How to Update Your Kindle Fire Tablet

Stay up-to-date on new features and security patches

Amazon Kindle Fire

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Keep your Kindle Fire up to date by installing Amazon's operating system upgrades when they're released. Periodic updating ensures that your Kindle Fire carries the latest security patches and feature updates.

Instructions in this article apply to Amazon Fire Tablets (formerly called Kindle Fire) running Fire OS 5 or later.

How to Check Your Kindle File OS Version

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. To see if you already have the latest update for your device, check the software version you currently have installed on your Kindle Fire:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the gear to open your device's Settings.

    You can also tap the Settings app icon on your home screen.

  2. Tap Device Options.

  3. Tap System Update.

  4. Tap Check Now to see if any updates are available. You'll see the version of Fire OS currently running on your device and when it was installed.

You must be connected to the internet to check for Kindle Fire updates.

If no new updates are found, then your Fire Tablet is running the most recent version that is compatible with your device.

Device Options, System Update, and Check Now button in Kindle Fire Settings

How to Update Your Kindle Fire Over Wi-Fi

The quick Wi-Fi update is the method of choice for most users because it’s fast and simple. Before you start, connect your Kindle Fire to a Wi-Fi connection and either plug it into a power outlet or start the process when the device is fully charged.

Open your tablet's Settings and tap Sync Device.

Sync Device button in Settings

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: Download and Copy the Software to Your Kindle

If you prefer to update your Kindle Fire using your computer, you can. This process isn't as quick as the Wi-Fi method.

  1. Visit Amazon’s Kindle Software Updates page.

  2. Choose the device you want to update.

    Kindle models on Amazon's Fire Software Update page
  3. On the 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.

  5. Click that device icon and then open the kindleupdates folder.

  6. Find the software you just downloaded and drag the file into the kindleupdates folder or copy and paste it into the folder.

  7. After the software update has been copied, tap the Disconnect button on your Kindle Fire screen to safely disconnect it.

  8. Unplug the USB cable from your computer and continue the update on the Kindle using the following steps. 

Update the Kindle Software

The following will be available on select Kindle Fire models, but not all. If you don't see a Quick Settings or More > Device icon, your tablet will not be able to do the following.

  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, 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 offers specific update instructions for each Kindle on the Kindle Software Update page. If the instructions about do not apply to your Kindle version, visit the update page to find directions for your specific device.