How to Update Your Kindle Fire Tablet

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

Amazon Kindle Fire
Amazon Kindle Fire

Keep your Kindle Fire up-to-date by installing Amazon's operating system upgrades when they're released. 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. To see if you already have the latest update for your device:

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

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

    Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings gear.
  2. Scroll down and tap Device Options.

    Scroll down and tap Device Options.
  3. Scroll down and tap System Updates.

    Scroll down and tap System Updates.
  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.

Tap Check Now to see if any updates are available.

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

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:

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

    Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings gear.
  2. Scroll down and tap Device Options.

    Scroll down and tap Device Options.
  3. Scroll down and tap Sync Device.

    Scroll down and tap Sync Device.

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

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 Kindle Fire Software Updates page and select Download Software Update under your model.

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

    Visit Amazon’s Kindle Fire Software Updates page and select Download Software Update under your model.
  2. Connect your Fire tablet to your computer. If this is the first time connecting your device to the PC, an empty folder will open. To gain access to your tablet's hard drive, swipe down and tap the notification that says Tap for other USB options.

    Connect your Fire tablet to your computer, then swipe down and tap the notification that says Tap for other USB options.
  3. Tap Transfer files.

    Tap Transfer files.
  4. On your computer, you should now see a folder named 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 Fire OS update software you just downloaded into the Internal Storage folder on your fire tablet.
  5. Once the transfer it complete, disconnect your tablet from your computer, then swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings gear.

    Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings gear.
  6. Scroll down and tap Device Options.

    Scroll down and tap Device Options.
  7. Scroll down and tap System Updates.

    Scroll down and tap System Updates.
  8. Tap Check Now. The updates will automatically be applied.

    Tap Check Now to see if any updates are available.