How to Download and Install Kindle Updates Manually
You can also manually download Kindle software updates.
First check to see if the Kindle has already received the software updates. To do this press the Menu button on the Home screen, and select Settings using the 5-way-controller. If it shows Version: Kindle 3.1 (or later) at the bottom of the screen, your Kindle has already received the software update.
If you see Version Kindle 3.0.3 or earlier, proceed with the following steps to perform software update on your Kindle.
Navigate to the Kindle Software update website and click the appropriate link for your Kindle.
Kindle Wi-Fi Download 3.1, the serial number on your Kindle will start with B008.
Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-FI) US and Canadian Customers, the serial number on your Kindle will start with B006.
Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) European Customers, the serial number on your Kindle will start with B00A.
You can find your Kindle serial number by pressing Home, select Menu, and then select Settings. The serial number will be at the bottom of the screen.
Click on the appropriate link and safe the file to your desktop.
Turn your Kindle on. Connect it to your computer via a USB cable. Connect one end of the cable into the appropriate port on the Kindle, and then connect the other end into a free USB port on the front or back of your computer.
Drag and drop the software update file you saved on your desktop, to the root Kindle drive. The root drive contains many folders, such as documents, music, and audible. This drive is typically displayed as a device icon.
Watch the progress of the transfer. When it is finished transferring, eject your Kindle to disconnect it from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from your computer, and from the Kindle.
On the Kindle, press the Menu key from the Home screen, and then select Settings. Press the Menu key again, and select Update Your Kindle. If the file transfer was not successful, or if the Kindle already has the latest software updates, this option will be grayed out. Select OK when prompted to perform the software update. The Kindle will restart two times while it is updating. After the first restart, Your Kindle is Updating will display on the screen.
When the update is complete, the Kindle will automatically restart for the second time. Press the Menu key from the Home screen, and then select Settings and look for the Kindle version. It should now say the latest Kindle Version 3.1 at the bottom of the screen. If you do, the update was successful.