How to Hard Factory Reset a Fire Tablet

Resetting your Fire tablet to factory settings can help resolve issues, wipe data before selling or gifting the device, and more. This guide will walk you through the steps to successfully hard reset your Fire tablet.

Before Resetting Your Fire Tablet

Before resetting, be sure to:

  • Back up any data you want to keep. A factory reset will wipe all data from your device.
  • Use the built-in Backup & Restore feature to save settings, bookmarks, etc.
  • Manually transfer photos, videos, and other files to a computer.
  • Ensure your tablet is charged enough to complete the reset process. Resetting can take up to 10 minutes.

Method 1: Reset Through Settings

The easiest way to reset is through the Settings app:

  1. Open Settings and tap Device Options.
  2. Tap Reset to Factory Defaults.
  3. Enter your lock screen PIN.
  4. Tap Reset to confirm and begin the reset process.

The tablet will reboot and restore to factory conditions. You can then set up the device as new or restore a backup during setup.

Method 2: Reset Using Hardware Buttons

If your Fire tablet is unresponsive, you can force a hardware reset:

  1. Turn off the tablet by pressing and holding the Power button for 20 seconds.
  2. Press and hold Power + Volume Down for 20+ seconds until the screen goes dark.
  3. Let go then wait for the Fire logo to reappear.
  4. Press Volume Down to enter the reset menu.
  5. Use Power button to select Reset to Factory Defaults.

This will reset your device without needing to access the settings menu.

After Resetting Your Tablet

Once the reset process completes:

  • Set up your tablet like new, including connecting to a WiFi network.
  • Sign in with your Amazon account to redownload purchased apps and content.
  • Enable Backup & Restore to start backing up your device again.

If the tablet won’t power back on, try holding the Power button for 30+ seconds to force a restart.


Tablet won’t reset:

  • For newer Fire models (5th gen or later), press & hold Power + Volume Up instead.
  • If issues persist, contact Amazon support for troubleshooting help.

Can’t sign in after resetting:

  • The reset process deregisters the device from your Amazon account.
  • During setup, select “Already registered?” to sign in and re-register it.

Resetting your Fire tablet restores it to factory fresh condition, resolving many issues and wiping your personal data for a clean slate. Follow the steps in this guide to successfully reset your Fire tablet.