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How to hard reset an Amazon Fire tablet

Can't restart your tablet? Force it to!
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November 10, 2022

Sometimes smartphones and tablets freeze or stop functioning for various reasons. This makes it impossible to turn a device on or off using the usual on-screen actions. There is a different way to reboot your tablet. Today we’ll show you the ins and outs of how to hard reset an Amazon Fire tablet.

Read more: Here’s a complete guide to learn how to use Fire OS

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

There are different types of resets. The most common one is a soft reset, which is a normal reboot. Then there are the hard reset and factory data reset methods.

A hard reset is an alternate method for restarting or rebooting a device. It usually involves performing a series of hardware button presses. All this does is force a restart on your device. A hard reset will not delete data, affect apps, or make any changes. This is usually done when a device is unresponsive, and you can’t turn it off the standard way.

On the other hand, a factory data reset is a process that takes your device back to factory settings. It will delete all apps, data, settings, and any files stored on the device. The tablet’s software will be left just as it would if it were new.

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You can hard reset an Amazon Fire tablet by pressing the Power button and holding it for about 10 seconds. This will turn off the device. Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds to turn it on again.

Some Amazon Fire tablets, like the 5th through 7th generation models, will require pressing the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously. Similarly, press and hold them for 10-20 seconds until the device shuts off. Then press the Power button again for a few seconds to turn it back on.


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How to hard reset an Amazon Fire tablet

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Hard resetting your Amazon Fire tablet is simple, but it can be a different process, depending on your device.

Hard resetting most Amazon Fire tablets:

  1. Press and hold the Power button for about 10 seconds, or until the de device shuts off.
  2. Press the Power button for a few seconds to turn it back on.

Hard resetting 5th to 7th generation Amazon Fire tablets:

  1. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds, or until the device shuts off.
  2. Press the Power button for a few seconds to turn it back on.

How to factory reset an Amazon Fire tablet

If your Amazon Fire tablet continues to have issues, it might be a simple software problem or something going rogue in the settings. Factory resets are a bit extreme, but they often fix software issues. You should also do this when you’re selling or handing the tablet off to another person.

Factory resetting your Amazon Fire tablet from the settings:

This method is for those who can actually use the Amazon Fire tablet. Those with an unresponsive one should go to the next instruction set.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Device Options.
  3. Select Reset to Factory Defaults.
  4. Hit Reset.
  5. Let the device do its thing. It will restart, and you can set it up again.

Factory resetting your Amazon Fire tablet using the Recovery Mode:

You’ll have to dig deeper into the device’s software if it’s not responsive, and you need to perform a factory reset. This can be done from the Recovery Mode. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Turn off the device. You can use the hard reset methods listed above if it’s not responsive.
  2. With the device off, press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons until the Android Recovery screen appears. It has blue and orange text, with a black background.
    1. Some devices, like the 3rd generation Kindle Fire HD and 5th generation or newer Amazon Fire tablet will use the Power and Volume Down button combination.
  3. Use the Volume buttons to navigate up and down, and the Power button to select.
  4. Select wipe data/factory reset.
  5. Confirm by selecting Yes.
  6. Let the device do its thing. It will throw you back to the main menu when done.
  7. Select reboot system now.
  8. The device will restart, and you can set it up again.

Next: The most common Amazon Fire tablet problems and how to fix them

FAQs

Sometimes, a simple reboot is all it takes to fix an unresponsive Amazon Fire tablet. If anything, it’s worth a try. It won’t fix more serious issues, though.

A factory reset will delete all apps, files, and settings. The software will be taken back to factory settings and left as if the device was new. You’ll have to set the device up all over again.

No. A factory reset will wipe your device clean, and no personal data will be left after it’s performed. The only way to keep your files is by backing them up before doing the factory reset. Of course, this is not an option if the device is unresponsive.

If none of these methods work, chances are you have a pretty severe problem going on with your Amazon Fire tablet. It’s time to reach out to Amazon, a technician, or your insurance provider, if you have one.