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Unlike Android TV Boxes, the Fire TV / Stick does not contain the Google Play Store so we must sideload the applications that aren’t available for us by default. Many of those will require a keyboard or mouse.
There are dozens of Android applications available today that provide high quality HD streaming of movies, tv shows, live sports, you name it. These are the applications that many Fire TV / Stick owners are dreaming to install but first, we must connect a Bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse.
Below are the instructions that will take you through the necessary steps on how to pair a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with an Amazon Fire TV / Stick. This process is simple and will open doors to endless opportunities for your streaming device.
In this example, I will be using a Fire TV Stick and the Rii i8+ BT Mini Wireless Bluetooth Backlight Touchpad Keyboard with Mouse. The Rii i8+ is my favorite Bluetooth wireless keyboard/mouse combo and it works great with the Fire TV/Stick and Kodi.
Steps To Pair A Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse With A Fire TV/Stick
I recommend that you watch the video below for detailed steps. You will also find a written summary below the video.
Important: Your Fire TV must have software/firmware version 188.8.131.52 or greater for it to connect to Bluetooth devices other than game controllers. You can check your Fire TV software version by going into Settings / System / About / and hover over “Fire TV Stick” and it will indicate the software version.
- Go into Settings tab on you Fire TV or Stick and click “Controllers and Bluetooth Devices
- Click “Other Bluetooth Devices” and then click “Add Bluetooth Devices”
- Place your keyboard or mouse in pairing mode by pushing the button that activates this function.
- The Amazon Fire TV Bluetooth tool will scan for Bluetooth devices and connect your Keyboard or mouse once it is detected.
- Test that your buttons work on your Keyboard or mouse.
- Start using Android applications such as Google Chrome Browser with your Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.
I strongly recommend that you use the Rii i8+ BT Mini Wireless Bluetooth Backlight Touchpad Keyboard with Mouse as this is the best Bluetooth keyboard mouse combo that I have found for the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
Please use the comment section below and share which Android applications that you use on a regular basis that requires a keyboard and/or mouse.