How to Reset Your Amazon Kindle Fire

Before we get started, please understand one thing; HERE BE DRAGONS. This was the phrase that was written on old maps at the edges, where the creators of the maps had never visited or knew anyone else who had.

If you’re planning to reset an Amazon Kindle Fire, it will remove and/or ‘wipe’ all of the data from it, including books, audiobooks, movies, subscriptions, etc. However, sometimes you might actually want to do this.  (Say, if you’re going to give the device to your child or if you’re selling it to someone else.)

If this is you, read on. Because of the severity of this action, make sure to back up your Kindle Fire first. Here’s how to do that.

  • The first thing you’ll want to do is swipe down from the top edge of your screen to access the Settings menu. Once you get to settings, look for a second menu option that simply says ‘’Device Options.’’ Once you click on that option link, there’s a sort of ‘rocker switch’ that says Device Backup, and it will be on either On or Off.
  • Obviously in this case we want it switched to On. Once you do that, and exit out of the menu, there may be a prompt that appears where it will start backing up your device.
  • If this doesn’t immediately happen, put your Fire tablet down, and let it both be a) connected to WiFi and b) let it go to sleep. Once these two things happen, your machine should back itself up to the cloud.
  • If you don’t want to do this, you can also manually back it up if you have certain operating systems installed. If you have that capability, under the same menu it will read that there’s an option that says ‘’Back Up Now.’’ If this option is there, click on it and let the machine do its thing.
  • Once you’ve done this, if you ever get a new or used Fire tablet and reset it/startup operations from new…it will ask you if you want to 1) set it up as a new device or 2) restore your content from a backup.
  • Now, the scary part; actually resetting and wiping your Fire tablet.

How to do this: Just like when you backed it up (and you did do that, yeah?) swipe down from the top of the screen to get the settings menu to pop up. You can do this by tapping the Settings word/icon.

Once you’ve activated the settings menu, tap Device Options. Again, this should be easy for you now because this is basically the same way you back up your machine. Now, instead of navigating over to backup, you’ll want to tap the other option, which should say ‘’Reset to Factory Defaults.’’

DANGER my friend, as there is no going back from here! Now just tap the Reset button to confirm your intentions. Once this happens, your machine will initiate a prompt and begin the reset process.

There actually are a lot of reasons why you might want to reset these Fire machines, and we’ll go over a few of them here. One might be that you’re having problems with your Fire…say, maybe your machine is having problems charging or problems turning on.

If this kind of thing is happening, you might want to reset the machine. Another reason might be that the machine is operating erratically, like if the machine is ‘’freezing’’ or if it seems to be restarting a lot or running slow.

Sometimes these are operating system issues, or it could also be that you’re having issues with the memory or with some of your downloaded content not working well with the machine. In both of these cases it might be beneficial for you to reset the machine.

Another reason might be that you’re trying to troubleshoot the device. If you’re Kindle Fire is for one reason or another acting crazy, you might want to wipe the machine and reset it simply to see if the problem is with your software.

Resetting it will hopefully bring the software side of things 100% ‘back to normal’ and in that case you’re trying to see if your machine has a hardware problem instead of a software problem.

This can also be the case, as processors eventually wear out, get too hot, or are adversely affected from usage or abuse such as dropping the machine, shaking the machine too much, or if the machine was sent to you defective.

Another reason might be that you’re planning to update the operating system of your Kindle Fire or Fire HD. If this is the case, it might also be beneficial for you to wipe and or reset your machine first to get every factory setting back to normal.

If your machine is freezing or messing up, you can go with what’s called a ‘’soft reset’’ which just gets  you out of whatever ‘mode’ you’re in and gets you back to the beginning. To do this is also pretty easy; just push in and hold the power button for 20 seconds.

This is as easy as it sounds; just hold in the power button with your finger and count to twenty. You’ll know if it works once the machine restarts on its own.

Lots of times this will clear out any sort of glitches your machine might have run into. Now all you need to do is plug your Fire into a charger, and hit the power button again.

Another issue might be that your Fire isn’t connecting to your PC or MacBook. If this is happening, you should try to turn both the Kindle Fire HD and your computer on again and then off again and vice versa.

This will reset them both and give them both another chance to connect with each other. The other basic thing you should try is to attach both with a different USB Cable and or use a different USB port.

Hopefully this has cleared up any issues you might have with resetting your Kindle Fire!

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