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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Settings

I cover many of the Kindle Fire’s settings throughout the book as necessary, but you should be immediately familiar with some general settings.

Locking the Screen Orientation

Your Kindle Fire features an accelerometer that can sense the orientation of the device. When you turn the device while holding it, the screen rotates automatically to match the orientation of the device. In some cases, you might want to prevent the screen from rotating. For example, if you’re reading a web page in portrait mode, setting your Kindle Fire on a table sometimes flips the orientation. You can lock the orientation to prevent this.

  1. With the screen displaying the desired orientation, swipe the status bar down to open the Settings drawer.
  2. Tap Unlocked to lock the orientation. The label on the icon changes to Locked.

Adjusting the Volume

A toggle button at the top of the device enables you to adjust the volume. When you press these buttons, a volume meter also appears on the screen to indicate the volume level. You can adjust the volume directly on the screen as well.

  1. Swipe the status bar down to open the Settings drawer.
  2. Tap Volume. The volume control appears.
  3. Slide the volume control to the right to increase volume and to the left to decrease volume.

Adjusting Screen Brightness

As mentioned earlier, the screen on the Kindle Fire uses more power than anything else, and the brighter the screen, the more battery power it uses. To increase battery life, you can lower the brightness of the display.

  1. Swipe the status bar down to open the Settings drawer.
  2. Tap Brightness.
  3. Slide the brightness control to the right to increase brightness and to the left to decrease brightness.

Checking Device Information

The Device screen displays information about your Kindle Fire, such as the percentage of battery remaining, how much storage space you’ve used, the version of your operating system, and other useful information.

  1. Swipe the status bar down to open the Settings drawer.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Device.
  4. The Device screen displays. If you want to check your storage space, tap Storage.
  5. The Storage screen displays. Here you can see how much space you have used across various types of data and how much remains available for future use.

Turning Off Wi-Fi

Sometimes you need to turn off the Wi-Fi connection on your Kindle Fire, such as when you’re traveling by air or in other sensitive areas. Turning off Wi-Fi also consumes less battery power when you don’t need to access online content.

  1. Swipe the status bar down to open the Settings drawer.
  2. Tap Wireless.
  3. Tap Off to turn off Wi-Fi. To reconnect, tap On.
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