How to Set up Gmail on Amazon Fire Devices

How to Set up Gmail on Amazon Fire Devices

by | Jan 17, 2021 | Gmail, Useful Tech

It may be designed for watching movies and reading books, but your Kindle Fire tablet can also send and receive email with ease. Find out here how to set up Gmail on Amazon Fire devices (such as Kindle Fire tablets).

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Fortunately, Wolfram Alpha knows to write “trillion” (or duotrigentillion).

Back at Google, let’s turn Gmail labels into folders in Kindle Email:

How to Set up Gmail on Amazon Fire Devices

Time needed: 10 minutes.

To access a Gmail account in the Kindle Fire Email app:

  1. Enable IMAP access for your Gmail account.

  2. Now make sure all the Gmail folders you want to access in Fire Email are accessible through IMAP:

  3. Open Email on your Kindle Fire.

  4. Tap the menu button.

  5. Now tap Add account in the Email panel that has appeared.

  6. Enter your Gmail email address under Email address on the Add Account page (over Your email address goes here).

  7. Tap NEXT.

  8. Verify your Gmail address under Sign in with your Google Account.

  9. Tap Next.

  10. Enter your Gmail password over Password.

  11. Tap Sign in.

  12. With 2-step authentication set up for Gmail:

    Tip: Use the Google app, an authentication app, or a code received by text message or phone to verify your sign-in attempt.

  13. Tap Allow under Amazon would like to:.

  14. Now tap GO TO INBOX.

By default, the Gmail account in Kindle Fire Email is configured with the following settings, possibly not all the choices you’d make:

  • All your Google Calendar schedules will synchronize with the Kindle Fire Calendar app.
  • Your Gmail contacts synchronize with the Kindle Fire Contacts app.
  • You will have access to 1 day of past emails.
  • Only your Gmail inbox (also instead of the Important folder) will be pushed to the device.

Let’s find out how to change these.

How to Set up Gmail on Amazon Fire Devices: FAQ

How can I see more (or all) mail from Gmail in Fire Email?

To make sure you can access all the emails you need in your Gmail account with the Email app:

  1. Set the Gmail account to synchronize all mail.
    Note: Even with All selected for synchronization, you may not be able to access more than 2–4 weeks of Gmail emails. This applies to search, too, which will only return results from downloaded mail.
    Tip: To access and search all your Gmail emails, open Gmail at https://mail.google.com/ in the Silk browser.

How do I sync and get notifications for custom folders?

To get notifications for folders other than your Gmail inbox, you can adjust folder syncing in Kindle Fire Email. For example,

  • turn off notifications for the Gmail inbox by setting the Gmail account’s inbox check frequency to manual while you
  • enable synchronization and notifications for the Important Gmail folder

to get alerted only to emails marked important by Gmail.

How do I disable or enable Contact and Calendar synchronization?

To disable Calendar and Contact synchronization:

  1. Open Email on your Kindle Fire.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu button.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap the Gmail account under Accounts.
  5. Disable Sync Calendar to turn off Google Calendar on the device.
  6. Disable Sync Contacts to disable address book synchronization on the Kindle Fire.

Is there a Gmail App for Kindle Fire?

No. Google offers no official app for Kindle Fire.

A number of third-party apps offer access, but typically either

  • the Gmail web interface or
  • setting up Gmail in the Kindle Fire Email app (as above)

are not only simpler but also better choices.

(How to set up Gmail on Kindle Fire tested with Gmail and Fire OS 5.6; updated January 2021)

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