How do you update the Amazon Kindle software?

Amazon Kindle e-book reader
Soft option: make sure your Kindle is updated

The Amazon Kindle is the most popular e-book reader out there. Just like a PC or Mac, it gets regular updates to its operating system (or firmware) that add new features or squish bugs. So how do you update the Amazon Kindle software? We’ll show you how.

How to check your Amazon Kindle software version

  1. Whilst on the home screen, press the three vertical dots icon in the top, right-hand corner
  2. Select Settings
  3. Now select Device Options and then Device Info
  4. The window that appears will list information about your device, including the Firmware Version

How do I check if there is an update to the Amazon Kindle software?

As the hardware gets older, just like with a smartphone, you may find that the latest firmware versions aren’t delivered to your device. For example, a recent update delivered changes to the interface, which are only available to the 8th Generation Kindle, 7th Generation Paperwhite, the Oasis or newer devices. Basically, it includes most Kindles released since 2015. Any devices made before then will stop at an earlier release.

To see what the current version of firmware is for your device, head to this page on the Amazon website. You can click here to find out which model of Amazon Kindle you own.

How to update the Amazon Kindle software

Assuming your Kindle has an active connection to the internet, the device should update automatically. However, if you want to force an update then you can do this with the following method:

Time needed: 5 minutes

How to download and install new Amazon Kindle firmware

  1. Download the new firmware

    On a PC or Mac, head to the Amazon Kindle software page and click on Download Software Update next to your device.

  2. Copy the firmware to your Kindle

    Turn on your Kindle and connect it to your computer using an USB cable. Drag and drop the downloaded update file from your computer onto the “Kindle” drive. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect your Kindle from your computer and then remove the USB cable.

  3. Install the firmware update

    On your Kindle home screen, tap the three vertical dots icon, and then choose Settings. Tap the three vertical dots icon again, and then select Update Your Kindle.

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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