Amazon recently announced that it will provide at least four years of software security updates for Fire tablets following the last date at which the tablets are available for purchase as new products from Amazon.com.

For example, if you buy a current-gen Fire 7, Fire HD 8, or Fire HD 10 tablet in 2021, it will receive security updates at least through the end of 2025. That includes any Plus, Kids, or Kids Pro Edition versions of those tablets.

It’s interesting to note that Amazon guarantees support from the last date a product is sold rather than the first, which is how most smartphone makers count. So the current-gen Amazon Fire 7 tablet, which was released in 2019, will be supported at least until the end of 2025, which means it will receive at least six years of security updates.

But if you have an older model and you’re wondering how long it will continue to receive security updates, maybe this table will help:

TabletAvailabilitySecurity updates at least through
Fire HD 10 Gen 112021 – present2025
Fire HD 8 Gen 102020 – present2025
Fire HD 7 Gen 92019 – present2025
Fire HD 10 Gen 92019 – 20212025
Fire HD 8 Gen 82018 – 20202024
Fire HD 10 Gen 72017 – 20192023
Fire HD 8 Gen 72017 – 20182022
Fire 7 Gen 72017 – 20192023
Fire HD 8 Gen 62016 – 20172021
Fire HD 10 Gen 52015 – 20172021
Fire 7 Gen 52015 – 20172021
Fire HD 8 Gen 52015 – 2016No longer guaranteed
Fire or Fire HD Gen 4 or older2014 – 2015No longer guaranteed
Fire HDX Gen 4 or older2014 – 2015No longer guaranteed

Keep in mind that Amazon is only promising security updates during this time frame, and not necessarily major OS updates. So you can’t necessarily expect to run the latest version of Fire OS on a five or six year old tablet just because Amazon is still making security updates available. But you can be reasonably secure that the company is patching serious vulnerabilities that could leave your device open to malware.

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  1. I’m not sure Fire tablets ever have major OS updates, or at least the launcher never seems to change. But given how tied in Fire Tablets are to Amazon’s infrastructure, Amazon seemingly has a lot more motivation to provide security updates than the typical smartphone manufacturer.

  2. Great Post Brad. Your Fire list goes way back to Generation-4. The Amazon Help Page you linked to stops at Generation-9 (not very helpful at all!) Thanks to you I now know my Fire HD-8 Generation-8 w/ads purchased on 16-December-2018 for $49 will get security updates through at least the end of 2024. Thank you.