How to Connect AirPods to Kindle Fire

Both the Kindle Fire and AirPods have to be in pairing mode

What to Know

  • From the top of the screen, press and hold the Bluetooth icon until the Bluetooth settings menu opens. 
  • Open AirPods case with AirPods inside > press and hold the setup button until the light on the case blinks. 
  • Select your AirPods on your Kindle Fire, then tap Pair.

This article explains how to connect AirPods to a Kindle Fire.

How to Connect AirPods to a Kindle Fire Tablet

AirPods and AirPods Pro connect via Bluetooth, so you can connect them to most devices that use Bluetooth. That includes every Kindle Fire tablet, although older devices that no longer receive updates may have issues. As long as the Bluetooth works and your Kindle Fire is up to date, you can use it with your AirPods.

Here’s how to connect AirPods to a Kindle Fire:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.

    Arrow pointing down from the top of the Kindle home screen.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon to turn it on if it isn’t already on.

    The grayed out Bluetooth icon highlighted in Kindle quick settings.
  3. Press and hold the Bluetooth icon to open Bluetooth settings.

    The Bluetooth icon highlighted in Kindle Fire quick settings.
  4. Open your AirPods case.

    AirPods Pro in an opened case

    Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire

  5. Press and hold the setup button until the light flashes white.

    The rear button highlighted on an AirPods Pro case.

    Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire

  6. Tap Pair new device.

    Pair new device highlighted in Kindle Bluetooth settings.
  7. Tap your AirPods in the list of available devices.

    AirPods highlighted in a list of available devices on a Kindle Fire.
  8. Tap Pair.

    Pair highlighted on Kindle Fire.
  9. Your AirPods will connect to your Kindle. In the future, they will reconnect automatically when you remove them from their case.

    AirPods connected to Fire tablet in the Bluetooth menu.

Can You Adjust AirPods Settings on Kindle Fire?

AirPods and AirPods Pro work best with Apple products and when using AirPods with a Fire tablet, you won’t have as many options for settings and adjustments. To alter the few settings you do have access to, just press the Bluetooth icon in the quick access menu, and tap the gear icon next to your AirPods.

AirPods options on Kindle Fire provide you with toggles for HD audio, phone calls, and media audio. HD audio toggles higher quality audio using the AAC codec, the phone calls toggle selects whether to use the AirPods with audio and video call apps, and the media audio toggle chooses whether to use the AirPods when listening to music and watching videos.

You can also switch between transparency mode and noise canceling mode when using AirPods Pro with a Fire tablet by pressing and holding the force sensor on the stem of one of your AirPods Pro. Pressing and holding the force sensor will switch from noise canceling to transparency and back again.

How to Switch Audio Output to AirPods on Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire audio output is managed in the Connected Devices menu, which can be accessed by pressing the Bluetooth icon in the quick access menu. This is the same menu used to connect new Bluetooth devices.

If your AirPods are the currently active audio device, you’ll see the word Active beneath your AirPods in the list of media devices. If another Bluetooth device is active, you will see that device instead, and your AirPods will appear in the previously connected devices section.

Here’s how to switch to AirPods from another Bluetooth device on Kindle Fire:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen then press and hold the Bluetooth icon.

    The Bluetooth icon highlighted in Kindle Fire quick settings.
  2. Tap your AirPods in Previously Connected Devices.

    AirPods highlighted in Previously Connected Devices on a Kindle Fire.
  3. When your AirPods appear in the Media Devices section and it says Active under the listing, they’re ready to use.

    AirPods selected as the active media device on a Kindle Fire.

How to Make AirPods the Active Media Device on Kindle Fire

If you connect headphones or earbuds to your Kindle Fire via USB-C or the 3.5mm audio jack, they will take precedence over your AirPods. You can make the audio play through the AirPods again by disconnecting the physical earbuds or tapping your AirPods in the list of media devices.

Here’s how to make AirPods the active media device on a Kindle Fire without unplugging a connected USB-C device or 3.5mm stereo output:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen, then press and hold the Bluetooth icon.

    The Bluetooth icon highlighted in Kindle Fire quick settings.
  2. Tap your AirPods in the list of media devices.

    AirPods highlighted in Kindle media devices.
  3. When it says Active under your AirPods, audio will play through the AirPods instead of any other connected device.

    AirPods selected as the active media device on a Kindle Fire.
FAQ
  • Why won't my AirPods connect to my Kindle Fire?

    If your AirPods won't connect, charge the AirPods battery, make sure Bluetooth is enabled, update iOS, and restart your iPhone. If you've previously connected your AirPods, you may need to reset the Bluetooth connection.

  • How do I connect AirPods to my Fire TV?

    From the home screen for your Fire TV or Fire Stick, go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices. Put your AirPods in pairing mode and select Add Bluetooth Device.

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