The Amazon Fire TV is not only suitable as a video streaming box for Netflix, Amazon Prime and Co., but thanks to Amazon Prime Music (and of course Kodi) also ideally suited as a music source. Thanks to the possibility of pairing the Amazon box with Bluetooth headphones, this also works wirelessly - we'll show you how it's done.
Using Bluetooth headphones on the FireTV
I was recently asked what the real benefit of a dedicated streaming box like this is Fire TV or the Apple TV compared to a modern Smart TV, which also comes with many streaming apps. At least for my living room setup, I can add a new item to this list with the ability to listen to music and movies via Bluetooth headphones. My LG TV has an Amazon Video app, but it doesn't have Bluetooth on board. That's why I'm excited about the option to output the sound from the Fire TV wirelessly via Bluetooth headphones.
Update: Not available for the Fire TV Stick
Before we start, an update from my side: Unfortunately, I messed up the original tuto and wrote that you also did the Fire TV Stick pair with a Bluetooth headset. Unfortunately that is not the case. Unfortunately, Amazon has limited the Bluetooth capabilities of the inexpensive stick and does not allow the sound to be output via Bluetooth. On the from Amazon it says:
You can only connect compatible Bluetooth game controllers to the Fire TV Stick. Visit Connecting a Remote or Game Controller for more information.
Sorry for the confusion!
But now on with the normal text, for which Fire TV remains valid:
1. Go to Fire TV Settings
Navigate to your Fire TV's Settings and open the Game Controllers and Bluetooth Devices submenu.
2. Submenu "Other Bluetooth devices"
Anything not related to Amazon accessories and game controllers ends up in the Other Bluetooth Devices section of the Fire TV. So call this one.
3. Put the Bluetooth headphones into “pairing” mode
Before you continue, activate the pairing mode on your Bluetooth headphones. Usually you have to hold down the power button for a few seconds. But hey: If you already own this thing, you probably know how to do it ;-)
4. Connect Bluetooth headphones to Fire TV
As soon as the pairing is running, you select the menu item “Add Bluetooth devices” on the Fire TV. Ideally, your Bluetooth headphones (in this case, the excellent ones Magnate LZT 588) will now appear in the list. Tap on it to connect.
5. Hear Fire TV sound through Bluetooth headphones
If everything works, your Amazon Fire TV will report a successful connection to the headphones after a few seconds. As long as this exists, the complete sound of the box is transmitted via Bluetooth. So you can relax while listening to Netflix or Kodi music or whatever without disturbing roommates or neighbors. If you switch off the headphones, the sound is played back on the television.
6. Disconnect Bluetooth headphones from Fire TV
If you are tired of Fire TV Bluetooth nonsense, you can of course disconnect the headset again. Simply navigate to the "Other Bluetooth devices" menu, where you will find the headphones under "Paired devices". Select the entry, press the menu button (the one with the three bars ;) ) on the Fire TV remote control and remove the headphones using the "Enter" button on the Fire TV.
You can find even more tips and instructions for the Fire TV on our Overview page.