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How To Factory Reset the Kindle Fire

Posted by Heather on May 8, 2017

After a time, you may notice that your Kindle Fire device has gotten slower.  Maybe you want to sell it, so it’s best to do a factory rest on it.  Doing a factory reset on your Kindle Fire could solve the issue(s) you’ve been experiencing.  Perhaps you might just want a fresh slate.

Another scenario could be you want to upgrade your Kindle Fire to the latest edition and you want to do a factory reset to sell it.  This way whomever you’re selling it to won’t have access to your personal applications and data.

So, without further ado let’s jump into how you can factory reset you Kindle Fire device.

Do a Factory Reset on Your Kindle Fire

Before proceeding to do the factory reset on your Kindle Fire device, it’s always a good idea to do a backup first.  Now let’s see how we can do a factory reset on your Kindle Fire device.

  • On the home screen of your Kindle device swipe down from the top of the Kindle Fire. This opens the shade where you can access Settings.
  • Next, tap on Settings. It’s the gear-shaped icon.                                                                                             Kindle Fire Settings
  • On the following screen of your Kindle Fire where it says Device, go to the bottom of that list of choices.  Then, tap on Device options. It’s Right above the Kindle Fire device model description.                 Kindle Fire Device Options
  • Then, you’re going to select Reset to Factory Defaults.                                                                              Kindle Fire Reset to Factory default
  • An alert message gets displayed telling you that you’re about to reset you Fire to factory defaults. Doing so removes all your personal information, your Amazon account information, downloaded content and applications from your internal storage.  When you’ve got an SD card installed in your Kindle Fire device data on it remains untouched.  Reset Kindle Fire Tablet

If, you’d also like to erase your SD card that alert box that pops up, instructs you on how to do that as well.  Otherwise, you’re ready to go.

Unless you’re selling your Kindle, Fire or giving it to someone else once the factory reset completes, you’ll need to re-enter all your Amazon account information.

If, you’ve got the auto back feature enabled before you reset your Kindle Fire, once rebooted it’ll ask you if, you want to restore your device from the backup.

Enable Amazon Auto Backup

To enable auto backup of your Kindle Fire device it’s can easily be done from the Settings.

  • On the home screen of your Kindle device swipe down from the top of the Kindle Fire. This pulls open the shade where you can access Settings.
  • Next tap the gear icon which takes you to the Settings menu.
  • Then, tap device options. Scroll to Backup & Restore.                                                                                Kindle Fire Backup
  • After selecting Backup & Restore then, toggle the Backup & Restore button to the on position.  It’ll appear orange when enabled.  Kindle Fire Backup & restore

Backup for your Kindle Fire occurs when your device is in standby or sleep mode if it’s connected to your Wi-Fi connection.

You’ll also notice the option to save your Wi-Fi passwords to Amazon as well.  Toggle that on also if, you’d like them to get saved to Amazon’s cloud service.

Conclusion

You’ve learned what’s needed to reset your Kindle Fire to factory defaults as well as how to enable auto backup.

Do a factory reset if, you experience any issues with your Amazon Kindle Fire or you’re looking to see it or hand it off to someone else.

Don’t forget to do a backup or simply enable the auto backup feature so, you can do a full restore of your previous Amazon Kindle Fire setup.  Otherwise just start a new and have a blank canvas with which to work.

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