How to Customize the Amazon Fire Home Screens

This collection of tips will help you customize the Home screens on your Amazon Fire tablet.

Surprisingly, there are quite a few ways you can customize them. Here are a few –

Remove the “New Items” Section
Remove All of the Recommendations
Change the Wallpaper
Group the Apps
Remove the Search Bar
Group Notifications Together
Hide Specific Content
Make the Font Larger or Smaller


Remove the “New Items” Section

  1. If you’d prefer to have your main home screen a bit less cluttered, you can remove the New Items section entirely.
  2. the amazon fire main home screen with new items highlighted

  3. Tap the Settings icon.
  4. the amazon fire settings icon

  5. Select Apps & Notifications
  6. the amazon fire settings window with the apps and notifications section highlighted

  7. Select Amazon App Settings
  8. the amazon fire settings window with the amazon app settings section highlighted

  9. Select Home Screens
  10. the amazon fire settings window with the home screens section highlighted

  11. Switch the toggle next to Show New Items on the Home Page to OFF
  12. the amazon fire settings home screens section with the show new items toggle turned off

  13. Now the main Home screen only has you App icon shortcuts.
  14. the amazon fire main home screen without the new items section

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Remove All of the Recommendations

  1. On most of the Home Screens (For You, Books, Music etc) there are sections full of things Amazon thinks you might be interested in. Most of the time they feel a lot more like ads for stuff you don’t want to buy. You can remove most of them – for some unknown reason Amazon won’t let you remove the Video recommendations. To remove all of the others, tap the Settings icon.
  2. the amazon fire settings icon

  3. Select Apps & Notifications
  4. the amazon fire settings window with apps and notifications section highlighted

  5. Select Amazon App Settings
  6. the amazon fire settings window with amazon app settings section highlighted

  7. Select Home Screens
  8. the amazon fire settings window with the home screens section highlighted

  9. Switch the toggle next to Recommendations to OFF
  10. the amazon fire home screens settings section with recommendations turned off

  11. Now return to your Home screen and check out the Books section. As illustrated in the before/after images below, the large section at the bottom is now gone. Check the other Home screens and you’ll see similar changes.
  12. a side by side of the amazon fire books home screen with and without recommendations

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Change the Wallpaper

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
  2. the amazon fire settings icon

  3. Select Display from the list of Settings.
  4. the amazon fire settings window with the display section highlighted

  5. Select Wallpaper
  6. the amazon fire settings window with the wallpaper section highlighted

  7. Select the Wallpapers item.
  8. the wallpaper section of the amazon fire settings with the wallpaper item highlighted

  9. If you’ve saved a photo on your Amazon Fire that you’d like to use as the home screen background image/wallpaper, tap the Pick image icon and select that picture.
  10. the amazon fire wallpaper selection panel

  11. Otherwise you can choose one of the included wallpapers – swipe from right to left to view them all. Select the wallpaper you want to use by tapping on it once and then the Set button.
  12. the amazon fire new wallpaper confirmation window

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Group the Apps

  1. Out of the box, before you even install any of your own Apps – the Amazon Fire has a pretty cluttered home screen/desktop. Here’s a quick way to organize it and tidy it up at the same time.
  2. the default amazon fire home screen

  3. You can group Apps into their own little box by dragging and dropping one of them onto another. Tap and hold one of the App icons, then drag-and-drop it onto another App icon.
  4. an amazon fire app icon being dropped onto another amazon fire app icon

  5. As soon as you let go, a window will appear asking you to give this new App ‘collection’ a name. You can name it anything you want, but something descriptive will be helpful.
  6. the naming screen for a collection of apps on the amazon fire

  7. Continue to drag-and-drop other App icons into this newly created collection.
  8. an amazon fire app icon being dropped into a collection of apps

  9. Create different collections for different App types and before you know it your Amazon Fire home screen will be a lot less cluttered.
  10. the amazon fire home screen with apps grouped into categories

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Remove the Search Bar

  1. I’m not sure about you but I’ve never grabbed my Amazon Fire and tried to search for something using that search bar on the Lock Screen. Here’s how to disable it:
  2. the amazon fire lock screen

  3. Tap the Settings icon.
  4. the amazon fire settings icon

  5. Scroll down and select Device Options
  6. the amazon fire settings window with the device options section highlighted

  7. Select Search Bar
  8. the search bar setting for the amazon fire

  9. Toggle the Display search bar on lock screen setting to OFF
  10. toggle the amazon fire lock screen search bar off

  11. That’s it. The search bar will now be gone from the Lock Screen.

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Group Notifications Together

  1. You can keep the notification bar a bit more tidy by grouping all of the notifications into one. Here’s how –
  2. the amazon fire notification bar with several notifications being highlighted

  3. Tap the Settings icon.
  4. the amazon fire settings icon

  5. Select Apps & Notifications
  6. the amazon fire settings window with the apps and notifications section highlighted

  7. In the NOTIFICATIONS section locate the Collapse notifications item and switch the toggle to ON
  8. the notifications section of the amazon fire settings highlighting the toggle switch for grouping

  9. Now when there’s more than one pending notification they’ll group themselves into one.
  10. the amazon fire notification bar with the notifications grouped together

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Hide Specific Content

  1. Some of the items on the various home screens can be ‘hidden’. For example, if you tap one of the books in your Library and hold your finger down, a small menu will appear. Select Remove from Home and the book will be removed from the home screen. It hasn’t been deleted from your device, it just won’t show up on your home screen.
  2. the amazon fire books home screen with a context menu

  3. The same holds true for the apps listed in the Recent Apps section. If you tap one of the icons and hold your finger down, a similar menu will appear. Select Remove from Home and the icon for that app will disappear. Again, the app itself hasn’t been deleted, it’s just not listed in the Recent Apps section.
  4. the amazon fire recent apps section on the home screen with a context menu

  5. Try this with the other items on the various home screens. Some can be hidden, some can’t.

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Make the Font Larger or Smaller

  1. You can increase or decrease the size of the font for most of the text on the Amazon Fire home screens. To do so, start by tapping the Settings icon.
  2. the amazon fire settings icon

  3. Select Accessibility
  4. the amazon fire settings window with the accessibility section highlighted

  5. Select Font size
  6. the accessibility settings window of the amazon fire with font size highlighted

  7. Use the slider at the bottom of the window to either increase or decrease the size of the font. The text on the screen will increase or decrease as you make the change to help you decide which setting is the right one for you.
  8. the font resizing section of the amazon fire settings window

  9. When you return to your Home screens you’ll find most of the text has resized based on your preference.

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