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Connecting Your Kindle Fire 1st Generation Wirelessly

Kindle Fire can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi, allowing you to download and stream music, videos, Kindle content and apps stored on your Amazon account. You can also browse the web using the built-in Amazon Silk web browser and access your e-mails using the preinstalled e-mail app.


Getting Started with Wi-Fi

To wirelessly stream and download digital content on Kindle Fire, you'll first need to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Once connected, your books, magazines and newspapers are delivered wirelessly, typically in less than 60 seconds. Download times for videos, MP3s, and apps may vary, depending on file size and connection speed.

You must be connected to Wi-Fi to stream music, videos, or other content stored on the Amazon Cloud. You will also need to be connected to browse websites using Amazon Silk web browser and use certain apps. Once you've downloaded books, magazines, videos, MP3s or apps to your device, a wireless connection is not required to access these items.

Connecting Your Kindle Fire


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Connecting with Wi-Fi

To connect to Wi-Fi follow these simple steps:

  1. Tap the Quick Settings icon in the top right hand corner of the Home screen.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
  3. Ensure Wireless Networking switch is in the on position.

A list of networks will appear. You may have to wait a moment as your Kindle detects networks in range. If your network doesn't appear tap the box next to Wireless Networking off and on to refresh the list.

  1. Tap the name of the network you wish to connect to from the list of available networks.

    Tip:
    When viewing Kindle Fire in landscape view, you may need to scroll through the list of available networks, using your finger to swipe through the list.

  2. If a lock symbol appears next to your network, it requires a password. Enter the characters of the password using the onscreen keyboard.
  3. Tap Connect.

Tip: Tap the 123!? key to enter numbers or symbols. Tap the ABC key to return to the regular keyboard. Tap the Shift key (up arrow) for uppercase letters.

Once you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, Kindle Fire automatically connects to it again whenever that network is in range. If more than one previously used network is in range, your Kindle Fire automatically connects to the network that was most recently used.

Manually Adding a New Wi-Fi Network

If you don't see the network you want to connect to in the list of detected networks, you can add it by selecting Add a Network at the bottom of the list of detected networks.

  1. Make sure you are within range of the network you want to add, and that you know the network name and password (if required).
  2. Tap the Quick Settings symbol in the top right hand corner of the Home screen.
  3. Select Wi-Fi from the menu.
  4. Ensure Wireless Networking switch is in the on position.
  5. Scroll down to the end of the list of available detected networks and select Add a Network.
  6. Use the onscreen keyboard to enter the name of the Wi-Fi network that you want to add (Network SSID).
  7. Once the network name has been entered, tap the Security box and select the type of encryption the network you wish to connect to uses.
  8. If you select an encryption other than Open, tap the Password box.
  9. Enter Wi-Fi password or network key using the onscreen keyboard.

    Tip: Tap the 123!? key to enter numbers or symbols. Tap the ABC key to return to the regular keyboard. Tap the Shift key (up arrow) for uppercase letters.

  10. Tap Save to store the details, then select Connect to connect to the network.

If your Kindle Fire fails to connect to the new Wi-Fi network, it will display an Unable to Connect message. You can try manually entering all the network information for the Wi-Fi network by choosing Set Up when you see the Unable to Connect message. If you don't know the network information, try connecting to a different network or contact the network's administrator.

Remembering and Forgetting Wi-Fi Networks

After you have successfully connected to a Wi-Fi network once, your Kindle Fire will automatically connect to it again when it detects a signal from that network.

You can tell Kindle Fire to forget a Wi-Fi network so that your Kindle Fire doesn't connect to it automatically in the future.

  1. Tap the Quick Settings symbol in the top right hand corner of the Home screen.
  2. Select Wi-Fi from the menu.
  3. Ensure Wireless Networking switch is in the on position.
    A list of networks will appear. You may have to wait a moment as your Kindle detects networks in range. If your network doesn't appear tap the tick box next to Wireless Networking off and on to refresh the list.
  4. Tap the name of the network you want to forget. On the screen prompting you to enter a password, select Forget.

Tip: If viewing Kindle Fire in landscape view, tap the remove keyboard button to return to the password screen to select Forget.

Syncing Content Across Your Devices

If you read the same Kindle book across multiple Kindles, you'll find Whispersync makes it easy for you to switch back and forth between devices and free Kindle reading applications. Whispersync synchronizes the bookmarks and furthest page read among devices registered to the same account. Whispersync is on by default to ensure a seamless reading experience across multiple Kindles and Kindle apps.

To turn Whispersync on or off:

  1. Visit the Manage Your Content and Devices page.
  2. Select the "Settings" tab.
  3. Under "Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings)", choose to turn the feature on or off.

Once you turn Whispersync off, your books will still open to the last page read on that device, but Whispersync will no longer sync bookmarks or the furthest page read with other devices or apps. If you would like to sync the book manually on your Kindle Fire, tap the Quick Settings icon, then the Sync icon.

Receiving Your Kindle Content Wirelessly

All items currently available on your Kindle Fire are accessible through the Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, Docs, Apps and Web tabs from the Kindle Home screen. To access additional digital content from your Amazon account, you can download content from your Cloud Drive, Video Library, and App Library. View our Transferring, Sending and Downloading files to Kindle Fire help page for more information.

Supported Wi-Fi Networks

Kindle Fire support multiple router types and Wi-Fi network encryption types.

Kindle Fire can connect to Open, WEP, WPA PSK, WPA2 PSK, WPA EAP, and WPA2 EAP encrypted networks. Kindle Fire can also connect to B, G & N type routers on 2.4Ghz.

Kindle Fire can connect to enterprise networks.

If your router has MAC filtering enabled your Kindle's MAC address is added to your router's whitelist in your network settings.

You may want to contact your Internet service provider or router manufacturer for assistance with troubleshooting your home network.

Router Restriction

Compatibility Requirements

WEP Security

Security Key

  • 64-bit WEP keys --10 Digits
  • 128-bit WEP keys--26 Digits

Passphrases are not supported

WPA Security

Pass Key
Must be 8-63 digits in length

MAC Filtering

Router must be configured for Kindle Fire to connect. Please contact the person who set up your router or the router manufacturer for assistance.

Firewall

Router must be configured for Kindle Fire to connect. Please contact the person who set up your router or the router manufacturer for assistance.

Hidden Network

You must manually connect Kindle Fire in this mode. (Learn how to set up your Wi-Fi network manually.)