First, you need to have a Kindle Fire HD or HDX as these are the Kindle Fires that have bluetooth. The very first generation doesn't have this capability. (If you don't know which tablet you have, see this article.)
Second, you need to have a bluetooth keyboard or other device, like headphones, speakers, or earbuds.
This is a picture of a Jawbone earpiece I've successfully paired to my Kindle Fire and been able to listen to music with.
I'd actually like to own some regular bluetooth earbuds so I can stick them in both ears and listen to music and movies without having a wire in the way. (This would be especially nice when using my Kindle Fire on the treadmill.)
When you've got both of these items you're ready to connect them together!
Turn on your Kindle Fire, unlock it, and slide down the top menu.
Tap "Wireless" to go to your wireless settings: (You can also tap "More+" and then "Wireless" but that's an extra, unnecessary step.)
Enable bluetooth by tapping "On":
Now turn on your Kindle Fire bluetooth keyboard and push the connect button (these are on the backside of the device). Please note that you must put in the batteries first or it won't work. ;)
Tap the "Search for devices" button at the bottom of your tablet:
Within a few moments you should see a list of available devices, one of these should be "AmazonBasics Keyboard". Tap this:
The keyboard should start "pairing", which is just a techie term that basically means it's connecting:
A pairing request will pop up:
If the pairing request doesn't pop up, or you get an error, push the connect button on your keyboard and tap the "AmazonBasics Keyboard" again. There's a short time frame that it searches so if it misses it, just try again.
Follow the instructions by typing the four digit number (the one shown on YOUR screen, not in the image above), followed by the Enter/Return key.
After a moment your bluetooth keyboard and Kindle Fire should now be connected:
You should also see the bluetooth icon at the top right of your screen, just to the left of the Wi-Fi and battery icons.
Yippie! It's ready to go!
Now's the fun part, testing it out! You can go to the web or just tap the search icon at the bottom right of the keyboard and start typing away.
The volume + & - keys work great too, which are also found at the bottom right corner.
Don't miss the unique Home and Back Arrow keys (bottom left) and the Menu key (top left) which match the icons on your Kindle Fire.
There are arrow keys for moving within a block of text, but they also work to move a box around the screen so you can select a feature right from the keyboard!
For example, if you push the Home key and then the right arrow on your keyboard you'll see a blue box around an item. You can also use the Tab button to cycle between each screen's menus. Just hit the Enter/Return key to select that item.
You can also unlock your Kindle Fire with your keyboard. Tap the menu key (box with horizontal lines at the top left) and enter your password!
Pretty sweet, huh?
I don't want to spoil your fun by giving away all the cool things you can do with your keyboard. However, I'd love to hear what you discover, just leave it in the comments at the bottom of this page! (Maybe I'll post some more keyboard tips there too.)
To turn off your keyboard, just flip the switch on the underside of your keyboard. The icon will still show up under your "Paired" bluetooth devices, but it will no longer be "Connected".
When you're ready to use it again, switch it back on, tap any key on the keyboard and it will automatically reconnect within a few seconds.
This is an easy way to save battery power. Just turn it on when you want to use it and then remember to turn it off when you're done.
If you want to unpair or rename the device on your Kindle Fire, just tap and hold down until a window pops up letting you "Unpair" or "Rename" it.
That's all there is to it. Enjoy your fun new toy! :)
Be sure to see my other Kindle Fire tutorials for lots of great ways to enjoy using your tablet!
And if you're bored with the basic keyboard on your Fire, check out these cool Fire Tablet Keyboard Apps!
If this tutorial has helped you, please let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear of any Kindle Fire keyboard tips you figure out too.
Hand Illustrations provided by GestureWorks® (www.gestureworks.com). Aren't they perfect?