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Accessibility for Kindle Fire.

Fire tablets come with new and improved accessibility tools so that all customers can enjoy their books, movies, apps, and more.

New for Fire OS 5

  • Introducing VoiceView, our new screen reader.
  • New user preferences, including ability to adjust spoken punctuation level and key echo.
  • Quick gestures to adjust and navigate content by granularity.
  • Optimized web browsing.
  • Updated earcon sounds.
  • Expanded Large Font mode with support for device setup, on screen keyboard, and stores.

Need help using accessibility features?

Visit our Accessibility for Fire HDX and Accessibility for Fire HD help sections or Connect to a Tech Adviser with the Mayday Button on your Fire tablets.

Viewing accessibility features on a Kindle Fire tablet

Blind and Visually Impaired

VoiceView, powered by IVONA Text-to-Speech

Our new screen reader, VoiceView, provides spoken feedback to describe the actions that take place on your screen and features IVONA's award-winning natural language text-to-speech voices.

Explore by Touch

Explore content on your Fire tablet using accessibility gestures to navigate item-by-item as well as by touch. Fire tablet recognizes accessibility shortcut gestures that help you quickly navigate to home, go back, or access your notifications.

Adjustable Reading Speed

Control how fast VoiceView speaks. The rate at which VoiceView and Explore by Touch feedback is spoken can be set to one of eight different speeds of your choice.

VoiceView Tutorial

Fire tablet VoiceView tutorial helps you master useful gestures for operating your Fire tablet.

Braille Support

Fire tablet also works with popular Bluetooth refreshable braille displays. To enjoy a braille experience on your Fire tablet, download the free BrailleBack app from the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Low vision

Screen Magnifier

Take a closer look with Screen Magnifier. Easily activated with a triple tap on the screen, Screen Magnifier allows you to pinch to adjust the zoom level on your tablet while the display is magnified, as well as swipe with two fingers to pan around the page.

Larger Font Sizes

Read easily by increasing the font size of menus and text throughout your Fire tablet. You can also choose from one of five font size options for your emails and one of 11 font size options when reading eBooks.

High Contrast

The text and background colors used on Fire tablet provide high-contrast color combinations to make it easier to view your content and use your tablet.

Fire tablet low vision interface
Watching a video with closed captioning on a Fire tablet

Hearing

Closed Captioning

Watch your Amazon Instant Videos with closed captioning displayed. Look for the CC icon when shopping for movies and TV shows. Captions are not available for all titles.

You can also customize how your closed captions appear for Amazon Instant Videos and for web videos in the Silk Browser (when available for the title), including text color, size, opacity, font style, edge style, background color, and more.

Stereo to Mono Audio

If you are using a single ear bud or have hearing in one ear, simply switch the stereo audio setting to mono on your Fire tablet to direct the audio into a specific ear bud.

Mobility

Bluetooth Navigation

The Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets come with enhanced support for Bluetooth keyboard navigation that enables screens, menus, and buttons to be accessed using an external keyboard.


Help

Accessibility User Guide

Learn more about using the accessibility tools on your Fire tablet in the on-device Accessibility User Guide. The guide provides helpful instructions and tips for using accessibility tools with the different features on your Fire tablet.

A menu of Fire tablet accessibility features
Reading on Kindle

Fire tablets, the Kindle Reading App for iOS, and the Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plug-in offer accessibility features that enable you to:

  • Read aloud over 1.8 million titles available in the Kindle Store using screen reading technology.
  • Navigate within your library or within a book, with consistent title, menu and button names.
  • Read character-by-character, word-by-word, or continuously, as well as move forward or backward in the text (not available for Kindle for PC).
  • Search for a book within your library or search within your book and navigate to specific locations.
  • Look up words in the dictionary and Wikipedia (not available for Kindle for PC).
  • Customize the reading experience including changing the font, text size, background color, margin, and brightness.
  • On the Kindle Reading App for iOS also use accessibility features like Zoom, Assistive Touch, and Stereo to Mono, as well as peripheral braille displays.

Kindle Reading App for iOS

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> Download Kindle for iPhone
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Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin

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Note: In order to use the text-to-speech feature in Kindle for PC, an external screen reader program must be installed and running on the Windows PC. Tested screen readers include JAWS, NVDA and Microsoft Narrator.

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Feedback

We want to hear about your experience using accessibility tools with Kindle products. Please email us at kindle-accessibility@amazon.com to provide feedback.