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Traveling with Your Kindle Fire 1st Generation


If you're traveling with Kindle Fire, you can access any content you've downloaded to your device or shop for new books and magazines anytime you like. Learn more about downloading your content to your device for easy access even when your device isn't connected wirelessly.

With a U.S. credit card, you'll also be able to purchase new apps and music for Kindle Fire while you are abroad.

To purchase, download or stream movies and TV shows, you must be physically present in the U.S. and have a U.S. billing address.

Connecting Wirelessly While Traveling

Learn more about Connecting Your Kindle Fire Wirelessly.

Battery Life

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 wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

To extend battery life on your Kindle Fire try these tips:

  • Lower screen brightness: Tap the Quick Settings icon, then the Brightness icon to adjust brightness settings.
  • Turn off your Wi-Fi connection when not needed: You don't need a wireless connection while using your Kindle Fire for a prolonged period to read, watch a video, or listen to music, as long as you are accessing content that's already been downloaded to your device. Tap the Quick Settings icon, then the Wi-Fi icon and slide the Wireless Networking switch to the off position.
  • Use headphones.
  • Change Email app settings: Reduce how frequently the Email app is checking for new messages:
    1. From the Home screen, tap Apps, then tap the Email app icon.
    2. Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then Settings, then Fetch new messages.
    3. Change settings to a less frequent time, such as 1 hour or manual. (Note: Changing to Manual will require you to refresh your inbox manually to view new mail.)

Charging Your Kindle Fire Outside the United States

Kindle Fire ships with a power adapter designed for U.S. electrical outlets. You may use a compatible international adapter when traveling to continue using your Kindle Fire's 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.

It should take about four hours to fully charge your Kindle Fire. When fully charged, the battery indicator will appear filled.

Purchasing Content While Traveling

Some content may not be purchased while traveling outside the United States, though you may download this content to your device for later access without a wireless connection. You must be physically located within the United States to purchase, stream, or initiate a download from Amazon Instant Video. Verify the video has fully downloaded prior to leaving the United States to ensure playback while traveling.

If you're traveling outside of wireless range or prefer to use your Kindle Fire without connecting wirelessly, you can still shop for digital content on Amazon.com if you have a U.S. billing and shipping address. Restrictions apply to international customers. You can then download and transfer books, magazines, newspapers, personal documents, and music from a Windows or Mac computer to your Kindle Fire through a USB cable. Learn more about transferring files to your Kindle Fire via USB.

Note: When purchasing music, you can choose to download it directly to your device or to also save it to Amazon's secure online storage service Amazon Cloud Drive. If you do not choose to also save your music to your Amazon Cloud Drive, you are responsible for backing up any purchases delivered directly to your computer.

To download Kindle content to your computer when shopping in the Kindle Store:

  1. Select "Transfer via Computer" from the Deliver to: pull-down menu on the product detail page.
  2. Save the file to your computer when prompted by your web browser.
  3. Transfer the file to your Kindle Fire via USB.

You can also transfer other digital content you have already purchased on your Amazon account to your Kindle Fire without a wireless connection. Learn more.

Transferring Personal Documents without a Wireless Connection

To access your personal documents for free on your Kindle Fire, send attachments to [name]@free.kindle.com. We'll send the files to your Kindle via Wi-Fi and also e-mail them to the address associated with your Amazon.com account. Alternatively, you can transfer the documents to your Kindle using your USB connection. Learn more about transferring personal documents via USB.

Kindle Fire Restrictions for International Customers

At this time, we are able to ship Kindle Fire to only customers with a U.S. billing and shipping address.

Note that international customers are not able to purchase some types of content on Kindle Fire and not all functionality is available for international customers using Kindle Fire. You must be physically located within the United States to purchase, stream, or initiate a download from Amazon Instant Video. MP3 purchases from Amazon.com are only available to U.S. customers.