If you want the latest Kindle features this second (or if you have missed a past update), the The best way to get an immediate update for your Kindle is to do it manually. Read on as we show you how to easily update your Kindle.
Generally, live updates from Amazon are usually hiccup free (although they can take more than a month in.)ur slowly deploy to every Kindle around the world). But maybe your Kindle stopped updating for no reason (like ours), or maybe you're just in a rush to get the latest and greatest features. Whatever your reasons, you don't have to wait for Amazon to launch this update.
First step: identify your Kindle model
Although we are updating a second generation Kindle Paperwhite in this tutorial, the same technique as we will guide you through the work on all the different Kindle models. The first and main step is to identify the Kindle you have so that you can compare the correct version of the software for your model and download the appropriate update.
Rather than squinting at the little model number on the back of your case, then Google the model number, the easiest method is to check the numberstandard because the first four alphanumeric characters indicate the model / generation of your Kindle.
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If your Kindle is linked to your Amazon account, just log into your Amazon Content and Devices dashboard and click " Your devices ". Select the Kindle you want to update and read the notation next, like so:
In the case of Kindle, I want to update today, the first four characters of the serial number are B0D4. You can also find the serial number by turning on your Kindle and by going to the Settings> Device Information menu. Once you have the first four characters, you can reference the following list to determine exactly which model you have. Save time and use Ctrl + F to search for the string of characters.
- Kindle 1 (2007): B000
- Kindle 2 (2009): B002, B003
- Kindle DX (2010: B004, B005, B009
- Kindle Keyboard (2010): B006, B008, B00A
- Kindle 4 (2011): B00E, B023, 9023
- Kindle Touch (2012 ): B00F, B010, B011, B012
- Kindle Paperwhite 1 (2012): B024, B01B, B01C, B01D, B01F, B020
- Kindle Paperwhite 2 (2013): B0D4, 90D4, B0D5, 90D5, B0D6, 90D6, B0D7, 90D7, B0D8, 90D8, B0F2, 90F2, B017, 9017, B060, 9060, B062, 9062, B05F, Kindle 7 (2014): B001, B0C6, 90C6, B0DD, 90DD
- Kindle Voyage (2014): B00I, B013, B053, B054
- Kindle Paperwhite 3 (2015): G090
- Kindle Oasis (2016): G0B0
- Kindle 8 (2016): B018
Once you've rechecked your serial number against the list, it's time to retrieve the actual update files.
Step 2: Download the update
Armed with the version number of your Kindle - in our case, confirmed by the serial number, the Paperwhite 2 - go to the Amazon Fire and Kindle software updates page . Scroll down until you reach section Kindle, then match the Kindle you have with the appropriate model. Remember, there may be more than one version of the same model - which is why we went in search of the serial number in the first step.
Once you have selected the model, you will see a link download with the current version number listed. Note the version number, but don't download it right away.
Before downloading the update, check that the version number is higher than the current version on your Kindle. On your Kindle , go to Menu> Settings> Menu> Device information. You'll see a screen like the following.
Clearly, the firmware version we have on our Paperwhite (5.6.1) is behind the most recent version of this writing (5.8.5). the line, we had the update for summer 2016, but we missed the big update for autumn 2016 which ushered in the new layout of the home screen. Now, with the difference between the most recent version and our confirmed version, we can download the update file. Click on the link "Download software update [version number]. It will save the update as as a .bin file.
Step 3: Copy the update to your Kindle and iinstall it
When the download is complete, connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer with a USB cable and copy the .BIN update file to the root directory of your Kindle Paperwhite. The file must be in the top level folder, so if your computer mounts the Kindle as an F drive, the path to the copied update package must be F: update_kindle_ [version number] .bin
Once the fifile placed in the root directory of your Kindle device, right click on the Kindle reader and choose Eject to unmount it from your system. Go ahead and unplug it.
Now just ask the Kindle to update itself via the Kindle menu system. On the Kindle, go to Menu> Settings to access the settings menu, then press the Menu button again in the settings menu and select "Update your Kindle." Press OK and wait. (If the "Update your Kindle " option is grayed out, it means that the Kindle could not locate the .bin file; confirm that you have placed it in the root directory and try again. )
After restarting your Kindle (don't worry if it takes a minute or more to complete the restart and update), repeat the version check process by looking in the Device Info menu. You should see a worm numberupdated version and, with newer versions of Kindle operating systems, you can even read the release notes directly on your device by pressing the "More info " button:
Your Kindle is now up to date with the latest features and you did not get wait for the device to update automatically over the air. While we hope your future OTA updates will be smoother, there areIt's easy (once you know where to look) to manually retrieve an update and update your Kindle to the latest version.