How to Manage Storage on an Amazon Fire Tablet

Introduction

As you use your device, files and apps will eventually accumulate, leaving you with less free space for new content. Once you know how much available storage you have, you can use various methods to free up space on your device.

1 Syncing and Amazon Cloud

Whenever you purchase Amazon digital content such as books, videos, games, and other digital items, it creates a permanent copy on your Amazon Cloud - an online, secure personal storage space.

  1. Make sure that your Amazon Kindle Tablet is connected wirelessly in order to sync your device to the cloud. You can verify if you are connected online by checking the wireless indicator across the top of your Kindle Fire.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet with wireless indicator selected

  2. If you are connected online, tap a content library in the top navigation bar of your Kindle Fire Tablet like Books, content that downloaded to your device will appear with a check on it and items without a check is being stored on the cloud.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet Books page

  3. You can tap on the content you want to download to your Kindle Fire. Once downloaded it will appear on your home screen.
  4. You can switch over from Cloud to Device. Cloud will show you your full library while Device will show you only the content you downloaded to your device.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet cloud or device switch

  5. You can go to amazon.com/mycd to deliver purchased content to your device.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet website

2 Check Device Storage

To check the remaining storage space of your kindle fire:

  1. Swipe downwards from the top side of the screen.
    Amazon Kindle showing swipe down from top

  2. Tap Settings.
    Amazon Kindle swipe down menu showing settings circled

  3. Tap Device Options.
    Amazon Kindle settings menu showing device options highlighted

  4. Tap Storage.
    Amazon Kindle device options menu showing storage

  5. The remaining storage space will be displayed.
    Amazon Kindle device storage

You can free up some space for your storage device by deleting / uninstalling some apps that you don't use anymore or to clear the browsing history, cache and cookies of your web browser.

3 Uninstall Apps

If a paid app is uninstalled and you want to download it again, you can get it from the Cloud or from the Amazon App store on your device.

To uninstall from Manage Applications:

  1. Swipe downwards from the top side of the screen.
    Swipe method shown on tablet screen

  2. Tap Settings.
    Settings symbol highlighted on drop down menu

  3. Tap Applications.
    Applications option highlighted on Settings screen

  4. Tap Manage All Applications.
    Manage All Applications option highlighted on Applications screen

  5. Under Third-Party Applications.
    Third-Party Applications heading highlighted on Manage All Applications screen

  6. Select Uninstall.
    Uninstall option highlighted on app control screen

To uninstall from the Amazon Cloud:

Amazon's Cloud also offers a way to uninstall Apps. The Cloud saves data online, allowing you to access it anywhere.

  1. Log in to your Amazon account and visit Manage Your Content and Devices page.
  2. Select Actions.
  3. Select Delete.
    App removal steps highlighted on screen

You may need to restart your Kindle Fire after deleting an app to update the content of your storage device.

4 Clear Browsing Data

You may want to clear the browsing history, cache and cookies on your Kindle Fire Silk web browser to free up some space, especially if you're using it for a long period of time. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Silk browser app on the Home Screen.
    Amazon Kindle with Silk Browser highlighted

  2. Select Menu.
  3. Tap Settings.
    Amazon Kindle Silk menu with settings selected
     
  4. Tap Privacy.
    Amazon Kindle Silk Settings with privacy selected

  5. Select Clear Browsing Data. Check the options you want to delete:
    Amazon Kindle Silk settings for clearing browsing data

  6. Select Clear to purge the browsing data.

5 Enable Whispersync

Whispersync synchronizes your content and backs up your data in the cloud. Your content can be accessed and picked up where you left off on another supported app or device that is registered to the same account.

Content supported by Whispersync:

  • Books from the Kindle Store
  • Personal documents that are converted to Kindle format
  • Newspapers and magazines from the Kindle Store
  • Audiobooks from Audible.com
  • Amazon Video
  • Apps and games from Amazon Appstore

Here's how to enable Whispersync:

  1. Swipe down from the top side of the screen.
    Amazon Kindle showing to swipe down

  2. Tap Settings.
    Amazon Kindle swipe down menu showing settings

  3. Under Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings)
  4. Set Whispersync Device Synchronization - ON

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As you use your device, files and apps will eventually accumulate, leaving you with less free space for new content. Once you know how much available storage you have, you can use various methods to free up space on your device.

Whenever you purchase Amazon digital content such as books, videos, games, and other digital items, it creates a permanent copy on your Amazon Cloud - an online, secure personal storage space.

  1. Make sure that your Amazon Kindle Tablet is connected wirelessly in order to sync your device to the cloud. You can verify if you are connected online by checking the wireless indicator across the top of your Kindle Fire.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet with wireless indicator selected

  2. If you are connected online, tap a content library in the top navigation bar of your Kindle Fire Tablet like Books, content that downloaded to your device will appear with a check on it and items without a check is being stored on the cloud.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet Books page

  3. You can tap on the content you want to download to your Kindle Fire. Once downloaded it will appear on your home screen.
  4. You can switch over from Cloud to Device. Cloud will show you your full library while Device will show you only the content you downloaded to your device.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet cloud or device switch

  5. You can go to amazon.com/mycd to deliver purchased content to your device.
    Amazon Kindle Tablet website

To check the remaining storage space of your kindle fire:

  1. Swipe downwards from the top side of the screen.
    Amazon Kindle showing swipe down from top

  2. Tap Settings.
    Amazon Kindle swipe down menu showing settings circled

  3. Tap Device Options.
    Amazon Kindle settings menu showing device options highlighted

  4. Tap Storage.
    Amazon Kindle device options menu showing storage

  5. The remaining storage space will be displayed.
    Amazon Kindle device storage

You can free up some space for your storage device by deleting / uninstalling some apps that you don't use anymore or to clear the browsing history, cache and cookies of your web browser.

If a paid app is uninstalled and you want to download it again, you can get it from the Cloud or from the Amazon App store on your device.

To uninstall from Manage Applications:

  1. Swipe downwards from the top side of the screen.
    Swipe method shown on tablet screen

  2. Tap Settings.
    Settings symbol highlighted on drop down menu

  3. Tap Applications.
    Applications option highlighted on Settings screen

  4. Tap Manage All Applications.
    Manage All Applications option highlighted on Applications screen

  5. Under Third-Party Applications.
    Third-Party Applications heading highlighted on Manage All Applications screen

  6. Select Uninstall.
    Uninstall option highlighted on app control screen

To uninstall from the Amazon Cloud:

Amazon's Cloud also offers a way to uninstall Apps. The Cloud saves data online, allowing you to access it anywhere.

  1. Log in to your Amazon account and visit Manage Your Content and Devices page.
  2. Select Actions.
  3. Select Delete.
    App removal steps highlighted on screen

You may need to restart your Kindle Fire after deleting an app to update the content of your storage device.

You may want to clear the browsing history, cache and cookies on your Kindle Fire Silk web browser to free up some space, especially if you're using it for a long period of time. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Silk browser app on the Home Screen.
    Amazon Kindle with Silk Browser highlighted

  2. Select Menu.
  3. Tap Settings.
    Amazon Kindle Silk menu with settings selected
     
  4. Tap Privacy.
    Amazon Kindle Silk Settings with privacy selected

  5. Select Clear Browsing Data. Check the options you want to delete:
    Amazon Kindle Silk settings for clearing browsing data

  6. Select Clear to purge the browsing data.

Whispersync synchronizes your content and backs up your data in the cloud. Your content can be accessed and picked up where you left off on another supported app or device that is registered to the same account.

Content supported by Whispersync:

  • Books from the Kindle Store
  • Personal documents that are converted to Kindle format
  • Newspapers and magazines from the Kindle Store
  • Audiobooks from Audible.com
  • Amazon Video
  • Apps and games from Amazon Appstore

Here's how to enable Whispersync:

  1. Swipe down from the top side of the screen.
    Amazon Kindle showing to swipe down

  2. Tap Settings.
    Amazon Kindle swipe down menu showing settings

  3. Under Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings)
  4. Set Whispersync Device Synchronization - ON

To install Microsoft One Drive:

  1. Using your web browser, go to http://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/
    URL for one drive

  2. Tap Install.
    Android install page for Microsoft Onedrive

  3. Wait for the application to be downloaded to your device. Once done, tap Open.
    Android app page for Onedrive showing Open highlighted

  4. The app will be launched, then select Sign In.
    Microsoft Onedrive launch page showing sign in highlighted

  5. Type in your email address, then tap on the arrow pointing right.
    Microsoft onedrive showing sign in

  6. Type in your password then, tap on Sign In.
    Microsoft onedrive password field

  7. If 2-factor authentication is enabled you will need to enter the code.
  8. Once signed in, you will be able to start using One Drive by tapping the plus sign (+)
    Microsoft onedrive app page showing blue circle with a plus sign being highlighted

  9. Just tap on the icon for the action you want to perform.
    Microsoft onedrive menu

To install Dropbox:

  1. Using your web browser, go to dropbox.com/install.
    URL for dropbox

  2. Tap Download Dropbox.
    Dropbox download page

  3. The file will be downloaded to your device, once done, tap Install.
    Android app page for dropbox showing install

  4. Tap Open.
    Android Dropbox app install page showing open highlighted

  5. You can sign in using your existing Gmail account or create a new one by signing up.
    Dropbox sign in page

  6. Put a check on the box that says I agree then tap Create Account.
    Create a dropbox account page with terms of service and create account highlighted

  7. Once signed in, you may now use the app.
    Dropbox main use page
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