How to Update Your Kindle Fire Tablet

Step-by-step instructions for updating your Kindle Fire's Software

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So you’ve got a brand-spanking-new Kindle Fire and Amazon’s already released a new software update for it. We've got the step-by-step lowdown that’ll light a fire into your Kindle tablet.

Check Your Kindle File OS Version

The first thing you should do is check what version you currently have installed on your Kindle Fire. Who knows, you might already have the latest update installed.

To do that, you can swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings.

From here, go to Device Options and System Update.

You'll see a message like "Your device is running Fire OS <version>" if you already have the latest version installed.

The Quicker Update

This will be the method of choice for most folks since it’s quick and simple. However, before you start, make sure you have a working Wi-Fi connection for your Kindle Fire and that it's either plugged in to power or has a full charge.

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

At this point, any applicable software update will start to automatically download in the background. The update will be applied once the download is complete and your Kindle Fire is asleep.

The Manual (Slower) Update

If you want to update your Kindle Fire via a computer, nobody will stop you. Just know that it isn't as quick as the Wi-Fi method.

Note: I want to remind you to check the software version your tablet is currently using before you start this process because there's no reason to run through the whole Kindle updating process if you don't need to.

If there's an update that's newer than what you've got installed, go ahead and continue with these steps:

Copy the Software to Your Kindle

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

Update the Kindle Software

  1. Just like with the quick update method above, ensure that your battery is fully charged and then tap the Quick Settings icon followed by More > Device
  2. You should see an option that says Update Your Kindle. Tap that to start the update process
    If this option is greyed out, it either means that you already have the most recent update installed or the initial file transfer from your computer was not successful.
  3. Your Kindle tablet will reboot twice to finish the update

More Help Updating Your Kindle

If the instructions on this page don't seem to apply to your Kindle, use the Kindle Software Updates link from above to find your specific Kindle and then follow the directions on that page. Amazon has specific update instructions for each Kindle.