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Fire HD 8 Will Not Turn On

Last Updated Jan 27, 2022

You wanted a tablet device, and you’ve bought a Kindle Fire HD 8. You have been enjoying the experience of using it, but you have suddenly run into a problem: your Fire HD 8 won’t start anymore. You have important data and apps on the tablet, and you are worried about losing them. So why is it not turning on? How can you make it work again, if at all? Is your data safe?

In total, Amazon Fire HD 8 refuses to turn on due to software problems or hardware issues. However, there might be a few other reasons, such as an empty battery. Users can get rid of it by identifying the issue and addressing it accordingly.

Keep on reading to learn more about how you can troubleshoot this problem if it happens to your Fire HD 8 and how to keep your data safe in the event of permanent failure of your tablet.

Why Won’t My Kindle Fire HD 8 Turn On?

If a Fire HD 8 tablet is refusing to turn on, the user should charge the device and start it once charging is complete. If the issue persists, switch from adapter to USB charging from a computer to verify if the charger is working. Ensure that the charging cable is not loose in the tablet’s port.

Before charging, hold down the Power button for a few seconds to ensure that it is off and not just in sleep mode. When you plug the charger into an outlet, a light will appear on the tablet if it starts charging. If the light is red, it means that your tablet completely drained its battery. Let it charge up for around 3 hours, and then turn the tablet ON while keeping it connected to the charger.

The light changes from red to green as the device charges up. If the light is still red after many minutes, disconnect the charger and plug the charging cable into a USB port of a computer or laptop. If it is working now, your adapter is faulty and needs replacement/repair. If the problem is still there, the charging cable might not be working. Try a different one to check if this is the case.

What If My Kindle Is Still Unresponsive With a Charge?

Sometimes, the device can become unresponsive even when there is some charge left in the battery, in which case the light will still be green. Hold the Power button for 40 seconds to force a reboot and check the battery level to charge it as needed.

What If My Kindle’s Charger Port Is Damaged?

If you still can’t get it to work, try to check if the charging port on your tablet is loose or looks damaged from the inside. Try wedging the charging cable tightly into it to see if charging starts. If the port has damage, you may need to call Amazon assistance for repairs. The battery can also need replacement sometimes.

All these fixes are for possible hardware issues. If none of them worked for you, your tablet might have problems with its software. In that case, it might be better to perform a factory reset. There are two types: the soft reset will restore factory default settings but leave your data untouched; the hard reset will wipe all data and settings you stored in the device.

How Do I Soft Reset My Fire HD 8?

To perform a soft reset on the Fire HD 8: 

  • Press and hold both the Volume Down and Power buttons
  • Keep pressing them for 10 seconds 
  • Turn it ON again after some seconds

If you would like to learn more about Kindle, check out this article.

How to Reset an Older Generation Kindle

If you have an older generation Kindle Fire (HD or HDX), the soft reset goes like this:

  • Press and hold the Power button for 20 seconds until the device shuts down.
  • Wait for 30 seconds, and then boot up the tablet again.

Remember that a soft reset will only roll back the changes made to the settings. It will not affect your data or installed apps, so try this troubleshooting step before other options. 

How Do You Do A Hard Reset On A Kindle Fire?

Press and hold the “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons until the tablet turns on and the recovery screen appears. Toggle the selected option to “wipe data/factory reset” and press the Power button. Select the Yes on the next screen and confirm to begin the reset.

Unlike the above process, the factory reset option will wipe all your data along with preferences. Therefore, it is a good idea to back up your data to the Amazon cloud or Dropbox as soon as you notice telltale drops in your tablet’s performance.

Ideally, you should have at least 30% of charging left in your Fire HD 8 before attempting a factory reset.

How Do I Force Restart My Fire Tablet 8?

Press and hold the Power button for at least 20 seconds until it turns off completely. Wait for a few seconds and press the same button to turn ON the Fire HD 8.

You will notice that a pop-up appears a few seconds after holding the Power button. For a forced restart, you have to ignore this pop-up and keep holding the button in place until the screen goes black.


Modern smart devices are full of applications, features, and protocols that continuously drain the battery, even when not in direct use. Most of the time, your tablet’s battery will die because of apps running in the background or WiFi left on for a long time.

Always make sure that you plug the Fire in for charging as soon as it reports a low battery level, and do not leave apps running unnecessarily. Do not use your tablet in extreme temperatures, as this can significantly affect the battery performance- both short and long-term. Contact Amazon if you think there is a software issue that does not resolve by trying these fixes or buy a new Fire HD 8 in case of no repair option.  

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