How to Backup and Erase Your Kindle Fire

Maybe you have a Kindle Fire and you’re not that crazy about it. You want to sell the product, give it away, or return it to Amazon or the store where you bought it. You may want to start over and remove all the free Amazon App Store apps, documents, and junk for that day and revert to factory defaults. I will show you how to back up your content and then erase your Kindle Fire and restore it to Factory Default Settings in a few simple steps.

Why would anyone bother? You don’t want the next person to take over the machine accessing your Amazon account, which stores your credit card information and allows them to buy whatever they want. You probably have other accounts as well, such as email, bank accounts you access via a browser, or any online account used on the device.

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The process is not difficult, but should start with a backup. Find a micro USB cable to get started. Kindle Fire doesn’t come with one. Maybe you have one on your cell phone or you can get one cheap online or at a local office or electronics store. Connect the device to your computer and find it in Explorer on Windows or Finder on Mac. You are looking at the built-in SD card and all your documents, books and other personal files. \

To backup your Kindle Fire, copy the files you see in the Kindle Fire folder.

You can choose to copy all files, or if you know what you want to back up, simply copy these files to your computer.

Make sure you properly disconnect the Kindle Fire from the computer by telling Windows or OS X to disconnect it first. To do this, right-click on the icon in Explorer or Finder and extract it.

Erasing Fire

Open Kindle Fire and select settings in the upper right corner of the screen. It looks like a circle with dots around it and sits next to the battery icon. Tap it and select it.

Kindle Fire Settings - choose more

Swipe up to show sub-items in the list and tap . You will see it at the bottom. Tap it and select it.

How to Erase Kindle Fire

It will unregister the device from Amazon and begin erasing all content from the Fire. After the Fire restarts, you will see a message saying that it has deleted itself. After a few minutes, the Fire will finally restart. If you’re planning to sell, give away, or return it, close it and you’re almost done. If you want to start fresh again, you will have to readjust now. Enter your Wi-Fi password, set the Time Zone and enter the correct Amazon account information.

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If you plan to get rid of it, you will want Sign in to your Amazon account and make sure the device is no longer listed. Follow the previous link and select Manage Your Devices to make sure it’s not listed