How to Turn a Kindle Fire to English Settings

By Aaron Parson

Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HD in 2012.
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Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets run on Android but use a modified version of the system that differs from the one found on most other Android devices. These differences include the Setup utility, through which you can alter your tablet's language. This language setting will alter the system menus on the Kindle; it will not affect the text displayed in your work or in third-party apps. You can also add an English dictionary to the Kindle if it only has another language's dictionary installed.

Changing System Language

Swipe your finger down from the notification bar at the top of the screen to pop up a menu. Tap the "+" icon at the end of the row, labelled "More" in the Kindle's current language.

Tap the ninth button from the top in the Settings screen, which will read "Language & Keyboard" in the system's current language.

Press the first button on the Language & Keyboard screen, "Device Language."

Pick "English (United States)" from the list of options. This choice will always display in English. As soon as you select this option, the system will switch into English mode.

Tap the "Home" icon to quit the Settings utility.

Installing English Dictionary

Tap and hold for one second on an English word while reading on the Kindle.

Touch the language name that appears in the corner of the dictionary dialog box.

Select "English (United States)." Your Kindle will download the English dictionary and set it as the default.


The Kindle Fire can display the system text in U.S. English, U.K. English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese.


Information in this article applies to the Kindle Fire HD series of tablets. Pre-HD Kindle Fire tablets work nearly the same, except the "Device Language" option reads "Language" and you must press "Continue" after picking a new language.