The Kindle Fire is a pretty decent media tablet. It’s really great at streaming content from Amazon, and it’s decent at playing games (although the budget specs kinda limit what you can do in that dept).
Unfortunately, the Kindle Fire’s user experience is severely hampered (in my opinion) by an excess of adverts. While I am sure you know that Amazon sells its hardware as ad-subsidized, those lockscreen adverts are really just one of four different sets on the Kindle Fire.
Yes, Amazon delivers adverts to the Kindle Fire four different ways. There are adverts on the lockscreen and in the notifications. Amazon also plays adverts before Prime videos, and every so often I have noticed that Amazon will insert an advert into the carousel on the main menu of your Kindle Fire.
You might not have noticed the adverts, but I for one found them annoying – so much so that I went looking for ways to remove them. While I cannot do anything about the pre-roll adverts in Amazon Prime, I did find out how to remove the other adverts.
Let’s start with the lockscreen adverts, or “Special Offers”, as Amazon calls them. It’s going to cost you $15.
How to remove the Special Offers Adverts
- Go to Manage Your Content and Devices (https://www.amazon.com/mycd).
- Select Your Devices and then identify the Kindle Fire you want to remove adverts from.
- Click the device Actions button to the left of the device’s name.
- Next to Special Offers, click Edit, and then follow the instructions to unsubscribe from Special Offers. You’ll see the amount of the one-time payment before you confirm.
Once you have that done, the next step is to remove the adverts from your notifications and your home screen carousel. This won’t cost you anything, and it can be done from your Kindle Fire’s settings menu.
- Swipe down from the top of your screen.
- Tap on Settings.
- Go to Apps and Games.
- Select Amazon Applications Settings.
There are a number of Amazon apps responsible for the adverts in your notifications bar and home screen carousel, and you’re going to have to go in to each one and disable the ads you don’t want.. Fortunately, all of the relevant apps are listed in this one menu, so you can change the settings of one after another, all in just a few minute.
A few of the apps include Insider, Home Screens, and the Amazon Video app. Here are screenshots showing you the options you can disable.
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t realize just how many adverts Amazon was putting on my Kindle Fire until I went to turn them off. It was more than I expected, and I’m not sure I found them all.
But I did turn off all the ads I could find. How many do you plan to disable?