Hard Reset the Kindle Fire to Factory Settings (even without the password)

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a high quality tablet that comes with a large 7” multi-touch screen featuring IPS technology, 1024 x 600 pixels resolutions, as well as anti-reflective treatment. Thanks to the amazing colors and efficiency of the display, it is optimal for reading books and magazines directly on your Kindle. Resetting the device to its original settings is useful whenever your PIN code is not working, you’d like to erase all data, or you want to sell it to someone else. This article is going to teach you how to hard reset the Kindle Fire with and without the password.

In some cases, we perform a master reset especially so we can have a brand new tablet that has no data stored on it. However, you may also experience software-related problems due to bugs and viruses. In this situation, our recommendation is to save everything you can before getting started with the process. We will explain how to do this at a later point, but before we move any further there are a few more details you should know about this Kindle.


First of all, the Kindle Fire runs on Android OS v2.3 and can be easily customized to another operating system. In addition, it features a non-removable Li-Ion 4400 mAh battery, a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, and 512 MB of RAM. In terms of connectivity, the tablet does not come with Bluetooth, but it’s equipped with a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot and is perfectly adapted for browsing the internet.


There are many ways of resetting a Kindle Fire; however, you may have dealt with a few issues in the past, due to forgetting your passcode. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to remember the password to have a functional tablet. Before we show you how to do this, it’s important to save all the data on to an external device – it can be your PC, another tablet or phone, or even an external hard drive. It’s easy to connect the Kindle to your computer using the USB cable and transfer everything into a different folder!

Once you’re done saving the files, you can disconnect the cable and get ready for the reset itself. The first way of doing it is the easiest and fastest method, but also the only solution for those of you who forgot their passcode:

  1. Try inserting the password for about 5 times – if you don’t remember the password, enter a random code; if you do remember it, enter the wrong code every time.
  2. After entering the wrong passcode for 5 times, the tablet will be asking for your permission to reboot – click on Reset Now to confirm.
  3. When prompted tap Erase Everything and wait for a few minutes before trying to use the tablet again.

Kindle-Fire-Device-settingsIf you’re still able to log into your device, use the touchscreen and access the settings, you can safely use the second method. This one uses the main menu, as follows:

  1. From the Home Screen tap the Quick Settings icon on the tablet.
  2. Tap More to see extra options and go to Device.
  3. Choose Reset to Factory Defaults from the bottom of the screen and wait for the Factory Data Reset message to pop up.
  4. Confirm by tapping Erase Everything and read the additional message and instructions if necessary.
  5. The Kindle Fire will now be reset to factory data and should be ready to use in a maximum of 5 minutes.