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How to Use Bluetooth Headphones with Amazon Fire TV

If you own an Amazon Fire TV set-top box, and want to continue enjoying your movies or games while the kids, or your roommates are in bed, you can connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to get the audio routed there instead.

This is possible thanks to some recent updates to the Fire TV that Amazon announced last month in a press release. Currently, the headphone support is for the Fire TV box only and not for the stick.

Connect Bluetooth headphones to Fire TV

On your Fire TV, head to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices and select Other Bluetooth Devices.

Fire TV Settings

Now power up your Bluetooth headphones and put them in pairing mode – each headphone manufacturer does this differently, so you may need to refer to the headphone’s documentation.

Then select Add Bluetooth Devices from the Fire TV Settings menu and select your headphones when they’re discovered and wait while the pairing completes.

headphones pairing

That’s all there is to it. Now you can continue to rock out or enjoy any of the media on your Fire TV while everyone else is asleep.

listen to music

It’s also worth noting that the Roku 3 and updated Roku 2 have a feature with their Bluetooth remote that lets you plug wired headphones to it. In fact, it even comes with a set of earbuds in the box.

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3 Responses to How to Use Bluetooth Headphones with Amazon Fire TV

  1. Calvin April 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    I have been testing this feature for a couple of days, and I’m a bit disappointed. Getting the headphones connected is easy, but the performance of the box is horrible. While the headphones are connected, I ran into sluggish streaming…as soon as I turn the headphones off, everything goes back to normal. I’ve tried wireless and wired connections on the Fire TV with the same results. Hopefully they patch this issue soon.

  2. Jay April 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    The problem is once you connect the Bluetooth headphones the audio is out of sync and lagging. Hopefully another update will take care of that.

    The Roku 3 & 2 don’t use Bluetooth instead they use the wireless connection protocol so there is no perceived sync or lagging issues, it works flawlessly. But of course the batteries don’t last very long.

  3. Philly guy October 24, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    I experienced the same issues with 4k fire tv box

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