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.
As of January 2015 there are currently 10* different Kindle Fire tablets
(if you don't count the four tablets that also have a 4G version).
Here's a list of each device in order from the year it was first released:
"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.
**UPDATE: Amazon changed the way they label each generation based on the year it was released. The count starts with the first Kindle Fire (2011) which is 1st generation. The next year's tablets (2012) are ALL 2nd generation, the third year (2013) are all 3rd generation, and the fourth year (2014) are 4th generation. Strange, but that's how they're doing it now.
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.)
Due to Amazon coming out with new tablets ever year, there have been a few versions of this infographic.
Updated to show Amazon's generation labeling system (which differs from the way I was keeping track of each version and generation).
Version 3: Added 2014 tablets
Version 2: Added 2013 tablets
Version 1: Original infographic
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:
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.
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:
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):
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.
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:
2012 Unlock Screen:
Still not sure which Kindle Fire you have? See the default background images of each year's release:
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.
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.
Amazon labels their generations based on which year the device was released.
The first year they created the Kindle Fire (2011) is the 1st generation.
The second year (2012) they created newer Kindle Fires and labeled them 2nd generation.
The third year (2013) are called 3rd generation and the fourth year (2014) are 4th generation.
For example, both of my 2013 Kindle Fire HDX tablets (7" & 8.9") say 3rd Generation.
Since I don't own a 2014 Kindle Fire I can't confirm this, but I'm 99.99% sure they say "4th Generation" under Device Model as that's what Amazon's been labeling their newest models.
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!