How to Take a Kindle Fire Screenshot

A quick and easy way to share your screen with others

A young boy sits at a kitchen table holding an Amazon Fire Tablet

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Taking a Kindle Fire screenshot is easy if you have an Amazon Fire HD of Fire HDX tablet. Let's learn how to capture, save, and share what you see on your screen.

While the first few generations of Kindle Fire tablets did not support screen captures natively, newer Fire tablets make the process very simple. The original Kindle Fire is no longer in production, but most people still call Amazon Fire Tablets "Kindle Fire." Therefore, Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets will both be referred to as "Kindle Fire" in this tutorial, as the instructions for taking screenshots are the same for all generations released after 2012.

How to Take and Save a Kindle Fire Screenshot

  1. To take a Kindle Fire screenshot, just hold down the power and volume down buttons at the same time.

    Power button and volume control buttons on the Amazon Fire tablet

    These buttons are located on the side of your tablet. Their exact location may differ depending on which generation of Fire you have, but if you can turn on your device, then it should be fairly obvious.

  2. After holding down both buttons for about a second, you should hear a chime and see a smaller image of your screenshot appear briefly in the center of the screen. The screenshot will be automatically saved to your device's internal storage.

You must press both buttons simultaneously. If you press the volume down button before pressing the power button, the volume bar might appear in your screenshot.

It's possible to take landscape or portrait Kindle Fire screenshots; however, Amazon tablets have a built-in feature that prevents users from taking screenshots of videos, so you can't capture stills from Netflix or Hulu.

How to Find Screenshots Taken on Kindle Fire

  1. To view your Kindle Fire screenshots on your device, just tap the Amazon Photos icon on your home screen.

    The Amazon Photos icon on the Kindle Fire home screen

    If you have a newer Fire tablet, there's also a Photos tab in your top menu bar you can tap to open the photo app.

  2. With Amazon Photos open, you should see your most recent screenshot along with other pictures you've taken or downloaded.

    Amazon Photos preview screen
  3. From here, you can upload your screenshots to your Amazon Cloud Drive, which allows you to access your images on any device. Just tap an image to view it in fullscreen, tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen to open a drop-down menu, then tap Upload.

    The options menu in Amazon Photos
  4. When viewing all of your photos, those that haven't been transferred to the cloud will have a cloud with a slash through it located in the lower right corner of the image.

See Amazon Cloud Drive: Store and Share Your Video Files for more tips on making the most of your Amazon Cloud Drive.

How to Transfer Kindle Fire Screenshots to a Computer

To transfer your Kindle Fire screenshots to a Windows PC:

  1. First, connect both devices to each other via a USB cable. You can use the cable that came with your Fire tablet or any micro USB-to-USB cable.

  2. Once the devices are connected, open the USB drive on your computer, then navigate to Kindle > Internal storage > Pictures > Screenshots.

If you have a Mac, you must download the free Android File Transfer app before you can transfer files directly from your Kindle Fire to your computer. To transfer Kindle Fire screenshots to a Mac:

  1. On your Mac, visit android.com/filetransfer in any web browser and follow the installation instructions.

  2. With the app installed on your Mac, plug in your Kindle Fire using a USB cable. The transfer app should launch automatically.

  3. In the Android File Transfer app window, navigate to Pictures > Screenshots.

Alternatively, if you uploaded your pictures to the cloud, you can just download them from your Amazon Cloud drive.

How to Share Screenshots Taken on a Kindle Fire

To share your screenshots via email or social media:

  1. Open Amazon Photos.

  2. Tap the desired image to view it in fullscreen.

  3. Tap the three connected dots in the upper right corner of the screen (directly left of the three vertical dots) to make a menu of apps appear in the center of the screen

    Amazon Photos share meu
  4. Tap the email app or the social media app you wish to use to share your photo

  5. If you haven't already synced your Kindle Fire with your email or social media accounts, your device will walk you through the process before your image gets posted to Facebook, Tumblr or wherever else you want it to be seen.

When you email photos from your Kindle Fire, they are sent as attachments, so the recipient must download the file before they can view it.

It's even possible to send Kindle Fire screenshots via text message with the help of apps like Tablet Talk, TextMe or Skype. These apps allow you to sync your tablet with a smartphone so you can send and receive text messages from your Kindle Fire. Unless your device supports 4G, you'll need a Wi-Fi connection to text from your tablet. Keep in mind your phone provider's texting charges will apply.