Kindle Fire: How to Uninstall Apps

It’s easy to go on a downloading frenzy and clog the memory of your Kindle Fire with apps you no longer need. Find out how to uninstall apps from Kindle Fire with these steps.

Normal Uninstall

Apps you have installed that did not come pre-installed can be removed with these steps.

Option 1

1. Select Apps from the Home screen.

Kindle Fire Apps selection

2. Tap Device.

Kindle Fire Device menu in Apps

3. Tap and hold the app you wish to remove until a menu appears above the icon, then select Remove from Device.

Kindle Fire remove app from device

5. Select OK to confirm app removal, and the app is gone.

 

Option 2

1. Tap the settings gear on the Home screen, then tap More.

Kindle Fire More settings

2. Select Applications.

Kindle Fire Applications settings option

3. Set the filter to All Applications, then select the app you wish to uninstall.

Kindle Fire application setting filter

4. Tap Uninstall.

Kindle Fire - Uninstall app from settings

 

Cloud apps

Login to your Amazon account and visit the Manage Your Apps page. Select the Actions menu next to the app you wish to remove, then select Delete this app.

Removing Cloud apps from Kindle Fire

Pre-installed apps

Apps like Facebook, IMDB, Pulse and Audible come pre-installed on the Amazon Kindle Fire and cannot be removed without gaining root access. I would suggest not rooting the device unless you are technically skilled and know what you are doing. If you want to take it on, see the post at PC World titled How to Root Your Kindle Fire to learn how, then follow the steps below. Be aware that rooting disables some features like streaming video from Amazon, so you may want to gain root access, perform these steps, then unroot the device.

1. Download the Titanium Backup APK file and save it to the memory of the device.

2. Download and install ES File Explorer from the Amazon Appstore.

3. Open ES File Explorer and navigate to the SD card. You should be able to select the Titanium Backup APK file you saved in step 1 to install it.

titanium backup on kindle fire

4. Open Titanium Backup. Tap Yes to grant Superuser access.

titanium allow superuser

5. Select the Backup/Restore option at the top of the screen, then select the app you wish to remove.

titanium list of apps - select Pulse

6. Select Backup if you wish to make a backup of the app before you remove it. Tap Un-install to remove the app.

remove pewpew

7. Select Yes to confirm your selection and the app will be uninstalled from the Kindle Fire.

 

Comments

  1. mel says

    I have tried this to remove apps from the Kindle Cloud, i also removed the app using the Manage Your Apps section in my amazon account but the apps still appear on my Kindle Fire, what else can i try

  2. tashia says

    I followed these directions, but I still see the apps on my kindle. I also tried deleting them through my settings but that didn’t work either. Any advice?

  3. gareth says

    most importantly DO NOT install superuser
    and there is no info on how to run or uninstall superuser :(

  4. Floyd says

    Thanks for the instructions on getting rid of the Fire’s pre installed apps. I get an error message when I start Titanium though. I don’t get the Super User Request prompt but instead get an error saying “it can’t get root privileges and to verify that busy box is installed and that the su command was used”.
    Do you know does this mean I have to use the Pro version? Any help would be appreciated.
    Floyd

  5. Shannon says

    Thank you! It took me a long time to find this information. Amazon doesn’t make it easy.

  6. Dan says

    Fire says to uninstall apps to free up application storage. I’ve uninstalled several, but the “space available” doesn’t recover the space.

  7. Shelley says

    Don’t uninstall through settings. If you do, the Kindle Fire will still think the application is installed, even though it’s been removed. You can never re-install the application again.

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