Connecting a Kindle Fire to a TV

Kindle Fire on TV

How would you like to connect your Kindle Fire to your TV? If you have a first generation Kindle Fire HD, then you can! (If you have a new HD/HDX see the important note below.)

All you need is a Kindle Fire accessory and an HDTV, and you can easily hook up your tablet to your TV! How about I show you how?

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Important Note!

To be able to hook your Kindle Fire up to an HDTV, your tablet needs to either have the necessary HDMI port, Miracast, or Second Screen capability. Unfortunately, the first and second generation Kindle Fires don't have either of these abilities.

This tutorial is specifically for the First Generation Kindle Fire HD (2012)!

I've recently typed up a new tutorial on how to use an accessory to mirror your Kindle Fire screen to an HDTV which can be done with the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets (released in 2013).

For those of you with the Second Generation HD I have a note in my new tutorial that explains how you can do this with Second Screen and what is required to do so.

(If you don't know which tablet you have, see my infographic showing how you can know.)


Why Use Your Kindle Fire with a TV?

There are several benefits for being able to connect your device to your TV. Here are a few of the ones I've enjoyed using:

  • Watch Amazon Prime movies on your big screen HDTV.
  • Play videos from Netflix and other sites (like Hulu Plus, etc).
  • Catch up on missed TV episodes at ABC.com, CBS.com, etc.
  • Listen to music on your Kindle Fire through your TV or stereo speakers, then pump up the volume!
  • Play games, like trivia, that work for a group of people. Or turn your tablet and TV into a drawing board and play your own version of Pictionary/Win, Lose or Draw.
  • Turn your TV into a virtual, crackling fire with a fireplace app.
  • Show others all the cool things you can do on your Kindle Fire, this way everyone can watch!

What You Need: HDMI Cable

So the first thing you need is access to an HDTV. Got it? Good!

The second item you need is an HDMI to HDMI Micro cord.

HDMI to HDMI Micro Cable
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Be very careful when you purchase this cord! Make sure that one end has the regular sized HDMI while the other end is the small HDMI MICRO and NOT the regular HDMI or HDMI mini. The mini is larger than the micro but smaller than the regular HDMI.

You can find these cables at your local electronic department store or here's a bunch of HDMI to HDMI Micro cables on Amazon.

Kindle Fire Carousel on TV

HDMI Cord Length

The size of the cord you get depends on what you want to do when you connect your Kindle Fire to a TV.

When watching movies or TV shows I just leave the tablet on the TV stand. Thus the cord would only need to be a few feet in length if you just want this option.

However, I personally like being able to sit on my couch and hold my Kindle Fire while it's hooked up to my HDTV. You obviously need a much longer cord if you want to do this as well.

Using Kindle Fire from Couch to TV

Below is the HDMI cable I purchased from Amazon. It's 15 feet long, but you can get one that's 3, 6, 10, or 25 feet in length instead:

15 Foot HDMI to HDMI Micro Cable
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The other day I had some friends over who were asking some questions about my website and it was really cool to be able to pull it up on my TV using my Kindle Fire. That way everyone could see what I was doing as I showed them several pages on my site. Yeah, I love being a geeky tech girl! ;)


Connecting Your Kindle Fire to the TV

Once you've got a cable you're ready to connect your Kindle Fire to a TV!

First, locate the HDMI port on your HDTV and plug in the HDMI end of the cord. It will look something like this:

Plugging in the HDMI Cable to TV


Next, plug in the HDMI micro end of the cord into the LEFT port on your Kindle Fire. (Not the one on the right, that's for charging your device.)

Kindle Fire HDMI Port on Left


If it's not already on, boot up your Kindle Fire and unlock it so you see the carousel or any other screen you'd like to use.

Turn on your TV and change the input to HDMI. If you have more than one port (like I do in the picture above) you will need the HDMI input number to match the same port as the number on the back of your HDTV. For example on my TV port 1=HDMI-1 and port 2=HDMI-2.

It may take a moment but your Kindle Fire screen should now be displayed on your HDTV! Like this:

My Kindle Fire on My TV


What you see on your Kindle Fire will now show up on your TV!

The picture quality is better than the pictures show 'cause I kept getting glare from the reflective screens. The sound quality that comes through your TV is also great. Yeah for louder sound volume!

After connected everything, if the screen doesn't come up, try check each end of your cable, especially the end plugged into your Kindle Fire. Unfortunately, mine is a bit touchy and I sometimes have to wiggle the cord to get it to work properly. (This is something to watch for in the cable reviews before you buy one).


Play Movies On Your Kindle to Your TV

Watching movies and shows on your HDTV is one of the benefits of being able to hook up our Kindle Fire, one that we enjoy the most.

Playing The Hunger Games on Kindle Fire to my TV (Movie image copyright Lionsgate)

(Movie image from The Hunger Games, copyright Lionsgate.)


For this tutorial I chose to play the movie, The Hunger Games, which is currently free for Amazon Prime members. (My husband and I watched it again the other night. Love this movie!)

Since the Kindle Fire screen will stay on even when connected to your TV (I haven't yet found a way to turn it off) I find that it's less distracting to watch a movie if I set my tablet down like this:

Watching The Hunger Games from Kindle Fire to TV (Movie image copyright Lionsgate)

(Movie image from The Hunger Games, copyright Lionsgate.)


Here's one more picture I just had to share, especially since I took about a hundred to get the scenes I wanted... until I realized I could pause the video to take a clear picture of it. Doh!

The Hunger Games on Kindle Fire to TV (Movie image copyright Lionsgate)

(Movie image from The Hunger Games, copyright Lionsgate.)

Remember to check your Kindle Fire battery before you begin watching a movie! If your battery is low (maybe 25-30% power remaining) you may not be able to see the last few minutes of your show when the battery dies.

Yeah, this happened to us while watching The Hunger Games. Fortunately, we had another (charged) Kindle Fire HD that we were able to hook up. With Amazon's awesome Wispersync technology we just picked up right where we'd left off.

Playing videos can quickly drain the battery, especially when watching a 2 1/2 hour movie so double check your charge before you begin.


Now that you know why and how to hook up your Kindle Fire to a TV go and try it out! Or browse through some other fun Kindle Fire Tips & Tricks or other cool Kindle Fire Accessories.

If you connect your Kindle Fire and TV I would LOVE to see pictures of your setup! Or if you have some cool uses for doing this I'd love to hear those too. Just post your photo(s) and ideas on my Facebook or Google+ pages.



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