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What are the best Amazon Fire Tablet tips and tricks?

Top 10 Amazon Fire Tablet Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Use. Your Amazon Fire tablet can do a lot more than you think! Get the most out of it with these tips and tricks.

Amazon’s Fire tablets are popular, not only because they are affordable, but because they offer a wide range of content, making them an easy choice for anyone wanting a media tablet.

There are three different sizes – Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10, along with the option for Kids Editions of these tablets bringing a few benefits.

The Amazon Fire tablet range continues to rise in popularity, with Amazon adding new features with each release. But why is it so popular? It could be the low price, but does this mean you’re missing out on important features found on other tablets if you opt for an Amazon Fire?

1. Name Your Amazon Fire Tablet

It’s a smart idea to give your Amazon Fire tablet a name. This is particularly useful if you use various Amazon apps across a range of devices. For example, you might have a phone with the Kindle app installed but want to send a book to your Fire tablet. If the devices are properly named, it makes delivering eBooks easier.

To set a name for your Amazon Fire tablet:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Choose Device Options
  3. Tap Change Your Device Name
  4. Set a new name, then hit Save to confirm

It’s that simple and really does make device management easier. You’ll also be able to spot the tablet quickly on your home network.

2. Expand Your Amazon Fire Tablet’s Storage

One of the shortcomings of the low-end Amazon Fire tablets is the limited storage. If you own an older 8GB model, you’re left with around 5GB to play with (the rest is taken up by the operating system). That’s not much, especially if you want to use the device to play games or store videos.

The answer is to expand the storage with a microSD card. Simply purchase a suitable expansion card, then with the tablet switched off, insert it into the slot, A3 Techworld. Check your Fire tablet documentation to confirm the maximum microSD card capacity you can use.

Once the tablet is powered up again, it should detect the microSD card, so follow the instructions to format it. Many apps can be installed on the microSD card, plus you can move existing apps to it.

To move supported apps:

  1. Go to Settings > Storage
  2. Select Move Apps to SD Card

To migrate music to the expanded storage device:

  1. Open Music > Menu
  2. Find Settings and select Transfer All Offline Music
  3. Select Transfer All to SD Card

You can also check out these additional tips for saving and regaining storage space on your Amazon Fire tablet.

3. No Internet Connection? Watch Downloaded Movies

With additional storage installed on your Amazon Fire tablet, you can enjoy its benefits as a portable media device.

Taking a long car or plane journey? Simply copy your favorite movies to your tablet beforehand and enjoy them as you travel:

  1. Connect the Amazon Fire tablet to your computer via USB
  2. Once detected, browse to the microSD card storage
  3. Copy the video file from your PC to the microSD card

To view the video on your tablet:

  1. Tap Home and find Photos
  2. Select More > Device Photos & Videos
  3. Browse through the list for the desired video
  4. Tap to play

If it’s in the right format, your video will play. Note that MP4, MKV, 3GP, M4V, and WEBM should all work, but there is no support for AVI videos.

4. Alexa on the Fire tablet

Alexa serves up plenty of fun – the same system as you’ll get on the Amazon Echo, with all the same skills.

How to access Alexa: You can open the Alexa app by tapping the icon on the home screen, or you can press and hold the home button and you can then talk to Alexa.

How to turn on/off handsfree Alexa: Swipe down the quick settings and notifications pane and you’ll see an icon for Alexa handsfree. Tap this to toggle Alexa on or off. When on, your tablet will respond to “Alexa” commands all the time.

Restrict Alexa’s access: You might want to limit some of the things that Alexa can access. In Settings > Alexa, you’ll find the option to restrict Alexa’s access to Amazon Photos, film trailers, and web videos. You can also turn on a safe search filter for web videos.

Turn off Alexa Calling and Announcements: In the same settings menu above, you’ll find the option to turn off “communication”. This will let you toggle off all the Communication options – Drop-In, Alexa Calling, messaging, and announcements.

Control Alexa settings: With access to the Alexa app, you can control all the settings for Alexa. Open the Alexa app, open the top left-hand menu, and tap Settings. Here you can control all Alexa settings, applicable to all devices – Fire tablets, Echo speakers, or on your phone.

Control your smart home devices: Any devices you have set up with Alexa can easily be accessed on your Fire tablet. In recent software updates on A3 Techworld, an icon has been added to the Fire tablet in the bottom left-hand corner. Tap this and a dashboard will open to control all your devices connected to Alexa.

5. How to Enable Show Mode on the Fire tablet

If you have a Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10, it offers Show Mode to turn your tablet into an Echo Show. If using Show Mode, you’ll want to turn on Alexa hands-free as above.

How to turn on Show Mode: You can switch on Show Mode by swiping down the Quick Settings pane – you’ll see a toggle for Show Mode at the top. Switch it on.

Select content that Show Mode displays: You can customize the screens you’ll get in Show Mode. Head into Settings > Show Mode > Home Screen > Home Content and you can turn various elements off – stocks, recipes, trending topics, final scores, etc.

Select wallpapers and background for Show Mode: You can choose a different background or personalize it with your own photos. Head into Settings > Show Mode > Home Screen  > Background to make your selection.

On top of Show Mode, if you own the Fire HD 8, it’s worth getting the Wireless Charging Dock to complete the package.

6. Set Up and Manage a Child Profile

While the Fire tablets are perfect for adults, they’re also great for children.

Although you can buy a dedicated Amazon Fire tablet for your kids, it’s simpler to create a child profile on your existing device. To do this:

  1. Swipe down on the notification area
  2. Tap your user avatar
  3. Tap New User and confirm with OK
  4. Select Add a Child Profile
  5. Add the name and date of birth of the child, then Add the Profile to continue

With a child profile enabled, you can manage content filters and even subscribe to child-friendly shows and books.

7. Display Settings on Amazon Fire Tablet

There aren’t many controls for the display, but there are some.

Turn on the Blue Shade: Designed to reduce the blue light emitted by the screen, swipe down the Quick Settings and tap Blue Shade. This will make the display warmer, and better suited to use in the evening and at night.

Choose the Blue Shade hue: Find the icon as above and press and hold and you’ll go through to the settings. Here you can adjust the color temperature or set up a schedule for the Blue Shade.

Adjust the brightness of the display: The display can adjust automatically, or you can manually tweak the settings yourself. Swipe down the Quick Setting pane and you’ll find a slider to adjust the brightness.

Change the font size: Want everything to be bigger or smaller? There are four different font sizes available. Open Settings > Display > Font size to make changes.

8. Create Multiple users on a Fire tablet

The Fire tablet can support multiple users, giving each their own space. It will support two adults and up to four children as part of an Amazon Household.

Switch users: To switch users, swipe down the Quick Settings pane and you’ll see a person icon. Tap this and it will show you the registered users. Tap the user profile you want and you’ll switch to that user.

Add a person to your Fire tablet: When you first set up a Fire tablet you’ll be given the option to select who will use a tablet, from your Amazon Household. You can select all the relevant users. If you have already set it up, head to the user profiles as above and tap New User. You’ll then be prompted to add users from your household.

Setup a child profile: When adding a child profile, you’ll be taken through to a child settings page to manage the content. You can select the settings that apply, and then select “Show Profile on Lock Screen” and that child will appear as a user. You can enable or disable passwords for children.

9. Use Your Amazon Fire Tablet for Office and Productivity Tasks

PC or laptop out of action? Need to finish that report? Amazingly, your Amazon Fire tablet is ideal for mobile work. With built-in Bluetooth and several office apps available, it’s really easy to set up, too.

Various portable Bluetooth keyboards are available that work with almost any tablet or phone. Simply pairing one of these to your Amazon Fire tablet will put you on the road to office functionality.

Once that’s done, find the office apps that you need on Amazon’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Sheets, and many other office tools are available.

Don’t be worried about missing copy and paste—this functionality is built-in. The Amazon Fire also comes with useful productivity apps, such as email, calendar, and calculator tools.

10. Install Google Play on Your Amazon Fire Tablet

Because Fire OS has its own app store, Google Play is not installed on Fire tablets. Yet Fire OS is based on Android, so it will run all the apps you’ll find on any other Android device.

By enabling this Amazon Fire workaround, you gain the ability to install apps from unknown sources (i.e., any location that isn’t Amazon’s App Store).

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