When Amazon first created their Kindle Fire, it was met with mixed reviews. Some people couldn’t wait to rush out and get one for themselves, while others immediately condoned the Fire for not being a “true” tablet.
But Amazon has always maintained that their Fire is not a tablet. It’s an e-reader with lots of extras. Today, the device is growing in popularity, as more and more people are adding the affordable little gadget to early holiday wish lists. If you’re lucky enough to already own a Kindle Fire, here are some easy tips and tricks for making the most out of your e-reader:
Copy and Paste
It’s easy to copy and paste text from your Kindle Fire. Simply tap on a word and hold your finger until two small markers appear on either side of it. From there, you can drag the arrows to highlight the text you want to copy.
Once you’ve highlighted, tap on the text and select Copy. Your text will then be added to your clipboard. When you’re ready to paste, just press and hold on a text field. A list of commands will come up, and you can select Paste.
Get Paid Apps for Free
Any tech junkie will tell you that the real expense in owning a tablet, smart phone, e-reader, or other device is filling it up with all of the cool stuff you want. But the folks at Amazon have created some really great ways to save Kindle Fire users cash.
Every day, they give away a paid application to users for free. Simply click on Apps and then Store to see today’s free app at the top of the screen. (You’ll be able to see what it normally sells for, as well.)
Additionally, you can download samples of books before purchasing, so you don’t end up buying something you don’t want to read, saving you from buyer’s remorse.
Create a Security Password
If you use Amazon Prime to make your transactions easier, your Fire is linked to your account. This means that if your device is lost or stolen, someone can access your account, change your information, and make unauthorized purchases using your credit card with a single click.
To keep your account safe, consider setting up a security password. Click on the Settings gear icon in the top right corner. Click on More, and then Security. Slide the Lock Screen Password to the On position. You’ll then be prompted to create a password.
Extend Your Battery by Turning off Wi-Fi
If you don’t plan on going online, you can add serious oomph to your battery life by switching off your Wi-Fi.
Simply click on the Settings gear and then select the Wi-Fi button. Move the slider to the Off position and you’re good to go.