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Wireless Printing Tips For The Kindle Fire

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You heard that right. The Amazon Kindle Fire can now print. But that’s just the beginning because the new  Kindle Fire HD and HDX 7” HD (2013) and the 7″ and 8.9″ HDX tablets are built for more than just fun; they are now made for productivity. A new wireless printing system integrated into the Fire OS 3.1 update allows users to find and print to nearby printers. If you are willing to wait, an automatic update will be available for  your new Kindle Fire in a few weeks. But if you don’t want to wait, you can download it now by using the Kindle Fire Updates page.

In addition to wireless printing, Amazon has also included the ability to preview Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. VPN support plus Email and Calendar syncing (Exchange) should make your company’s IT department a little happier. Together, all of these features should lead to more people bringing their Amazon tablets to work.

From a marketing standpoint, Amazon is still underplaying productivity with only a separate “Kindle For Work” web page. They are focused on how the Kindle Fire will enhance how you consume books, videos and games with the improved processor, screen and speakers – perfect for the holidays.

This makes sense considering how my family uses the Kindle Fire at home. It’s the most used “lean back” (content consumption) device in our house for reading books, watching videos and playing games. It’s probably used more than our TV.  With the recent additions of wireless printing and the MSOffice apps, I’m looking to use it as a “lean forward” (productivity) device at work. Sorry kids, looks like Dad’ll be bringing the Kindle Fire HDX to work and on trips.

I’ve been using the Kindle Fire HDX for a few weeks and thought that I would share some ways to use it productively at home, work or on-the-go:

Tip #1: Print Your Day: Emails, Events and Contacts can now be printed. Just find the print option from the drop down menu in the upper right corner to produce a convenient hard copy. So far I’ve printed out long meeting agendas from the Notes section or honey-do lists emailed to me from my better half.

Tip #2: Print Your Work: Amazon has included a free version of the OfficeSuite App so you can view and print Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to a nearby printer. Open an attached Microsoft Office file or access them from your Amazon Cloud account.

Tip #3: See it, Print It: Ever been in a meeting with notes and ideas on the conference room whiteboard? Snap a quick photo of it and print out copies to a nearby Epson printer to share with the team or those unable to attend. It’s a great way to capture insight shared during a meeting.

Kindle Fire Printing is a big productivity booster in a small package. Welcome to work Amazon Kindle.

How about you? Any mobile printing tips to share?

13 Comments

  1. Lee says:

    Well… this would be great. But as best I can tell, it is not yet really available. With current hardware and latest software – the described “Print Icon” does not seem to exist…
    Has anyone seen it? I have 2 epson printers just waiting to print from our tablet….

  2. Patrick Chen says:

    Lee,

    I can think of several reasons why the “Print Icon” doesn’t so up.

    1) You do not have the newest Kindle Fire HD or HDX model released this year.

    2) You need to manually update to the Fire OS 3.1 version here. After you have downloaded the file, ensure you have at least 50% battery power before you launch it and start the OS update process. If you have less than 50% power, the update will not start.

    3) You need to use the “Print” option from the drop down menu for printing photos, emails, events and contacts. The “Print Icon” in only available from the Microsoft Office viewer.

    Hope this helps. Happy New Year.

    Patrick

    • Lee says:

      Not trying to make a tech-support chat about this… but…
      It is in fact a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet that was received Dec 18th, and it is running system version 8.4.6_user_4620220 which is the current version listed on the link you provided. (Note, this is the “without special offers” version if that matters). There is no print option on the dropddown menu for either a photo, or for an email. I very much appreciate your response, and if you can think of anything else – I’d be glad to try it!
      Lee

      • Patrick Chen says:

        Lee,

        No problem about making this into a tech-support chat. I’m honestly not sure why your HD tablet isn’t working. I do know that the full printing capabilities work with Fire OS 3.0 or 3.1, but that doesn’t seem to be reflected in your system version. I’ll have to ask Amazon support to help us out with your issue, but it will take a few days.

        • Patrick Chen says:

          Sorry it took so long, but I finally had a chance to talk in depth with Amazon and here’s what they would like you to do. If you have a Mayday button, please use it to contact Amazon support directly. If your Kindle does not have a Mayday button, then please use the following link:

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_kspot_ksupport?nodeId=200127470

          I was able to get clarity on which HD models would support the printing function since “All new HD models” isn’t very clear. Only the 7″ HD model introduced and shipped this year supports this printing function, the 8.9 HD model does not. I was just as surprised to find this out as you were as I also assumed both HD models would work.

          So to be clear, there are three models that work with Kindle Fire Printing:

          7″ HDX, 8.9″ HDX and the 2013 7″ HD. The other way to quickly tell whether you have one of these models is they all have the power and volume buttons on the back of the tablet, not the side.

          I’ll update our Amazon Print webpage, FAQs, etc.

  3. raymo says:

    Looks like printing is only supportrd on hdx…. and no mention of webpage printing…disappointing

  4. sue says:

    Hi Patrick and Lee I have the same issue no printing option on my new kindle HD want to print to my new Epson Wi-Fi printer. So looking forward to the solution.

  5. Tony says:

    Great feedback Patrick! I also have 8.9 HD model, and spent a couple of hours researching until I came across your page. Extremely disappointed that Kindle Fire Printing is not supported. BTW my latest s/w is 8.4.8_user_4849120. Is there any 3rd party software you can recommend? I’m using an Epson Workforce 630 printer. Sure would like to be able to print.
    Thanks.

    • Patrick Chen says:

      Tony, I’m glad we were able to help, but even I was very confused at first. Regarding your question, I don’t have a personal recommendation, but I have spoken three year ago with two companies that have apps – PrintJinni and Print (from EuroSmartz). PrintJinni is free to try and EuroSmartz has a free app that you can also try called “Print Test”. Unfortunately, I am honestly not familiar with the current versions or how well they work.

      On a different note, I can’t promise anything put I am trying to get my engineers to support older Kindle Fires. Wish me luck.

  6. Karl77 says:

    Kindles are good to have, sure beats holding a heavy book as in the past and you can do so much with one.

  7. adam says:

    Wow I have the 8.9 HD too what a bummer. Thanks for dogging this down

  8. I too have a Kindle Fire 8.9 Tablet and recently ordered an Epson WF2520 Multi Function Printer as the retailer advertised the new connectivity to Amazon. It would appear the omission is the 8.9″ Tablet yet the 7″HD is supported for printing. I cannot understand why this is the case.

    Can Patrick get the Epson engineers to help, I obviously am not the only one who has made a wrong assumption in purchasing this Epson Printer (which seems a very versatile machine incidentally). Help!! Help!!

    • Patrick Chen says:

      It confused us as well in the beginning because of the different generations of tablets sound so similar AND which Kindle Fire models support the 3.0 version of Fire OS. Only 3.0 or later support Kindle Fire Printing.

      As of today, it looks like there are three tablets that support Fire OS 3 or later:

      Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″
      Kindle Fire HDX
      Kindle Fire HD 7″ (2nd Generation)

      These four tablets do not support Fire OS 3:

      Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
      Kindle Fire HD 7″
      Kindle Fire (2nd Generation)
      Kindle Fire (1st Generation)

      So unfortunately, until Amazon supports the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with Fire OS 3, there isn’t much we can do.

      I mean this, I feel your pain. It has happened to me when I purchased smartphones that I thought would support a new feature but didn’t. Please look for third-party print apps on the Amazon store to get you some printing capabilities in the meantime.

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