Oh, we’ve all done it: gone on an app binge, finding and installing all sorts of things that promise the world but fail to deliver. When the dust settles, your Kindle Fire is cluttered with apps you never intend to use and never should have fooled with in the first place. What to do?
Removing an app from your Fire is easy. Wherever you encounter the icon of the offending app, press and hold it. In the resulting menu, choose Remove from Device. After a moment, the app is gone! Note that you do not have to separately remove the app from the carousel and/or your favorites; removing the app from your Fire also removes all traces of it from the home screen.
Although you may remove an app from your Fire, it still stays in your Amazon account, up in the cloud. You will still see it in the “cloud” view of your apps. If you change your mind, you can easily reinstall the app later. This isn’t a big deal for free apps, which you could always reinstall from the App Store, but it is important for paid apps. As long as a paid app stays in the your account in the cloud, you can reinstall it for free.
But what if you really want to get rid of an app? It is possible to remove an app from your Amazon account, on both your Fire and in the cloud. Once you do this, the app will disappear from your Fire and the cloud view of your apps in the App Store.
Completely removing an app is easy, but you can’t do it from your Fire’s home screen. You’ll need to log into your Amazon account using a web browser. Fortunately, you can use the browser on your Fire, or a browser on your PC or Mac.
From your favorite place to access the web, go to Amazon and log into your account. In the upper right corner of the window. click on Your Account. From the resulting page, click on Your Apps and Devices located down in the section labeled Digital Content. You should see a list of your apps; if not, click on Your Apps in the left hand side of the page.
Every app you’ve ever installed will be listed here, free or paid. To completely remove an app from your account, click on the Actions button, way to the right of the offending app. In the resulting menu, select Delete this app. You’ll be asked to confirm this action, and if you do so, the app will be completely removed from your account and devices. Easy!
With this bit of advice, you can now freely experiment with apps. Keep the ones you like, save some in the cloud for later, and completely remove the ones you know you’ll never use.