Amazon Fire TV Remote The Amazon Fire TV Remote. Should you lose yours (it happens) you can snag a new one at Amazon for $29.

The Amazon Fire TV Remote — found on every iteration of Fire TV, from the Stick to the Cube — is not necessarily the world's best remote control, if only because it lacks any sort of volume control. (Seriously, Amazon. Fix this.) But it does have one traditional trick up its sleeve. You can use your Amazon Fire TV remote to turn turn on your television.

Provided, of course, that your TV has support for CEC. That's short for Consumer Electronics Control, and the short version is that it allows a device connected via HDMI to control aspects of of your television. Various brands have named CEC various awful things — like Sony's Bravia Link or Sharp's Aquos Link or Insignia's INlink — but they all do the same thing. They let components do things to your TV like turn it off and on, or control the volume. Or they let your TV remote control a Blu-Ray player.

And CEC allows Amazon Fire TV to do things like turn your TV off and on, or change inputs, or raise and lower the volume. (With your voice. Because Amazon hates anything not-Alexa. But I digress.)

But if you're like me and really don't want to have to actually talk to your Amazon Fire TV Cube to turn things on, you're in luck. (And this works for the other Fire TV devices, too.) You can use the remote. Yes, the same remote that doesn't have anything that looks like a power button. (Or volume buttons. It's missing volume buttons.)

How to turn on your TV with the Amazon Fire TV remote

  1. Grab the remote control firmly, but gently, in your dominant hand.
  2. Press the Home button. (It's the one that looks like a house.)
  3. Wait a couple seconds.

If your TV is CEC-compliant, and everything was set up correctly, your TV should turn on and tune to the correct input, and then Fire TV will take things from there. Just keep another remote nearby for the sound levels.

Amazon Fire TV Cube

$119 at Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Cube is a mashup of an Amazon Fire TV 4K and an Amazon Echo. It's a full smart TV system, with the ability to do all sorts of things hands-free thanks to Amazon Alexa being built into the box itself.

That's not to say you'll never need the remote control — or have to grab another remote to control things like volume and power. But it's a really cool iteration of both the Fire TV and Echo lines.

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