How to Download Images or Files from the Internet on the Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Download Images or Files from the Internet on the Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

You can download what you need from the web using your Fire phone. One of the most misused terms in all of computerdom is download. Officially, a download is a transfer of information over a network from another source to your phone. For the Silk browser app, the network is the Internet, and the other source is a web page:

  • Most people use the term download when instead they mean transfer or copy. Those people will be dealt with.

  • New apps are installed on your phone by using the Appstore app.

  • The opposite of downloading is uploading. That’s the process of sending information from your gizmo to another location on a network.

Grabbing an image from a web page

The simplest thing to download is an image from a web page. It’s cinchy: Long-press the image. You see a pop-up menu, from which you choose the Save Image command:

  • The image is copied and stored on your phone. You can view the image by using the Photos app. Look in the Download album.

  • You can also use the phone’s photo album.

Downloading a file

When a link opens a document on a web page, such as a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file, you can download that file to your phone. Touch the file link to download. If that doesn’t work, long-press the file link and choose the Save Link command:

  • The phone is smart, and it does attempt to open or display links you touch.

  • To review any documents saved by using the Save Link command, choose the Downloads command from the Silk app’s Navigation panel.

  • Downloaded items generate the Download notification. Display the phone’s Notification panel to review the Download notification(s). Tap a notification to view the specific item.

  • Manage the download list by long-pressing any entry on the Downloads screen. Choose the Open or Delete command to view or remove the item, respectively.