If you just got a Kindle Fire we’re here to show you how to set it up, how to secure it and how to set parental controls.
Setting up the Kindle Fire takes about 15 to 30 minutes and to completely set it up you will need an Internet connection. You can connect to a home network later, so it’s ok to set it up at someone else’s house.
After showing you how to set up the Kindle Fire and how to configure Kindle FreeTime if you plan to give it to a kid, we’ll show you some apps to get you started. in the Amazon app store.
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Kindle Fire Setup
Although the setup is a fairly easy process be sure to do the following for the smoothest and easiest way to get your Kindle Fire up and running.
The first thing to do is to set the main language of the device. With the main language set, the next step is to connect to a WiFi network. The reason the device needs to connect to WiFi is so that it can be setup to with either an existing Amazon account or the user can create one.
Search for the WiFi network that you use in your home and enter the security key if needed.
Once connected to the WiFi network sign into the Amazon account if you already have one. If not go through the steps to create an account.
When done, select the timezone in which you live and confirm your Amazon account.
Next you may enter your Facebook and Twitter information to make sharing posts and tweets a lot easier.
Kindle Fire Security
Setting a passcode on your Kindle Fire is a good idea so that people cannot read your email or buy apps without your knowledge. This video shows how to set up a passcode in a few simple steps.
Another measure of Security that the Kindle Fire has are Parental Controls. This is a very useful tool for those who are giving the Kindle Fire to their children, but also want them to be safe while using the device.
Using the Kindle Fire
To install applications on your Kindle Fire select Apps from the main screen and then Tap Store in the top right.
How to Setup Email on the Kindle Fire
- On the home screen Tap Apps.
- Scroll down and Select Email.
- At the bottom of the screen Tap Start.
- Select your e-mail provider.
- Enter your email address and password
- Type in the name you like to display for the account and check the box if you would like that email address to be used as the default account.
5 Kindle Fire Apps to Install First
- Pandora - A free application that allows you to stream music of almost any genre for free. Make stations based on your favorite artists to play the music that best suits you.
- Netflix – A free app that allows you to watch TV shows and movies if you are already a Netflix customer. Great for watching content either at home or while traveling.
- Angry Birds Star Wars HD – Just like the other popular Angry Birds game but with a Star Wars twist.
- Words with Friends - A popular game that keeps score while users try to beat opponents with their superior vocabulary.
- Quick Office Pro – For those who need to finish a presentation on the go, or do some grading on the couch Quick Office Pro has you covered.
For more, check out the Amazon App Store, where you can search for the top free and new games and apps.