Changing Settings on your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation


Using Power and Volume Controls

 

To put your Kindle Fire HD in sleep mode

Press and release the power button.

To turn your Kindle Fire HD off

Press the power button for a few seconds, and then tap Shut Down.

If your Kindle Fire HD does not power on or is unresponsive during use

Restart your Kindle by holding the power button for 20 seconds.

To adjust volume

Swipe down from the top of the screen to access and change volume settings.

Setting Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to individually restrict access to one or more of the following on your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation by requiring a password for access:

  • Web browsing
  • The Email, Contacts, and Calendars apps
  • The ability to purchase from the Amazon Store or Amazon Shop app
  • The ability to play Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video
  • Specific content types (For example, Books or Apps)
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Location-based Services

Note: There is also a free app on your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation that allows parents to choose what books, apps, games and videos they want to give their kids access to. For more information, see Kindle FreeTime.

To set a Parental Control password and select items to restrict:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
  2. Tap Parental Controls, and then tap On.
  3. Enter a password, confirm, and then select Finish.
    Once you’ve set a password, you can choose specific items to restrict.

Parental Controls


To change Parental Controls settings or to change your password:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap More, and then tap Parental Controls.
  3. Enter your password.
  4. Change Parental Controls settings, or tap Change Password.

If you forget your Parental Controls password:

If you forget your password, you’ll need to reset your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation to factory defaults. After resetting, you’ll need to register your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation again, and re-download your content from the Cloud.

To reset your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation to factory defaults:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap More, and then tap Device.
  3. Tap Reset to Factory Defaults.

Setting a Lock Screen Password

You can set a password to restrict access to your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation. You'll then need to enter the password to access your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation if it is in enters sleep mode or is turned off.

Note: If you set up a Microsoft Exchange e-mail account on your Kindle Fire, you may be required to set a password for the lockscreen on your device. Microsoft Exchange enforces policies from the server where your email is stored. Your Exchange server may require that the device you access email from includes a password.
For further information, please contact your administrator or service provider.


To set a lock screen password

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen. Tap More, and then tap Security.
  2. Next to Lock Screen Password, tap On.
  3. Enter a password at least 4 characters long. You can use both numbers and letters.
  4. Tap Next, confirm your Password, and tap Done.

To remove the password

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen. tap More, and then tap Security.
  2. Next to Lock Screen Password, tap Off.
  3. Enter the existing Lock Screen Password, and then tap Done.

If you forget your password

If you forget your password and enter the wrong password five times in row, you'll be prompted to reset your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation to the factory default settings to regain access. After resetting, you’ll need to register your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation again, and re-download your content from the cloud.

To reset your Kindle, tap OK reset.

Changing the Device Language

The menus and default dictionary on Kindle Fire 2nd Generation can be changed to support the following languages: English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese.

To change the language on your Kindle Fire:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
  2. Tap Language & Keyboard.
  3. Tap Language, tap your preferred language, and then tap Continue.

The menus and user interface language will change immediately to your new preferred language selection. You can also download a dictionary for your new language selection:

  1. While reading, highlight a word in your preferred language.
  2. In the lower-right corner of the dictionary dialog box, tap the language name.
  3. Select your preferred language. A free dictionary for the language will download.

When the download is complete, you will see a definition of the word in your preferred language if the word appears in the dictionary. This will set the default dictionary to your preferred language.

Changing The Device Time

When you first set up your Kindle Fire, you are prompted to choose a time zone, which sets the time on your device. If you want to change the time zone:

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
2. Tap Device and then tap Date & Time.
3. Tap Select Time Zone and then tap your time zone. The clock will update to the proper time for that zone.

Note: Selecting the time zone is how to set the time on your Kindle Fire device. There is not an option to set the time manually.

Turning Location Based Service On or Off

Location-Based Services allows applications such as Maps to gather and use data showing your location. Your estimated location is calculated by the triangulation of Wi-Fi access points. Location-Based Services are turned off by default.
To turn Location-Based Services on or off:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap More.
  2. Tap Location-Based Services, and then tap On or Off.

Changing Application Settings

You can change settings for individual apps on your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, and change app notification settings on your device.

To change application settings:
Swipe down from the top of the screen, tap More, and then tap Applications.

  • To change the notifications that appear in the Notifications area, tap Notification Settings and select On or Off next to each app.
  • To change settings for your installed applications, tap Installed Applications and choose the app you want to change settings for.
  • To change settings for content libraries, tap the application you want to change under Amazon Applications.
  • To turn off content recommendations on the Home screen, under Amazon Applications tap Amazon Home Recommendations, and then tap Hide.

Third party applications may have additional settings that you can access within the app.

Turning Wireless Off (Airplane Mode)

Airplane Mode turns off the wireless connection on your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation. You can use this setting to turn off Wi-Fi connectivity at any time.

To turn on Airplane Mode:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and then tap More.
  2. Tap Wireless.
  3. Next to Airplane Mode, tap On to turn off Wi-Fi.

Airplane Mode


Tap Off to restore wireless  connectivity. When Airplane Mode is on, an airplane icon will appear at the top of your Kindle screen next to the battery indicator.

Airplane Mode Icon

Linking your Facebook and Twitter Accounts

You can choose to connect your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation to Twitter and Facebook to sync photos and share reading highlights, what you’re listening to, game info, and more. You have the option to link your Twitter or Facebook accounts when you first set up your Kindle Fire, or you can choose to do so at any other time.

To link your Kindle Fire 2nd Generation to your Facebook or Twitter account:

  • On the Home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
  • Tap My Account and then tap Manage Social Network Accounts.
  • Choose the social network you want to link to and follow the instructions.

To unlink Facebook or Twitter:

Once your account is linked, you can return to the Manage Social Networks Account page and select Unlink next to the social network you want to remove.

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