Kindle Fire Tips & Tricks


1. Secure your Fire. Before you do anything, consider securing your device with a password. This way, if it’s ever lost or stolen, your personal data will be safe. To set a password go to Settings > More > Security, and turn “Lock screen password” on.

2. Organize the home screen. Because the home screen carousel is so messy and doesn’t have customization options (we’re hoping for some in the next update), utilize the shelves below. To add an icon to the shelf, long press an item in the carousel and select “Add to favorites.”

To remove an item from the shelf, long-press it and select “Remove from favorites.” If you want to rearrange the icons in your Favorites shelves, long-press and drag to the desired spot.

3. Customize your bookmarks. When you launch the browser, you’ll see a tiled list of bookmarks that Amazon has preselected for you. To remove a bookmark, long-press it and select “Delete.” To add a bookmark, go to the Web site you want to add, tap the Bookmarks icon (at the bottom), and then tap the box with the “+” in the upper-left.

4. Copy and paste. This function is a bit confusing on the Fire. To copy text, tap and hold a word, then drag the markers to highlight the text you want to copy. Then, tap the highlighted text to add it to the clipboard. To paste, long-press a text field and select “Paste.”

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