Can You Take Pictures With the Kindle Fire HD?

by Andy Walton
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Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD support taking photos via a front-facing camera. Unlike some other tablets, the Kindle Fire HD does not have a dedicated camera app available from its dashboard. Instead, the device's camera controls are accessed through an option in its photo library app. Once taken, photos are automatically uploaded to the user's Amazon Cloud Drive, creating an online backup that can be shared or accessed from other devices.

Step 1

Tap the “Home” button to access the device's Home screen and then select the “Photos” menu option to launch the photo library menu.

Step 2

Tap the camera button to bring up the device's camera controls.

Tap the shutter button to take a picture. The photo will appear as an on-screen thumbnail icon.


  • Camera controls are available only on devices running version 7.2.2 or later of the Kindle Fire HD operating system.


  • To prevent the Kindle Fire HD from automatically uploading your photos to Amazon Cloud Drive, first tap the “Photos” menu option and then select “Menu.” Tap “Settings” and then set the “Automatic Uploads” toggle to “Off.”


Photo Credits

  • David McNew/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Andy Walton has been a technology writer since 2009, specializing in networking and mobile communications. He was previously an IT technician and product manager. Walton is based in Leicester, England, and holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Leeds.

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