Distance between the Remote and the Fire Tv Stick

The range of the Firestick remote is around 30 feet, but poor batteries and a damaged sensor can curtail the range. If the remote is far away from the Firestick and is not able to communicate with it, you may see an orange light. 

Also, if there are some obstacles between the remote and the Fire TV Stick, the orange blinking light might be there.

The Batteries are Flat 

Flat batteries are another reason the remote may start blinking orange. When the remote is low on batteries, it does not function properly. However, the exact sign of flat batteries is a solid red indicator, but it only shows up when the remote has run out of batteries.

Incompatible Third-party Apps 

If you download and run third-party incompatible apps on Firestick (here’s the official Amazon Apps repository), the remote may not respond at that time and can enter discovery mode.

Poor Internet Connectivity 

A fast and stable internet connection is required to stream on the Firestick, and if that is not the case with you, it may result in the remote blinking orange. If the Wi-Fi is weak and there is not enough bandwidth, the remote will not function properly. 

How to Fix Orange Light Blinking Issue on Firestick 

There are several ways to fix the orange light issue, and that majorly depends on the reason that’s causing the issue. Below you will find several fixes you can try to make the remote controller work properly.

#1. Remove Obstacles between the Remote and Firestick 

If there are any obstacles between the remote and Firestick, get rid of them ASAP. Also, if you are far away from the Firestick, you need to get closer to it. I recommend not getting away more than 15 feet. Weak batteries are not able to power the sensors, which may cause the issue. 

#2. Put in New Batteries 

First, clear all obstacles between the Firestick and the Fire Tv remote. Now put in a pair of fresh batteries and press the Home button for 20 seconds. Try using the remote. The orange indicator may still blink, but it will stop after you press the home button.

#3. Power Cycle the Firestick

Whenever my Firestick remote starts blinking orange, I power cycle the Firestick, and it helps fix the issue. Power cycling the Firestick refreshes it and helps resolve the problem. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Plug out the Firestick from the HDMI port of your TV.
Plugging out firestick from HDMI port
  • Now remove the batteries from the remote controller. 
Adding New Batteries  in Firestick Remote
  • Wait for at least 3 minutes, and put the batteries back in. 
  • Plug in the Firestick in the HDMI port, and let the initialization process complete. 
  • Grab the remote controller and press the Home button for at least 20 seconds. 

The blinking orange light should stop by now. If it is still blinking, there’s some other issue with the remote. Keep reading to learn about the issue and the possible solutions.

#4. Reset the Remote Controller 

The process of resetting the remote controller varies on the type of remote you are using. By resetting the remote, you can bring the factory settings back, and it is helpful to fix any type of issue, including the orange light blinking problem. 

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Below are some steps to factory reset the remote:

Alexa Voice Remote Lite, Voice Remote with Alexa, 1st Gen, and 2nd Gen Remote 

  • Remove the Fire TV Stick from the TV’s HDMI port.
  • Now press the Menu, Left, and Back buttons together for 12-15 seconds. 
  • Leave the button and wait for 5 seconds. 
  • Open the remote’s battery compartment, and get the batteries out.
  • Plug the Fire TV Stick into the HDMI port and wait for 2 minutes. 
  • Insert the batteries back into the remote. 
  • Press the Home button and hold it for 20 seconds, and your controller will get back to factory defaults.

If you own any other type of remote, then click here to learn the steps to reset it and fix the blinking orange light issue.

#5. Update the Fire TV Stick 

Sometimes the issue is with the Firestick and not with the remote. Also, updating the Firestick makes the interface faster, and it helps the streaming device communicate with the remote better. Here are the steps to update the Fire Tv Stick.

  • Press the Home button and go to Settings.
My Fire TV Option
  • Now click on My Fire TV and scroll down. Click on About.
  • Click on Check for System Update, and the device will start looking for an available update. 
Firestick check for updates

If no update is available or the Firestick is already up to date, you will receive a prompt message on the screen. After updating the Firestick, the device will restart automatically. In case it does not, you can reboot it manually. Remove the Fire TV Stick from the TV, and plug it back in after 30 seconds.

Does the Blinking Orange Light Mean You Need a New Firestick Remote?

Not at all! When the remote blinks orange, it means that the controller is in discovery mode, which is not a sign of a damaged remote. You should only get a new remote if the remote is not working or there is no light on the remote even after putting in new batteries.

There are a plethora of indicators that the Fire TV Stick remote can blink. And all colors indicate a specific problem. It is essential to know what each color means so that you can know the exact issue. 

Related article: why is there a blue light on my firestick remote

Red Light Remains Solid 

If the red light remains solid, it means that the remote has run out of batteries. The only fix for this problem is to put in a pair of new batteries. Remove the old batteries, and put fresh batteries into the remote. 

Blue Solid Light 

If there is a solid blue light on the remote, it could be due to the Alexa feature. You might have pressed the button which has activated Alexa. If you don’t speak anything for a few seconds, this light will turn off automatically.

The blue light blinks three times to show that the remote has been paired successfully. You will see this light at the time of pairing the remote with the Fire TV Stick. 

Amber Light Blinking Slowly 

If the amber light blinks slowly, it means the pairing was unsuccessful. You need to pair the remote again in order to fix this issue.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Does orange light mean my Firestick remote is dead?

No, the orange light means that the remote is in discovery mode, and you can connect it to the Firestick. There is no light that shows a dead remote. 

There’s a solid red light on my Firestick controller what to do??

If there is a solid red indicator on the remote, it means that you should replace the batteries. Remove the old batteries, and add new batteries to the remote. The indicator will turn off automatically, and you’ll be able to use it with the Firestick.

I have a broken Firestick controller, what to do now?

If you have a broken remote, you need to get a new one. There are different types of Firestick remotes available on Amazon. 


I hope this detailed article on fixing the Firestick’s remote has helped you get rid of the orange indicator. Make sure to pair the remote correctly by pressing the Home button for 10 seconds. Go near the Firestick so that the streaming device recognizes the remote quickly.

Still, got any questions in mind? Leave your questions in the comments section, and I will get back to you shortly.