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Initial post: Dec 2, 2013 4:14:32 PM PST
Corie says:
My dad found a Kindle Fire while out jogging about a month ago. He said there's nothing wrong with the outside of it. He let the local police know and also placed ads in a couple of newspapers to try and locate the owner. He found it near a school, so he even let the school know. The Kindle is locked. He called Amazon to find out if they could locate the owner somehow. The rep said there's nothing they can do. He still wants to find the owner, but if no one comes forward, is there a way he can unlock it and wipe clean? Amazon didn't say he should send it back to them. What can he do???? Thanks

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 4:29:42 PM PST
Data says:
It can be unlocked and that is all I will say about that . If no one comes forward , it will be his . No need to return it since Amazon has no idea who it belongs to .

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 4:34:49 PM PST
Corie says:
How can I find out how to unlock it? My dad (being a retired cop) is more interested in getting it back to its owner, not keeping it. If he keeps it, it'll be useless if he can't unlock it.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 4:37:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2013 4:38:38 PM PST
Artist says:
Even if you unlock it, the owner probably had Amazon blacklist it, which means it can't be registered to another Amazon account. It could probably be used for non-Amazon books and apps, though.

Edit: do a google search for unlocking a Kindle Fire. All of the owner's content will be deleted, though, so it won't help him find the owner.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 4:39:28 PM PST
Corie says:
If he sends it back to Amazon, can't they figure out to whom it belongs? I figured Amazon would've asked him to send it back.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 4:42:53 PM PST
Amazon doesn't do that.

If the incorrect password is input a certain number of times, the device will reset back to factory specs. But, if the owner reported it lost, no one will be able to register it to an Amazon account.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 4:43:35 PM PST
King Al says:
Amazon doesn't want it. In fact, Amazon would rather have you recycle it than send it back.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 4:45:58 PM PST
Corie says:
Thanks everyone for the input. My dad is the least tech savvy guy you'll meet, so I'm thinking he'll recycle it. He can't even figure out what to do with the lock icon on the screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2013 4:51:17 PM PST
Corie, tell him to touch the lock, and drag it to the left. That will unlock it...then maybe he can find an email address for the owner.
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