How to enable Show Mode on Amazon Fire Tablet

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How to turn on Show Mode on Fire Table
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If you don't want to plunk down the cash for an Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot, Amazon's got you covered with a much more affordable alternative: a Fire Tablet with Show Mode.

Keep in mind that only 8-inch or 10-inch Fire Tablets work with Show Mode. If you've got a 7-inch model you're out of luck. There are a couple ways to enable Show Mode, and it's not exactly apparent when you're booting up the Fire Tablet and using it day to day.

Read this: Using the Fire Tablet in Show Mode

So how do you actually enable it? Luckily for you, we've got your back with this handy guide to the three ways you can enable Show Mode.

Get the Show Mode Charging Dock

If you're getting the Fire Tablet primarily for Show Mode, you really should heavily consider getting the Show Mode Charging Dock.

You can make do without it, but you'll have to find a way to prop up the Fire Tablet while keeping it charged to properly use it. That's easier said than done. We were able to prop it up on our bookshelf, but we weren't able to charge it at the same time.

Should you opt for the Show Mode Charging Dock, enabling Show Mode is absurdly simple. You just start charging it. The Charging Dock comes in two parts. There's the actual dock, which plugs in to the wall, and then there's a sleeve that you plug the Fire Tablet onto.

This Fire Tablet has wireless charge points on the back that'll connect to similar points on the actual dock, charging the Fire Tablet and automatically enabling Show Mode. If you've ever seen a Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro and how they connect to their keyboards, it's a similar idea.

How to turn on Show Mode on Amazon Fire Tablet

Swipe down on the notification pane

The Fire Tablet doesn't look like Android, but it is using Amazon's own forked version of the popular operating system. That means that some things are still going to be familiar, like Android's notification pane.

Amazon has gone and tucked a toggle for Show Mode right in the pane. All you have to do is swipe down from the top to bring up the pane and then tap the Show Mode toggle. Once you do that, Show Mode will be enabled.

To disable Show Mode, you'll have to do the same thing. Just swipe down from the top while in Show Mode, tap the toggle and you're back into Amazon's more tablet-y interface.

Ask Alexa

Ah yes, how could we forget about Amazon's famous digital assistant. Surely it could help out a little bit and enable it for us, right? Right. All you gotta do is ask.

To enable Show Mode, just say, "Alexa, enable Show Mode." To disable Show Mode, say, "Alexa, disable Show Mode." Boom, you're all done.

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