Below is a list of frequently asked questions, tips, tricks and hidden features for the Kindle Fire HD. Some of these are solutions to questions asked in the forums. There’s always a lot to learn when getting started with a new tablet, and these tips can help everyone from the beginner to the advanced user get more out of their Kindle Fire HD tablets.
Kindle Fire HD FAQs
Q: Why can't I play network TV (or, at times, Youtube) videos on Kindle Fire HD which are playable with the original Kindle Fire?
A: Although Adobe has ended support for Flash Player on mobile browsers, there are some browsers that support the final Flash Player file, still made available on some developer forums for devices like the Google Nexus and the Kindle Fire. A few YouTube videos still need Flash to run Per Amazon's Kindle Forum discussions, users of the Google Nexus and Kindle Fire HD are using, as needed, older Adobe Flash files offered at XDA Developers Forum plus the Dolphin browser, which supports Adobe Flash while the last Adobe Flash update still works. You may as well download and convert Flash videos to Kindle Fire HD supported video.
Q: Why can't I zoom images with the Kindle Fire?
A: You can, on all the Kindle Fires.
Long-press the Image and, after a couple of seconds, you'll get a popup with an option to "Zoom" Click on that. If the image is in Landscape mode, rotate the KFire. Then if you still can't see enough detail, pinch zoom to enlarge it, zooming-in even more for detail.
Q: Why can't I use the front-facing camera for anything but Skype?
A: You can, as some popular apps can use the camera and there is a way to open or activate the camera via the versatile and free file manager app, ES File Explorer
Q: Can I transfer files to and from the Kindle Fire HD without a cable?
A: Yes. With WiFi File Explorer PRO ($0.99), you're free of trying to find the cable and make the connections.
Top 10 Kindle Fire HD Tips and Tricks
1. Kindle Fire HD Help and Support – Here’s the link to the Kindle Fire HD help section at Amazon where you can find user guides and help articles on getting started, setting up Wi-Fi, navigating the user interface, troubleshooting, shopping, transferring content, setting up email, and plenty more. The Kindle also comes with an app and has a section in the settings menu called “Help & Feedback” to access Amazon’s help pages from the device itself.
2. Access Notifications and Settings Menu – The notifications menu is accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen. There are a number of quick settings here and the main settings menu is accessed by pressing the "More" button.
3. Install 3rd Party Apps – In order to install apps from outside the Amazon appstore, including several linked to below, you need to turn on "Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown sources" located in Settings > Device.
4. Automatic Screen Rotation – You can turn on and off automatic screen rotation by opening the notifications menu and tapping the locked/unlocked icon in the upper left corner.
5. Check Battery Percentage – Settings > Device.
6. Check Storage Space – Settings > Device > Storage.
7. Parental Controls – In the settings menu there’s an option for parental controls where you can setup a password to restrict purchasing content, using the web browser, accessing certain apps, and more.
8. Password Protection – In Settings > Security there’s an option to set a lock screen password so that other people cannot access your Kindle.
9. Uninstalling Apps and Removing Content – Simply long-press on any app, ebook, movie, or other icon to bring up the option to "Remove from Device". For Amazon’s content this moves the item to the cloud and it won’t be deleted permanently.
10. Remove Items from Carrousel – Long-press icons for the option to remove them.
Kindle Fire HD Video-related Solutions