How to Limit Data Tracking on Your Kindle eReader and Fire Tablet

I helped a reader enable the privacy settings on their Kindle ereader today, and I thought it would be useful to share what we did.

I am sure many people know by now that Amazon tracks everything you do on your Kindle ereaders and Fire Android tablets. Some of this is so Amazon can store your reading location and annotations in the cloud, but Amazon is also tracking you so they can show you adverts (and also so they can sell the data to other advertisers).

BTW, I also have a longer post on privacy settings for your Amazon account.

You can disable the ad-related tracking on Amazon devices that run the latest version of the firmware, but not Kindle apps or older devices. You have in fact two different options; the first is to disable the tracking in the privacy menu of each Fire or Kindle, and the second is to disable it via Amazon.com.

Here’s how.

Amazon.com

Go to Amazon.com, click on the Accounts & List drop-down menu, and then select “Manage Your Content & Devices”. This will take you to the page where you can manage your devices, apps, and the content on them.

When you are in the MYC&D menu, select the option for “Privacy Settings”.

In the next menu, click the “Manage Settings” button under Amazon Devices Privacy. This will take you to the menu you can manage the privacy settings for each applicable device.

You will need to select the devices one by one, and disable each type of tracking one click at a time.

You might find that some of your devices are listed here but do not have any settings you can change. Those are the devices that need to be updated before you can  manage the device’s privacy settings.

And of course, any devices not listed are going to be running software so old that you cannot enable the privacy settings.

On the Device

While I prefer to change the settings via Amazon’s website, they are also accessible on each device in the settings menu. The relevant option is about 4 or five layers deep, but they are there.

If you want to turn off tracking on your Kindle, go to the settings menu, and then select device options and then advanced options. One of the settings on this screen will say “Privacy”. Select it, and when the menu pops up, select the “enable” option”.

To turn off tracking on your Fire tablet, go to the settings menu, and then select security and privacy. There are two settings you need to change, “device usage data” and “collect app usage data”.

Select them one at a time to open the relevant menu. You will find one toggle in each menu; make sure it is flipped to the left. This stops Amazon from continuing to collect the data.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Mikou31 August, 2020

    Thanks. I used the advice in this article to modify the settings for my Fire tablet.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder31 August, 2020

      great!

      Reply
  2. Sophie Kisker3 September, 2020

    Does this disable Amazon’s ability to know how much of a book has been read? Because authors who enroll their books in Kindle Unlimited are paid by the # of pages read. No page read data from Kindles = no money to the author.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder3 September, 2020

      No it does not.

      Reply

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