Initiate and Amazon Kindle Update on Your Old Kindle Or Else!

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Amazon recently announced that users of their Kindle should update their software before March 22, 2016. The Amazon Kindle Update is necessary in order to avoid being locked out of the internet. The critical Amazon Kindle update should be done especially by those that uses the older version of Amazon’s e-readers. Particularly those who are using the 2012 Paperwhite and other previous versions.

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What If I don’t do the Amazon Kindle Update?

Well, it’s the end of the world for you! Just kidding! It just means that without the update you will not be able to connect to the internet, which means you will not be able to sync your e-books. This also meant not being able to download new e-books.

Will I be locked Forever?

No, if you are not able to conduct an Amazon Software update by March 22, 2016. It means that you have to go through the tedious process of updating your e-reader. This means you have to download the update via the Amazon website to your PC. Then install the update to your e-reader by connecting it to a USB. All of which you can avoid if you just download the update via Wi-Fi before March 22.

How To Install Amazon Kindle Update

It’s easy to install the Amazon Kindle Update here are the steps:

  1. Go to your Kindle Home screen
  2. On the Menu select “Sync and Check for Items”
  3. Wait until the update is done (or just leave your device because the device will update when the device is in sleep mode).

Make sure that you are connected to the internet when you conduct the update, otherwise, what’s the point?

List of Devices that Requires Amazon Kindle Update

Device and YearSoftware Version Your Device Should update to
Kindle First Generation (2007)1.2.1
Kindle Second Generation2.5.8
Kindle DX Second Generation (2009)2.5.8
Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)3.4.2 or higher
Kindle 4th Generation (2011)4.1.3 or higher
Kindle 5th Generation (2012)4.1.3 or higher
Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011) or higher
Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012) or higher


Although there really is no dire consequences if you do not update such as your old Kindle exploding. There is really no need to worry. But of course, you will save a lot of time if you just take five minutes to initiate the update and the rest for would be taken cared of by your device. Just make sure that when you initiate the update your device is  connected to Wi-Fi.


Vince is a tech geek, has a passion for sharing knowledge and loves to tinker with different gadgets. Whenever he gets a new gadget he just open the box and figure out how the gadget works without reading the manual.

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