How to Connect a Joy-Con to an Amazon Fire Tablet

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:

  1. 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.
  2. On your Amazon Fire, tap the Settings button.
  3. the Amazon Fire Settings button

  4. Tap the Connected Devices item.
  5. the list of Settings in FireOS with an arrow pointing to the Connected Devices section

  6. First make sure that Bluetooth is turned on, and then select Pair new device
  7. a Bluetooth toggle on button

  8. 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.
  9. a picture of a Nintendo Joy-Con with an arrow pointing to the bluetooth button

  10. 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.
  11. a Joy-Con listed in the Available Devices section of the Amazon Fire settings

  12. The Joy-Con and the Amazon Fire will now pair.
  13. a Bluetooth Pairing notice

  14. After a moment or two, the Joy-Con will appear in the Currently connected list.
  15. a list of bluetooth connected devices

  16. The Bluetooth icon will also appear in your Menu Bar.
  17. an Amazon Fire menu bar with an arrow pointing to the bluetooth icon

  18. Now you’re off to the races! (bad pun intended).
  19. an Amazon Fire racing game using a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con

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.

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