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How to Factory Reset Amazon Fire Tablet without Pin

Posted by Arch on October 20, 2019
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If you want to wipe out all the data from your Amazon Fire Tablet, you need to access the Settings app and perform the factory reset process from there. However, in certain situations, you won’t be able to do this – the touch screen won’t work, the system glitches, or most frequently, you forget the pin.

The pin that appears on the screen protects your data from intruders and thieves. But if you forget it, you may have a hard time recovering it. The only remaining solution is to wipe everything (including the pin) and start from scratch. But is this possible?

Fortunately, it is. You don’t need to access the system interface to reset Amazon Fire Tablet. This article will explain how to do it.

What Does Hard Reset Do?

Hard reset (or factory reset) will remove all the data that you have on your Amazon Fire tablet. This includes user data, installed apps, Wi-Fi settings, passwords and cache, notes and contacts, images and videos, and everything else bar the built-in apps.

However, the content that you’ve stored on your Amazon Cloud will remain, and you can download it again afterward. This includes: e-books, images, videos, music, and other products that are connected to your Amazon account.

On the other hand, everything that’s only stored in the internal storage of your Amazon Fire will disappear. If you never backed up that content, it will be lost forever. Even if you can’t access those items now (as you don’t have a pin code/password), make sure to back up all your data in the future.

How to Hard Reset Amazon Fire

You can factory reset Amazon Fire without knowing your password in a few simple steps. It requires your Power button and Volume Up/Down buttons to work, and your phone to have at least 30% of battery available.

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When everything is set, just follow these steps:

  1. Hold the Power button until the Amazon Fire switches off.
  2. Hold the Power button and the Volume Up button together until it turns back on again.
  3. Release the Volume Up button when the Amazon logo appears, but keep holding the Power button down. It should then take you to the system recovery screen.
  4. Highlight the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option. Use the Volume Up/Down buttons to navigate the menu.
  5. Press the Power button to confirm the selection.
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  6. Navigate to ‘Yes – delete all user data’ on the confirmation screen.
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  7. Press the power button again.
  8. Wait for the system to perform the factory reset.

Once the system finishes the hard reset, it will automatically turn off. Turn it on again by using the power button, and wait for the device to boot again.

When the device boots, you’ll have to set up everything from scratch, including your Amazon account and old apps. If you’ve backed up the content, you’ll be able to easily return it to your device. In addition, if you have some content on Amazon’s Cloud storage, you can seamlessly get it back.

What If Your Buttons Don’t Work?

If you can’t access the Amazon Fire Settings app and you can’t perform a factory reset using the built-in buttons, nothing else remains than to take your device to the tech service.

You’ll certainly have to pay for this, but there’s a possibility that they’ll not only repair the buttons but also manage to access the app menu and recover your forgotten password.

On the other hand, you can also contact the Amazon customer support team and explain the issue. They may send you password/pin recovery instructions (if you give out your device’s serial number), or guide you to the best possible solution.

Always Back Up Your Files

In the age of Cloud storage and external memory, you should always keep your important data stored in at least two different places. You never know if something can happen that may prohibit access to your device. Today it’s a forgotten pin, tomorrow malicious software, or you may even lose your device on a train.

Therefore, if you have a Amazon account, back up all the important data the Amazon Cloud and other external storage. Then you don’t have to worry if you need to hard reset.

Where do you back up your files? Did you ever lose important data after a hard reset? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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