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Does the Kindle Fire have GPS capability?


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Initial post: Nov 23, 2011 4:02:20 AM PST
Ang says:
Does the Kindle Fire have GPS capability

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 4:32:27 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
No, it does not.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 5:55:04 AM PST
Can gps capability be downloaded and installed

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:06:01 AM PST
JeffK says:
The Kindle Fire lacks the hardware to accommodate GPS, so it can't be added via software. However, some mapping apps will work (Mapquest, Google Maps), but the GPS functionality isn't there. You can still use the mapping apps to look up locations for directions, but your current location won't be set properly -- you'll have to set it manually.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 6:11:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011 6:12:15 AM PST
No, it would be like trying to turn your toaster into a GPS since it lacks the hardware needed to do so.

Edited to add: Oops! just read JeffK's response... a much more thorough explanation.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:25:21 AM PST
Paxton says:
Some apps use your wireless router identification to determine where you are (Google Earth for example). That's if the router latitude/longitude is known. But that's a static and approximate address - it won't work like a dynamic GPS.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 4:57:24 AM PST
Sunbeam48 says:
I am on vacation in Florida. I just watched my Mapquest car Icon move down US 1 back to our hotel. We do not have an android phone. How did that work?

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 7:38:21 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:27:37 AM PDT
JeffK, How do you :set it manually" please?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 1:53:23 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 1:55:59 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
You're joking, right Erick?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 1:57:55 PM PDT
King Al says:
That would be a neat trick since the Fire doesn't have Bluetooth.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 2:53:23 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 1, 2012 5:01:43 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
It's worth pointing out for the sake of accuracy that "GPS" is one of those terms that are becoming more and more misused the more common they become.

The "Global Positioning System" uses satellites in orbit to determine the location of a device that incorporates a GPS module, which is in 2-way communication with the system.

"Location services" use wifi triangulation to calculate locations. Accuracy is a product of the local density of wifi hotspots. Get out into the boonies and you're out of luck; don't expect to use your Fire to navigate a wilderness hike.

So if it doesn't have a GPS chip, it doesn't have "GPS."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 5:19:28 PM PST
Rick Wagaman says:
Kindle Fire HDX does.l

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 5:41:12 PM PST
C. S. Jones says:
The HDX with 4G LTE does have GPS. It is part the cellular chipset.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 5:59:09 PM PST
King Al says:
The post you replied to was from August 2012, when the only Fire available was the first generation Fire. That model does not have Bluetooth.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 7:39:45 AM PST
Sharon says:
I was glad to learn that the HDX does have GPS. I have the HD and am thinking about upgrading. The mapquest triangulation and google maps works well on the current one, but of course not out in the "boonies".

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 4:19:21 PM PDT
Deborah Post says:
I have two kindle fire HD that was stolen ND IM PRETTY SURE WHO TOOK BUT WANTED TO NO IF THERE WAS A WAY TO TRACK ?

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 4:20:54 PM PDT
Deborah Post says:
I have two kindle fire HD that was stolen and IM PRETTY SURE WHO TOOK BUT WANTED TO NO IF THERE WAS A WAY TO TRACK ?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2014 4:23:12 PM PDT
No, there isn't. Standard advice for lost/stolen Kindles:

(KINDLE FORUM PRO)
11 - My Kindle was Lost or Stolen :-(

You want to deregister your device first and foremost to prevent someone from purchasing items with your account.

Immediately go to your 'Manage Your Kindle' page:
http://amazon.com/manageyourkindle

Scroll down the left-side menu and select 'Manage Your Devices'
Find the Kindle that is lost/stolen.
**BE SURE TO WRITE DOWN THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE DEVICE, FOR FUTURE REFERENCE**
Then click 'Deregister'

** You will need that serial number when you contact Customer Support, and to identify your device from a Lost & Found, and also it will be needed if you file a police report or file an insurance claim to your homeowners or rental insurance policy.

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Then, contact Customer Service and report the loss/theft. Amazon cannot help you locate your Kindle, but they will use the serial number to block the device from being registered in the future by someone else. Do this soon, because if the person who might now have your Kindle already registered it to their own Amazon account, it cannot be blocked from registering at your request any longer.

If you find your Kindle later, contact Customer Service again to reverse the process. To contact CS, click the orange 'Contact Us' button on the right side of this page, or use this link:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/kindle-help.html

Don't use the email option, but use the Phone option (if available from your location) or Chat option. By using the Phone option, after you send your phone number in, an Amazon Representative will call you back in a minute or two, sometimes sooner.

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If you have Active Subscriptions:
You will also want to make sure that you cancel any active subscriptions. Canceling the subscription will ensure that you are no longer billed; you'll also receive a pro-rated refund for remaining issues you already paid for. You always have the option of subscribing at a later date.

Go to your 'Manage Your Kindle' page:
http://amazon.com/manageyourkindle

Then, scroll down the left-side menu and select 'Subscription Settings'
For each subscription you have, use the 'Actions' button to the right of the title and select 'Cancel Subscription'.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2014 4:24:17 PM PDT
Deborah: There is no way to track a lost Kindle.

But read on:

Here is the standard advice for lost or stolen Kindles:

You want to deregister your device first and foremost to prevent someone from purchasing items with your account.

Immediately go to your 'Manage Your Kindle' page:
http://amazon.com/manageyourkindle

Scroll down the left-side menu and select 'Manage Your Devices'
Under Devices' find the Kindle that is lost/stolen.
Be SURE TO WRITE DOWN THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE DEVICE, FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
Then click 'Deregister'

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Then, contact Customer Service and report the loss/theft. Amazon cannot not help you locate your Kindle, but they will use the serial number to block the device from being registered in the future by someone else. Do this soon, because if the person who might now have your Kindle already registered it to their account, it cannot be 'bricked' from registering.

If you find your Kindle later, contact them again to reverse the process. To contact CS, click the orange 'Contact Us' button on the right side of this page, or use this link:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/kindle-help.html
I suggest using the Phone/Call Back (if available from your location) or Chat option. By using the Phone/Call back option, after you send your phone number in, an Amazon Representative will call you back in a minute or two, sometimes sooner.

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For lost Kindles: If you have a general idea where you left it, such as in an airplane, airport, hotel, etc., contact their lost and found department. You may be asked for the device serial number.

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For thefts: You may want to contact your local police to file a report of theft, if applicable. Be sure to reference the serial number to them.

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If you have Active Subscriptions:
You will also want to make sure that you cancel any active subscriptions. Canceling the subscription will ensure that you are no longer billed; you'll also receive a pro-rated refund for remaining issues you already paid for. You always have the option of subscribing at a later date.

Go to your 'Manage Your Kindle' page:
http://amazon.com/manageyourkindle

Then, scroll down the left-side menu and select 'Subscription Settings'
For each subscription you have, use the 'Actions' button to the right of the title and select 'Cancel Subscription'.
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