How to Use Alexa on a Fire Tablet

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Amazon's digital assistant Alexa started out on its Echo speaker, and the mega-retailer added its personal aide to Fire tablets in 2016. The one catch, though, is that it's not as easy to summon Alexa from these slates as it is from the Echo.How to Use Alexa on a Fire Tablet

When we first tried to test it out, Alexa wouldn't summon to our touch (we wish it would respond to simply talking, but that might confuse your Alexa-based speakers) which is how we learned that you may need to change certain settings for your tablet to work with Alexa.

MORE: Best Alexa Skills - Top 50 Cool and Useful Things Alexa Can Do

Here's everything you need to know about using Alexa on a Fire tablet.

1. Hold down on the Home button. If the navigation bar is not visible, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal it.01 3242711517935259

2. A glowing blue line should appear, (if it doesn't, skip to How to Enable Alexa), signifying Alexa is ready to hear you.02 3242711517935259

3. Ask Alexa for something, here I asked about about the weather.09a

4. For more Alexa controls, open the Alexa app from the home screen.1517935343273

Here, you can manage Siri's settings, connected skills and edit reminders and alarms.kicker

How to Enable Alexa

There's a chance your system needs to be updated to get the Alexa feature. Here's how to perform a system update.

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.1517934601532

2. Select Settings.1517934594251

3. Tap Device Options.1517934694995

4. Make sure the Alexa switch is turned on.1517934740951

5. If there is no Alexa switch, tap System Updates.1517934769347

6. Tap Check Now, and follow the instructions.1517934923077

If you still don't see the blue line when you hold down the Home button, you might need to disable parental controls.

How to Disable Parental Controls

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.1517935000280

2. Tap the settings icon.1517935204014

3. Under Personal, tap Parental Controls.1517935236480

4. Enter your password. 1517934094449

5. Disable the Parental Controls setting. You must disable parental controls for if you want Alexa, as there's no granular setting to make it available.1517934553039

6. Hold the Home button to summon Alexa.



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Henry T. Casey
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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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