Choosing a tablet for kids was a long process for me and in the end I bought both the leappad and the kids kindle fire to compare them. They both have setup hurdles for the not so tech savvy parent and as a person who considers herself to be tech savvy I had to google a lot of my head scratching moments when trying to setup my new tablets.
My kids now each have a kids kindle fire tablet as it seemed the best choice as they were outgrowing the leappad and its constricting environment.
After the black friday deals I shared about the tablet and a lot of my readers bought their kids tablets for Christmas I decided that a setup guide was timely.
I talk about all the things I am about to write down here in the video, but sometimes you just need a quick glance to solve a little problem. This page will be great to pin or share on facebook with other parents who I expect will be struggling with making the kids kindle fire run well.
Lets dive right in!
When you unpack your new tablet and turn it on the prompts to set up are pretty basic. Just follow what it wants. Sign in with your Amazon account, which will add the tablet to your amazon profile, and connect the wi-fi. On your home screen when it is done installing find the freetime app, click that and setup your first kids profile. If you have more than one child you can setup another by going to the settings (pull from the top for a menu) then profiles & family library. Inside there click add a child until everyone is added.
Kids Kindle Fire Setup – Watch the video:
TIP: Pre-download some apps before giving a tablet to the child. Downloading and installing is a pain for kids with a shiny new tablet they just want to play with!
Quick things to set:
Screen brightness – drag the menu from the top of the screen before logging in and reduce the brightness to help little eyes.
Volume – use the buttons on the side of the device to make the volume level acceptable.
How to setup the Kids kindle fire tablet
How to hide / remove multiple profiles from the login screen
I hide the other kids profiles so they don’t go into each others profiles and have access to content that was not selected for their age. It also prevents the child from downloading apps across many profiles.
Settings – profiles & family library – select the profile to hide – untick “show profile on lock screen” – confirm to hide profile on lock screen
Delete / block apps
Sometimes certain apps can be frustrating or even inappropriate to your parenting style. I remove these from the profiles.
Settings – profiles & family library – select profile to remove from – remove content – remove unwanted freetime unlimited items – browse or search – type name – click block these titles
Too advanced items in the app / video selections?
One of the things that I got a bit frustrated by was the availability of things per age group. I highly recommend that parents setup their kids tablets so that they can see what is being shown. For my 7 year old I was not happy with the content shown for his age. I think most of the things selected are popular in America but as we are in another country it isn’t much a big deal to him. I turned down the age setting to 5 for content I was happier with. Change the smart filter until you are happy.
How to change your smart filter.
Settings – profiles & family library – select profile – smart filters – dial down the age until you are happy.
Add Apps, books and videos from your amazon shop purchases.
The app store on amazon has a few educational apps that I have purchased for learning such as teach your monster to read so I have shared them with the kids profiles in order to give them access.
Settings -profiles & family library – select profile – add content – then select the app, books or other items to share.
In the kids profile you will now find this app available to download under the sections when your browse for new apps or books.
How to disable the kids camera and photo gallery.
Tons of photos from the camera can be a real drag on the small memory space of the tablet, especially if you opted for the smaller size or don’t have an extra storage card just yet.
Settings -profiles & family library – select profile – camera settings -> enable camera & photo gallery. Untick this option. Also make sure the option just under it labeled auto-save setting for photos and videos is all UN-ticked to keep the items from uploading to your amazon prime photo storage online.
How to get ride of the millions of photos the kids take!
Download the app “es file explorer” from the app store to remove all those unwanted images! (see my video above for the detailed how, just a little over 17 min in)
Maintenance on your kids kindle fire
1. Archive unused content -> settings – storage – archive now
2. Remove unwanted photos ->Use your trusty es file explorer app to move all those images!
When all else fails and your tablet is just full of apps and photos try a factory reset of the tablet. Found under settings – device options – reset to factory defaults. Choose not to backup and not restore anything and your tablet will be clean.
A word of warning though, make sure you know the password to your amazon account 100%. I have signed in under what I thought was my current password when it was not and I had no access to anything prime to watch, because it wasn’t my main account. It made a ghost account instead because the password was wrong. It is definitely a flaw amazon need to fix.
Also for the record these tablets come with a years worth of freetime and it is about $7 a month after that time is up. See the info here on freetime.