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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 2:23:31 PM PDT
❤ Ann says:
I think you're confusing the FreeTime app with the FreeTime Unlimited subscription service. The FreeTime app allows you to set up a profile for a child, and add whatever purchased content you deem appropriate. The optional FTU subscription adds adds additional subscription content to your child's profile. If you're not happy with the subscription content, don't subscribe. Just use the app and add the content you want your child to be able to access.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 2:17:15 PM PDT
C. Clawson says:
Which defeats the purpose of the app. The hook Amazon is using when marketing the free time app, is that a parent can set up the Kindle in a way that they don't have to worry about a child accessing content that the child feels is inappropriate.

I can sit on the couch, and watch content with my child without paying a monthly subscription. The perceived value of free time is the ability to be in the vicinity of your child, and allow them to watch content without the parent having to watch it with them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2014 2:10:27 PM PDT
C. Clawson says:
Not arguing against supervision, but the Sponge bob issue negates a big selling feature of free time, which is the ability to use the app to control the content that a child has access to.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2014 3:30:09 PM PDT
E. Prater says:
What I've had to do with my kids is, if I buy the full version of an app they like, send it to their Kindle outside of FreeTime, and when they want to play it, they have to bring me the Kindle and I have to enter the password for them to exit FreeTime. Since I have web browsing, mail, etc blocked outside of FreeTime, they can't really get to anything but their app anyway. Kind of a drag, but it's what works...

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 6:23:40 PM PDT
Got it working. Thanks so much.

Now I just get the 'pleasure' of the tedious job of moving books into it. ; - D

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 5:31:00 PM PDT
How many books can you have in there before you start having problems?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 5:26:28 PM PDT
❤ Ann says:
You need to open the FreeTime app, then tap the profile you created to enter the FreeTime environment. You should see a blue screen, with the books you've added to the profile.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 5:04:03 PM PDT
Well, I just spent a lot of time doing the app Kindle Free Time; did 98 books. BUT, when I was done, he still has full access to all of my collections, and everything that is on the cloud. What am I doing wrong?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 4:22:40 PM PDT
Loading books in Free Time is a one by one process. Yes, very time consuming. Sorry :(

As for the $$$ you are thinking of Kindle Free Time Unlimited. This is an additional subscription that you have the option to buy once you open the Kindle Free Time app. I am using Kindle Free Time for my kids and am not paying a cent. From the research I have done, KFT Unlimited is specifically for kids and is similar to Netflix or Prime Video. It gives access to apps, books, tv shows and movies that are geared towards kids (i.e Nickelodeon and Disney channel type stuff). Just don't subscribe to the Unlimited part and you won't have to worry about the $$$.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 4:20:48 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The Kindle Free Time Subscription is to allow a child to have unlimited access to certain books and videos --- all aimed at small children. You do not need this.

Look on the Fire under Apps, you will see "Free Time". Tap on it to open. Follow the directions.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 4:11:23 PM PDT
I was going by what CS told me. They told me I would have to pay $4.99 a month for one person.

So, you're telling me I can actually set up 'Kindle Free Time' with the app on the kindle, and it not cost me anything?

So, what is the difference between 'Kindle Free Time' and 'Kindle Free Time Unlimited subscription'?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 4:07:41 PM PDT
No, Kindle FreeTime does not cost anything. You are confusing the completely free app with the FreeTime Unlimited subscription, which provides additional content.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 4:03:52 PM PDT
Thanks for the information you were able to give me.

I have thousands of books. If I bought 'Kindle Free Time', how do I get to the books I have on my kindle to load onto his kindle. It seems that searching through all the books with his 'Kindle Free Time' thing would be really time consuming, when it could be so much faster if I could just send his kindle books that I have in catagories, that I know he would want?

'Kindle Free Time' does cost $$$. It costs $4.99 a month if you don't have 'Prime membership' and $2.99 a month if you do have 'Prime membership. Yes the 'Kindle Free Time' app is on the kindle, but if you activate/set it up, then you start paying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 2:42:48 PM PDT
MM Billings:
1. You do not have to buy Kindle Free Time. It is a free app that comes preloaded on all the new Kindle Fires. Once you open Free Time, you will set up a profile for your husband within the app and you will be able to choose what books, apps, and videos (if you have purchased any) are available to him. He cannot even see anything that you do not put in. It also blocks out all purchasing. So he will not be able to buy anything new. Also if you do buy a new book or app for him, you will have to go onto his Kindle, open Free Time and add the new content to his profile.

2. All of your books are available, you just choose which ones he can see.

3. There is no way to organize them that I have found. There also doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the way they are organized, except for the carousel, which organizes everything by most recent.

4. He would not be able to delete anything. Just like adding new content, you would have to go onto his Kindle, go into Free time and delete content that he no longer needs.

Also, just a couple of notes. I am not sure if Free time stays open if you completely shut down the kindle. But if it is just in sleep mode and you turn it back on, it will resume in Free time right where you left off. And Free time is password protected. You cannot make any changes to the content or even exit the app without the password.

Kids Place is another app that works very similar to Free Time. I could not get it to work well on my Kindle though, it did not give me access to books at all and would not pull up all the apps. It did give access to prime video, which you cannot access with Free time.

They are both free apps though, so I would suggest trying them both out and seeing which one works best for you.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 2:22:06 PM PDT
[taps out]

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 2:16:15 PM PDT
I like to know what I'm doing before I do it. I am not a 'jump first, and see what happens' type of person. ; - )

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 2:13:28 PM PDT
Try them.Try them.Try them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 2:13:18 PM PDT
Dude. Download.The.Apps.And.TRY.THEM. What do you have to lose?

Try them.
Try them.
Try them.Try them.Try them.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 2:13:10 PM PDT
How does the 'Kids Place' work?

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 2:12:14 PM PDT
No, the Kindle Fire HD's have 'collections'. And, I just bought him that kindle and cannot afford to buy him another. I need to figure out how to get what I want on this one - someway. But, to do that I will need the answers I asked above.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 2:11:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2014 2:11:30 PM PDT
Noooo. They're completely separate. They're just APPS. They have nothing to do with FreeTime. You download and use them like any other app.

Calendar. Angry Birds. Alarm clock. Cardio Workout. Web MD. Whatever. They're just apps.

ETA: You'd use the Kids Place INSTEAD OF FreeTime.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 2:10:04 PM PDT
I just thought of something. The only Fires that have Collections are the HDXs, right? (I'm thinking so.)

Buy him a refurb NON-HDX Fire, and then he won't have Cloud Collections at all. Although, there won't be COLLECTIONS at all at all at all, so ... y'know ... pick yer poison.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 2:09:17 PM PDT
Do you have to buy 'Kindle Free Time' in order to download them?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 2:07:54 PM PDT
Why not download them and see how they work? They're free. You can delete them if they don't do what you want.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 2:07:12 PM PDT
Does that take care of my questions 1,2,3, and 4?
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