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Amazon Fire tablets aren’t your typical Android pads. Aside from being great media consumption and general use devices, they operate as a central hub for all things Amazon. Those who use the popular online retailer’s services will find these to be front and center on Amazon’s own tablets. You can easily access Amazon Shopping, Kindle, Audible, Amazon Music, Prime Video, and more. Alexa can even control your intelligent devices, and you can even your Amazon Fire tablet into a smart home control hub.

Also read: The best Amazon devices you can buy right now

You’ve come to the right place if you’re wondering how this is done. Today we’ll show you how to turn your Amazon Fire tablet into a smart home control hub. This will make it simple to turn lights on/off, view security camera footage, control thermostats, and more.


Requirements 

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Turning Amazon Fire tablets into smart home control hubs is simple when everything is set up correctly. Devices may not operate correctly otherwise.

  • This feature rolled out to some 2018 devices. Newer Amazon tablets support it. Make sure your specific tablet supports the feature.
  • The smart home devices need to be compatible with the Device Dashboard and Amazon Alexa. These include smart lights, plugs, switches, thermostats, and cameras.
  • Smart home devices need to be connected to your Alexa account and listed in the Alexa app.
  • Connect the Amazon Fire tablet to the same account as the Amazon Alexa app.
  • Your Fire tablet, Alexa app, and smart home devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Upgrade your Fire tablet, Alexa app, and smart home devices to the latest software available.
  • Make sure your smart home device is operating. Dead batteries, network issues, unplugged cables, and powered off modes will create issues.
  • Some devices connect to Alexa through a skill. Make sure you set it up first.

More: The best smart home gadgets currently available


How to turn your Amazon Fire tablet into a smart home control hub

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Turn your Amazon Fire tablet on and tap on the Device Dashboard button. It’s located in the bottom of the screen, to the left of the navigation buttons. Tile view of all smart devices will become visible. There will be buttons to operate them on the bottom of each tile. You can tap on the Edit option to pin your favorite tiles to the top. If you have compatible devices, you’ll see buttons for turning all lights or switches on or off. Additionally, there’s a shortcut for managing devices within the Alexa app. Other shortcuts include your categories or routines.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for those who need a more clear view of the instructions.

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  1. Make sure your Amazon Fire tablet, Alexa app, and smart home devices meet all requirements listed in the previous section.
  2. Turn on and unlock the Amazon Fire tablet.
  3. Tap on the Device Dashboard button located in the bottom-left corner of the screen (to the left of the navigation buttons).
  4. Device Dashboard includes: Options to turn all plugs/lights on or off, tiles for controlling each smart home device, category views, and routine shortcuts.
  5. Next to Pinned & Recent Devices, tap on Edit to pin your favorite tiles to the top.
  6. Tap on Manage Devices in Alexa App to dig deeper into setting up your smart devices.

Fire OS 7 and higher Amazon Fire tablets can access the Device Dashboard straight from the lock screen. Press the power button, tap on the Device Dashboard button in the bottom-left corner, and swipe away from it.