The Kindle Fire HD Status Bar - dummies

The Kindle Fire HD Status Bar

By Nancy C. Muir

The Status bar runs across the top of every Kindle Fire HD screen, just like the Status bar on your mobile phone. This bar provides information about the time, your network connection, and your battery charge; it also provides access to the Kindle Fire HD settings.


Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find on the Status bar:

  • Device name: First is the name of your Kindle Fire HD, such as Nancy’s Kindle or Nancy’s 2nd Kindle.

  • Notifications: A number sometimes appears just to the right of the device name to indicate that you have that many Notifications. Notifications can come from the Kindle Fire HD system announcing a completed download or the e-mail client announcing that a new e-mail has arrived, for example. To view all your notifications, swipe down from the Status bar, and a list appears.


  • Current time: The item in the middle of the Status bar is the current time, based on the time zone you specified when setting up the Kindle Fire HD.


  • Wireless: The item on the Status bar to the right of the time is an icon showing you the Wi-Fi connection status. If this is lit up, you’re connected. The more bars in the symbol that are bright white, the stronger the connection.

  • Bluetooth: This icon appears when Bluetooth is turned on and displays in a blue color when another Bluetooth device is connected.

  • Battery charge: Finally, the battery icon on the far-right side of the Status bar indicates the percentage of charge remaining on your battery.

You can swipe down on the Status bar to access Quick Settings. Quick Settings offer the most commonly used settings. Use these items to adjust volume, brightness, or your Wi-Fi connection, for example. To access the full Kindle Fire HD Settings menu, tap More on the right of the Quick Settings bar.