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Transfer & Install a Kindle E-Reader Software Update

Software updates should automatically download and install on your Kindle when connected wirelessly; however, you can also manually download the software and update your device via USB cable. Help for any Kindle e-reader model (6th Generation and newer).

Before you perform these steps, make sure a software update is available for your device.

To manually install a software update once you've determined that an update is available:

  1. From your computer, download the applicable software update file for your device:
  2. Turn on your Kindle and connect it to your computer using the USB cable.
  3. Drag and drop the downloaded update file from your computer onto the Kindle drive.
    Important: Do not drop the file into one of the folders within the Kindle drive.
  4. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect your Kindle from your computer.
  5. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle and your computer.
  6. Start the software update:
    1. From Home, tap the Menu icon, and then tap Settings.
    2. Tap the Menu icon again, and then tap Update Your Kindle.

      Note: This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.

    3. Tap OK to perform the update. You will see Your Kindle Is Updating.

Once the update is complete, your Kindle will automatically restart.

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