Why has my Toshiba TV remote stopped working?

Ever curl up on the couch, ready to binge your favorite show, only to discover your Toshiba Fire TV remote not working? Don’t panic! This happens to the best of us. But before you resign yourself to browsing menus with the Fire TV itself (which, let’s be honest, isn’t exactly ideal), let’s troubleshoot that remote and get you back to navigating in comfort.

Why Choose a Toshiba Fire TV?

Toshiba Fire TVs are a popular choice for a reason. They combine the affordability and sleek design of Toshiba TVs with the vast entertainment library and user-friendly interface of Amazon’s Fire TV platform. This means you get a great viewing experience without breaking the bank.

Types of Toshiba Fire TV Remotes

There are two main types of remotes for Toshiba Fire TVs:

Standard Remote: This is the most common type, offering basic navigation controls (volume, channel up/down, home button) and playback controls (play, pause, rewind, fast forward).

Voice Remote: This remote adds a microphone button, allowing you to use voice commands to control your Fire TV.

Benefits of a Working Remote

Let’s face it, a working remote is essential for a smooth Fire TV experience. It allows you to:

Navigate Easily: Browse menus, switch between apps, and adjust settings with ease.

Control Playback: Play, pause, rewind, and fast forward your shows and movies without getting up from the couch.

Search by Voice (Voice Remote only): Use your voice to search for specific shows, movies, or actors.

Steps to Fix Your Toshiba Fire TV Remote Not Working

Alright, now onto the fun part – fixing that remote! Here are some steps you can try:

The Classics: Batteries and Cleaning

This might seem obvious, but it’s worth checking first. Are your batteries dead? Pop in fresh ones and see if that solves the problem.

Grime and dust can also cause issues. Take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol (make sure the remote is off!) and gently clean the buttons and the IR sensor (the little black tip at the front of the remote).

Rebooting the Remote

Sometimes, a simple reset can work wonders. There are two ways to do this depending on your remote type:

Standard Remote: Remove the batteries for 10 seconds, then put them back in and hold the Home button for 10 seconds.

Voice Remote: Press and hold the Home button for 10 seconds.

Restarting the Fire TV Device

Just like a computer, sometimes restarting your Fire TV can fix glitches that might be affecting the remote. Unplug your Fire TV from the power outlet for 60 seconds, then plug it back in and try the remote again.

Pairing the Remote Again (if applicable)

If you’re using a replacement remote or haven’t used your remote in a while, it might need to be re-paired with your Fire TV. The exact steps may vary depending on your model, but generally, you’ll need to press and hold a specific button combination for a few seconds. Check your Fire TV manual or online for specific instructions for your model.

Fire TV Remote App (as a last resort)

While not a permanent solution, the Fire TV app for your smartphone or tablet can act as a temporary remote in a pinch. Download the app, connect your device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Fire TV, and you should be able to control it remotely.


By following these steps, you should be able to diagnose and fix the problem with your Toshiba Fire TV remote. If none of these solutions work, there’s a chance the remote itself might be faulty. In that case, you may need to contact Toshiba or Amazon for a replacement.


My remote only works from very close range. What’s wrong?

This could be a weak battery issue. Try replacing the batteries.

Some buttons on my remote work, but others don’t. Why?

This could be a sign of a malfunctioning remote. You might need to clean the buttons thoroughly or consider a replacement.

I’ve tried everything, and my remote still isn’t working!

If none of the troubleshooting steps work, it’s time to contact Toshiba or Amazon customer support for further assistance.