How to Update Your Kindle Fire Tablet

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

Keep your Kindle Fire up-to-date by installing Amazon's operating system upgrades when they become available. These periodic updates ensure that your Kindle Fire carries the latest security patches and features.

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

How to Update Kindle File Tablets

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. Follow these instructions to see if you already have the latest update for your device:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings gear.

    You can also select the Settings app on your home screen to access your device's settings.

    The Settings icon
  2. Scroll down and select Device Options.

    Device Options in the Settings menu
  3. Scroll down and select System Updates.

    The System Updates option
  4. Select Check Now to see if any updates are available. You'll see the version of Fire OS currently running on your device along with the date when it was installed.

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

    The Check Now button

If your Fire tablet does not find any updates, then it is running the most recent compatible version of the OS.

If you have an older tablet or e-reader, Amazon offers specific update instructions for each Kindle version on its Kindle Software Update page.

How to Sync Your Kindle Fire With Your Amazon Account

If you purchase music or movies from Amazon on your computer, then they may not be available on your tablet right away. To update the content on your Kindle Fire, you may have to manually sync your device with your Amazon account. Follow these steps to sync your Kindle Fire:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings gear.

    The Settings icon
  2. Scroll down and select Device Options.

    Device Options in the Settings menu
  3. Scroll down and select Sync Device.

    If you choose to sync your device while offline, it will automatically sync the next time it connects to the internet.

    The Sync Device command

How to Manually Update a Kindle Fire

If you don't have access to a Wi-Fi network, you can download the latest OS updates and install them manually using your computer:

  1. Visit Amazon’s Device Software Updates page, choose your device, then select Download Software Update under the corresponding model.

    To determine your Fire tablet's model, go to Settings > Device Options > Device Model (or About Device).

    The "Download Software Update" link
  2. Connect your Fire tablet to your computer. If this is the first time connecting your device to the PC, an empty folder will appear. To gain access to your tablet's hard drive, swipe down and select the notification that says Tap for other USB options.

    The "Tap for other USB options" command
  3. Select Transfer files.

    The Transfer Files option
  4. On your computer, you should now see a folder called Internal Storage appear on your Fire tablet's drive. Drag the Fire OS update software you just downloaded into the Internal Storage folder.

    Drag the update file to the Internal Storage drive
  5. Once the transfer it complete, disconnect your tablet from your computer, then swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings gear.

    The Settings icon
  6. Scroll down and select Device Options.

    Device Options in the Settings menu
  7. Scroll down and select System Updates.

    The System Updates option
  8. Select Check Now. The updates will automatically be applied.

    The Check Now button