Remarkably for such a low-cost tablet, the Kindle Fire is equipped with a camera. This means you can snap away taking photos without having to reach into your pocket for your phone.

Before long you’ll probably want to share some of these snaps with friends and family – and the Kindle Fire offers a variety of ways to do just that.

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Sharing photos from your tablet isn’t hard. But if you don’t know where to start then you’re in luck, because our simple guide explains just what you need to do.

Step 1: Launch the Photos app

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On the home screen, tap the Photos app.

If this is the first time you’ve launched the Photos app, tap Getting Started and then decline the offer to import photos from other devices (you can always do this later).

Now tap the Menu button (three stacked horizontal lines) at the top left and tap All.

Step 2: Smarten before sharing

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If you’re happy with your photos then feel free to skip this step – but if you fancy making your snaps look a little better before you share them, then read on.

First, tap any photo to view it so that it fills the screen. Now tap the Pencil icon in the top right to open the editing mode.

Here you can use the icons that appear below the photo to apply simple fixes and enhancements. These include rotation, red-eye removal and brightness and contrast corrections.

When you’re happy with the results, tap Done at the top right to save the changes. A new photo will be added to your camera roll so the old, unedited one won’t be replaced.

Step 3: Share your photos

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Now it’s time to share a photo with friends. Select a photo, and tap the Share icon – it’s a dot with two smaller dots projecting to the right, on stalks.

Now tap to choose the sharing method. Email and Bluetooth are obvious options, but you can also share your snaps with your social networks. To do so, just tap the Facebook or Twitter icons.

If you haven’t already set these up on your Kindle Fire, you’ll be asked to supply the relevant login details here.

Step 4: Configure automatic uploads

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Did you know that your Kindle Fire can automatically upload photos taken with the front-facing camera to your Amazon Cloud Drive? This means you don’t have to transfer them manually and you can access them from any computer with a browser.

This is enabled by default. But if you don’t like the idea or simply want to check that it’s working, in the Photos app tap the Menu button followed by Settings.

Step 5: Import photos onto your device

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It’s possible to share in reverse, as it were, by importing existing photos onto your device. These could be from another mobile device, a PC or Mac or your Facebook account.

To import images, in the Photos app tap the Menu button and then tap Add Photos. Choose the required import method and then follow the prompts. And that’s it.

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