How to reset the Amazon Fire tablet

Updated: May 21, 2023
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How to reset the Amazon Fire tablet
by Oleksandr Kamennyi
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Rebooting the Amazon tablet helps you remove glitches and return the device to a default state. It can be helpful when you want to give it to another person. You can be sure that the tablet doesn’t contain any sensitive information. Howly experts have explored all the ways to reset an Amazon Fire tablet and gathered them in user-friendly guidelines.

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Perform a reset before giving away the device

We highly recommend you reset the Kindle Fire before you gift or sell your tablet. If you just log off from it, it will be easy to restore your personal info. But once you do a hard reset, you remove every bit of your personal data. In the software plan, a device is brought back to its default state.

What’s the difference between a hard reset and a factory reset?

A hard reboot is the more advanced option of the restart, which removes all temporary files. It’s not a full Fire tablet reset, as someone may think. All apps and personal data stay on the device. On the other hand, a hard reset terminates every bit of data from the device. So, when you factory reset the Amazon Fire tablet, you are removing every bit of information from it.

How to Soft reset the Amazon Fire tablet

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Frankly speaking, it’s not a reset. This action eliminates only temporary documents from the tablet. All settings, apps, and personal information remain the same. But we added it to our list of working ways because it solves software problems caused by corrupted temporary files.

How to soft reset the first and second-generation Fire

Keys to perform a soft reboot on Amazon Fire

Press the Power + Volume Down combo for 20-25 seconds. Release the buttons and let the device restart. At first, it may boot slower than usual. The device doesn’t have cache files, saving time to load different pages. After a few hours of usage, it will have enough temporary files to load used apps as fast as possible.

How to soft reset modern generation Fire

Newer generations have even more user-friendly instructions. Just hold the Power for 20-22 seconds. Wait for 1-2 minutes with a disabled device and turn it off as usual.

Why should I hard reset the Amazon Fire tablet?

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It is an action that deletes all information from the device and brings it to default settings. It can resolve most software-based issues. If you want to try the built-in backup option, follow this path: Settings Device Options Backup. Switch the toggle.

All Amazon digital purchases are synced to your Amazon account. When you log back after you hard reset Kindle Fire, you will still have access to all the content.

How do I manually reset my Fire tablet?

There are a few ways you can reboot the tablet. If you want to get rid of glitches, a soft reset will be enough. We already show you the guidelines for it.

But if you need to delete everything from your device, consider a hard reset of the Fire tablet. If you remember the PIN, try to do it via settings. If you don’t remember your PIN, consider booting in Recovery mode and restarting the device from there.

Reset via Settings

It’s the simplest way to factory reset the Amazon Fire tablet. It’s an Android-based device, that’s why you can run the same reboot guide as you do with other Androids: Settings Device OptionsReset to FactoryReset.

Reset your Amazon tablet to factory defaults

After a boot, you see the startup screen. You will have 2 options: set up a new user or log in with your account to back up the data from the cloud.

How to factory reset the Amazon Fire when you forgot the password: via the Recovery

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It’s another universal Android feature you can use to reboot the Fire. You can run it even when you don’t remember the pin code. Adhere to this guide, and everything will go nice and smooth:

  1. Turn off the tablet as usual.
  2. Hold Power + Volume Up until you witness the Amazon logo.
  3. Use the Volume keys to move inside the Recovery menu and Power to confirm.

Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset → Delete all.

Reset Amazon Fire via Recovery mode

It will allow you to reset the Amazon Fire tablet without entering the PIN. But you will be required to enter the device's login and password (Google or Amazon - those you used when you set up the device). If you can check the tablet’s login and password before entering Recovery mode, write down this information in your notes.

Lifehack: if the glitches are the result of you trying to run modern versions of some apps, you can stick with the original old version of the app.

How do you reset a Kids Fire?

Kids Fire has the same restart instructions as the adult version. If you want a soft reboot, hold the Power for 20-30 seconds and wait for a minute. Turn it off as usual. If you need to factory reset a Fire tablet, go to Settings → Device options → Reset to factory → Reset.

Reset a Fire tablet via the Recovery mode. Turn off the tablet as usual, and hold Power + Volume Up to run the Recovery. Pick Wipe Data/Factory Reset → Delete all. Do it with the Volume keys and press Power to confirm.

Factory reboot doesn’t solve hardware issues: what you should do?

If none of those actions haven’t helped you, you may face some hardware issues. Usually, it’s related to working or reading memory. If you are confident in your skills, contact Howly. Our expert send you further guidelines that will be perfect for your case. It will save you $100-200 on fees.

For those, who are unsure of their hard skills, visit the nearest service place. Mechanics will repair your device in under 3-10 days. If your Fire is under warranty, contact Amazon. They will ask you to send them the tablet or visit the nearest authorized service station to fix your device for free.


The two most popular reasons you may want to reset a Fire tablet are glitches or your plans to sell the device to another person. If you face minor glitches, try a soft reboot. It eliminates temporary files, but other data will stay in place. If this doesn’t help, consider a factory reboot. It clears everything, including apps, personal files, and settings.

There are two methods to factory reset the Amazon Fire: via Settings or the Recovery menu. Use the first option if you remember the PIN code. If you forgot it, stick to the Recovery menu.

If you are facing hardware issues, contact the nearest technician. For those, who still have devices under warranty, we recommend contacting the Amazon customer team. If your tablet is not under the warranty, and you are confident in your hard skills, contact Howly expert for further guidelines. In other cases, visit the nearest service station.

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Will resetting my Amazon Fire tablet remove the operating system as well?
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  1. Sophia Morgan
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    ZephyrBeats, No, don't worry
Dragon Heart Echo
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I have a similar issue with my Fire tablet, and I'm glad I stumbled upon this article. Will definitely try the reset method. Fingers crossed!
Harper Cooper
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How long does the reset process usually take for the Amazon Fire tablet?
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  1. KizombaBliss
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    Harper Cooper, The reset process usually takes around 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Verse Whispers
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I'm so glad I found this article! My Fire tablet was completely unresponsive, but the reset method saved the day. Thank you! 🙌
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I reset my older Fire tablet using these steps, and it worked perfectly. It's worth giving it a try!
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Has anyone tried this reset method on an older Fire tablet model? Did it work?
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The instructions given here are straightforward and easy to understand. Although I haven't tried the reset yet, I appreciate having this information handy. Thanks!
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This article didn't address the specific problem I'm having with my Fire tablet. It would be great if there were more troubleshooting options provided.
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Is there something else I can try?
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Thank you for sharing this! 🙏 My Fire tablet was frozen, and this reset method worked like a charm! 🚀
Olivia Taylor
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I tried the reset method mentioned here, but unfortunately, it didn't work for my Fire tablet. Any other suggestions?
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Yes, resetting the Fire tablet will delete all apps, files, and settings. Make sure to back up your important data before proceeding with the reset.
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Will resetting my Amazon Fire tablet delete all the apps and files I have on it?
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Thanks for the instructions, but they didn't work for me. My Fire tablet is still stuck on the boot screen. Any suggestions, anyone?
Carter Richardson
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Howly, this article provided a detailed and easy-to-follow guide on resetting my Amazon Fire tablet. I appreciate the step-by-step instructions and visuals. It made the process a breeze! Thank you! 😊
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I had high hopes for this reset method, but unfortunately, it didn't resolve the issues I'm facing with my Fire tablet. Disappointed.
Kieran Covington
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This article was a lifesaver! My Fire tablet was acting glitchy, and the reset fixed it. Thank you so much! 🙏

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