FreeTime Unlimited on Your Fire Tablet

By Nancy C. Muir

When you have FreeTime Unlimited and you’ve set up your child’s profile, you can access FreeTime by tapping the FreeTime app in the Apps library or Carousel.

Here’s a quick run-through of FreeTime Unlimited’s key features. With FreeTime you can

  • Set daily limits and a specific bedtime after which the child can’t use FreeTime.

  • Block access to games and cartoons until after educational goals are reached.

  • Restrict access to games and video but leave reading wide open.

From the FreeTime Home screen, recent content is displayed on a central Carousel, just as on the regular Fire tablet Home screen. Your child can tap a category such as Books to see a selection of content that’s appropriate to the age in the child’s profile. You can tap Characters to see collections of content related to characters, such as Sesame Street, dinosaurs, or Disney.

To make settings for this child’s FreeTime usage, swipe down from the top of the screen in FreeTime and tap Settings. Enter your passcode and tap Submit to access FreeTime Settings.

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Tap a setting such as Set Daily Goals and Time Limits and choose which child you want to make these settings for. Swipe to turn the feature on, and you’ll see the settings shown.

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Without the password, your child has no access to FreeTime settings and settings such as connecting to a wireless network.

If you choose the Add Content to a Child Profile setting on the screen, you can then tap a child’s profile and add Amazon titles (apps, videos, and books) to your child’s FreeTime libraries. Amazon preselects those that should be age appropriate, but you can tap to deselect any you don’t want to add. This is also the place where you can manage or cancel your subscription to FreeTime.

To exit FreeTime, swipe down and tap Exit Profile, tap your own profile, and enter your passcode; you’re taken to the Fire tablet Home screen.

That gives you an overview of FreeTime. If you have a Kids Fire tablet, FreeTime Unlimited is free for a year, so explore it to your heart’s content.