Firestick is a pretty solid streaming device with support for third-party Android apps, Screen mirroring, 4K streaming, and of course Bluetooth earphones like this Airpods. But, it isn’t flawless. While you can connect your AirPods or Bluetooth headphones with the Firestick, there is no way to adjust the volume. To make it worse, the TV remote didn’t work while I connect my Airpods, and it plays audio at annoyingly high volume. We’ll try to solve this problem in this article. Let’s begin.
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Unlike other Bluetooth headphones in the market, AirPods don’t have an inbuilt volume rocker to adjust the volume. So if you want to listen to your favorite shows on a Firestick, AirPods will have the audio blaring in your ear canals at max volume. We can fix this problem by routing the audio through an app which would let you adjust the volume.
Step 1: Connect AirPods to Firestick
First things first, we’ll connect AirPods with the Firestick. To do this, grab the Firestick remote and scroll to Settings option on the top bar and open the settings page.
Here you can adjust all the features such as enabling preferences, disabling ADB, and connect to Bluetooth devices. Scroll to the right and press OK on ‘Controllers and Bluetooth Devices’.
You can pair new remotes, delete old ones and add game controllers to play games on this page. Scroll down to the bottom and select ‘Other Bluetooth Devices‘, to pair Bluetooth peripherals such as keyboards, mouse, and headphones.
Now, press the pairing button on your AirPods. You can do this by tapping on hold the button on the back of the AirPods case until the light blinks white and it should show up in the Firestick Bluetooth menu. Press OK on the selection and it should automatically pair the device.
As soon as you’re connected, you’d get an audio confirmation in the AirPods and a notification on the bottom right of the screen of Firestick.
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Step 2: Install Precise Volume
Now that the Airpods is connected. We need to download an app to manage Airpods audio on firestick
Out of dozens of apps that I tested, Precise Volume is one of the few apps that actually work with FireStick. The reason other apps didn’t work was that the Firestick keeps overriding the volume and setting it to the max. Precise volume redirects the sound and you can adjust the volume from within the app.
Simply install the Precise volume app by sideloading the apk using Easy Fire Tools or sending the file using Google Drive. After you’ve done that, just adjust the volume slider to your liking and the volume would change in your AirPods. Neat.
But, there is a problem. The volume app which we’ll use isn’t optimized for Firestick, which makes it difficult to move the slider. Sure you can do it with the firestick remote and it works, but it’s not quite intuitive. Another option is to plug in a mouse to your firestick using a 2-in-1 Micro USB CableOTG from Amazon, and it works, but using a mouse each time you want to adjust the volume isn’t practical.
So, to fix this, I use another app called Mouse Toggle.
Step 3: Install Mouse Toggle for TV
After you’ve installed the app on Firestick, just enable the two options; “Enable the mouse service” and “Auto Start on Start-up” as shown in the figure below. It may ask you to enable ADB debugging, allow it and your app is set up. Now you can navigate any app with just the remote.
To activate Mouse Toggle on any screen, simply double-click the play button on the remote, and a mouse pointer will appear on the screen. You can then use that pointer adjust the volume now.
This was a quick how-to on connecting AirPods with Firestick and controlling the volume. As Firestick is largely meant to be used with TVs and most Bluetooth speakers and headphones come with their own set of volume controls this feature was probably overlooked or intentionally removed. Thanks to the Android architecture that Firestick is based on we can easily circumvent the problem. If you have a better way to adjust the volume on Firestick, do tell me in the comments below.