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Update to Amazon Kindle Fire adds Parental Controls and more

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Update to Amazon Kindle Fire adds Parental Controls and more
The fact that the Amazon Kindle Fire is a low-priced tablet and the most popular Android flavored one as well might lead to the device ending up in the hands of many youngsters. For many parents, this isn't an issue. For others, it might seem like they have given their sweet little angel Pandora's Box. In order for those parents to feel more comfortable with giving their kids a tablet, the latest firmware update for the Amazon Kindle Fire brings Parental Controls to the unit.

The update to version 6.3.1 should automatically be installed on the device and if it isn't, you can go to the sourcelink for instructions on how to manually download it. After the update, you will find Parental Controls which allows you to password protect certain functions like streaming video and even making purchases at Amazon's Appstore. With password protection enabled, the user will have to enter a previously set password to make a purchase, or stream video. Parents can also completely block functions like Web, Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, Docs and Apps. On the main Kindle Fire screen, any function blocked will be "grayed out" and will be unavailable for use.

The Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire

If someone tries to access one of the blocked functions, a pop-up appears to say that it has been blocked and asks if the user wants to cancel the request or go to Settings to disable Parental Controls. The easiest way to do this would have been for Amazon to allow a parent to enter the password to temporarily disable the block. Instead, if a parent wants to use an area of the tablet that he previously blocked, it would require a trip to Settings and a removal of Parental Controls. Of course, this means that the parent has to remember to enable the controls again once he is done using the tablet.

There are other new features being added to the tablet with the update, including the ability to share specific parts of a book that you are reading on the tablet, to your social networks. Students will now be able to buy print-replica text books at a savings of as much as 60% over the cost of buying the textbook and the clock for renting a video now starts ticking once you begin to view it instead of when you downloaded the video as in the past. You can view the entire changelist at the sourcelink.

source: Amazon via MobileBurn

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posted on 06 May 2012, 10:17 2

1. Allen3697 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I'm 16, so I can see why my parents would want this, but I've been rooted since Christmas. They don't know the difference, so it's all good.

posted on 06 May 2012, 10:30

2. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


good for you boy!

posted on 06 May 2012, 12:56

3. chebner (Posts: 65; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Does anyone know if parental control is enabled by default and if so what the initial default password is?

Yesterday my daughter tried to download a game from the app store and it prompted her for the parental control password. I didn't remember enabling parental control so I have no clue what the password is. This article confirms that I never set a password in the past because parental control didn't exist until now.

Here's the kicker. If you don't know the password the only option is to reset to factory defaults and completely start over with a brand new unit.

Has anyone else experienced this issue?

posted on 12 May 2012, 02:59

4. mong1970 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 May 2012)


We can help kindle with it. And education. If it were applied to children who are minors. I need to set rules in the regulations. Otherwise, the children are too personal.
It is a disadvantage.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 11:57

5. sgrmama1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


I did not set parental control on my daughters kindle fire. Therefore, I do not know the password. Is there a way I can go in and change to a new password? I don't want to reset her kindle because she will lose all of her purchases and downloads.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 14:54

6. chebner (Posts: 65; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The same thing happened to my daughter's Kindle. When the update installed it turned the parental controls on by default, I didn't turn them on so I didn't have the password either. Your only option is to do a factory reset. This shouldn't be too difficult to recover from. Once reset as long as you activate it with the same account you won't have to repurchase anything. Amazon keeps track of all the apps downloaded and purchased for each account. You will however have to reconfigure the email if you have that set up.

To get the apps back... Once the reset completes and you have reactivated the kindle go to the Apps and click on cloud. Everything ever purchased or downloaded should be there. Then you just need to reinstall them. It is a hassle, but not too difficult.

Good luck.

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