Stay up-to-date on new Amazon Fire features and security patches
Keep your Kindle Fire up-to-date by installing Amazon’s operating system upgrades when an update becomes available. These periodic updates ensure that your Kindle Fire carries the latest security patches and features.
Instructions in this article apply to all Amazon Fire HD tablets (formerly called Kindle Fire) with Fire OS 5 or later.
How to Update Kindle Fire Tablets
Fire tablets run a modified version of Android called Fire OS. Unless you have the newest model, your Fire tablet may not be capable of running the latest version of Fire OS.
Follow these instructions to see if your device has the latest update:
Swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings gear.
You can also select the Settings app on the home screen to access the device’s settings.
Scroll down and select Device Options.
Scroll down and select System Updates.
Select Check Now to see if any updates are available. You’ll see the version of Fire OS currently on the device along with the date it was installed.
Your device must be connected to the internet to check for Kindle Fire updates.
If your Fire tablet doesn’t find any updates, it has the most recent compatible version of the OS.
If you have an older tablet or e-reader, Amazon offers specific update instructions for each Kindle version on its Kindle Software Update page.
How to Sync Your Kindle Fire With Your Amazon Account
If you purchase music or movies from Amazon on your computer, that media may not be available on your tablet right away. To update the content on your Kindle Fire, you may have to sync the device with your Amazon account manually.
Follow these steps to sync your Kindle Fire:
Swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings gear.
Scroll down and select Device Options.
Scroll down and select Sync Device.
If you choose to sync your device while offline, it automatically syncs the next time it connects to the internet.
How to Manually Update a Kindle Fire
If you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network, you can download the latest OS updates and install the updates manually using your computer:
Visit the Amazon Device Software Updates page, choose your device, then select Download Software Update under the corresponding model.
To determine your Fire tablet’s model, go to Settings > Device Options > Device Model (or About Device).
Connect your Fire tablet to your computer. If this is the first time connecting the device to the PC, an empty folder appears. To gain access to the tablet’s hard drive, swipe down and select Tap for other USB options.
Select Transfer files.
On your computer, a folder called Internal Storage appears on the Fire tablet’s drive. Drag the Fire OS update software you just downloaded to the Internal Storage folder.
Once the transfer is complete, disconnect the tablet from the computer. Then swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings gear.
Scroll down and select Device Options.
Scroll down and select System Updates.
Select Check Now. The updates are applied automatically.
It’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.
- 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 .
- 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:
- Download the update to your computer, and then copy it to your Kindle using the USB cable.
- Disconnect your Kindle from your computer.
- 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.
If you are not getting the OTA update, then you should know how to update Kindle software manually. Yesterday, when I tried to open an eBook of my local language, it shows a message that, you should update your device firmware to read this book. I didn’t get any OTA update before on my Kindle Paperwhite, and this time the same thing happened. So, I decided to update Kindle software manually which is pretty simple. Today, I am going to show you the procedure to update your Kindle firmware within few minutes.
Kindle is the best electronic book reader device for those peoples who loves to read a newspaper, magazines, novels etc. not physically but digitally which is designed and marketed by Amazon.com. Kindle e-readers is a device which looks like a tablet but it is entirely different from that, it only enables users to browse, buy, download and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking. It is helpful for all generations; anyone one can use this easily as its interface and design are very simple and easy to use.
How are Kindle eBook Readers Different from Tablets?
Kindle e-readers are an ideal device for bookworms and kids. The device features a 6-inch grayscale display and provides excellent screens and significant battery lives. It comes with E-ink electronic paper displays to make reading easier on eyes and never had any adverse effect on your eyes. When you read the e-book you can bookmark a page, can customize font styles and sizes, look up words in the device’s built-in dictionary and can download a variety of novels, magazines, educational books, and newspapers.
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With a Kindle, you don’t have to worry about packing heavy books in your luggage when you are going for a trip. A single Kindle can hold more than enough titles as it comes with enough storage space and Amazon also stores your entire library in the cloud, which will allow you to delete and re-download titles that will even help you to organize and save space.
How to Update Kindle Software Manually?
If you are like me who is not getting the OTA update, then you don’t need to talk the customer support or anyone else. The process of kindle software update is mostly easy, but it needs a computer to transfer the firmware file. So let’s get to it.
1# Determine Your Kindle Model and Firmware Version
This is the first step you should be worried about. Because, Amazon has different Kindle models according to the features and every model has few generations. Currently, I am using Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation). Well, in this tutorial I’ll show you Kindle Paperwhite software update procedure, but other devices require the same skill like this one. Here are some models available online.
- Kindle (1st Generation)
- Kindle (2nd Generation)
- Kindle (5th Generation)
- Kindle (7th Generation)
- Kindle (8th Generation)
- Kindle DX (2nd Generation)
- Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation)
- Kindle Touch (4th Generation)
- Kindle Paperwhite (5th Generation)
- Kindle Paperwhite (6th Generation)
- Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation)
- Kindle Voyage (7th Generation)
- Kindle Oasis (8th Generation)
To determine the model, you have to visit Amazon’s Account page. There on the “Settings” section click on “Manage Your Content and Devices”. Now, navigate to “Your Devices” tab to know the Kindle which you have registered with Amazon. Or, visit this page know you model by the serial number.
Next, you have to check the current firmware version of your device. To do that, go to the Home screen by tapping the Home button on your Kindle eBook reader. Now, click on the Hamburger menu button located right on the toolbar and select Settings. Again, click on the Hamburger menu button and select Device info. Here you’ll get all details like MAC Address, Serial Number, Firmware, etc.
Exact Kindle model and software version are needed to perform the manual update. Otherwise, you can’t update it. After getting the details, let’s jump to the second step.
2# Download Update Firmware for Kindle Devices
Now, you have the exact model that you are going to download and manually update kindle software version. First, head over the Amazon’s Fire & Kindle Software Updates page and scroll down until you get to the Kindle section. You’ll get a bunch of models on this page, but you have to choose the right model which you have.
Once you’ve selected the model, you’ll see a download link with the current version number listed. Take note of the version number and match it with your firmware version. If the current version is higher than your device, then you can proceed for download.
My Kindle’s version was 5.6.5, and the latest version is 5.8.8. It took me around 210MB to download the update file. Do the download process on your computer that you can easily transfer to your device. Once you completed the downloading process, jump to the next procedure.
3# Transfer the Update to Your Kindle and Install It
You have to connect your Kindle to your computer in order to copy the update file on it. After connecting your device, transfer the firmware (.bin) file to the root directory of your Kindle. If your computer mounts the Kindle as E drive, the path to the copied update package should be E:\update_kindle_[version number].bin
Once the file is placed into the root directory remove the Micro USB cable in order to disconnect your device from your computer.
To update Kindle Paperwhite software manually, tap the Home button, then tap the Hamburger menu button and select Settings. Again, tap the Hamburger menu button and select Update Your Kindle. If the option is grayed out or unable to select, then you had transferred a wrong version of the software update. Once you select the option, you’ll get a pop-up box, here, select OK. That’s it. Your Kindle will reboot and perform the update process. It’ll take few minutes to complete.
This was the tutorial on how to update Kindle software manually. Once the upgrade process finishes, repeat the version check process to check the updated version of firmware. Your kindle is now up to date with latest features and you don’t need to wait for the OTA update. In the future, if you are not getting the update automatically, then you can follow this procedure to update Kindle Paperwhite software or other Kindle devices.
Some tech companies such as Google may be prone to disabling their smart thermostats as soon as the warranties expire, but Amazon makes sure your older devices continue to function long after the point where they belong in a museum.
in late September 2019 Amazon sent out an email to owners of older Kindle models, advising them that their device needs to be updated to continue to function. I didn’t get one of these emails, but someone over at MobileRead did:
We’re contacting you regarding your Kindle Keyboard (2010). If you have not yet completed the most recent update on your Kindle Keyboard (2010), please do so prior to October 1, 2019 or you will be unable to use the Kindle services on your device. The update ensures that your device remains up-to-date with continuously evolving industry web standards. After October 1, you’ll need to update your device before you can connect to the Kindle services.
Connect your device to WiFi and the update will automatically download and install on your Kindle. For more information on how to download and install the update for your Kindle Keyboard (2010), visit www.amazon.co.uk/help/ku-2019
Alternatively, you can manually install the software update by downloading the update to your computer and transferring it to your Kindle. Visit www.amazon.co.uk/help/ku-2019-manual for instructions.
Note: If your device is already up-to-date, or if it is not listed on the above page, no further action is needed.
This looks like a repeat of 2016, when Amazon released a small but critical update for older Kindle models. That update was mandatory in order to guarantee that the devices could continue to work with Amazon’s wireless service, and from what I read over at MR, the same might be true for this update.
So if you’re still using an older Kindle model, you should definitely check to see if you need to update.
Here’s the link Amazon provided for the page of affected models:
That page includes instructions on how to check which firmware your Kindle is running, and how to install the update.
17 Aug 2015
Last week, Amazon released a huge update for their Kindle devices. It’s the one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It includes the much talked about and actually really good font – Bookerly. It’s designed specially by Amazon for reading on Kindle and it looks great on the iPad app. So naturally, I wanted to try it out on the Kindle.
But the Amazon overlords were not happy with me. Couple of days go by, and still no update notification. The Wi-Fi is on, the internet works. So I decided to take matters in my own hands. You’ll be happy to know that there’s a manual way of updating your Kindle – no matter if it’s the regular one, the Paperwhite or the fancy Voyage. The process is mostly easy, but it contains some classic Amazon like quirks all Kindle owners have come to expect (text-aligning option, anyone?).
So let’s get to it.
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Determine The Current Firmware Version and Device
First, let’s see what the current version of the installed firmware is. To do that, fist go to the Home screen by tapping the Home button on your Kindle Paperwhite or your other touchscreen Kindles.
Now, click the Hamburger menu button on the far right of the toolbar and select Settings.
Again, click the same Hamburger menu button and select Device info. Now, in the floating box you’ll be able to see the current firmware version.
You’ll also need to know which exact version of Kindle you have. If you apply a wrong update, you might end up damaging your kindle.
Unfortunately, there’s no sure shot way of telling which generation of Kindle you’re using. Amazon should have made this clear.
But there’s a way to figure it out using the Serial Number. It’s also available in the same Device Info menu that showed you the firmware version.
Mobileread has a comprehensive Wiki where it matches the first 4 digits of the serial number with the right model. Visit this page to do it yourself.
For instance, the first 4 digits of my Kindle are 90D4. That means I’m using a Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation. But again, it’s not as simple with Amazon. Because you see, Amazon considers the 1st Generation of Kindle Paperwhite as the 5th Generation of Kindle overall. So my 2nd version of Kindle Paperwhite is in fact called Kindle Paperwhite (6th Generation) on their support page. Yes, it’s not easy to figure out. If you need any help, use the link below to comment on our forum post with your questions and I’ll help you out.
Reading web articles on Kindle: Did you know that Kindle can help you read those long-form articles from the web? You can even use Instapaper to automatically download the latest saved articles directly to your Kindle.
How to Download Update Firmware for Your Device
Ok, now that we know exactly what device we’re using, let’s go and download the update file.
First, head to Amazon’s Kindle update page. From here, spot your Kindle and click on it.
Now, the page will say something to the effect of “yes, we do have a new software update for your device.”
Scroll down till you see Download Software Update X.X.X. Click on it and the download will begin. Depending on your internet speed this might take a while. The update file for my Kindle was 199 MB.
Related: Learn how to transfer DRM-free ebooks right to your Kindle, wirelessly.
How to Transfer and Install the Update on Your Kindle
Use the USB cable that came with Kindle (or any other Micro USB cable) to connect the Kindle with your PC or Mac. Kindle will now show up as a drive in your file explorer.
Open the Kindle drive and drop the file in the root directory. Meaning, don’t create any folders. Just paste or drag in the file right after opening the Kindle drive.
Once the transfer is completed, remove the Micro USB cable.
Now, on your Kindle, tap the Home button, then tap the Hamburger menu button and select Settings.
Again, tap the Hamburger menu button and select Update Your Kindle. If the option is grayed out, it means that you’re either running the latest version or the file wasn’t transferred properly.
Once you select the option, you’ll get a pop-up box, here, select OK. That’s it, the Kindle will now reboot and install the update.
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By: Waseem Patwegar
Here is how you can Update Apps on Kindle Fire and make sure that you are using the latest version of Apps on your Kindle Fire device.
Update Apps on Kindle Fire Tablet
To update Apps on Kindle Fire, you can either set your device to automatically download and install Updates or manually check for updates and install them (if available)
In general, Updates work only if the updated version of software is downloaded in a single session.
Hence, you need to make sure that your Kindle Fire device has enough storage space, it is connected to the internet and you have enough time to install the Updates.
With this understanding, let us move ahead and take a look at the steps to Update Apps on Kindle Fire device, both manually and automatically.
1. Auto Update Apps On Kindle Fire
By default, most of the Apps downloaded from Amazon’s App Store are setup to automatically update on Kindle Fire.
You can follow the steps below to make sure that Auto-update option is enabled on your device.
1. From the Home screen, tap on the Settings icon.
2. From the Settings screen, go to Apps & Games > Amazon Application Settings .
3. Next, tap on Appstore > Automatic Updates .
4. On the next screen, toggle on Enable Automatic Updates option.
After this setting, you can expect Apps downloaded from Amazon’s Appstore to be automatically updated on your device.
2. Manually Update Apps on Kindle Fire
In case you do not want the Apps to be automatically Updated, you can follow the steps below to manually Update Apps on Kindle Fire.
1. From the Home scree, open the Appstore on your Kindle Fire device.
2. On the Appstore, tap on the 3-line Menu icon > APP Updates .
On the next screen, you will be able to see available updates (If any)
3. Update Apps Installed Via APK
Apps installed from other sources (using APK files) may not be automatically updated on your device.
For such Apps, you can follow the steps below to check the version of the third party App, as installed on your device.
1. Go to Settings > Apps & Games > Manage All Applications .
2. On the Manage All App Applications screen, tap on the Downloaded tab.
On the “Downloaded” screen, find the Third Party App that you want to update and note down its version number (as displayed under the App title).
Next, visit the APKMirror website to check if a newer version of the App is available.
As expected, even after Amazon deluged owners of older Kindles with emails, postcards, and even phone calls in some cases, there are still plenty who were left in the dark and unable to connect their devices after Amazon deprecated the old firmware.
For whatever reason, it seems like a lot of the time the automatic updates that are supposed to happen just donвЂ™t. IвЂ™ve never had one of my Kindles prompt me to update; IвЂ™ve always had to do it manually.
Fortunately, manually updating your Kindle firmware isnвЂ™t all that hard. You just need to be able to connect your Kindle to your computer via USB, and then download the proper package(s).
If your older Kindle isnвЂ™t connecting to Amazon right now, you can probably already be sure you donвЂ™t have the latest firmware installedвЂ”but just in case you want to check for sure, go to the KindleвЂ™s settings screen and tap the dropdown icon in the upper right, then choose вЂњdevice info.вЂќ You should get a screen like this, that lists your deviceвЂ™s current firmware version. If it matches or exceeds the ones on this help screen, youвЂ™re goodвЂ”but then, you probably already knew that youвЂ™re good because youвЂ™re still online with it.
If itвЂ™s lower, you need to make a note of the current version number, and go to whichever of these pages represents the model you have and download the firmware it tells you to. (List shamelessly borrowed from Nate HoffelderвЂ™s post on this matter on The Digital Reader.)
Depending on what your current version is, itвЂ™s possible you might have to download more than one update package and then apply them one at a time.
If your Kindle isnвЂ™t on the above list, you probably donвЂ™t need to worryвЂ”and if you canвЂ™t connect to Amazon, you should contact Amazon support to find out why.
The update process is simple enough. When your Kindle is connected to your computer, your computer will see it as a USB disk drive. Simply copy the update youвЂ™re applying over to the KindleвЂ™s root directory, just as youвЂ™d copy any file across.
After itвЂ™s copied, вЂњejectвЂќ the Kindle using the USB icon in your Windows system tray (or, if youвЂ™re on a Mac, drag the Kindle to the trash). After itвЂ™s done, go back into the KindleвЂ™s settings menu, tap the dropdown at the upper right, and choose вЂњUpdate Your Kindle.вЂќ Your Kindle should then apply the update and reboot.
If youвЂ™re lucky, anyway. When I first tried to update my Kindle Touch, a few months ago, it simply wouldnвЂ™t work, and the most Amazon support could do for me was give me $20 off my next model. Fortunately, I was able to вЂњunbrickвЂќ it using the Kubrick Kindle debricking LiveCD, which might be an option for you if itвЂ™s one of those Kubrick supports (Kindle 3, Kindle 4, and Touch).
If youвЂ™re not able to get it to work, contact Amazon support to see if they can help. If they canвЂ™t get it to work, your model will likely be out of warranty by now like mine, but maybe theyвЂ™ll offer you a discount on a new model, too.
For all that itвЂ™s occasionally necessary to update older Kindles manually to keep them working, at least they still do work with Amazon. Even the original first-generation Kindle can still connect and download e-books today just as it always has, assuming you have the proper update installed. Compare that to whatвЂ™s happened recently to Nook owners in the UK, or owners of Sony readers a few years back. ItвЂ™s good to see that Amazon seems to have the right idea regarding supporting its older hardware.
I discovered something fascinating about Amazons “Auto-Update” feature for ebooks: it doesn’t work.
After researching, it seems it hasn’t been working for a few years. So when authors update their books, the reader has to log into the website and update them manually.
As someone who reads almost exclusively indie authors, I am frustrated by this development. All of the authors I know update their books many times during the first few weeks after releasing, meaning many of those updates go unseen by those who bought it.
This also spans over into traditionally published books, when scrolling through my Kindle Library I noticed many of my trad books also had updates waiting.
Hopefully this helps you as much as it helped me!
You will have to log into the website to do this.
Once you are in your account, click on Your Account and Lists, to get the full menu of account options.
Then find “Your Content and Devices“.
This will give you a full list of all the ebooks you own.
There is no way to sort by those that need updates, so you can scroll through, or search by title to check.
If a book needs an update it will have blue words that state “Update Available“
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Amazon’s(s amzn) promised software update for its Kindle Fire is now live and rolling out to devices over the air. I decided not to wait for the update, but wanted a totally mobile method to get the software installed. It’s actually fairly easy and requires just three things: a Kindle Fire(s amzn) (surprise!), a Wi-Fi connection, and a file manager application.
The software update, version 6.2.1, is available for download directly from Amazon here. Using the Kindle Fire’s web browser to navigate there, you’ll see a Download link. Tap the link to download the 182 MB file to your Fire, which will place it in the Downloads folder. Unfortunately, the update file needs to be in the KindleUpdates folder on the device; that’s where a file explorer application comes in handy.
Using Amazon’s AppStore on the Kindle, search for “file explorer” to see what third-party apps might help in this situation. I chose AndroXplorer, which was free, and installed it. With this app, or any other comparable file explorer software, it’s simply a matter of copying the update file from the Downloads folder to the KindleUpdates folder on the Fire. Note that both of these are actually sub-folders of the sdcard folder.
Once you’ve copied the downloaded update file to the appropriate folder, go into the Settings of your Kindle Fire. Tap the Device option, and you should now see the “Update your Kindle” button lit up. Tap it to update your Kindle Fire software, which should only take a few minutes. After the device reboots, you’re all set!
As far as the update itself, it addresses several of issues found in the Kindle Fire. For starters, the device is noticeably more responsive and easier to use with the carousel interface: icons snap into place much faster. You can also customize which icons appear in the carousel. And there’s a new password lock function that secures the device so kids and others can’t easily purchase items from your Kindle Fire. I’ve only just begun using the new software update, but so far, I think most Kindle Fire owners will see this update as an early holiday present.