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Getting Started Guide
Learn how to quickly get connected, get registered, set up your 1-Click Payment Method, and start using your Kindle Fire in a few easy steps with our Getting Started with Kindle Fire Guide.
Our Kindle Fire support videos will also help you start using your new Kindle Fire quickly.
Charging Your Kindle
Your Kindle Fire comes with a power adapter. You can charge your Kindle by connecting it to a wall socket using the power adapter.
The indicator light on the power button will turn orange while charging and green when the battery is fully charged. If the indicator light does not turn green, make sure that the power cable is fully inserted into your Kindle Fire and that the power adapter is securely inserted into the power outlet. If your Kindle Fire is still not charging, try another electrical outlet.
Your Kindle Fire will continue charging even if you turn it off by pressing and holding the power button, then tapping Shut Down. The indicator light on the power button will turn off completely, but your Kindle Fire will continue to charge.
When connected to a power source using the included power adapter, your Kindle Fire battery charges fully in less than four hours. When fully charged, the battery indicator will appear filled.
Charging your Kindle Fire through your computer is not recommended. The power from a USB port on your computer is insufficient to fully charge your Kindle Fire.
Your Kindle Fire provides up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on the type of usage and wireless connectivity required; activities such as web browsing and downloading content may deplete battery life more quickly.
To extend battery life on your Kindle Fire, try these tips:
Change the Date & Time
After you connect to a wireless network and register your Kindle Fire, you will be asked to select your time zone, which sets the date and time on your device. The current time is shown in the Status Bar at the top of the screen.
To change the time zone:
The clock will update to the date and time for that zone.
To set your device time or date manually:
The power button on the bottom of your Kindle puts it to sleep, wakes it up, and turns your Kindle on or off.
To turn on your Kindle, press the power button. Swipe the orange arrow to the left to start using your Kindle Fire.
To put your Kindle in sleep mode, press and release the power button. If you need to turn off the Kindle completely, such as when traveling on an airplane, press and hold the power button, then tap Shut Down.
If your Kindle does not power on or is unresponsive during use, try a hard restart by pressing and holding the power button for 40 seconds.
Registering Your Kindle Fire
When you register your Kindle Fire, you'll be able to purchase and download content easily. After you set up your Wi-Fi connection, you can register your Kindle Fire from your device.
If your Kindle Fire was given to you as a gift, you may need to first deregister your Kindle Fire before registering it to your own account.
To register your Kindle from your device:
Deregistering your Kindle Fire
When registering your Kindle Fire, you may see a "deregister" instead of "register" option. This means your Kindle Fire is already registered to another account. This may happen if you received your new Kindle Fire as a gift. Select "deregister" to register your Kindle Fire to your Amazon account instead.
If you've set a password on your Kindle Fire, you'll be prompted to enter your password before deregistering to protect your security. If you forget your password and enter the wrong password four times in row, you'll be prompted to reset your Kindle Fire to the factory default settings to regain access. Tap "OK reset." Resetting your Kindle Fire to the factory default settings will delete all content on your device and you'll need to register it again before downloading items from your Amazon account.
Setting a Password on Kindle Fire
If you want to make sure that only authorized users will have access to your Kindle Fire, you can set a password on your Kindle Fire. You'll need to enter the password to access your Kindle Fire if it enters sleep mode or is turned off.
To set your Kindle password:
Tip: Tap the symbol keyboard button to switch to the numbers and symbols keyboard. Tap the shift key to switch to switch to the uppercase character keyboard. Tap the box next to Show password to display your password as you type.
To change or turn off your password in the future, navigate to the Lock Screen Password screen again and select the available options.
If you forget your password and enter the wrong password four times in row, you'll be prompted to reset your Kindle Fire to the factory default settings to regain access. Tap "OK reset." Resetting your Kindle Fire to the factory default settings will delete all content on your device and you'll need to register it again before downloading items from your Amazon account.
Setting Parental Controls on Kindle Fire
With the latest software update available for Kindle Fire, you can enable Parental Controls to restrict access to the music, video, books and other content on your Kindle Fire, Wi-Fi and Internet access, and purchase and download access.
Setting Your Payment Method
When you buy digital content directly from your Kindle Fire, you're paying with the default 1-Click Payment Method on your Amazon.com account. Typically, this is the payment method associated with your default shipping address.
Watch this video to learn how set up your 1-Click Payment Method on any Kindle:
To check or change your payment method:
Using a gift card as your payment method
You are not required to have a credit or debit card on your Amazon.com account to make digital purchases such as Kindle books, but you must establish a default 1-Click billing address on your Amazon.com account to use Amazon.com gift cards for digital purchases. If you don't already have a 1-Click billing address on your account, follow the instructions below to add an address without entering a credit or debit card to your account.
To add a 1-Click billing address for gift card purchases:
Entering Amazon.com Gift Card claim codes
You must first enter your gift card claim code into Your Account so the balance is available for use. The funds will then be applied automatically to your next purchase, including digital items.
Note: Gift cards can't be used as a 1-Click Payment Method to purchase in-app subscriptions on your Kindle Fire.
To add a gift card balance to Your Account:
After you've set up the payment method for your digital purchases, you're ready to shop for content. If your Kindle Fire is connected wirelessly, you can start shopping right away. You can also shop for content on Amazon.com and send your purchases wirelessly to your Kindle Fire, or download to your computer and transfer content using a USB connection. Learn more:
Using Your Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve
Amazon offers zip sleeves to keep your Kindle Fire protected while on the move.
The Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve is designed to fit Kindle Fire. If you have a different Kindle model, view the following help pages:
To insert Kindle Fire into the Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve, simply unzip the sleeve and slide the Kindle Fire inside. Pull the zipper to close. Remove your Kindle Fire from the zip sleeve when needed.
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