Kindle Fire Tricks and Tips

Quick tips and tricks for getting the most fun out of your Kindle Fire.

What Kindle tricks and tips are you looking for? Check out these tutorials to learn something new!


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Quell trick for finding the extra secret levels!

As a computer geek I like to know all the ins and outs of my electronic gadgets, and my Kindle Fire is no exception. This naturally led to having a page full of Kindle Fire tricks and tips!

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Please be aware that I do my best to share safe Kindle Fire resources with you, but I cannot be held responsible or liable for any issues you (or your device) may experience by following the tips, tricks, and tutorials on this website. Please see the Terms of Use page for full details. Thanks!

Get Google Play Store Apps on Your Kindle Fire - Update!

If you've been using your Kindle Fire for awhile you've probably had the experience that some apps have only been added it to Google's Play Store!

What can you do? Well, before learning this new Kindle Fire trick we were just out of luck (unless you rooted your device, which I DO NOT recommend).

Or you could directly ask the company to add the app to the Amazon App Store but that can take time if they decided to do it.

But not any more! Now you too can put apps from Google's Play Store onto your Kindle Fire (without a smart phone) with this simple tutorial!

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!

I now have a NEW tutorial that's even BETTER than the one linked to above!

You can quickly and easily download and install apps from the Google Play store directly to your Kindle Fire FROM your Kindle Fire! That means you don't need a PC, special software, or other device to do this.

However, this new tutorial is SO fabulous that I made it an exclusive article for subscribers to my Kindle Fire Alerts newsletter.

If you're not already subscribed just fill in the form in the column on the right and I'll send the link to you by email!

How to Delete Stuff Off Your Kindle Fire

This tutorial may seem a little simple, but not only will you learn how to delete content from your Kindle Fire, but you'll also learn how to permanently remove items from your Amazon cloud!

There's even a sweet Kindle tip to show you how to archive apps so they won't show up on your Kindle Fire, but aren't actually deleted. This way you can clean up the list of apps showing on your tablet but you can restore them at a later date.

All these tips are easy to do and I give you simple step-by-step instructions that you can follow along with on your own device. Have fun!

Kindle Fire Battery Saving Tips

Like most electronic devices, the Kindle Fire has a limited amount of battery life.

Fortunately, these Kindle Fire Battery Saving Tips I put together can help you lengthen the time you have to enjoy your tablet before it needs to be charged!

I'm sure there are other tips and tricks out there for conserving battery power, so if I've missed any that you're aware of, I'd love to hear about them.

Enjoy these tips and then be sure to check out all the other tutorials on this page!

Mirror Your Kindle Fire HDX to an HDTV

If you purchased a new Kindle Fire in 2013 or later then most likely your tablet has the ability to mirror it's screen to an HDTV! This means you can see your Kindle's screen right on your TV, all you need are a few accessories.

Just follow this simple, step-by-step Kindle tip to learn how to mirror your Kindle to your TV and you'll be set to go!

(If you're not sure which Kindle Fire you have, just see my flowchart that explains how you can know.)


How to Transfer Files & Apps to Your Kindle Fire!

Although I already answered this in my FAQ, I decided to go all out and typed up a full tutorial on how to transfer files to your Kindle Fire.

There are tons of images and easy step-by-step instructions, plus three different methods you can use: transfer by cord, app, or email.

Just find the one you want and try it out!


How to Change Your Kindle Fire Name

Have you ever wondered if you could change the name of your Kindle Fire? (Shown at the top left of your device.)

Yes, you can! But how? It's easy!

Alright, I'll show you how in this tip on changing your Kindle Fire's name.


Kindle Fire Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts

Kindle Fire Keyboard Tips & Shortcuts

My latest Kindle Fire tips include two articles, one on the basic on screen keyboard with details on all the settings, options, and basic keyboard use. (There's lots of great stuff here, honestly!)

My other article is full of tips and shortcuts for using the keyboard's Swipe feature, which will really help you improve your speed and ease-of-use when typing on your Kindle Fire's screen.

Even if you've figured out some of these tips, I guarantee you'll learn something new! (Like how to quickly hide the keyboard without hitting the back arrow.)


How to Connect Bluetooth Devices

If you have a bluetooth device you want to connect to your Kindle Fire, then this is the tutorial for you! This one specifically focuses on hooking up a bluetooth keyboard to a Kindle Fire, but the same process applies to most other devices.

There are lots of pictures and even some fun tips on using your new keyboard with your tablet, so be sure to check it out!

How to Connect Your Kindle Fire to Your TV

Connecting Kindle Fire to TV

Did you know you could connect your Kindle Fire HD to your HDTV and it would display your tablet's screen on your BIG HD screen? If yes, have you tried it out yet? (For newer tablets see my latest article mentioned above.)

The picture and sound quality are really great (better than these photos show)!

My family and I watch movies and TV shows from our Kindle Fire right to our TV all the time, but there are other cool things we do with it too.

There are several advantages to hooking up your tablet to your TV, many of which are shared in this Kindle Fire tip. So check it out and try it yourself- it's really easy to do, just follow this step-by-step tutorial!

Kindle Fire Tip: Password Protection

Kindle Fire Password Lock Screen Pin

If you want to protect your tablet then one of the first things you should do is setup two specific Kindle Fire passwords.

One will lock your screen so only those who know your pin can access your tablet.

The other will protect you from accidental purchases. When you want to make a purchase (even for free content) you just have to enter your password and you're good to go.

These passwords are great for both malevolent thieves and innocent children in case they end up with your Kindle Fire in their red hot hands!

Kindle Fire Android Wallpaper

Make Your Kindle Fire an Android Tablet with Customized Wallpaper

Although the Kindle Fire is an Android device, it doesn't look or act like one, since Amazon customized it into the carousel and bookshelves.

Now you can make your Kindle Fire Android actually look and act like one AND you can add your own customized background wallpaper!

Just use this Kindle Fire tip to side load some awesome apps that will let you take back control of your tablet. :) So here it is:

Make Your Kindle Fire an Android Tablet with Customized Wallpaper.

Kindle Fire Tip: Side Loading Apps

Side Loading Apps on Kindle Fire

I've completely revamped my tutorial for side loading apps on your Kindle Fire!

The page has been updated with a ton of new pictures and new instructions for downloading and installing the 1Mobile Market app which lets you access thousands of apps not available in the Amazon App Store.

Do you want to side load apps onto your Kindle Fire? (That means being able to add apps to your tablet that are not available in the Amazon App Store.) Now you can, just follow this Kindle tip!

There are 1000's of apps out there and only a percentage of them are specifically available as Kindle Fire apps. If you really want an app that's not yet offered from Amazon's App Store, take a look at this tutorial.

With tons of pictures and simple, yet detailed instructions it's easy to do!

Kindle Fire Tip: Remove Ads & Special Offers

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Not interested in seeing Amazon ads and special offers when you turn on your Kindle Fire? Learn how to Remove Ads & Special Offers in this step by step Kindle Fire tip.

You'll also be shown how to remove under the carousel (in portrait view) the icons of items that "Customers Also Bought".

If you choose to remove the ads, you will then see the nifty Kindle Fire HD Backgrounds that come pre-installed on your tablet.

This tutorial is for the second generation and Kindle Fire HD tablets, since the original Kindle Fire doesn't have either of these "features".

Kindle Fire Tip: Watch Flash Videos on YouTube

The Hobbit Trailer Video on My Kindle Fire HD

One of the biggest complaints with the Kindle Fire HD is the lack of the Flash plugin (which is Adobe's, not Amazon's fault).

If you're trying to watch videos on YouTube but get an error requiring the Flash plugin what do you do? You follow my Kindle Fire tip, Kindle Fire Flash Support, that's what!

With this step-by-step tutorial you'll learn how to watch videos on YouTube, even without the Flash plugin. It comes with detailed instructions, pictures, and help with the error: "Unable to Play Video".

This tip is also great for those who have the original Kindle Fire, so be sure to check it out, no matter which device you have.

Kindle Fire Tip: How to Install Flash Player

How to Install Flash Player; Movie Image Copyright Warner Brothers

If you play lots of videos and games on the Internet (who doesn't?) and have the new Kindle Fire HD tablet, then you'll probably want to Install the Flash Player.

It's not that hard to do, but it does take quite a few steps since you also need to use a different browser since you can't install Flash on Silk (the Kindle Fire's default Internet browser).

Fortunately, I make it super simple and easy to do in this step-by-step tutorial which is full of pictures for you to follow. Ain't I the best!? :)

Kindle Fire Tip: How to Take Pictures and Videos

Take Pictures on Your Kindle Fire HD

The new Kindle Fire HD tablets come with a built-in front-facing webcam, but what if you want to use the camera to take pictures or videos with your Kindle Fire?

Well, Amazon has NOT made this user friendly, you can't even access the camera without installing an app, so this tutorial on How to Take Pictures and Videos is super helpful!

Not only will you learn how to take photos and videos, but you'll also learn where to find them and what free apps you can use to edit them right on your Kindle Fire.

Kindle Fire Tip: How to Take a Screenshot

Kindle Fire Tip: How to Take a Screenshot Pictur

Here's a really cool tip for taking Kindle Fire screenshots right from (and of) your device. I use this one all the time for this website, of course, but now you can too!

Although it's difficult to setup on the original Kindle Fire it's not impossible, but if you have the new Kindle Fire HD tablet then it is SUPER easy.

See this tutorial (with lots of examples) on how to take a snapshot form your Kindle Fire. Be sure to read all my extra notes for important details and other cool tricks and tips.

Then share your snapshots on my Facebook page!

Kindle Fire Tip: Customizing the Wallpaper

Customized Kindle Fire Wallpaper

One of the first things people often ask after having played with their Kindle Fire for a few days is, "How do I change the background wallpaper to use my own pictures?" (It was one of my first questions.)

Well now you can! There are four steps to this process:

  1. Side Load the 1Mobile Market App
  2. Side Load the Rotating Wallpaper App
  3. Resize Photos to Fit Your Kindle Fire (optional)
  4. Add Photos and Change Your Kindle Fire Wallpaper

After following the above Kindle Fire tips and tricks, you'll have your very own customized background picture!

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Please note that this tutorial currently only works on the original Kindle Fire NOT the second generation or Kindle Fire HD. :(

Kindle Tip: How to Follow Blogs on Your Tablet

Kindle Fire Web RSS on Google Reader

This nifty Kindle trick and tip teaches you how to use RSS to follow your favorite websites, blogs, Facebook pages, YouTube channels, and more. This has been a HUGE time saver for me!

Just add your favorite places to one location which will automatically update anytime a site has something new. This Kindle trick, Following Sites with RSS, is well worth the small amount of time you invest to get started.

Follow this tutorial to set everything up and then use this cool feature on your Kindle Fire, it will save you so much wasted time hopping from site to site to see if anything new has been posted.

Fastest Way to Stop Your Kindle Fire From Randomly Rebooting

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If your Kindle Fire has an annoying habit of restarting itself at the oddest moments than this is the Kindle trick for you!

All you have to do is follow my simple instructions in this step-by-step tutorial: How to Stop Your Kindle Fire From Rebooting. It also comes with lots of pictures to show you what to do.

This sweet little tip has worked for my tablet and a few others I know that have suffered from this glitch. So take a few moments to try this out to see if it clears up your Kindle Fire's hiccups. :)


Kindle Fire Tip: Change Your Screen Timeout

Kindle Fire Screen Tip

One really annoying problem is when you don't touch your Kindle Fire screen after a certain amount of time it goes into sleep mode.

Of course, this feature is to prevent your battery from being used up when you're not using your tablet, but if you are doing something that doesn't require you to touch your screen and the screen timeout feature is active, it can become a real problem.

Fortunately, that's where this little Kindle Fire Tip on How to Change Your Screen Timeout comes into play.



If you'd like to start with something simple, here's a basic Kindle trick (for the original Kindle Fire) that I stumbled upon.

Kindle Tip: Activating the Bottom Arrow

Kindle Fire Menu Bar Arrow

When using some apps, videos, or games on your Kindle Fire the top and bottom menu bars (clock/settings/back/search) slide off the screen and are replaced with a very narrow bar at the bottom. This bar has a small up-arrow in the center (kind of like the ^ symbol).

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When tapped, this arrow will bring back the top bar (clock, settings, etc):

Top Kindle Fire Menu

and the bottom bar (home, back arrow, menu, search):

Bottom Kindle Fire Menu

I've personally found that just tapping this little up-arrow can be unresponsive at times, sometimes taking me three or four taps before the menu bars would reappear... until I discovered a simple little trick.

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Instead of using a simple tap, slide the arrow up. Or to clarify, touch and slide the arrow upwards. Really, it's that simple! This little trick has made access to the menu and settings just that much easier. Try it out now and see for yourself.

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If you don't see the up-arrow, or it slides off the screen, you can tap the bottom center of your tablet (where the arrow should be) and it will appear/reappear.

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Did you instinctively realize that the arrow pointing up implies that you should slide the arrow upwards? (Maybe it doesn't but that seems to work best for me.) If so, good for you! I sure didn't realize this for weeks until I finally figured it out. Doh!

After observing a friend having the same problem on her Fire I realized it wasn't just me. So I taught her this nifty lil' Kindle trick and it worked for her too!


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What Kindle tricks and tips work for you? Please share them with me!

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