How to reset the Kindle Fire

Most tablets and smartphones have a special key sequence to allow the consumer to reset the device should the device enter into an “unknown” state.  I’ve had to hunt down instructions for the HP Touchpad and the Motorola Xoom before, but my wife has a Kindle Fire and instructions for resetting this device are a bit harder to locate.  So, I thought I’d post the (very simple) instructions here because I know a lot of you myITforum readers own a Kindle Fire.

This morning, my wife’s Kindle Fire appeared to be totally dead.  It wouldn’t charge and it wouldn’t turn on.  Knowing technology the way I do, I figured the device was probably (hopefully) just stuck in power-off mode due to running out of battery life.  I reset the Kindle Fire using the following technique which proved that the Kindle Fire was not defective, just stuck in that “unknown” state.

Resetting the Kindle Fire:

  1. On the bottom of the Kindle Fire, locate the power button.
  2. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds.
  3. Power the Kindle Fire back on.

Important: It HAS to be 20 seconds (or more).  Don’t just sit there holding the power button counting out 1-mississippi, 2-mississippi – use a watch with a second hand or a countdown timer.

Power Button


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