Are you using (or interested in) a Logitech Harmony Smart Control Remote, but wonder if you can use it to control apps on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick like Kodi, Netflix, etc?

In this post, I’ll show you how to use this awesome Harmony remote to control everything including your Fire TV device.

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I love Logitech Harmony remotes, especially the new hub-based remote called Harmony Smart Control.  I’ve used one for my main living room entertainment center for a long time.  With all of my electronic hidden in a closet behind the TV, my Harmony remote can control everything without any issues.  I even have my Google Home integrated with Harmony so I can tell Google to turn activities on and off.

Recently, I saw a great limited time deal at Walmart.com where I could get another Harmony Smart Control (hub and remote) for only $35!  I couldn’t pass that up, and I was pretty sure, it could work with the Fire Stick on my other TV.

Well, I was right… it did work, but it wasn’t completely obvious how to set it up.  I hope to help clear up some of the confusion here.

Only the Hub-based Harmony Remotes can Control Fire TV

If you’re using an older IR (infrared) Harmony remote, this tutorial won’t work for you.  You would need to upgrade.

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Add Fire TV Device to your Harmony Setup

This part is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll cover it anyway.  I took this section from the Harmony support page.

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.

Harmony app select devices

  1. Select the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen, followed by ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE.
  2. Enter the manufacturer and model number for your device, then tap ADD.

Harmony app scan devices

  1. If you have multiple devices, select the Fire TV device that you like Harmony to control.
  2. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  3. Continue through the series of questions to finish creating your Activity.

Create an Amazon Fire TV Activity

  1. Select the Activities tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Activity button.
  3. Select the Fire TV Activity type and select Next.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Activity.
  5. Once done, remember to sync your remote.
Please be aware: You must launch your Watch Amazon Fire TV Activity for the first time using the Harmony mobile app.

Launching your Amazon Fire TV Activity

  1. Using the Harmony mobile app, connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Launch your Watch Fire TV Activity. Harmony should prompt you to initiate Bluetooth pairing.
    • 1st Generation Fire TV
      1. Use your Amazon Fire TV controller to navigate to the Fire TV home screen.
      2. Select Settings > Controllers > Fire TV Remotes > Add New Remote.
      3. Harmony and Fire TV should pair after several seconds.
      4. If you experience issues, restart Amazon Fire TV and try these steps again.
    • 2nd Generation Fire TV
      1. Use your Amazon Fire TV controller to navigate to the Fire TV home screen.
      2. Select Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices from the Fire TV menu.
      3. Select Add Bluetooth Devices.
    • Harmony and Fire TV should pair after several seconds, your Harmony hub will appear as Harmony Keyboard.

Troubleshooting Getting Harmony Remote to Control Fire TV

Here are some tips I’ve put together to help get it working because I dealt with having it not work when I thought it should be working.
  • Make sure you’ve Bluetooth paired your Fire TV device to your Harmony Hub using the original Fire TV remote.
  • If the Harmony device won’t appear or won’t pair, you might have paired your phone to the hub which is not necessary.  Forget that Bluetooth connection on your phone and then it will be free to pair from your Fire TV.
  • Make sure you’ve successfully saved your settings and synced your remote.
  • Try turning your activities off and launching the Watch Fire TV activity again.
  • Check the buttons configuration.  When I did it, I had to manually set all the buttons I wanted to use.
    • Go to Harmony Setup > Activities > Watch Fire TV > Customize Remote.
    • Tap on each button to edit the action that it will perform on which device.

Comments?

Having any issues with the setup?  Anything needs corrected?  Let me know in the comments.  Thanks!