Which Kindle Fire Tablet Do You Have?



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Kindle Fire Tablet With Question Mark
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.




Kindle Fire Tablets: Beginning - Present

There are currently 18 different Kindle Fire tablets, if you don't count the kids editions or tablets that used to come with a 4G version, which I don't*.

Here's a list of each device in order from the year it was first released, to help answer the question "Which Kindle Fire do I own?":

  • 2011 - Kindle Fire 7" (First Generation**)
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire 7" (Second Generation)
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire HD 7" (Second Generation)
  • 2012 - Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (Second Generation; 4G option)
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HD 7" (Third Generation)
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HDX 7" (Third Generation; 4G option)
  • 2013 - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (Third Generation; 4G option)
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire HD 6" (Fourth Generation)
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire HD 7" (Fourth Generation)
  • 2014 - Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (Fourth Generation; 4G option)
  • 2015 - Kindle Fire 7" (Fifth Generation)
  • 2015 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Fifth Generation)
  • 2015 - Kindle Fire HD 10" (Fifth Generation)
  • 2016 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Sixth Generation)
  • 2017 - Kindle Fire 7" (Seventh Generation)
  • 2017 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Seventh Generation)
  • 2017 - Kindle Fire HD 10" (Seventh Generation)
  • 2018 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Eighth Generation)
  • 2019 - Kindle Fire 7" (Ninth Generation)
  • 2019 - Kindle Fire HD 10" (Ninth Generation)
  • 2020 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Tenth Generation)
  • 2020 - Kindle Fire HD 8" Plus (Tenth Generation)
  • 2021 -  Fire HD 10 (Eleventh Generation)
  • 2021 - Fire HD 10 Plus (Eleventh Generation)

"But which Kindle Fire tablet do I have?" you ask. Well, let me show you.

*I don't count Kids Edition tablets in the total count since they're basically the tablets from the same year but with a specific amount of memory, a cover, and a few other minor customizations.

Mini Kindle Fire Exclamation Point

Kindle Fire generations

**A few years ago Amazon changed the way they label each generation- they're now based on the year a tablet was released. The count starts with the first Kindle Fire  (2011) which is 1st generation. The next year's tablets (Kindle Fire 2012) are ALL 2nd generation, the third year (2013) are 3rd generation, the fourth year (2014) are 4th generation, and the fifth year (2015) are 5th generation, etc.


Kindle Fire Tablet Infographic (OUTDATED!)

Update: Unfortunately, this infographic hasn't been updated for a few years. It was too hard to keep fitting in more and more Kindle Fire generations being added every year. Also, the Kindle Fires from the last few years have all been VERY similar, making it hard to tell them apart unless you use the info given in the next section below. So I suggest you see that instead.

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Which Kindle Fire do I own?

There are a few simple ways to discover which Kindle Fire you have. For fun I created this fabulous infographic (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?

LAST UPDATED 04/2016

Due to Amazon coming out with new tablets ever year, there have been a few versions of this infographic.

Version 4: Current Version!

Version 3.5: Updated with new generation labels.

Version 3: Added 2014 tablets

Version 2: Added 2013 tablets

Version 1: Original infographic


Know Which Kindle Fire You Have: Device Model

The FASTEST and EASIEST way to figure out which tablet you have is checking the actual device model in your tablet's settings. Kindle Fire tablets from 2013 and newer have the 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.

Mini Exclamation Poin

Amazon labels their Kindle Fire 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 Kindle Fire 2nd generation.

The third year (2013) are called 3rd generation, fourth year (2014) are 4th generation, etc.


How to Know Which Kindle Fire You Have: Kindle Fire Specs

Another way to know which tablet you have is to check the Kindle Fire 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 Kindle Fire 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 several sizes depending on which model you have. You should have either a 6", 7", 8", 8.9", or 10" 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.

Which Kindle Fire do I Own?
See 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 Generation)

Notes: There are no cameras on the Kindle Fire 1st generation. 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 1st generation looks the same physically as the second generation (next one below) which has the full technical specs.

More about this tablet here:


2012 7" Kindle Fire 2nd Generation (non HD)




Notes: There are no cameras on this Kindle Fire 2012.

More details:
Kindle Fire 2nd Generation


2012 HD 7" Kindle Fire 2nd Generation




Notes: This Kindle Fire 2012 has a front-facing web camera.

More details:
HD 7" Kindle Fire 2nd Generation


2012 HD 8.9" Kindle Fire 2nd Generation




Notes: The 8.9" Kindle Fire 2012 has a front-facing web camera; Optional 4G version.

More details:
Kindle Fire HD 8.9"


2013 Kindle Fire HD 7 (3rd Generation)




Notes: The Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation has no cameras.

More details:
7" Kindle Fire 3rd generation


2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation)




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

More details:
Kindle Fire 3rd generation  HDX 7"


2013 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (3rd Generation)




Notes: The 8.9" Kindle Fire 3rd generation 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" (4th Generation)

Important Update:

The operating system for this 6" tablet has been updated with the new 2015 software. See the 2015 version farther below for details.

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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" (4th Generation)




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" (4th Generation)




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

Physically looks the same as the 2013 3rd 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


2014/2015 Kindle Fire HD 6"
(4th Gen Hardware/5th Gen Software)

Notes: This tablet is actually exactly like the 2014 model except with the 2015 operating system. Thus the hardware has not been updated but the software has.

Front-facing camera; 2 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 8 or 16 GB

Color Options: black, magenta, white, citron, cobalt

More Details:
2014 Kindle Fire
2015 Kindle Fire


2015 Kindle Fire 7" (5th Generation)




Notes: This tablet is NOT an HD model. Front-facing camera; 2 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 8 or 16 GB

Color Options: black
As of 4/21/16: black, magenta, blue, tangerine

More Details:
2015 Kindle Fire


2015 Kindle Fire HD 8" (5th Generation)




Notes: Front-facing camera; 5 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 8 or 16 GB

Color Options: black, magenta, blue, tangerine

More Details:
2015 Kindle Fire


2015 Kindle Fire HD 10" (5th Generation)




Notes: Front-facing camera; 5 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 16 or 32 GB

Color Options: black, white

More Details:
2015 Kindle Fire


2015 Kindle Fire Kid's Edition (5th Generation)

Notes: This tablet is basically the 2015 7" (NON-HD) tablet with a "kid-proof" cover, a 2-year guarantee, and a year subscription to Amazon Kids+

Cover color options: pink or blue.

More Details:
2015 Kindle Fire


2016 Kindle Fire HD 8" (6th Generation)




Notes: Front-facing camera; 2 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 16 or 32 GB

Color Options: Black, Blue, Magenta, Tangerine

More Details:
2016 Kindle Fire


2017 Kindle Fire 7" (7th Generation)
 




Notes: NON-HD Tablet

Front-facing camera; 2 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 8 or 16 GB

Color Options: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow

More Details:
2017 Kindle Fire


2017 Kindle Fire HD 8" (7th Generation)
 




Notes: Front-facing camera; 2 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 16 or 32 GB

Color Options: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow

More Details:
2017 Kindle Fire


2017 Kindle Fire HD 10" (7th Generation)




Notes: Front-facing camera; 2 MP Rear-facing camera

Storage Options: 32 or 64 GB

Color Options: Black, Blue, Red

More Details:
2017 Kindle Fire


2017 Kindle Fire Kids Edition (7th Generation)




Tablet Options: 7" or HD 8"

Cover Color Options: Blue, pink, yellow

More Details:
2017 Kindle Fire


2018 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Eighth Generation)

Storage Options: 16 or 32 GB

2 MP front-facing camera + 2 MP rear-facing HD camera

Supports wireless charging with the Show Mode Charging Dock

Cover Color Options: Black, yellow, blue, red


2019 - Kindle Fire 7" (Ninth Generation)

Storage Options: 16 or 32 GB

2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording

Cover Color Options: Black, plum, blue, sage


2019 - Kindle Fire HD 10" (Ninth Generation)

Storage Options: 32 or 64 GB

2 MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording

30% faster

Cover Color Options: Black, plum, blue, white


2020 - Kindle Fire HD 8" (Tenth Generation)

Storage Options: 32 or 64 GB

2 MP front- and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording

Features new Game Mode

Cover Color Options: Black, plum, blue, white

More details:
New Fire Tablets for 2020 and My Review of the 10th Generation HD 8

Important note

Unlike the 2018 (8th generation) 8" tablet, this version does NOT support wireless charging.

If that's something you're looking for, you'll now need to purchase the Fire HD 8" Plus (below) along with the All New Wireless Charging Dock (available separately).


2020 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

32 GB storage

2 MP front- and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording

Cover Color Option: Blue, pink, purple

More details:
New Fire Tablets for 2020


2021 Fire HD 10 (Eleventh Generation)

32 or 64 GB storage  (expandable by up to 1 TB)

2 MP front-facing and 5 MP rear-facing cameras

50% more memory than previous generation

10% brighter display

New split-screen option

Cover Color Option: Black, denim, lavender and olive

More details:
New Fire Tablets for 2021

Note: This tablet is also sold as part of Amazon's new Productivity Bundle, which includes a detachable case and keyboard.


2021 Fire HD 10 Plus (Eleventh Generation)

32 or 64 GB storage (expandable by up to 1 TB)

2 MP front-facing and 5 MP rear-facing cameras

50% more memory than previous generation

10% brighter display

New split-screen option

Wireless charging

Cover Color Option: Slate

More details:
New Fire Tablets for 2021

Note: This tablet is also sold as part of Amazon's new Productivity Bundle, which includes a detachable case and keyboard.


2021 Fire HD 10 Kids Edition (11th Generation)

Ideal for kids between 3 and 7 years old

32 GB storage

2 MP front-facing and 5 MP rear-facing cameras

50% more RAM than previous generation

Includes one year of Amazon Kids+

Cover Color Option:
Aquamarine, lavender, sky blue

More details:
New Fire Tablets for 2021


2021 Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Pro (11th Generation)

Ideal for children between 6 and 12 years old - made to look/feel like the adult version

32 GB storage (expandable by up to 1 TB)

2 MP front-facing and 5 MP rear-facing cameras

3 GB RAM

Also available: Fire 7 Kids Pro and Kids Pro HD 8 (Amazon).

Cover Color Option:
Black, sky blue, Intergalactic and Doodle

More details:
New Fire Tablets for 2021


Determining the Year Your Kindle Fire Was Released

Alright! With the Kindle Fire 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 and would be the Kindle Fire 1st generation
  • 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 and center 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)
  • If the unlock tab is a solid gray lock (no key hole) at the bottom center, then your tablet is a 2015, 2016, or 2017 or later


Your Kindle Fire Tablet

Alright, now you should know which Kindle Fire tablet you own and how Kindle Fire generations are labeled!

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

I ♥ My Fire!
-Christine


P.S. Be sure to see all my other great Kindle Fire resources including everything the Kindle Fire can do!

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