How to Regain Storage Space on a Full Amazon Fire Tablet: 9 Key Tips

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Amazon Fire tablets ship with 8GB to 64GB of internal storage. At the lower end, you’re restricted to the limits of your device unless you employ some additional storage via the microSD slot. To make the situation worse, the Android-based Fire OS 5 doesn’t fully support expanded storage. The result is a tablet with a large total storage that seems to quickly run out because the operating system cannot seamlessly access the microSD card. So how do you find the data that is filling up your Amazon Fire tablet? We’ll show you. Managing Storage on Your Amazon Fire Tablet If…

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Amazon Fire tablets ship with 8GB to 64GB of internal storage. At the lower end, you’re restricted to the limits of your device unless you employ some additional storage via the microSD slot.

To make the situation worse, the Android-based Fire OS 5 doesn’t fully support expanded storage. The result is a tablet with a large total storage that seems to quickly run out because the operating system cannot seamlessly access the microSD card.

So how do you find the data that is filling up your Amazon Fire tablet? We’ll show you.

Managing Storage on Your Amazon Fire Tablet

If you see the Critically Low Storage error on your brand-new Amazon Fire tablet, you must deal with it. Fortunately, doing so is straightforward.

Amazon Fire critically low storage

To manage your Amazon Fire tablet storage effectively, you’ll need to work through the following steps:

  1. Check storage
  2. Delete unwanted apps and games
  3. Delete the apps/game cache
  4. Use the 1-Tap Archive
  5. Move data to the cloud
  6. Manage data from your PC
  7. Use a space cleaning app
  8. Wipe your Amazon Fire tablet
  9. Use a microSD card

Let’s look at each of these in turn. Before proceeding, however, it’s a good idea to get a microSD card for your Amazon Fire if you don’t have one already. You can buy these from Amazon; just make sure to avoid common microSD card mistakes.

Sandisk offers an official “Made for Amazon” microSD card that’s a great value.

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1. Check Your Amazon Fire Storage

Fire tablet internal storage count

Either tap the Check Storage button on the error message, or open Settings > Storage to check your device’s storage. This may take a while to load if the tablet’s onboard storage is full.

In most scenarios, you’ll find that Apps and Games takes up a good chunk of the built-in storage. It’s also common to find another couple of gigabytes swallowed up by the unhelpful, non-description of Miscellaneous.

By tapping this, you’ll typically discover the Others label, which is far bigger than everything else in Miscellaneous. You cannot clear this, unfortunately.

2. Delete or Move Unwanted Apps and Games

Amazon Fire move apps to SD card

Next, you should manage the space eaten up by apps and games. By now, you’ll know how much space this software takes up. To delete a single game, long-tap its icon on the home screen, then select Uninstall.

However, to manage games in bulk, go to Settings > Storage and tap Apps and Games. By default, these show sorted by name. If you have a microSD card, switch to the SD Card Compatible view to check if the games are installed on the expanded storage.

To remove a game, tap it in the list, then Uninstall. Note how much storage the game uses to get an idea of how much space erasing it will free up.

Once you’ve done this, move any compatible apps and games to your microSD card. Do this in Settings > Storage, using the Move Apps to SD Card option. Note that if this is grayed out, you don’t have any apps that can be installed on the SD card.

3. Use the 1-Tap Archive

Use the 1-Tap archive to save space on Amazon Fire tablets

You might be reluctant to delete apps and games if you’ve paid for them. However, this really isn’t anything to worry about, as digital purchases save to the cloud. This means that you can download them to your tablet again after uninstalling, without cost.

Your Fire lets you easily archive these items to the cloud for re-downloading later. Open Settings > Storage and tap View Content.

This feature ignores recent apps. Instead, it groups the apps and games you haven’t used for a while, giving you the chance to Archive them for later use.

4. Delete Unwanted Game and App Caches

Fire tablet clear app data

Next, look at the caches for the apps and games you want to keep. Often, games retain a certain amount of data on your tablet’s storage. This even happens with games installed to the microSD card.

Before proceeding, understand that doing so will potentially result in loss of game updates and even save files.

Open Settings > Storage > Apps and games and wait for the list to compile. When ready, browse the games, one at a time, to see which are taking big chunks of data on your tablet storage. It’s likely that several games are contributing to your low storage. Tap the Clear Data option to begin deletion, then OK to confirm.

After each data clearance, check the Data on Device value. This should drop, and you’ll see your device storage increase.

5. Move Data to the Amazon Cloud

Amazon Drive cloud data

If you regularly create content on your Amazon Fire, then there’s a good chance this is eating up your storage. This is where the Amazon cloud can help.

Almost everything you buy or consume on Amazon is also available in the cloud mirror of your account, so don’t worry about losing apps or games. It often retains game progress too.

Because photos and videos automatically sync to the Amazon cloud, you shouldn’t need to move any data around.

Check your Amazon Drive account to see what’s synced. Currently, Fire devices get 5GB of free storage. Amazon Prime subscribers also get 5GB, one of many bonuses for Prime members. If you have both, you get 10GB of total storage!

6. Connect to Your PC for Closer Inspection

Browse Amazon Fire files on PC

Another step is to connect the Amazon Fire tablet to your PC via USB, and browse its contents using your desktop file manager.

On the tablet, you’ll see a notification when the device is connected. Ensure that you’ve selected the Media device (MTP) option here. In your file manager, open the Internal storage to track down what’s eating up your storage.

This is a slow process and you might not even locate the responsible app. However, you should at least spot data that’s best moved to your microSD card.

Also watch out for fakes, like the one above. Although the highlighted files in the image appear to total 19.1 GB, they’re anomalies, and can prove to be a red herring.

7. Clean Up With CCleaner

Can’t connect the tablet to your PC? Try a cleaner app.

You’ll need a bit of free space on your tablet to properly install the app. If you’re really short on space, find an app, game, or other bit of data you don’t need or can easily reinstall, and remove it.

The best cleanup app for Fire tablets is Piriform’s CCleaner, available from the Amazon App Store. After installing CCleaner, tap the Analyze button to scan for unwanted data. Often, this data is downloaded APK files that remain on the device after you’ve installed the game or app.

With the data analyzed, check the results. Look for something that represents several hundred (or more) MB, which will usually be Files & Folders. Tap this to expand, and you’ll see APK Files. Check the box to select it, then tap Clean. The app should remove this data instantly.

CCleaner also features an uninstall tool, available via Menu > App Manager. While we’ve gone over the native procedure to uninstall apps and games already, the CCleaner tool can sometimes find apps and games that you thought were already deleted.

As such, it is worth running the uninstall tool to see what results you get.

Other tools are available. With SD Maid Booster, for example, you can use the Clean Junk option to discard unwanted data.

8. Reset the Amazon Fire

Amazon Fire reset to factory default

This is the nuclear option. If none of the other fixes work, you can use a factory reset to clear your internal storage. For safety, eject your microSD card beforehand, if you have one.

Make sure you’ve backed up your personal data to the Amazon Cloud Drive, because doing this will erase everything on your device. To reset the tablet, open Settings > Device Options, and tap Reset to Factory Defaults.

Hit Reset again to confirm the decision, and wait while the tablet restarts.

You’ll need to reconnect to your local network and sign into the device again once it restarts. Everything should seem faster since it’s a fresh start.

9. Confirm the SD Card Is in Use

Fire tablet SD card options

Resetting your tablet is a good time to get a microSD card and take advantage of the expanded storage it offers. Pay attention to where apps and games install to, and you should never have to go through any of this again!

Installing the card with the tablet switched off, and the card should mount when you restart the device. You’ll then be presented with the option of using the card for installing apps and games, and downloading media.

To confirm these options, open Settings > Storage and scroll down. Ensure each switch in this screen is enabled. Meanwhile, should you need to wipe the card, use the Erase SD card option.

It’s also possible to remove the microSD card from this menu. Use the Safely Remove SD Card button to stop all tasks. You’ll then be able to safely eject the microSD card from your Amazon Fire tablet.

Freeing Up Space on Your Fire Tablet Is Simple

By now you should have created some extra space in the interior storage of your Amazon Fire tablet. Perhaps you had some games taking up too much space, or maybe hidden files were eating up the storage. With a microSD card installed, your tablet should have some free space, which will help to speed it up.

Want to know more about your Amazon Fire tablet? Download our unofficial Amazon Fire Tablet manual!

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The Best Amazon Black Friday Deals You Can Get in 2018

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With Black Friday almost upon us, it’s time to get a head start on holiday shopping (or time to pick up something nice for yourself). We’ll be keeping this post updated with new deals over the course of Thursday and Friday, so make sure to keep checking back and see what gems we find on Amazon! TV and Home Theater Deals | Gaming Deals | Smartphone Deals | Audio Device Deals | Home Deals | Computers and Accessories | Amazon Device Deals Black Friday TV Deals Insignia 24-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV – Fire TV Edition YANK 2400LUX LED Wireless WiFi Mini Projector Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart…

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With Black Friday almost upon us, it’s time to get a head start on holiday shopping (or time to pick up something nice for yourself).

We’ll be keeping this post updated with new deals over the course of Thursday and Friday, so make sure to keep checking back and see what gems we find on Amazon!

TV and Home Theater Deals | Gaming Deals | Smartphone Deals | Audio Device Deals | Home Deals | Computers and AccessoriesAmazon Device Deals

Black Friday TV Deals

Insignia 24-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV – Fire TV Edition

YANK 2400LUX LED Wireless WiFi Mini Projector

Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR – Fire TV Edition

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Gaming Deals on Black Friday

PlayStation VR – Astro Bot Rescue Mission + Moss Bundle

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Black Friday Smartphone Deals

LG Stylo 4 Unlocked Smartphone

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Black Friday Savings on Audio Devices

Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System

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Computer, Tablets, and Accessory Black Friday Deals

Save On Samsung Samsung EVO Select MicroSD Cards

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Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB)

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Save on a variety of Chromebooks

Black Friday Deals for the Home

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Amazon Devices at Black Friday Prices

Fire TV Stick

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Looking for more Black Friday deals? Make sure to check out the best deals you won’t find on Amazon, the best Black Friday VPN Deals, Black Friday Deals for gamers, and even the best Black Friday drone deals.

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The 5 Best Gaming Tablets Under $200, $100, and More

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Want a tablet you can play games on, but don’t have a massive budget? Fortunately, Android tablets are available at all price points, and in both 10-inch and smaller (7-inch or 8-inch) form factors. There is undoubtedly a gaming tablet for everyone. We’ve rounded up the best options for every budget—under $100, under $200, and over $200—to help you find the Android gaming tablet you can afford. The Best Gaming Tablets Under $100 Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to find a 10-inch gaming tablet under $100 that is worth buying. Such devices feature poor construction and repurposed older equipment. They often arrive…

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Want a tablet you can play games on, but don’t have a massive budget? Fortunately, Android tablets are available at all price points, and in both 10-inch and smaller (7-inch or 8-inch) form factors.

There is undoubtedly a gaming tablet for everyone. We’ve rounded up the best options for every budget—under $100, under $200, and over $200—to help you find the Android gaming tablet you can afford.

The Best Gaming Tablets Under $100

Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to find a 10-inch gaming tablet under $100 that is worth buying. Such devices feature poor construction and repurposed older equipment. They often arrive reconditioned and repackaged, especially from Chinese manufacturers.

If you’re set on a 10-inch tablet and don’t have the budget to go above $100, then consider buying older devices. You can regularly find these on sale on Amazon, or you could look for a used device on eBay. Remember to stick to safe online shopping procedures to ensure you don’t get ripped off.

1. Best 8-Inch Gaming Tablet: Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD 8

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Fortunately, there is a good 8-inch gaming tablet for under $100, courtesy of Amazon’s Fire HD 8.

While the Amazon Fire tablets are not renowned for their speed, if you’re looking for a compact sub-$100 tablet with HD display and a huge library of games, this is your best option.

Amazon boasts that this device has 10 hours of battery life, a vibrant display, and is twice as durable as the iPad Mini 4. In hardware terms, you’re looking at a tablet with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, and Dolby Atmos audio. The 8″ HD display is 1280×800 pixels, making it ideal for the games available through the Amazon App Store.

Its camera setup is nothing impressive, offering a 2MP front-facing camera and a 2MP rear-facing camera capable of 720p HD video recording. There’s dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the 12.8-ounce device measures 8.4 x 5.0 x 0.4 inches.

While the Amazon Fire tablets might not be ideal for kids (despite a line aimed at children), this is a good choice for affordable tablet gaming.

The Best Gaming Tablets Under $200

Not quite got the big bucks for a Samsung flagship? Don’t worry—tablet gaming on Android can still be awesome for less than $200.

Sub-$200 devices certainly represent a step down. However, you’ll find plenty of great games that can run just fine on these tablets.

2. Best 10-Inch Gaming Tablet: Lenovo Tab 4

Android gaming tab the Lenovo Tab 4

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An impressive alternative to the far more expensive Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, the Lenovo Tab 4 offers a striking HD display with dual-stereo front-facing speakers. They’re ideal for pumping out the soundtracks of your favorite games!

Featuring a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 10.1-inch 1280×800 display, the Lenovo Tab 4 ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. A 5MP main camera is included, capable of HD video at 30FPS, while the front-facing camera is 2MP.

16GB of flash storage is included in this 10.9-ounce, 9.7 x 0.3 x 6.7 inch tablet, which also features wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. An LTE version is also available, and if you fancy a more compact tablet, there’s an 8-inch alternative.

3. Best 8-Inch Gaming Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Samsung Galaxy Tab A makes a good gaming tablet

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Samsung dominates the Android hardware market, so it should come as no surprise to find it offers a budget tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A may be lower spec than the Galaxy Tab S4, but it’s lighter, more affordable, and can play just as many games.

With 32GB of storage (expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card), and 2GB of RAM, this tablet has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8032 processor. It houses an 8-inch 1280×800 display, has a USB-C port, and features 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The tablet also has Bluetooth 4.2, a 3.5mm headphone port, and a battery that handles up to 14 hours of video playback.

There’s also an 8MP rear camera, and 5MP front-facing webcam for video chats.

Small and light enough (12.6 ounces, 8.35 x 0.35 x 4.88 inches) to fit in a coat pocket, gaming is great on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. This version comes with three free months of YouTube Premium, which includes Google Play Music. If you’re buying for a child, you’ll be happy to know Samsung’s kid-friendly apps are preinstalled.

The Best Gaming Tablets Over $200

Have a little more to spend? Here are the top Android gaming tablet choices for over $200.

4. Best 10-Inch Gaming Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

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Okay, so it might be quite a bit above $200, but the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the ultimate option for Android gaming tablets in 2018. For years, there has been debate over which mobile platform is best for gaming. The power of this device finally settles the matter in favor of Android.

Available in 64GB and 256GB versions, this high-end tablet features a 10.5-inch, 2560×1600 Super AMOLED resolution display. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 octa-core processor, with 4GB of system RAM. It includes Android 8.0 Oreo, battery life is officially 16 hours, and a single USB-C port enables charging, USB OTG, and HDMI out.

The rear camera on this device is a magnificent 13MP, capable of recording video at UHD 4K (3840×2160) and 30FPS. On the front, you’ll find an 8MP camera for video calls and selfies. Enjoy media with quad stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos surround sound. The device also ships with the S Pen, similar to the stylus found with the Galaxy Note.

This device has a slot for a microSD card (up to 400GB of extra storage), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 BLE. An LTE variant is also available. It’s capable of replicating a laptop computer with its built-in DeX desktop mode.

Altogether, this is one of the most impressive tablets on the market. It’s comparatively light too, at around 17 ounces. The slim frame measures 9.81 x 6.47 x 0.28 inches.

Basically, this device will play anything from the Google Play Store effortlessly. Want hardcore Android tablet gaming? This is the tablet you need.

5. Best 8-Inch Gaming Tablet: Huawei MediaPad M5

Huawei MediaPad M5 is good for Android gaming

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Also awesome is the Huawei MediaPad M5, a slightly smaller 8-inch tablet that will blow you away. It really packs a punch, and you’ll be genuinely surprised to find so much gaming power in a tablet-sized device that isn’t the Nintendo Switch.

A 359 PPI (2560×1600) 2K high-res display adorns this 8-inch tablet. It ships with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, plus a gamer-friendly Kirin 960 octa-core processor and Mali G71 graphics processor. With Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Android 8.0 Oreo Huawei MediaPad M5 features a 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and should run for 10 hours on a single charge. And it’s lightweight too. The device weighs just 10.9 and measures 8.37 x 4.91 x 0.29 inches.

Concerned about the security of Chinese-built devices? You should consider the implications of this before opting to buy anything from Huawei or other Chinese manufacturers. If you’re happy to proceed, you’ll find the MediaPad M5 a great gaming experience. You might even get to watch a few movies on it, too.

Excellent Android Gaming Tablets for Every Budget

While you’ll no doubt find more Android slates suitable for gaming, the five featured here are the best around.

To recap, we’ve looked at:

Since they’re all top options, you’ll have no complaints gaming with these Android tablets. The entire library of Android games is at your fingertips!

And the best part about tablet gaming is that you can take the device with you. No internet connection? Try out the best offline games you can play without Wi-Fi.

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The 6 Best Cheap Tablets for Budget Gifts

Tablets are among the best tech gifts for geeks or anyone else. From babies to senior citizens, most people can operate a tablet with ease. Here are some of the best cheap tablets for movies and music, gaming, portability, or web surfing. How Cheap Is a “Cheap” Tablet? Our data shows that most budget buyers are looking for the best tablets under $200. This eliminates Apple iPads and Microsoft Surface devices, which start at a much higher price. It also eliminates several Android tablets that we love. Still, what you’ll get is an Android tablet, which includes Amazon Fire tablets….

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Tablets are among the best tech gifts for geeks or anyone else. From babies to senior citizens, most people can operate a tablet with ease. Here are some of the best cheap tablets for movies and music, gaming, portability, or web surfing.

How Cheap Is a “Cheap” Tablet?

Our data shows that most budget buyers are looking for the best tablets under $200. This eliminates Apple iPads and Microsoft Surface devices, which start at a much higher price. It also eliminates several Android tablets that we love. Still, what you’ll get is an Android tablet, which includes Amazon Fire tablets.

So when you want the best Android tablets under $200, here’s what you can buy.

The Best Tablet for the Money
Lenovo Tab 4

Lenovo Tab 4 is the best cheap tablet for android

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  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (1.4GHz quad-core)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Battery: Up to 20 hours

The Lenovo Tab 4 is the clear winner among cheap Android tablets today. It is available in two sizes: an 8-inch screen and a 10-inch screen, as well as Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+LTE versions. The prices change according to what you buy, but the 10-inch Wi-Fi-only version is the best value for money.

The battery life on this tablet is exceptional, with multiple tests beating the 10-inch versions of the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, Amazon Fire tablet, and Samsung Galaxy Tab. And Lenovo hasn’t skimped on hardware either, equipping the Tab 4 with the solid Snapdragon 625 processor and a vibrant Full HD IPS screen.

The only limiting factor is the 2GB of RAM. While it’s good enough for most tasks, like playing games, watching movies, and so on, the machine is sluggish when multi-tasking. It’s not a deal-breaker though.

Of course, which tablet size to get is up to you, but I’d go with the 10-inch version with only Wi-Fi.

The Best Cheap Tablet With 4G LTE
Lenovo Tab 4 Plus

Lenovo Tab 4 LTE 8-inch is the best cheap tablet with 4G data

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  • Screen: 8-inch WUXGA IPS (1920×1200)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (1.4GHz quad-core)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Battery: Up to 20 hours

The 10-inch version of the Tab 4 is an excellent tablet, but it relies on Wi-Fi. If you want to use an internet connection anywhere you are, you need the version that supports 4G LTE mobile data. For not much more money, get the 8-inch Lenovo Tab 4 Plus.

But before you buy that, check whether you really need it. Depending on your needs, a tablet with 4G LTE may be unnecessary.

The Best Cheap 10-Inch Tablet
Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon Fire HD 10 is the best value for money tablet

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  • Screen: 10.1-inch Full HD (1920×1200)
  • Processor: MediaTek MT8173 (1.8GHz quad-core)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours

It’s almost a unanimous verdict among tech reviewers. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is the best value for money tablet you can buy today.

The Fire HD 10 has a better-than-average screen at this price for watching movies and TV shows, or reading books and magazines. It also has Dolby Atmos Sound for better audio. You can issue voice commands to Alexa anytime with its always-listening technology that claims to not consume battery. On the downside, there’s no Google Play Store and no app for YouTube.

Additions like the ad-based discount, FreeTime Unlimited for kids, and the kids’ mode make it the best tablet for consuming media content. That includes movies, TV shows, books, magazines, newspapers, and anything apart from YouTube.

The Best Cheap Tablet Overall
Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD 8 is a great cheap Android tablet

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  • Screen: 8-inch HD (1280×800)
  • Processor: MediaTek MT8163 (1.3GHz quad-core)
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours

The new 2018 version of the Amazon Fire HD 8 is shockingly good for its price. It packs a 64-bit processor like the Fire HD 10, which means you now get hands-free, always-listening Alexa on this low-cost tablet.

The screen is HD instead of Full HD, but you can’t complain about that at this price. Amazon has even thrown in dual stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, instead of the mono speakers you usually find on tablets in this price range.

You’re still tied into Amazon’s ecosystem of apps. But with our handy tips for the Fire tablet, as well as our unofficial Amazon Fire tablet manual, you should be able to unlock all its potential, like installing Google Play Store apps.

The Cheapest Tablet You Should Buy
Amazon Fire HD 7

Amazon Fire HD 7 is the cheapest tablet worth buying

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  • Screen: 7-inch HD IPS (1280×800)
  • Processor: MediaTek (1.3GHz quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Battery: Up to 8 hours

You don’t need reason to buy the Amazon Fire HD 7. For this price, you won’t get a better deal.

It has a few differences from the Fire HD 8; it’s notably missing the always-listening hands-free Alexa support. The processor, RAM, and battery life are also inferior to the 8-inch model. If you can get a certified refurbished model of the Fire HD 8, go for that instead. (What’s the difference between refurbished and used?)

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  • Screen: 8-inch WUXGA IPS (1920×1200)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (1.4GHz octa-core)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a great device for its price, but the screen’s resolution can be an issue if you like to read comics or enjoy high-definition content. And it restricts you to Amazon’s Fire OS. If you want a regular Android device, check out the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite.

I have always found that the 8-inch size is perfect for reading comics, especially in the rectangular 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio. You can actually hold the tablet one-handed at this size.

The MediaPad M3 Lite gets the small details right, like adding a little extra RAM and making sure the battery life is long enough to watch a few movies or play some games without an issue. Choose between this and the Lenovo Tab 4, and you won’t be disappointed.

Do You Really Need a Tablet?

Given how you can get a good tablet for such a low price these days, it’s tempting to go out and buy one. But chances are, it will end up ignored and unused in a corner of your house—you might not need a tablet anymore.

In fact, now that there are so many great 2-in-1 laptops, you might want to get one of those instead. Hybrid laptops are especially great, as they give you the convenience of a tablet when you want it, and a full keyboard when you want to use it as a laptop.

Read the full article: The 6 Best Cheap Tablets for Budget Gifts

How to Set Up a Kid-Friendly Amazon Fire Tablet

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You’ve bought an Amazon Fire tablet for your child, but you’re worried about what they might see on it. Unsuitable videos and free access to the web isn’t ideal. Fortunately, the Android-based Fire OS features a built-in parental control system. While not immediately obvious, it’s pretty solid, too. Here’s how to set up parental controls on your child’s Amazon Fire and ensure they stay safe and educated! Getting Started: Protect Your Account Before you even think about setting up a profile for your child, spend a few minutes activating some basic protections on your account. Open the Settings screen, and…

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You’ve bought an Amazon Fire tablet for your child, but you’re worried about what they might see on it. Unsuitable videos and free access to the web isn’t ideal. Fortunately, the Android-based Fire OS features a built-in parental control system. While not immediately obvious, it’s pretty solid, too.

Here’s how to set up parental controls on your child’s Amazon Fire and ensure they stay safe and educated!

Getting Started: Protect Your Account

Before you even think about setting up a profile for your child, spend a few minutes activating some basic protections on your account.

Open the Settings screen, and under Personal, find Security & Privacy. Ensure you have a Lock-Screen Passcode set. You can choose either a password or a PIN; select whichever you consider more secure and easy to remember.

Setting this will ensure your child cannot access your screen by simply exiting their own. In your screen, a child might inadvertently (or mischievously!) delete and install apps, remove movies from your watch list, and even add or remove items from your Amazon wish list. It’s best to take the sensible precaution, and put these features out of reach.

You’ve just saved yourself a lot of trouble!

Create a Child Profile on the Amazon Fire Tablet

Your next job is to create a profile for your child.

Pull down the menu from the top of the screen, and tap your user icon. Here, look for the Plus button to Add New User, tapping OK to confirm the step.

Create Amazon Fire Tablet child's profile

Here, tap Add a Child Profile (adult profiles are also available, should your partner require one). Then add the details, such as name, gender, and date of birth.

You can choose from two available themes. Blue Sky is for those under nine years old, while the Midnight Black Theme is for children between nine and 12. When you’ve made your choices, tap Add Profile.

Now your child has their own profile.

Add Content to the Child Profile

With the profile created, the next screen will prompt you to add suitable content. This should be the sort of material (books, audiobooks, videos, apps, etc.) that you are comfortable with your little one consuming.

Tap to select the content you’re happy with, then hit Done. If at any time you want to change the material he or she can access, open Settings > Profile & Family Library, then Add Content or Remove Content.

You should also take a look at the Age Filters screen. This is a feature you can toggle on or off as needed; when on, it lets you set an age range for the material your child can see. If you want to ensure your preschooler isn’t watching Horrible Histories (or other great shows on Amazon Video), this is an important feature.

Amazon Fire Tablet: set an appropriate age range for your child's content

All you need to do is slide the lower and upper age range bars as appropriate. The tablet will inform you how many apps, videos, and books are viewable with the selected range. When you’re happy, tap Back to exit.

Finally, make sure to set the Enable In-App Purchasing setting to off. That will prevent them from racking up charges in games.

Set Up Screen Time for the Fire Tablet

You probably don’t want your children spending the whole day glued to their tablets, especially when there’s a chance to do an outdoor activity. So setting up some time limits is a good idea.

To do this, open Set Daily Goals & Time Limits, and tap the switch to enable.

You’ll see a screen split into two tabs: Weekdays and Weekends. Each of these lets you set a Bedtime, when the tablet will disable, and a wake up time, when it become available again.

Fire Tablet: set time limits on your child's profile

Here, you can also set Educational Goals, with time limits for Apps, Books, Audible (audiobooks), and Videos. There’s also a Learn First toggle, letting you block entertainment until “educational goals” are met.

Further down, you can set a Total Screen Time (so your little one might have, say, four hours of tablet time within a 16 hour period). You’ll also find Time by Activity Type, where you can set time limits for individual activities.

Managing Web Content for Your Child’s Tablet

Your kid’s tablet must be online in order to access Amazon content. But what if you want to limit your child’s to access to the web?

Open the child’s profile again and look for Web Settings. Here you’ll find the toggle to Enable Web Browser. When enabled, you’ll be able to Limit Web Content, where you can add Websites, and Web Videos, using the Plus button.

Fire Tablet: enable web access for your child

Meanwhile, the Settings tab lets you Enable Pre-Approved Web Content. This is Amazon’s own curated content, so you can expect the material to be suitable for your child. You can also choose whether to Enable Cookies.

Note that if Enable Web Browser is set to Off, your child will have no browser access. For younger ones, this seems a wise option.

What Is Amazon FreeTime?

If you’re not sure what content is suitable for your children, and you don’t have time to check everything manually, then Amazon FreeTime might be the answer.

Amazon FreeTime is an optional extra that you pay for via monthly subscription. It removes ads, in-app purchases, and links to websites and social media. Most importantly, FreeTime offers content specifically aimed at children between three and 12 years old.

Use this link to try Amazon FreeTime for free for one month!

Although the monthly fee might seem costly, it really does save you a lot of time. Note that an internet connection is required for FreeTime, however. While you can download some content, it’s best used at home, or while connected to another friendly network.

Reviewing Your Child’s Online Activity

If you want to check on your child’s tablet activity (perhaps to see if TV shows are more popular than games), Amazon offers a feature that lets you monitor what they’re doing.

You can easily manage this via Settings > Parental Controls. Scroll down to the Activity Center, and enable Monitor This Profile. You’ll find the results at parents.amazon.com, presented in easy-to-read graphics.

Check your child's tablet activity with Amazon's free monitoring tool

Making an Amazon Fire Suitable for Children

By now, you should have total control over your child’s Amazon Fire tablet. There’s now no risk of accidental purchases and no in-app purchases threatening your bank account. You’re safe from unsuitable content contaminating your offspring’s young, innocent eyes, and you can easily add content and monitor activity.

You’re done. But what about your other devices? Don’t worry, parental controls are available pretty much everywhere, suitable for safeguarding children of all ages. Need more help? See our detailed guide to using Amazon Fire tablets.

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