The Kindle Fire HD comes preloaded with a feature called FreeTime, which allows you to create multiple accounts for parents, children and other users on one device. Although FreeTime is not true account switching, it allows you to set up multiple profiles and limit user access to certain content, much like parental controls on a Mac or PC. Although FreeTime was created for parents, you can use it to share your tablet with your friends and family while still maintaining control of the device.

Setting up FreeTime

To start using FreeTime on your Kindle Fire HD, first create a parental control password within the FreeTime app. If you've already created a password, enter it when you launch the FreeTime application. Once you've set up a password, you can start creating accounts for other users, entering their name, gender and date of birth. If you'd like, you can add a separate profile picture for each user account. Kindle FreeTime supports up to four user accounts per device, each with its own set of restrictions.

Adding Content to a Profile

Once you've created a new profile in Kindle FreeTime, you can start adding content to it. Manually select which apps, ebooks and videos each user on the Kindle Fire HD can access. You can limit access to Web browsing, select specific ebook titles and add access to new apps whenever you'd like. Once the user has signed in to her FreeTime profile, it's not possible to log out without entering the master profile password. You can tell when a Kindle Fire HD is logged in to a FreeTime account by the blue background that's displayed.

Creating Time Restrictions

You can set up daily time limit restrictions for each account. If you want to allow unlimited ebook reading but want to limit how long a user can use apps and watch videos, you can select individual time restrictions for each category. You can also set an overall time limit restriction that's not dependent on which apps are used. Once the time limit has been reached, the profile is disabled until the master account password is entered. If you don't want to set time limit restrictions, simply leave the box unchecked when setting up the profile.

Considerations

If you want to create a FreeTime account but don't want to limit access to apps, ebooks and videos, you can create a profile and manually allow access to all apps and media on the device. Skip the time limit restrictions setting, and the user can stay logged in to his profile for an unlimited amount of time. Keep in mind that when any user wants to log off, the master profile password must be entered. Although this is not a true guest login, you can still limit what others are able to do on your device.