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Initial post: Jul 23, 2013 8:50:03 AM PDT
Will I get it back?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2013 8:52:19 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 23, 2013 8:56:05 AM PDT
Arieswoman says:
You should de-register it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2013 9:04:26 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Go to the Manage Your Kindle page on, click on the Manage Your Devices link on the left, and deregister your Kindle. Write down the serial number first. Then come back here, click on the Contact Us button to the right (use the Chat or Call Me option) and report it lost to customer service. They'll brick it so someone else can't register it. Also report it to the airline lost and found.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2013 9:05:50 AM PDT
Check with the airline's lost and found. Hopefully someone will be honest and turn it in.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 9:06:57 AM PDT
No chances are u will not get it back, but call amazon and report ur kindle as being lost. This will remove it from your account and stop anyone new from registering it. If it have a kindle fire and you set up the email application make sure you update the passwords on your email as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2013 9:07:57 AM PDT
A Customer says:
Unless the airline calls you, probably not. Deregister it and contact Amazon CS.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 9:16:34 AM PDT
A. Sisk says:
remember, you have only lost the physical kindle, not the content!

And yes, contact the airline! IF another traveler didn't take it, they are the only line you have to it being found. (But, sadly, I wouldn't hold your breath.) I will say, that every now and them, a kind hearted person will have found it and will actually post something there to try to find the owner. Keep your eyes open for the next week or so, just in case.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 10:10:23 PM PDT
Soulrider says:
Personally, I keep a card in the case/cover on my Kindle with my contact information in the hopes that the person that finds it honest and attempts to return it.

I tried to think of other ways I could find to put my personal contact info into the Kindle where others might find it. The original Kindle DX I have had a place where you could actually type in and save personal information such as your contact info but the Kindle Fire HD doesn't have that. I have suggested to Amazon that this feature be brought back to the Kindle Fire HD.

Another idea (but a bit of long shot)... I have a simple note taking app where I have put my contact information in the only file on the app which is titled IF FOUND PLEASE READ. I have that app in my favorites so there is a chance someone might find it and read that file and see my contact info.

Another idea is you can go into the SILK browser and on the URL/Address line you can type in IF FOUND PLEASE CALL and your phone number and tap GO. Of course an error page will come up displaying what you just typed saying it couldn't connect to that page. What that also does is to set up so that you can use an option in the settings for the SILK browser which is to remember and DISPLAY the last page viewed on the carousel. So, IF you were to do that and remember to attempt to open that web page (save it as a favorite) each time as the last thing you did when you are out and about with your Kindle someone MIGHT see that as the first that person looks at on the home screen on your Kindle if found. Obviously having a card with your contact information with the Kindle is probably the best option short of making sure you don't lose your Kindle.

There are also a few "security" apps for the Kindle that supposedly allow you to track it if you lose it. Not sure how well they work if at all. There are also a few apps that claim to be anti-theft apps whereby once you activate it and set the Kindle down, if someone comes by and picks up the Kindle (and they don't enter a certain code) the tilt sensors inside the Kindle that can tell whether the device is being moved, will set off an alarm. I'm interested if any of the anti-theft/alarm type apps work but I haven't tried any of them.

I'm also interested in some of those gadgets you can buy where you attach a small device or something to your keys or wallet or something and then you have a keychain fob or something where you press a button and the object beeps or help your find your keys. Something like that only with a proximity alarm so that if you leave your Kindle somewhere and walk away (restaurant, coffee shop, airplane seat, etc) the alarm on the key fob gadget would go off alerting you that you left your Kindle behind. It would have to be something small and unobtrusive that attached somehow to the Kindle or its case. Something small like a RFID tag for those that are familiar with RFID. Just some strange ideas I came up with while thinking about the options if you lose your Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 10:26:39 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 10:37:44 PM PDT
I don't have a Fire, but given that deregistering it erases all your apps, etc (not sure if it does the same with personal docs?), any "track it if you lose it" apps aren't going to work once you deregister it, are they?

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 10:51:11 PM PDT
Annie says:
My daughter left her Kindle on a plane a couple years ago. She reported it to the airline and they found it. She did get it back.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 11:03:45 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
Write down contact info on a card and put the card in the device's case.

Be sure to keep a list of all your device's serial numbers in the event one is lost or stolen.

Items forgotten on an airplane will usually be turned in and not stolen.

I recall reading in in-flight magazines that airlines collect enormous numbers of lost items. Unclaimed items are sold at auction by lots. An annual auction by a major airline at a major airport might include 100,000 coats.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 11:34:51 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 1:00:19 AM PDT
Loz says:
Track down the airlines catering company and cleaning company. You may have a better chance of getting it back than just the airlines lost property department. The caterers and cleaners are generally the last ones on an aircraft after it lands.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 3:59:40 AM PDT
It's that karma thing, at least for me. Not only would I have to turn in a Kindle (or whatever) because it's RIGHT, but I would hope someone would turn in mine, if I left it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 4:15:30 AM PDT
+ 1000

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 4:29:09 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"Will I get it back?"

My magic 8-ball says "doubtful".. Did you have your name on it, or maybe a business card stuck in the case?
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