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Using Alexa on Your Fire Tablet

You can use Alexa on your Fire tablet to ask questions, shop, search, play music, and more. Help for 4th Generation and newer Fire tablets.

Note: Alexa is available on 4th generation and later Fire tablets. The Alexa app from the Amazon Appstore is a companion app for Alexa-enabled devices. If your Fire tablet is not an Alexa-enabled device, it will not support Alexa interactions, even if the Alexa app is downloaded to the device. Some Alexa features and services may also vary by country.

Video: Alexa on Fire Tablets

To activate Alexa on your Fire tablet, hold the device Home button until you see a blue line. When you see this, Alexa is ready and you can give a command or ask a question. You do not need to say “Alexa” when you do this. To learn more about Alexa, see the Alexa and Alexa Device FAQs.

Alexa may display a visual on your Fire tablet’s screen. To dismiss this, tap the back button.

If you want to turn the Alexa feature on or off, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap the Settings (gear) icon, tap Alexa, then tap the switch for Alexa.

Important: Alexa will be disabled by default on Kid's Edition tablets or if you have any Parental Controls enabled on your Fire tablet. Alexa does not work within child profiles or secondary adult profiles.

Alexa Hands-Free Mode

Note: At this time, only 7th Generation Fire tablets and 8th Generation Fire HD 8 tablets support Alexa hands-free. Your 8th Generation Fire HD 8 tablet must have software version 6.3.0.1 or later for Alexa hands-free to work.

To enable or disable Alexa hands-free, swipe down from the top of your tablet’s Home screen and select the Alexa Hands-Free icon in the quick actions menu. Alternatively, you can select the Settings (gear) icon, then select Alexa, and then toggle Hands-Free Mode on or off.

Note: Fire 7 (7th Generation) and Fire HD 8 (7th Generation) devices support Alexa hands-free only when the device is being used, or when the device is connected to a strong power source.

If you have a PIN or password set on your device, certain Alexa features won’t be available without entering it. If you would like to disable Alexa hands-free access when the device is locked:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your tablet’s Home screen, select the Settings (gear) icon.
  2. Select Alexa.
  3. Select Hands-Free Lock Screen Access.

If you have more than one Alexa-enabled device registered to your Amazon account or Household using the same wake word, Alexa responds intelligently from the closest device. If you would like your Fire tablet to respond less frequently when it senses another Echo device nearby:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your tablet’s Home screen, and select the Settings (gear) icon
  2. Select Alexa
  3. Select Tablet ESP Behavior
Additionally, if you have an Amazon branded cover or case, you can close the cover to prevent Alexa responses.

For more information on using multiple Alexa-enabled devices, visit Using Multiple Alexa Devices.

Show Mode

Note: At this time, only 7th Generation Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 devices with software version 5.6.3.0 or later, and 8th Generation Fire HD 8 devices with software version 6.3.0.1 or later support Show Mode.

Seventh Generation Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 tablets, and 8th Generation Fire HD 8 tablets support full screen visual responses to many Alexa hands free requests with a feature called Show Mode. To enable Show Mode, swipe down from the top of your tablet’s home screen and tap the Show Mode switch. Alternatively, you can say “Alexa, switch to Show Mode.” To disable Show Mode, swipe down from the top of the screen and toggle the switch for Show Mode to “off.” Alternatively, you can say “Alexa, exit Show Mode.”

If you have a Show Mode Charging dock, place your Fire tablet in the dock to switch to Show Mode automatically. Remove your device from the dock to exit Show Mode. Make sure Automatic Mode Switching is enabled by opening the Settings menu, then selecting Show Mode and toggle the Automatic Mode Switching setting to "on". For more information about Show Mode, go to Show Mode on Your Fire Tablet. For more information on the Show Mode Charging Dock, go to Use the Show Mode Charging Dock.

Using the Alexa App

You can set and manage settings for some Alexa features using our free Amazon Alexa App for Fire OS, Android, iOS, and supported desktop web browsers (available at https://alexa.amazon.co.uk/).

Your Alexa-enabled Fire tablet should already have the Alexa app installed. You can find it with your other apps on the Home screen by swiping up if needed.

Alexa Calling and Messaging with the Alexa App

Alexa Calling and Messaging is a service that provides calling and messaging between supported Echo devices or Fire tablets with the Alexa app. To learn more, go to About Alexa Communication.

Announcements - You can ask Alexa to make announcements on all compatible Alexa enabled devices, or Fire tablets using Show Mode, on your account, like a one-way intercom.

Drop In - Drop In is an optional feature that helps you to instantly connect, hands free, to all compatible Alexa enabled devices, or Fire tablets using Show Mode, in your home. When you enable Drop In and grant permission to your devices, it applies to your household members. If you have more than two devices, you can specify the device you want to connect with by name.

To manage your Alexa Calling and Messaging settings, visit Settings, select Alexa, and then select Communication. From here, you can turn Drop In on or off, or you can turn Calling and Messaging on or off.

To activate Drop In, say “Drop in on Home,” and Alexa lists the devices that are in your home.

Important: Announcements and Drop In are supported on compatible Fire Tablets. Incoming Announcements and incoming Drop In requests on Fire tablets are only available when the tablet is in Show Mode.

Shopping with Alexa

Amazon Prime members with a U.K. billing address and their 1-Click payment method set up can use Alexa to shop on Amazon.

You can say things like “Order [item name],” “Reorder [item name],” or “Add [item name] to my cart.”

When you place an order using voice purchasing, Alexa completes the transaction using the default 1-Click payment method in Your Account. Orders you place for physical products using Alexa voice purchasing are also eligible for free returns.

You can disable voice purchasing or require a four-digit speakable confirmation code in the Alexa app or from a web browser on your computer. If you want to configure voice purchasing settings, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device, or visit https://alexa.amazon.co.uk/ on your computer, and then open the left navigation menu.
  2. Select Settings, then Voice Purchasing.
  3. Use the Purchase by voice switch to turn voice purchasing on or off.

If you'd like to require a four-digit confirmation code for your purchases, enter the code into the field, and then select Save Changes. When you enable a confirmation code, Alexa will ask you to say it before completing a purchase.

Go to Shop for Prime-Eligible Items with Alexa for a list of voice commands and more information.

To learn more, go to Place Orders with Alexa and Shopping.

Search with Alexa

Asking Alexa to “Search for” or “Find” something will bring up results in your Fire tablet’s universal search, including Web results from Bing, shopping results from Amazon, and the Amazon content you’ve downloaded to your device in My Stuff.

Listen to Music and Media with Alexa

You can use Alexa to stream music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more from popular streaming services.

You can say things like "Play some music” or "Play the song, [song name]" or “Play some [genre name] music.”

Go to Listen to Your Music for a list of Alexa voice commands for music.

To listen to Audible audiobooks, you can say things like “Read [title]” or “Play the book, [title].”

Alexa will not show the text of a book onscreen or activate immersion reading when reading a book. Go to Listen to Your Audiobooks for voice commands and more information.

If you ask Alexa to play music or read a book, player controls will appear on the screen. The audio will continue to play after you’ve dismissed the visual. If you want to stop the music or pause the book, you can see the player controls again by swiping down from the top of the screen. You can also tell Alexa “Pause” or “Resume.”

You can also adjust the device volume. Say “Volume up” or “Volume down” to change the volume.

For information on streaming services compatible with Alexa, visit Ways to Listen to Music & Media on Alexa.

Ask Alexa a Question

Alexa can answer a variety of questions about people, geography, dates, music, sports, and more. Alexa can also spell, define words, complete conversions, and make simple calculations.

You can ask Alexa questions like “Who is [name]?” "When is [holiday]?" or "What is the definition of [word]?" and much more.

News, Weather & Traffic

Alexa can give you updates on the news, weather, and traffic. To check your weather, you’ll need to add your address to the Alexa app. To check traffic, first set your starting point and destination in the Alexa app.

You can say things like “What’s new?” “What’s the weather?” or “How is traffic?”

For more information, visit Accounts and Alexa.

Update Calendar, Create Lists, and Set Alarms and Timers

Currently, Alexa supports Google Calendar accounts. After you link your calendar in the Alexa app, you can ask Alexa to add new events or review upcoming events on your calendar. For more information, visit Calendars with Alexa.

To set an alarm or timer, you can say things like “Set an alarm for 7:30 a.m.” or “Set a timer for 10 minutes.” Using the Alexa app, you can manage the alarms and timers you have already set, but to create a new alarm or timer, you will need to use a voice command. For more information, visit About Timers & Alarms.

You can manage lists with Alexa to keep track of important tasks and items to purchase. For more information, visit Manage Your Lists.

For more information, visit Help Around the House with Alexa.

Smart Home

You can discover and control supported smart home devices with your Fire tablet.

To explore compatible devices, you can check out https://www.amazon.co.uk/alexasmarthome.

For more information, visit Alexa Smart Home.

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