How to Set Up Wireless and Networks on Your Fire Tablet

By Nancy C. Muir

Wireless is a pretty essential setting for using a Fire tablet. Without a Wi-Fi connection, you can’t stream video or music, browse the Internet, shop at the various Amazon Stores, or send and receive email.

To work with wireless settings, first swipe down from the top of any screen and tap Wireless in the Quick Settings. The settings shown here appear.

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Here’s what each of these settings does:

  • Airplane Mode: Turn this setting on or off. With Airplane mode on, you can’t join a network.

  • Wi-Fi: Tap Wi-Fi to go to more settings where you can turn the feature on or off. Note that turning Wi-Fi off may save some of your Fire tablet’s battery life. With Wi-Fi on, you can tap a network on the list of available networks that appears to connect to it.

  • Bluetooth: Tap here to access Bluetooth settings that allow you to enable and connect to a Bluetooth device such as a Bluetooth printer or cellphone.

  • VPN: Use this setting to connect to a virtual private network (essentially a private network such as the one at your company).

  • Location-Based Services: Tap to go to the setting to turn this feature on or off, depending on whether you want apps, such as Maps or Weather, to know your physical location.