Disable Alexa Microphone on Amazon Fire Stick TV Remote

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Introduction: Disable Alexa Microphone on Amazon Fire Stick TV Remote

Problem:
Amazon gives no real solution to disable the microphone on your Fire Stick remote. Some claim it only records while pressing the Alexa button, however, this is clearly not true. Check your device settings on your Amazon account for a list of all Alexa recordings. Alexa does offer to record things like smoke alarms and breaking glass, but that's not why you're here.

Solution:
Completely remove the microphone from the remote.

Step 1: Materials Needed

-Flat tip screw driver
-Thin plastic pry tool (like a guitar pick)
-Pliers or tweezers
-Super glue (I prefer the gel type since it stays in place)

Step 2: Open the Remote

The remote is glued together on little tabs every few millimeters all along the sides and a strip of points under the battery compartment.

1) Remove the back cover and batteries.

2) Use a screw driver to pry a small gap on the side. Try to stay closer to the microphone side of the remote.

3) Use a thin piece of plastic like a guitar pick to slide along the glue points. You'll hear a slight popping of the glue joints breaking.

4) Focus on the top half of the remote where the Alexa button and microphone are. You only need a 1cm gap to get pliers in there. The fewer tabs you have to re-glue, the better.

Check this video to watch a detailed demonstration: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=voBQK0ndMjE

Step 3: Remove Microphone

Once you can peer inside, you'll see a little silver square by itself at the topmost of the circuit board. You guessed it, that's the microphone.

1) Use your pliers or tweezers to grasp it firmly and rotate just a few degrees, it will easily pop off.

In no way will this impair the other functions of your remote, except of course... Alexa. She'll be dead. But you still have the phone app. ;)

Pressing the microphone button will still cause your device to flash blue and expect to hear a command, but it will just record static.

Step 4: Reassemble the Remote

The only thing we have left to do is glue the remote back together. Gel super glue is great because it stays where you put it.

1) Pry the remote open just enough to get your glue tip in there. The top of each broken tab should appear slightly white.

2) You dont need to glue every tab, just a small section on each side and the top end near the former microphone.

3) Hold firmly until the glue dries.

4) Insert batteries and attach the cover, hopefully you didn't mangle the tabs to bad while prying.

Step 5: Enjoy Peace of Mind

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    13 Comments

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    Nousernamelol
    Nousernamelol

    6 weeks ago

    Thanks, mic doesnt work anymore, rest of the remote still does.
    Redbush1 tipp really helps, didnt need any glue.
    See pics before/after :)

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    mentolrespiral
    mentolrespiral

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thank you. This work great.

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    peteroyle
    peteroyle

    6 months ago

    Take the batteries out, throw the remote in the garbage. Use your TV remote to control the fire stick. It's a lot easier.

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    AndrēD138
    AndrēD138

    6 months ago on Step 3

    Removed said silver square and reassembled remote. Still understands my voice commands so I fear your diagnosis is not entirely correct.

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    skyblueshabba
    skyblueshabba

    1 year ago

    Hi - this is a really good idea - but I'm struggling to know what the microphone looks like on the fire tv 4k board? is it the small white cube you can see in your 2nd picture below???

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    Redbush1
    Redbush1

    2 years ago

    You need to remove the large wheel/circular button on top of the remote. Prize it off carefully with a craft knife and then lift off the centre of the button. Underneath this are 2x small cross head screws. Undo these and now when you prise apart the remote as instructed the plastic tabs won’t snap off, so you don’t need to superglue the remote back together when you’re done removing the microphone.

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    skyblueshabba
    skyblueshabba

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi - this is a really good idea - but I'm struggling to know what the microphone looks like on the fire tv 4k board? is it the small white cube you can see in your 2nd picture below???

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    GeorgeMcgnarly
    GeorgeMcgnarly

    Reply 1 year ago

    I didn't bother with that because the mic is within view from the front and I used needle nose pliars.

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    sub2001zero
    sub2001zero

    Question 2 years ago on Step 1

    hi can you tell me the micophone part # i need one lol

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    unam321
    unam321

    2 years ago

    Update for the Fire TV 4k Control (Version 2): the two halfes of the control are really good clueted together. So I tried the following, where I carefully screwed through the microphone hole from the top. This didn't remove the microphone from the board completely. With some light (eg smartphone) shone from the bottom i was able to see through the more transparent plastic front. Some longer stable metal stick, that can be bend slightly, helped me in the end to fully separate the microphone from the board. This step is a little delicate, since right next to the microphone seems to be the IR sender.
    One side effect with this is, that the removed microphone remaines within the control and makes the control a rattle stick. But luckily for me, after some shaking, the microphone got stuck somewhere in the control

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    maryserv
    maryserv

    Question 3 years ago on Step 5

    I feel like this is a stupid question, but how will I know if the mic is disabled? I think I took off the top off but the base of the cube is still plugged into the circuit board.

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    Cadmius
    Cadmius

    Answer 3 years ago

    I don't know for sure what you're seeing without seeing photos of your device. If this component is the microphone, my guess is that the square part that is still attached to the remote circuit board contains the microphone device itself, and should also be removed.