How to take a screenshot on any Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire HD (alternate)There are a thousand reasons you might want to take a screenshot on your Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7, or Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Maybe you want to help a friend figure something out or share a high score in Planets Vs. Zombies. Whatever the reason, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Below, we’ve outlined several methods to take a screenshot on your new tablet, split up by the Kindle Fire model you have.

How to take a screenshot on a Kindle Fire 2, Kindle Fire HD 7, or Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Taking a screenshot on one of the newer late 2012 Kindle Fires is easy and can be achieved in one simple step:

  1. Press and hold the volume down button and the power button at the same time.

You’ll find both of them on the top of the device. As long as you hold them down at exactly the same time, you’ll see an animation and hear a sound indicating that you’ve captured a screenshot. Now go to the Photos app and you’ll see a Screenshots album with your captured screenshot in it.

How to take a screenshot on an older Kindle Fire

If you have an original Kindle Fire (if it was purchased in late 2011 through late summer 2012) then the process to capture a screenshot is long and complicated. Here are the steps:

  1. Install the Android SDK on your computer.
  2. Make sure you have the Kindle Fire USB driver installed (Amazon instructions).
  3. Plug in your Kindle Fire to your computer via USB.
  4. Go to your Android tools directory (should be something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk-windows\tools) and then scroll down until you see a file labeled “ddms” and double click on it.
  5. A window will pop up and then you should see the Dalvik Debug Monitor.
  6. Your device should be listed under name so click on it.
  7. Now choose Device and Screen capture from the top menu in Dalvik.
  8. A window will pop up showing your Kindle Fire screen and you can hit Save to capture a screenshot. You’ll need to hit Refresh to update for a new screenshot
  9. You’ll be prompted to save it at a location on your computer. Choose a spot.
  10. Congratulations. It’s probably been an hour, but you have a screenshot!
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