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E-mail on Kindle Fire 1st Generation


With your Kindle Fire connected wirelessly, tap Apps from the Home screen on your Kindle Fire and tap the Email app icon to open the built-in e-mail client on your Kindle Fire.

Setting up e-mail

  1. Press the Start button on the setup screen to get started. You'll first select your existing e-mail provider. Note: Microsoft Exchange is currently not supported on the Amazon Email app.
  2. Enter the login information for your account.
  3. You'll be directed to choose a display name, which is how recipients will view your name when you send outgoing messages through the Email app. You can also choose to name the account.
    • If you keep the Send mail from this account by default setting selected, any time you send new messages through the Email app, they'll be sent through this account.
    • If you keep the Import contacts setting selected, all existing contacts from your e-mail account will be imported into and available through the Email app.
  4. Tap the View your inbox button. All e-mail in the account for the e-mail provider you selected is displayed.

Manually setting up e-mail

The Email app for Kindle Fire 1st Generation supports automated setup of Google Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL. It also supports most industry-standard IMAP and POP e-mail systems.

If your e-mail provider is not recognized automatically, then you will need to supply details about your account. You'll need your password, login name, POP3 or IMAP port, and server settings to complete a manual setup. Check with your e-mail provider to obtain this information. Check out our chart of manual settings for some POP3/IMAP e-mail providers that may help you.

Viewing your e-mail

All messages in the inbox of your selected e-mail account are displayed when you open the Email app. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and tap "Load up to 25 more" to display more items.

  • Use the dropdown menu in the top right corner to filter your e-mail by Newest, Oldest, Subject, and more. Tap the search field and enter your search terms to search for an e-mail.
  • Tap the flag icon to flag any e-mail.
  • Tap the Sync icon at the bottom of the screen to check for new messages.
  • Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then Folders to view additional folders within your e-mail account.

Creating a new e-mail message

  1. Tap the New Message icon at the bottom of the screen to create a new e-mail message.
  2. Use the buttons at the top of the onscreen keyboard to attach a file, send your message, save a draft, or cancel. Tap the keyboard icon on the onscreen keyboard to close the keyboard.

Sending an attachment

  1. When writing an e-mail, tap Attach.
  2. Tap Gallery to locate a picture or video, or Quickoffice to locate a personal document.
  3. Tap the attachment you wish to add to your e-mail, and then tap Send.

    Note: The size limit for an attachment is 20MB.

Downloading an attachment

  1. When viewing an e-mail, tap "Download complete message" at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Open to view the attachment, or tap Save to download the attachment to your device.
  3. Once downloaded, tap Gallery to locate your videos or pictures, or tap Quickoffice to view your personal documents.

Emptying your trash

  • Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then Folders. Tap the Menu icon again, then select Empty trash.

Manage your e-mail accounts

  • Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then Accounts. You'll see all the e-mail accounts you've added to the Email app, as well as a Unified Inbox of all new messages for all e-mail accounts you've added to the Email app.

Add an e-mail account

  • Tap Menu, then Add account to add an additional e-mail account. You'll be taken through the same setup process you used to add your first e-mail account to the Email app.

Remove an e-mail account

  1. Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then Accounts.
  2. Tap and hold the account that you want to remove from the Email app.
  3. Select Remove Account and then tap OK.

Manage your contacts

  1. Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then Contacts to view your imported contacts.
  2. Tap the Menu icon again to see options for adding a new contact, importing or exporting contacts, and display settings.

Importing contacts from Gmail

If your e-mail provider is Gmail, check the box "Import Contacts" while setting up your e-mail account to import your contacts automatically.

To manually add contacts after setting up your e-mail:

  1. Open the Email app and tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. Press and hold the name of your e-mail account, such as “Gmail on Kindle Fire.”
  4. You'll see a menu of account options. Tap Import contacts.

To manually add a single contact:

  1. Open the Email app and tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. Tap the Menu icon again and select New contact.

Importing contacts from other e-mail providers

You can import contacts from other e-mail providers by transferring your contacts in vCard format (.vcf) from your computer to your Kindle Fire via USB cable.

  1. From your computer, log in to your e-mail account and export your contacts as vCard format (.vcf) files. You may need to export the files as .csv format, then convert the files to .vcf. Kindle Fire will only import .vcf files. Save the files to your desktop or another easy to find location.
  2. Transfer the files to the root folder of your Kindle Fire via USB cable. Learn more about downloading and transferring content via USB cable.
  3. After you’ve successfully transferred the files onto your Kindle Fire via USB, open the Email app and tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap Contacts. Tap the Menu icon again, then Import/Export.
  5. Select Import from internal storage to import your contacts.

Additional Settings

To customize your settings, including display appearance, notifications, sounds, and more:

  • Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen, then tap Settings.
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