How to Update Your Kindle Fire Tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire
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So you have a brand-spanking-new Kindle Fire, and Amazon’s already released a new software update for it. If you don't know how to update it, follow this step-by-step description of the process.

Check Your Kindle File OS Version

The first thing to do is check the software version you currently have installed on your Kindle Fire. You might already have the latest update installed. To do that:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings.
  1. Go to Device Options > System Update.
  2. Look for a message like Your device is running Fire OS [version]. If you already have the latest version installed, you don't need to do anything at all.

The Quick Wi-Fi Update

The quick Wi-Fi update is the method of choice for most users because it’s quick and simple. Before you start, make sure you have a working Wi-Fi connection for your Kindle Fire and that it's either plugged in to a power outlet or has a full charge. Then:

  1. Tap the Quick Settings icon at the upper right part of the screen.
  2. Tap Sync.

At this point, any applicable software update automatically downloads in the background. The update is applied after the download is complete and your Kindle Fire is asleep.

The Manual Update

If you prefer to update your Kindle Fire via a computer, you can. Just know that it isn't as quick as the Wi-Fi method.

Download and Copy the Software to Your Kindle

  1. Visit Amazon’s Kindle Software Updates page.
  1. Choose the device you want to update.
  2. On the download page, click the link that says Download Software Update.
  3. Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer. A device icon for your tablet should show up.
  4. Click that device icon and then navigate to the kindleupdates folder.
  5. Find the software you just downloaded and drag the file into the kindleupdates folder or copy and paste it into the folder.
  1. After the software update has been copied, tap the Disconnect button on your Kindle Fire screen to safely disconnect it.
  2. Unplug the USB cable from your computer and continue the update on the Kindle using the following steps. 

Update the Kindle Software

  1. Ensure that your Kindle Fire battery is fully charged and then tap the Quick Settings icon followed by More > Device.
  2. Tap the option that says Update Your Kindle to start the update process. If this option is grayed out, it means that you already have the most recent update installed, or the initial file transfer from your computer was unsuccessful.
  3. Your Kindle tablet reboots twice to finish the update.

Help Updating Your Kindle

Amazon has specific update instructions for each Kindle on the Kindle Software Update page. If the instructions here don't seem to apply to your Kindle version, use the update page to find your specific Kindle and then follow the directions given there. 

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