Which Kindle Fire Tablet Do You Have?

Kindle Fire Tablet With Question Mark

If you received a Kindle Fire tablet as a gift, won it in a giveaway, or even if you purchased it from Amazon you may not know which one you have.

That's okay, you're not alone, I've had several site visitors ask me how they can tell which Kindle Fire tablet they have.

And here is where I show you how.

Ten Kindle Fire Tablets

As of January 2015 there are currently 13* different Kindle Fire tablets as follows, in order from the year each was first released:

  • 2011 - Kindle Fire 7" (First Generation)
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire 7" (Second Generation)
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire HD 7" (First Generation)
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HD 7" (Second Generation)
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HDX 7"
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HDX 7" 4G
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (First Generation)
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 4G
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire HD 6"
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire HD 7" (Third Generation)
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire Kids Edition HD 6" or 7"
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (Second Generation)

"But which one do I have?" you ask. Well, let me show you.

*I don't count the Kids Edition tablet in the total count since it's basically an HD 6" or 7" but with 8GB memory.

Kindle Fire Tablet Infographic

There are a few simple ways to discover which Kindle Fire you have. For fun I created this fabulous inforgraphic (yes, I think it is fabulous- it took me hours to make and hours to update every time new tablets are released).

This lovely flowchart asks you questions, you answer yes or no, and it shows you which Kindle Fire you have. (I rock!)

Just click the image below to see the EXTRA LARGE version of this beautiful infographic! (You'll probably need to zoom in to read all the details.)

Infographic: Which Kindle Fire Tablet Do I Have?
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This is the third version of this infographic, due to Amazon coming out with new tablets ever year. Phew!

It's not perfect but after spending hours working on it I figure it's better that you have it now than not at all!

Also, it's possible I've missed something or made an error- I know, it's such a rare occurrence ;) - I would be grateful if you'd let me know if you find one.

Thanks!


How to Know Which Kindle Fire You Have

Another way to know which Kindle Fire you have is to check it's physical specs and then determine which year your tablet was released.

First, look through Amazon's technical specifications for each Kindle Fire (below) and find which physical features your tablet has.

Second, some versions of the Kindle Fire are the same physically on the outside. Once you narrow down the possibilities, you'll need to determine the year of your tablet, which I'll explain below under the technical specs.

Notes about features:

  • To know the size of your Kindle Fire screen measure from the inside viewing pane from opposite corners, don't include the outside border that is a dark black. There are three options; you should have either a 6", 7" or 8.9" screen.
  • If your Kindle Fire can connect to the Internet without Wi-Fi it has 4G capability. You can tell if your tablet has this option by sliding down the top menu, select "Wireless", and if you see the "Mobile Network" option then your device has 4G.


Amazon's Technical Kindle Fire Specifications

The technical specification images for the Kindle Fires below are from Amazon. If you select either the link or the image it will take you to Amazon's product page for that specific Kindle Fire which is where I found the tech specs.

2011 Kindle Fire 7" (1st Gen)




Notes: There are no cameras. Power button and charging port are located at the bottom (in portrait) in the middle. Two speakers are located at the top.

This Kindle Fire looks the same physically as the second generation (next one below) which has the full technical specs.

More about this tablet here:


2012 Kindle Fire 7" (2nd Gen)




Notes: There are no cameras.

More details:
Kindle Fire 2nd Gen


2012 Kindle Fire HD 7" (1st Gen)




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 7"


2012 Kindle Fire HD 8.9"




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera; Optional 4G version.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 8.9"


2013 Kindle Fire HD 7 (2nd Gen)




Notes: There are no cameras.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 7" 2nd Gen


2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7"




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera; Optional 4G version.

More details:
Kindle Fire HDX 7"


2013 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (1st Gen)




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera and a rear-facing camera; Optional 4G version.

Physically looks the same as the 2014 2nd Gen.

More details:
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 1st Gen


2014 Kindle Fire HD 6"




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera and a rear-facing camera.

Tablet color options: black, white, magenta, citron, cobalt.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 6"


2014 Kindle Fire HD 7" (3rd Gen)




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera and a rear-facing camera.

Tablet color options: black, white, magenta, citron, cobalt.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 7"


2014 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (2nd Gen)




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera and rear-facing camera; Optional 4G version.

Physically looks the same as the 2013 1st Gen.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 2nd Gen


2014 Kindle Fire Kids Edition




Notes: Has a front-facing web camera and a rear-facing camera.

Cover color options: blue, green, pink

More details:
Kindle Fire Kids Edition


Determining the Year Your Kindle Fire Was Released

Alright! With the technical specs above, you should either know exactly which Kindle Fire you have, or have it narrowed down to two possibilities.

If you've narrowed it down but still aren't sure, take a look at the unlock tab on your screen (the one that comes up when you first turn on your Kindle Fire):

  • If the unlock tab is a solid yellow-orange arrow, it was released in 2011
  • If the unlock tab is closer to the bottom right corner of the screen with a lock symbol, it was released in 2012
  • If the unlock tab is closer to the middle of the screen with a lock symbol, it was released in 2013
  • If the unlock tab is a tiny arrow head pointing left, it was released in either 2013 or 2014 (see my important note below)

There are sample pictures below. It doesn't matter what the background itself looks like, just focus on the place where you swipe to unlock the screen.

Unlock Screen and Background Wallpaper Image

These images show each type of unlock screen with a default background (you only see the pre-installed images if you purchased a Kindle Fire without ads or removed the ads later).

This will help you have a better idea of what the unlock tab looks like and where it's located on your screen (also note the location of the clock):

2011 Unlock Screen:


2013* Unlock Screen:

2012 Unlock Screen:


2013/2014 Unlock Screen:


Still not sure which Kindle Fire you have? See the default background images of each year's release:


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Important Note!

A couple weeks after Amazon released their 2014 Kindle Fire models, an update went out to the 2013 tablets. Most 2013 tablets were updated with the new Fire OS (operating system) software.

This update changed several things, including the unlock screen and how it looks. If you have a 2013 Kindle Fire it's probably been updated with the new 2014 look and unlock screen.

If you remember seeing your Kindle Fire unlock screen look like the one from 2013 but it now has the 2014 style, then you have a 2013 model.

If you see the 2014 style you may still have a 2013 model, as Amazon has still been selling their 2013 stock, but it now has the updated 2014 version.

So... how do you determine which is which? That's a good question, one that we'll go over next.


Kindle Fire Device Model

The 2013 and 2014 Kindle Fire tablets have a new setting that tells you which model you have.

Slide down the quick menu and tap "Settings" then tap "Device Options".

On this screen if you look near the bottom you'll see "Device Model" and under that you should see which Kindle Fire model and generation you have: (PLEASE READ IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW ON THE RIGHT!)

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Amazon labels some of their generations different than I do.

Both of my 2013 Kindle Fire HDX tablets (7" & 8.9") say 3rd Generation, which is odd as they were both the first HDX's.

Maybe they're counting years, which makes a little more sense, but it's still confusing.


Since I don't own a 2014 Kindle Fire, I can't confirm the name and generation of those tablets, but I bet it says 4th generation as I've seen Amazon use this label in other locations on their website.


Your Kindle Fire Tablet

Alright, now you should know which Kindle Fire tablet you own! (If not please post in the comments at the bottom of this page and I'll try to clarify things.)

That's pretty much all there is to it... until Amazon comes out with even MORE versions next year. *gulp*

I ♥ My Fire!
-Rachel


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