How to Take a Kindle Fire Screenshot

Share your screen with others on Kindle Fire, Fire HD, and Fire HDX

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While the first few generations of Kindle Fire did not support screen captures, it's possible to take screenshots on Amazon Fire Tablets made after 2012. Whether you have an Amazon Fire HD or Fire HDX tablet, you can capture, save, and share what you see on your screen.

The original Kindle Fire is no longer in production, but the Amazon Fire Tablet is still called Kindle Fire. Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets are referred to as Kindle Fire in this tutorial since the process to take screenshots is the same.

How to Take and Save a Kindle Fire Screenshot

To take a Kindle Fire screenshot, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time for a second. You'll hear a chime and see a small image of the screenshot appear briefly in the center of the screen. The screenshot is automatically saved to your device's internal storage.

Power button and volume control buttons on the Amazon Fire tablet

Press both buttons simultaneously. If you press the Volume Down button before you press the Power button, the volume bar may appear in the screenshot.

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

How to Find Screenshots Taken on Kindle Fire

To access your screenshot:

  1. Tap the Amazon Photos icon on the home screen.

    Photo icon on Amazon Fire

    To open the photo app on newer Fire tablets, go to the menu bar and tap the Photos tab.

  2. Amazon Photos opens and displays your most recent screenshot along with other pictures you took or downloaded.

    With Amazon Photos open, you should see your most recent screenshot along with other pictures you've taken or downloaded.
  3. To upload screenshots to your Amazon Cloud Drive, and access your images on any device, tap an image to view it in fullscreen, tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the screen, then tap Upload.

    Upload button on Amazon Fire
  4. Photos that haven't been transferred to the cloud have a cloud with a slash through it located in the lower-right corner of the image.

How to Transfer Kindle Fire Screenshots to a PC

To transfer Kindle Fire screenshots to a Windows PC:

  1. Connect both devices to each other using a USB cable. Use the cable that came with your Fire Tablet or any micro USB-to-USB cable.

  2. If the Fire tablet doesn't automatically open on the computer, open File Explorer, locate the drive that corresponds to the tablet, then double-click Fire.

    Fire icon in Windows 10

    If this is the first time you've connected the tablet to the PC, wait for the device to install the necessary drivers. This process happens automatically and takes a few seconds.

  3. Double-click the Internal storage folder.

    Internal Storage icon in Windows 10
  4. Double-click the Pictures folder.

    Pictures icon in Windows 10
  5. Double-click the Screenshots folder.

    Screenshots icon in Windows 10
  6. To copy the files to the computer, drag the files to the desktop or to a folder on the PC.

How to Transfer Kindle Fire Screenshots to a Mac

If you have a Mac, download the free Android File Transfer app to transfer files from Kindle Fire to your computer.

To transfer Kindle Fire screenshots to a Mac:

  1. Open a web browser, go to android.com/filetransfer, and follow the installation instructions.

  2. After the app installs, use a USB cable to plug the Kindle Fire into your Mac. The transfer app launches automatically.

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

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

How to Share Screenshots Taken on a Kindle Fire

To share your screenshots through 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 (to the left of the three vertical dots) to open a menu of apps.

    Choose Application icon on Kindle Fire
  4. Tap the email app or the social media app you want to use to share your photo.

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

When you email a photo from Kindle Fire, the photo is sent as an attachment. The recipient must download the file before they can view it.

How to Share Kindle Fire Screenshots in a Text Message

It's possible to send Kindle Fire screenshots in a text message using an app like Tablet Talk, TextMe, or Skype. These apps sync your tablet with a smartphone so that 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.