How to Play a Video on a Kindle Fire in Full Screen

By Danielle Fernandez

The standard Kindle Fire's multi-touch color screen supports a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution -- up to 1920 x 1200 in the 8.9-inch HD model -- so videos, movies and television shows are displayed in full, vivid detail. Videos streamed through the Amazon store or Netflix are played in full screen format by default. If you choose instead to transfer MP4 or VP8 formatted videos onto the device, access your videos in the Gallery app -- not Videos -- then deactivate the screen orientation lock and flip the device on its side so the video occupies the device's display entirely.

Step 1

Connect your Kindle Fire to a computer using a microUSB cable.

Step 2

Double-click the Kindle device icon in your file browser -- Windows Explorer on a PC or Finder on a Mac -- then open the "Videos" folder.

Step 3

Drag and drop videos from your computer into the "Videos" folder and allow them to fully transfer onto the device.

Step 4

Tap "Disconnect" on your Kindle Fire screen. Allow a few moments for the device to eject itself electronically from the computer, then disconnect the USB cable from the bottom of the Kindle Fire.

Step 5

Tap the gear icon at the top of your Kindle Fire's Home screen and ensure that the menu icon at the far right says "Unlocked." If it says "Locked," tap it once to change it to "Unlocked."

Step 6

Tap the "Apps" tab, then scroll to and tap "Gallery."

Step 7

Tap "Videos," then tap the thumbnail for the video you wish to watch.

Step 8

Tilt your device to the side so the video plays in full screen mode. In either orientation (tall/portrait or wide/landscape), video will only stretch to fit the left and right sides of the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your video is in any format other than MP4 or VP8, you will have to convert it appropriately. If your current media player doesn't support video conversions into an MP4 file format, CNET has a number of well-rated converters available (see link in Resources) for both PC and Mac platforms. Since iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone support the same video files as the Kindle Fire, any software that promises to convert for iOS devices will do the trick.
  • If you'll frequently watch videos you've sideloaded onto the device, set the Gallery app as a Favorite on your Home screen so you have instant access to your video library. From the Home screen (if it's been recently used) or the "Apps" tab, press and hold on the "Gallery" icon, then tap on "Add to Favorites."
  • Movies and TV shows purchased through Apple's iTunes store will not play on a Kindle Fire because they use a protected video format.