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Tablets are great for sharing! They can become great living room gadgets for using while lounging, or you can hand them over to your kids for a quick entertainment session. We know how annoying it can be to have others messing with your apps, history, and settings. This is why you’ll want to learn how to add and switch profiles on an Amazon Fire tablet.

Each profile will have its personalized experience. You can have your customized home screen, collections, apps, content, and preferences. All while your partner and kids have their own. It’s easy to switch around, too. Let’s jump right in and show you how.


You can switch between profiles by pulling out the notification area, swiping down to show more options, and tapping the person icon. Then simply pick the profile you want to switch to.


How to add a profile to an Amazon Fire tablet

How to set up a child profile on a Fire tablet

Switch profiles on Amazon Fire tablets

Editor’s note: These steps were put together using an Amazon Fire HD 10 (9th-gen) running Fire OS Some steps may differ depending on your hardware and software.

How to add an adult profile to an Amazon Fire tablet

Adding an adult profile to your Amazon Fire tablet is a bit more complex than a kid’s. This is because adults need to be registered in your Amazon Household. It doesn’t take long, though. And you can do it straight from the same menu.

Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to pull out the notification area.

Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen again to pull out more options.

You’ll see a person icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Tap on it.

Select New User.

Hit OK.

Pick Add a second Adult Profile.

You have to enter your password.

Hand the tablet to the second adult when prompted.

The other adult needs to sign into his Amazon account.

Follow the steps to finish the process.

The person has 14 days to accept the invitation. Once the person is part of your Amazon Household, his or her profile will appear on your Amazon Fire tablet. Keep in mind you can only have two adults per Amazon Household.

How to set up a child profile on a Fire tablet

Setting up a child profile is much easier. Here’s how.

Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to pull out the notification area.

Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen again to pull out more options.

You’ll see a person icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Tap on it.

Select New User.

Hit OK.

Pick Add a Child Profile.

Fill out the First Name and Birthdate sections. You can also Choose a profile picture.

Tap on Add Profile.

Switch profiles on Amazon Fire tablets

Once you have all your profiles set up, switching between them is a breeze.

Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to pull out the notification area.

Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen again to pull out more options.

You’ll see a person icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Tap on it.

Tap on the profile you want to switch to.


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Amazon: Fire Owners Didn’T Care About Encryption

Amazon: Fire owners didn’t care about encryption

Amazon has pushed back at suggestions it’s selling out Fire tablet users on data encryption, arguing that it was a Spring clean not a security lapse. The online behemoth faced vocal criticism this week over its Fire OS 5 software for its affordable Android-based tablets, which quietly removed support for encrypting data.

Although Fire OS 5 was released earlier this year, recognition of the changed feature set only really occurred when high-profile security researchers flagged the differences.

Fire OS 5 is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, which in its native form supports FDE or “full disk encryption” as an option. That effectively allows users of Lollipop devices to choose to secure all of their own data with a passcode: without that, the 128-bit master key can’t be accessed to read that data.

NOW READ: 8 things to know about the Apple/FBI fight

It means that, should a device fall into unwanted hands – whether they are those of thieves or, topical given the pressure Apple has faced in recent weeks by the FBI over unlocking an iPhone involved in a terrorist incident, law enforcement agencies – they would need the master passcode in order to read any of the information stored on it.

That’s the theory, anyway: in practice, it requires users to actually turn the encryption on, and that’s something Amazon says its Fire tablet owners weren’t actually doing.

“In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren’t using,” an Amazon spokesperson told SlashGear. “All Fire tablets’ communication with Amazon’s cloud meet our high standards for privacy and security including appropriate use of encryption.”

It’s unclear how many Fire tablet owners actually were using pre-OS 5 encryption; we’ve asked Amazon for that breakdown and will update with the company’s response.

Anyone who was relying on encryption will have to disable it if they want to use OS 5 or any subsequent version of Amazon’s software. However, as the company points out, this affects local data not what is communicated between tablet and Amazon’s cloud-based servers, such as payment information when making a purchase.

On the one hand, there’s a solid argument that the target audience for a multimedia-centric tablet like Amazon’s Fire series is understandably not going to be particularly concerned by this sort of data security talk. If the primary use is – as Amazon bills it – ebook reading, video and music streaming, and internet browsing, then that’s a very different use-case to a device with corporate email access or other sensitive information.

Nonetheless, sometimes convenience – in this case, the convenience of not having to input a passcode whenever the device is turned on – arguably needs to take a backseat to sensible security precautions. The question, therefore, might not be “how many people were choosing to turn on encryption?” but more importantly “why wasn’t Amazon enabling it by default?”

How To Add An Infrared Remote

Theoretically, HomeKit supports fans as a smart home accessory. There are some HomeKit ceiling fans already on sale, but what I’ve been holding out for is a HomeKit tower fan for my office. Unfortunately, there aren’t really any to speak of.

After years of waiting, and a particularly hot summer, I gave up and explored the enthusiast route. I bought a standard fan with an IR remote control and set out to induct it into my HomeKit home using Homebridge…

The most obvious route to add a dumb appliance to the HomeKit ecosystem is to use a smart plug. With a HomeKit smart plug, you can very quickly add smarts to a lot of accessories. The smart plug toggles the power on and off at your command, so it’s perfect for things like floor lamps.

Unfortunately, tower fans are not so simple. As they have settings like fan speed and oscillation to manage, they don’t simply turn on when the power turns on. They have a memory of sorts. When you plug them into power, which is what a smart plug is effectively emulating, they just sit there. You then have to press another button to actually start up the fan. This means a smart plug is not the solution.

Instead, I bought a fan with an Infrared remote control specifically because my plan was to use Homebridge. (What is Homebridge? Homebridge is a third-party, unofficial, bridge server that can expose all sorts of accessories to the HomeKit platform.)

The key to all of this is an IR blaster called the Broadlink RM. The RM connects to WiFi, so you can connect to it from an app and beam out Infrared commands remotely. However, the app is terrible and I have no interest in using it. Instead, the plan was to connect the Broadlink RM to Homebridge using this community plugin.

In the end, the blaster will essentially send out the same Infrared codes as the fan’s remote. The fan will see the incoming IR and dutifully perform the commands. All the IR stuff is wrapped up neatly in a Homebridge plugin and this means it will show up in my HomeKit home like any other accessory.

How to set up an Infrared accessory in HomeKit using Homebridge

The first step is to set up a Homebridge server itself if you don’t have one already. You can run Homebridge on a Mac, a Rasberry Pi, pretty much anything that can act as an always-on server. I elected to install Homebridge on my Synology NAS, which is always running as our house’s Plex media server anyway. You can find complete installation instructions for Homebridge on Synology here.

Then, the next step is to install the Homebridge plugin which knows how to connect to the Broadlink RM IR blaster.

Helpfully, the plugin has extensive documentation of its own, so it’s quite easy to follow along. To install the plugin, I opened up a terminal command line in the Homebridge console of the Synology web interface, and typed:

npm install homebridge-broadlink-rm

At this point, plug in your IR blaster in the same room as the accessory (or accessories) you intend to control. The blaster needs to have line-of-sight to the fan, but it doesn’t have to be dead on. The Broadlink RM is about the size of an Apple TV, so it’s quite small and discreet.

You have to use Broadlink’s app to connect the blaster to the WiFi network, but don’t bother actually setting up any accessories using Broadlink’s app. This is wholly separate to the Homebridge plugin configuration, so you don’t need to bother with it.

Homebridge is managed using a configuration file called config.json. You can access this file through the file system, and edit it using a text editor. (For my Synology setup, the easiest approach was to download the file through the web panel, edit it locally on my Mac, and then upload it back to the NAS’s storage.) This single file lists all the various parameters for all of the HomeKit accessories you want to expose.

Every time you make a change to config.json, you will need to restart the Homebridge server for it to apply the new configuration. For a Synology server, this simply means pressing a Restart button in the Homebridge package interface.

With the initial configuration like the above screenshot, you can now try accessing Homebridge from your Home app on the iPhone for the first time.

Homebridge exposes itself to the Home app as a hub. From within the Home app, press the ‘Add Accessory’ button and select the detected Homebridge hub. Enter the following 8-digit code to confirm: 031-45-154. (You can find this code at the top of your chúng tôi file.)

Now that the Homebridge hub is inside HomeKit, any exported accessories will also be added. Any changes to Homebridge from now on will be reflected automatically inside the Home app.

Now, although we haven’t explicitly added any accessory objects to the chúng tôi file yet, there will be a new accessory in your Home called ‘Learn’. This is added by the RM plugin. This switch is the key to translating the Infrared remote control buttons to actionable items.

What pressing the Learn switch does is puts the IR blaster into a special mode where it looks for any Infrared signals and outputs them to the Homebridge log. You need to write down the Infrared codes as we’ll need them later.

So, let’s say we are trying to record the power button of the remote. What we need to do first is press the Learn switch inside the Home app. Then, point our remote control at the IR blaster and press the power button. Look at the log and copy down the Infrared hex code (this will be a long hexadecimal sequence).

Repeat this process for every relevant button you want to expose to HomeKit. Don’t worry if you forget anything, you can always go back and learn again later. We are going to expose our fan as a basic on/off switch, so we only need the Infrared code that corresponds to the power command.

Once you have got a record of all the Infrared codes, you can go back to the chúng tôi file and change the ‘hideLearnButton’ property from ‘false’ to ‘true’. This will remove the Learn accessory from the home.

Okay, so we have our Infrared code for power. Now what? Once again, we can look at the plugin documentation and work out the accessory object format that we need to put in the JSON.

The plugin can simulate accessories for many different types; outlets, switches, fans, lights, garage doors, locks, air conditioners, and shades. Each type has a different set of optional and required parameters, and it can get quite complicated.

The basic switch is all we need to power on and off the fan, and this requires only four properties: the name of the accessory, the semantic type (“switch”), the Infrared data to send when HomeKit turns the switch on, and the Infrared data to send when HomeKit turns the switch off.

For both the ‘on’ and ‘off’ cases, we just paste into the hex string for power that we learned earlier. The ‘persistState’ option determines what happens if the Homebridge server restarts; should it remember the previous on/off state of the accessory? If ‘persistState’ is ‘true’, it remembers the previous state. If ‘persistState’ is ‘false’, then the switch accessory will be considered off on each reboot of the server. For a fan, it probably makes more sense to persist the state so I set this to ‘true’.

Note that this accessories array goes inside the platform object. For the Broadlink plugin, we do not use the top-level accessories array.

We are finished with our configuration, so to declutter our Home app, we set the ‘hideLearnButton’ parameter to ‘true’ which will remove the Learn switch helper. Our final chúng tôi files look something like this:

Assuming everything was typed in correctly, and there are no syntax errors like missing commas, you can now restart the Homebridge server one more time.

Once it fires up, there will now be a new Tower Fan accessory in your HomeKit home. It will look like a switch, but we can use the ‘Display As’ setting inside the Home app to make it look like a fan. You can freely rename the accessory inside the Home app, by the way, the chúng tôi name is just to identify it inside Homebridge itself.

When the fan tile is pressed, HomeKit sends a message to Homebridge to turn the switch on. The plugin then finds the Infrared code for the ‘on’ state and beams that around the room through the IR blaster. If everything went smoothly, the fan will see the Infrared signal and turn itself on! Success. Tapping the tile again sends the off command and the fan stops spinning.

How well do all these hacks work?

I was a bit skeptical going into this that everything would work without a hitch. However, I have been running this exact arrangement for two weeks now without a single glitch or failure.

Controlling the fan with HomeKit is extremely responsive. I can tap the tile in the Home app or use Siri and toggle the fan immediately. The performance is honestly better than some certified HomeKit accessories I’ve tried. The IR blaster never fails to send its signal, and the fan always receives it and behaves accordingly.

Using Homebridge and an IR blaster to recreate a switch may seem like overkill, but this is just scratching the surface of what is possible.

You may have noticed that the plugin includes support for an actual “fan” accessory. This means you can use Infrared to control things like oscillation and fan speed. I actually got oscillation working but my downfall was the fan speed setting.

Unfortunately, the remote for my Honeywell fan only has one fan speed button. When you press the button, it sends out the same IR signal and the fan rotates through each of the three fan speeds. For the IR blaster to work with fan speed, you need to find a fan/remote combo that sends out a different IR signal for each speed; like one IR code for slow, one IR code for fast.

Because of this issue, I opted to simply expose the fan as a basic switch. If I wanted to, I could expose the fan speed command as a separate ‘toggle switch’ inside HomeKit. However, that is a little elegant, so for the time being, I am using it as a simple on/off switch only.


I sure hope that some company soon will actually make a real HomeKit fan, with certified support for all of HomeKit’s accessory services like power, fan speed, oscillation and swing mode direction. That would be the most ideal solution.

That being said, I have been genuinely surprised at how well the Homebridge community solution has performed. The description of the process makes it sound more difficult than it actually is. And of course, that configuration only has to happen once. I set it all up in a couple of hours. If you don’t have a programming background like me, it may be a bit more of a struggle to wrap your head around things like the JSON file format. But, Google is your friend. Homebridge is a surprisingly popular hack and there are a lot of tutorials and videos online that guide you through it.

Homebridge is an incredible Apple community achievement. Frankly, it is amazing that this stuff exists at all — all for free. The Broadlink RM IR blaster that was the glue of this particular integration is pretty inexpensive too.

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Report: Amazon Tablet Set To Battle Ipad In Fall

The timing makes sense: A September or even early October introduction would be well-timed to position Amazon going into the holiday shopping season, and to build anticipation for a tablet that could be the most asked-for stocking stuffer of 2011. It also coincides with when arch-rival Apple plans to launch its iOS 5.0 mobile operating system, and, potentially, a new, higher-resolution iPad to complement its current blockbuster, the iPad 2.

Amazon and Apple aren’t the only ones planning fall tablet launches. Sony’s first Android tablets are due in the fall as well.

As expected, Amazon isn’t saying anything-the company never confirms or denies the ever-churning rumor mill. However, the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, has indicated in the past that a tablet is its next frontier. And that makes perfect sense, on numerous levels.

For one, Amazon and Apple are two behemoths each vying for consumers’ digital media purchase dollars. Books, music, video: Both companies are all about content consumption, and both are well-positioned in the fight for your wallet.

Amazon established itself as a contender in the hardware space when it launched, and cultivated over the past four years, its Kindle series of e-readers. While Apple grew its ownership of the digital music market, Amazon forged a place amongst e-book consumers, and the Kindle was critical to that strategy.

The details of the Amazon tablet remain vague. Rumors put the screen at “roughly nine inches”, per the Wall Street Journal’s report. The tablet will run Android, presumably Android 3.2 (or later, if another version comes available). The Journal also says its sources claim there won’t be a camera.

The lack of a camera would also be a competitive oversight. I’d understand omitting the camera if Amazon was positioning its tablet primarily as a reading and media consumption device, much like Barnes & Noble has done with its Nook Color (which runs on a variant of Android 2.3, but only has access to B&N’s own app store). But based on steps the company has taken this year, that’s an unlikely direction.

Why Amazon Will Succeed With a Tablet

Hardware and store integration are not new concepts for Amazon. The company led the e-reader market for so long because, in large part, of its tight integration with chúng tôi Tight integration between tablet (and phone and media player) and the iTunes Store is what propelled Apple to its sales summits. Amazon certainly must be hoping it can build on the success of its Kindle devices by creating its own, tightly integrated shopping, buying, and consuming experience on an Android tablet.

Presumably, this will be an experience that’s more organic than the one you get by shopping at Amazon today on an Android tablet, using the various Amazon apps. And it will presumably leverage the breadth of selection and attention to customer experience and other details that a retail Goliath like Amazon can provide.

Other tablet makers are trying to integrate their own branded digital stores too, Acer and Toshiba among them. And meanwhile, Google is chasing both Apple and Amazon with its own Android Market services, which for now include selling apps and books, and renting movies.

How To Add Icloud Email To Outlook On Windows And Android

If you have iCloud email, you’re not limited to using it only on Apple devices. You can also access and operate your iCloud email account on Windows or Android using an email client such as Outlook.

Good to know: learn how to use Microsoft Outlook rules to manage your inbox better.

Create an App-Specific Password

To use your iCloud email on Windows or Android, your first solution is to visit chúng tôi and sign in to your account. This will grant you access through the browser and allow you to send email and read your inbox. However, you will not be able to receive notifications of new emails and enjoy a total email experience through the browser.

Sign in to your iCloud email using an email client, such as Outlook. You’ll need to first create an app-specific password.

Press the “Sign in” button and log in with your Apple ID.

Label your new app-specific password. For instance, you can call it “iCloud Windows.”

Enter your iCloud password again to confirm.

Your app-specific password will be generated right away, and you can use it to sign in to Outlook on Windows.

Tip: if you want to respond to emails from another account, you may find it useful to set up automatic forwarding in Outlook.

Add iCloud Email to Outlook on Windows and Android

The process of signing in to iCloud email using Windows is easy. Enter the email address and the app-specific password you’ve created in the previous section.

When you’re asked to enter your password, use the app-specific password you created. If you forget it, you will need to create a new one.

You will see a success message, and Microsoft will send a test email to make sure everything works as it should.

You will see the iCloud folders and can manage them freely.

Using the same method, you can add your iCloud email account to the Outlook app for Android.

Start by pressing on the icon next to “Inbox” at the top to reveal a side menu.

Tap on the Settings icon.

Select the “Add mail account” button.

Sign in with your iCloud email account and respective app-specific password.

In most cases, you will need to confirm using an OTP that will appear on your iPhone, so keep it close while doing this.

FYI: it’s easier to add your password when you can actually see what you’re typing. Here’s how to see a password in your browser instead of dots.

Revoke App-Specific Passwords

Revoking an app-specific password will immediately prevent access to your iCloud email from a third-party inbox. To do this, follow these steps:

Go to “App-Specific Passwords” to view all your passwords.

Tip: check out our list of the best password managers for Web, desktop and mobile.

Frequently Asked Questions Why doesn’t my regular iCloud password work when signing in?

If you’re signing in to an app or service outside the Apple ecosystem, you have to create and use an app-specific password instead of your Apple ID password. This typically applies to using iCloud email on different platforms and email clients.

Do I need an Apple device to create an iCloud account?

No. You can navigate to chúng tôi on any platform and create your own Apple ID with no requirement of an Apple device. However, this will rely on your existing email address (Gmail, for example) and will not give you an chúng tôi email.

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Mustafa Ashour

Mustafa is a tech content writer who’s a geek at heart. His passion lies in writing about technology, especially software-related topics. He’s also interested in digital marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.

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How To Switch Apple Id On Iphone And Ipad Without Losing Data

To better manage personal and professional lives, many of us prefer to have multiple accounts. And I’m not averse to the idea of having more than one account either. It offers more flexibility to deal with certain situations and also prevents certain things from getting mixed up. While Apple doesn’t offer a quick account switching toggle on iOS/iPadOS, you can still change your iCloud account with ease without losing any data. Whether it’s for you to maintain multiple Apple IDs or for situations when you want to let one of your loved ones use your iOS device, you can follow some steps to get it done. If this interests you, here’s a detailed guide to switch Apple ID on iPhone and iPad without losing data.

Switch iCloud Accounts on iPhone, iPad with ease

As mentioned earlier, Apple doesn’t offer a straightforward way to switch Apple ID account on iPhone and iPad as it does on macOS. Hence, you have no other option but to sign out of your Apple ID and then sign back in using another account. While it may sound like a tedious affair, the whole process hardly takes a few steps.

How to Change Apple ID on iOS and iPadOS

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Now, tap on your profile (aka Apple ID banner at the top).

4. Here, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID password. Enter it and then tap on Turn Off in the top right corner of the screen.

5. Up next, you have the option to keep a copy of your data on this iPhone/iPad. Simply choose the data you want to keep on your iOS device. Do note that the data removed from this device will still remain on iCloud. After that, tap on Sign Out in the top right corner of the screen.

6. Now, a popup reading “Are you sure? It may take a minute to remove your iCloud data from this iPhone” may appear. Select the Sign Out option as shown below. Wait for a few seconds before you are signed out.

7. Once done, head back to the Settings app and choose the Sign In to your iPhone/iPad option. Following this, enter the new Apple ID and its password and hit Next in the upper right corner of the screen.

9. Now, you need to enter your device passcode to unlock the iPhone/iPad and also access saved passwords, as well as, other sensitive data stored on iCloud.

10. You will now get the option to merge the contacts on your device with iCloud. If you select the Merge option, your contacts and Safari data stored on this device will be uploaded and merged with iCloud.

In addition to this, you can add multiple iCloud accounts for Contacts, Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders apps for ease of usage. Just tap on any of the apps via the Settings, hit the Accounts option, select the Add Account option, select the iCloud option and type in your credentials, and you are good to go.

But What Happens to the Data?

Right now you may be wondering what happens to your data (including photos and videos) when you switch the iCloud account on your iPhone or iPad. This is a common concern and you should know that your data will remain safe. Apple provides a pretty reliable way to safeguard important data at the time of signing out of the Apple ID account. So, you need not worry about losing any data while switching your iCloud account on iOS. Depending on your needs, you can keep a copy of certain data on your iPhone or iPad. The list includes:








Apart from the aforementioned data, there are chances that some data might go missing once you switch Apple IDs. For instance, all the photos and videos that you have optimized to save space will be removed from your iPhone/iPad. But, fret not. Your data will still be available on iCloud and you can easily restore it. Plus, the original photos/videos will still be available on other devices thanks to the iCloud Photos.

For those unfamiliar, iCloud Photos automatically stores your photos and videos on iCloud. It not only offers an additional layer of security to your photos but also provides seamless access to your photo library from any device. Apple removes all documents and data stored on iCloud Drive from your iOS/iPadOS device for extra security. If you haven’t backed up your data, visit our guide on how to backup an iPhone via iCloud for a better understanding.

Can I change my Apple ID without losing my apps?

While the data remains safe, it won’t be the case with apps. Apps downloaded when signed into an Apple ID won’t be transferred to another Apple ID. But if you simply edit your Apple ID, apps and purchases made via it will remain there itself.

If you simply intend to change your Apple ID, your data won’t go anywhere. But if you’re switching to another Apple ID, some data will be removed from your device. Although, you can always restore it if saved on iCloud.

Securely Switch Apple ID Account on iPhone and iPad

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