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Accessing Kindle Fire HDX Quick Settings

By Nancy C. Muir

In this fast-paced day and age, quick is the name of the game for most of us, so Amazon has provided you with Quick Settings to streamline your settings experience.

You access both a short list of commonly used settings (Quick Settings) and all the more detailed settings for Kindle Fire HDX by swiping downward from the top of the screen.

The following figure shows the settings that you can control from the Quick Settings menu, each of which is described in the following sections.

Quick Settings control the settings that you access most often.
Quick Settings control the settings that you access most often.

Controlling spin with Auto-Rotate

When you turn your Kindle Fire HDX around, the screen automatically rotates from a portrait orientation to a landscape orientation, depending on how you’re holding it at the moment. This is great if you decide you want to slip to a different orientation in some apps to see your content more easily. However, if you don’t want the orientation to keep flipping whenever you move the device, you can turn off the Auto-Rotate feature. This is handy, for example, when you’re lying on the beach reading a book and don’t want it to flip to another orientation every time you turn to even out your suntan.

To toggle this feature on or off, tap this setting in Quick Settings to toggle between Auto-Rotate, which lets you freely rotate as you move it into different orientations, and Locked, which locks the screen in its current orientation.

Turning up the Brightness

By turning up the screen brightness on your Kindle Fire, you may be able to see items more clearly. However, you should be aware that a higher brightness setting can eat up your battery power more quickly.

You can tap the Brightness setting in Quick Settings to display the Automatic Brightness On/Off button to turn on or off a feature that controls the brightness of the screen based on ambient light. You can also use the slider above this setting (see the following figure) to adjust the brightness manually.

Adjust brightness manually by using this slider.
Adjust brightness manually by using this slider.

Flying high with Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode is a setting you should use if you’re flying on a plane. With this off, your device won’t search for available networks and could conflict with airplane communications.

To toggle Airplane Mode on and off, in Quick Settings, tap to display the Airplane Mode On/Off button (see the figure below). With Airplane Mode set to On, no available networks appear. Tap Wi-Fi and tap the On button, and a list of available networks appears. Tap an available network to join it. Note that you may be asked to enter a password to access some networks.

Choose from the list of available networks.
Choose from the list of available networks.

Relaxing with Quiet Time

We all have times when we need to concentrate or relax, and at times like these, those little beeps and rings that come with notifications on your Kindle Fire can be, frankly, annoying.

Toggle the Quiet Time setting on and off, depending on whether you want to hear notification sounds and view notification pop-ups. When this setting is off, all those annoying sounds go away.

Sending out a Mayday

The hottest new help feature in HDX is Amazon Assist, which provides a live support person who can walk you through a solution to your problem, take control of your screen and make changes or settings for you, or draw on your screen to show you what to do.

The technical advisor can’t see you, though you can see him or her in a small window on your screen (see the following figure). You can pause the Mayday transmission if you need to type in a password so the support person can’t see your screen when you do. Both you and the support person have the ability to drag the small window containing his or her image around your screen so that you can see whatever you need to be working with on the screen.

Help is a tap away with Mayday.
Help is a tap away with Mayday.

Mayday is available 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Tap the Mayday button in Quick Settings and then tap the Connect button that appears to connect to Amazon Assist. It usually takes about 15 seconds for somebody to appear. If that person can’t answer your question, he or she may put you on hold while checking with somebody else for an answer or testing the feature themselves. Currently there is no time limit to how long you can stay on a Mayday call nor how many calls you can make. However, it remains to be seen whether Amazon can keep up with that level of support, and how many people might abuse the system to bend somebody’s ear or test Amazon’s patience.