Restore Kindle Fire to Factory Settings

If you are having issues with your Fire HD or are going to sell it, you’ll want to erase all data and reset it to factory settings first. Here’s how.

Sometimes you’ll need to reset your Kindle Fire to default factory settings. For instance, if you forget your Lock Screen password, or something goes wrong when you’re rooting your device. And if you are planning on selling your device, you will definitely want to set it to factory default since it erases all your data and settings.

Reset Kindle Fire HD to Factory Settings

First, click the Settings icon at the top of the screen and tap More.


Next, in the Settings menu tap on Device.


Scroll down on the next screen and tap Reset to Factory Defaults.

reset factory defaults

Verify you want to erase everything and reset to factory defaults. Tap Erase Everything. Remember this will get rid of your account settings and downloaded content.


The process of resetting your Kindle Fire to factory default kicks off.

starting reset

During the process, your Kindle Fire will restart. It takes about five minutes.

power off

When the Kindle Fire returns from the restart, you need to reconnect to your WiFi network.

connect to network

Then log into your Amazon account again.

sign into account

And pick your Time Zone.

Time Zone

Navigate through the tutorial again.


After that, you can start using your Kindle Fire again. Although all of the music you’ve put on your local device, you can still access everything that you’ve uploaded to Amazon servers.

Cloud Music



  1. erraydiansilver

    I was wondering does this erase all the passwords and cookies?

    • alfred

      Yes it does.

      • Steve Krause


    • Brian Burgess

      Yep. All gone.

  2. Jim

    Does this delete the internal sd card portion like /sdcard/games or /sdcard/documents ???? Someone told me they did a factory reset on the kindle fire and that the sd card wasnt deleted so they could still have their backups?? Can someone confirm this please?

  3. Nancy

    Thanks for explaining how to reset a Kindle Fire correctly.

  4. Tani

    I did this factory reset- my problem is I can’t remember my password!!!! How can I retrieve my password with Amazon!

  5. BetaDachi

    Is it possible to keep wifi settings when you factory reset?

    • Brian Burgess

      No. You will need to reconnect

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