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Watching movie - can you disable/lock the touchscreen for kids?


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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012, 11:00:36 AM PST
Kim says:
We are looking for something that my young daughter can use to watch movies on road trips. Does the Kindle Fire have a feature where you can lock the screen or disable the touchscreen so that little fingers aren't constantly shutting the movie off accidentally?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012, 11:20:24 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 18, 2012, 2:29:35 PM PST
I'm not sure if this will work (since I don't have a fire myself) but there is no reason it shouldn't and if it doesn't then you are only out $10 or so. There are clear cases for use with the Fire. They are intended to snap on and cover the back of the tablet while leaving the front open so you can still use it. I'm betting they would snap on backwards just fine. I'm betting you could start a movie then snap the cover on so that the screen couldn't be touched and the power switch would be covered as well. Adults would likely be annoyed by the slight distortion that the clear cover would cause but a small child wouldn't even notice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013, 8:01:23 PM PDT
Did you ever find a solution to this? I am wondering the same thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013, 8:19:10 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 6, 2013, 4:03:57 AM PDT
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BookLover says:
I saw a product at the car lot the other day that seemed like it might work for this. It's a clear plastic pocket that hangs on the back of a seat. You start the movie, then pop the Fire into the seat-back pocket in front of the child. I don't know what it was called, but it seemed handy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014, 3:08:30 PM PST
zenthia says:
My kindle fire has three buttons? There is a setting you could try. Settings>accessibility>screen reader. Just turn off the screen reader volume and turn on the screen reader. Make sure to watch a tutorial on using your kindle in screen reader mode and how to turn it off before you turn it on.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014, 6:56:33 PM PST
Dyan says:
There's an app I haven't tried yet
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.argotronic.touchblocker&hl=en

Also for the nay Sayers, the iPad has a program to turn the screen off you just tap the circle button 3 times to unlock the screens no touch function. So its possible to disable a touch screen.

Hopefully this app works

Posted on Feb 22, 2015, 8:49:44 PM PST
T. Schmitt says:
It would be very easy and convenient if holding down the power button also gave the option to lock our unlock the touch screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2015, 3:20:47 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Never seen an Android device with that feature. I know there are some video apps for Android that has the option to lock the movie screen.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015, 7:27:17 AM PST
Ed says:
Doesn't seem to be that complex an option. Then putting the device to sleep with the power button would turn it off. As a matter of fact, an app for that might be there already.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016, 7:24:05 PM PST
Download mx player. It has an option to lock the screen and you can watch movies. My one year old uses it to watch Frozen

Posted on Jan 30, 2016, 12:47:19 AM PST
KofSurp says:
If you have the Google Play Store side-loaded, I recommend the "Untouch" app. You simply pull down the notifications menu, disable the touch from the notification then voila! To enable touch again, quickly tap the screen 4 times within one second. Works well with YouTube and downloaded content. There are setting you can change such as how many touches to unlock or adding a security pattern. Top notch app!

Posted on Feb 6, 2016, 9:31:23 AM PST
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Just Peachy says:
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Posted on Mar 9, 2016, 6:37:45 PM PST
Joe says:
You can use vlc for fire in amazon app store. You can start playing video and the menu allows you to lock the touchscreen.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016, 7:29:25 PM PDT
So there is no option to lock the screen while watching video using amazon prime or Netflix? I have a special needs child and this is a must have feature. It is a simple triple click on the home button on iPads and Iphones. I took for granted that the fire would have this feature. My mistake I guess, maybe no one at amazon has a child with down syndrome.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2016, 8:47:18 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Either use the iPad then or use an app that has what you want. They are available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2016, 9:21:16 PM PDT
Cheryl Jones says:
What app can you use to watch amazon prime on?

Posted on Aug 10, 2016, 6:20:53 PM PDT
D. Bozarth says:
Download app from https://apkplz.com/android-apps/touch-lock-toddler-lock-apk-download. It works perfectly to lock the touch screen on a kindle. Make sure to temporarily allow apps from unknown source in security setting first.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2016, 6:30:58 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Kindle or Fire? Kindles don't play movies...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2016, 10:11:10 AM PDT
Claire W. says:
Samsung galaxy kids has this feature, I am gutted to find the fire kids doesnt
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