How To Manually Update Your Kindle If You Miss the Deadline

5430189515_ea93c15461_oIt's only a day past the 22 March deadline for the critical Kindle update, and early reports suggest that not everyone got the emails, post cards, and phone calls from Amazon about the update.

If you're one of the Kindle owners who didn't get the update in time, don't panic. If you missed the deadline, there is still a way for you to install the update.

The process will require a computer, your Kindle, and and a USB cable to connect the two, and you should also fully charge your Kindle before you start just to make sure that you have enough power to complete the process.

Here are the first steps to manually update your Kindle.

  1. First, determine which model you have. The best way to do that is to match your Kindle to one of the models on this page
  2. And then to determine the firmware, open the settings menu.  Then open the dropdown menu and select the "device info" option. This will tell you which version of the firmware your Kindle is currently running. 

If the firmware number matches one of the numbers on this help page then you already have the update. Also, if you can't find your Kindle on that second page then you don't need the update at all.

But if the firmware number is different then you'll need to keep going and install the update.

Here are links to the download pages:

You can visit the pages above to download the update. Depending on how long it's been since your Kindle connected to the internet, you may need to install one or more updates.

Each update will need to be installed one at a time, in the correct order. Here's how:

  1. Download the update to your computer, and then copy it to your Kindle using the USB cable.
  2. Disconnect your Kindle from your computer.
  3. Open the settings menu on your Kindle, and then open the dropdown menu. You should see an option labeled "Update your Kindle". Select it, and then confirm the update.

Your Kindle's screen should then flicker a few times, and then you will see the update status as a progress bar.

If you don't see the progress bar, or if the update fails, then you will need to contact Amazon and ask for technical help.

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About Nate Hoffelder (10961 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on How To Manually Update Your Kindle If You Miss the Deadline

  1. Thank you I thought I had a paper weight.

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