With gaming consoles becoming ever more impressive, it was only a matter of time before you could connect your tablets for second screen entertainment. Fortunately, the Kindle Fire HD acts as a superb second screen for Xbox One or Xbox 360. Apart from playing your Xbox games on your Kindle Fire, the two devices can interact in a number of other ways.
Initially, Microsoft only had apps for the Google Play Store, Apple’s iOS, and the Windows phone, with no app released on the Amazon Store. It meant that people owning both the Kindle Fire and an Xbox One could never connect them together and use them to the optimum. But thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass, you can now connect your Kindle Fire to the gaming console and never stop having fun!
What Is Smartglass?
SmartGlass is an app created by Microsoft to help its gaming consoles connect with other devices. With SmartGlass, you can turn your Kindle Fire into a second screen, a remote controller, or enjoy all the content of your Xbox directly on your tablet.
Moreover, Microsoft boasts that the SmartGlass app can also be used to connect with your “Xbox friends, track and compare your achievements, and change up your 3D avatar”. What’s even better is that Microsoft has tweaked the app’s configuration to scale natively on Amazon’s latest tablet line.
There’s hardly any reason for not connecting your Kindle Fire to your Xbox One when you can have so much fun. In this guide, we’ll show you how to connect your Kindle Fire to the Xbox One using the SmartGlass app.
How Do You Connect Your Xbox One to the Kindle Fire?
First of all, use your Kindle Fire to access the Amazon app store. Search for SmartGlass and download it. It’s a free app and won’t cost you anything.
Now open the app and login using your Xbox gamertag profile. The app will work much better on Kindle Fire if your internet connection speed is healthy. If the internet is too slow, connecting your Kindle Fire to the Xbox One might be an issue.
A Small Catch!
There’s a small catch, however. To use the SmartGlass app, you’d need to sign in to Xbox Live. The gaming console has made this a requisite, even to play online games – which won’t come as a surprise to most Xbox users. As Xbox Live lets you play online with friends, and boasts added benefits including using SmartGlass.
Now Go to Xbox and Set Up SmartGlass!
If you’ve not already set up SmartGlass on your Xbox One, this is how to do it.
Press the Xbox button on your controller (which is the logo of Xbox) to open the guide.
Go to Settings. Then select All Settings.
Go to Preferences and select Xbox app connections.
Assuming that you’ve already downloaded the SmartGlass app on your Kindle Fire and signed in using your Xbox gamertag, you’ll find your device being displayed on the console. Select your device and the Kindle Fire should now be connected to your Xbox One!
It’s Lots of Fun!
As already mentioned, there’s more than one reason to connect the Kindle Fire to your Xbox One. These are some of the direct benefits you will enjoy after connecting the two devices:
- You can use your Kindle Fire to navigate your Xbox One.
- You can use your tablet as a remote control to configure the media on your console.
- You can browse the internet on the TV connected to your Xbox One using your Kindle Fire tablet.
- You can connect to your gamer friends and check their achievements without switching on the console.
You’re All Set to Enjoy Your Xbox Content on Your Kindle Fire!
Now that you’ve connected your Kindle Fire to the Xbox One, you have entered a world of endless possibilities. You can use your tablet for playing games or consuming media, while constantly being updated about developments in the gaming community – all through your Kindle Fire. You can check up on your gamer friends and see what they’re up to even while you’re away from the console!
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