Amazon Firestick Remote Unresponsive -- FIXED!

So today my Amazon firestick remote was making the screen all wonky, and then stopped altogether.

What I tried and didn't work:

  1. Changed the batteries
  2. Cleaned the contacts
  3. Tried re-pairing the remote by holding the home button for ten seconds but it did nothing
  4. Tried re-pairing the remote by going to settings but the remote is unresponsive so there was no going to settings
What I tried and it worked:

  1. Used the amazon firestick app on my phone to go to "settings" and paired the original remote.