This guide will take you step by step through the process of connecting your Nintendo Switch Joy-Con or Pro Controller to your Amazon Fire so you can take your gaming to the next level.
Your Joy-Con isn’t limited to playing Nintendo Switch games – you can use it with your computer, iPhone or iPad and yes – your Amazon Fire. With that said, it’s important to know up front – not all games will support an external controller (Joy-Con or otherwise). The good news is that there are a lot of games that do, and they’re even more fun when you use a Joy-Con or Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Follow these steps to pair your controller with your Amazon Fire:
- If your Switch is anywhere nearby, make sure it’s turned off. Otherwise your Joy-Con or Pro Controller will continue to try and connect to it instead of your Amazon Fire.
- On your Amazon Fire, tap the Settings button.
- Tap the Connected Devices item.
- First make sure that Bluetooth is turned on, and then select Pair new device
- Grab a Joy-Con and press the “bluetooth” button (sometimes called the SYNC Button) located in between the SL and SR buttons (see image below). If you’re using a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, the bluetooth button (SYNC Button) is right next to the USB connector.
- Back on your Amazon Fire take a look at the Available devices section – you should see a new entry titled Joy-Con (L) or (R) – select it.
- The Joy-Con and the Amazon Fire will now pair.
- After a moment or two, the Joy-Con will appear in the Currently connected list.
- The Bluetooth icon will also appear in your Menu Bar.
- Now you’re off to the races! (bad pun intended).
While we’re on the subject of Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, did you know you can update them? Keeping them updated helps with game compatibility, battery life and adds other new features as they’re introduced.