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Keep Your Kindle Up to Date with These Easy to Follow Instructions

written by: Rita A.•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 7/28/2011

Amazon puts out new Kindle updates every so often. These updates can include such things as helping with collections, PDF Pan and Zoom, adding font sizes, and password protection. This article will show you how to download and install Kindle updates in a few minutes.

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    Kindle Software Update Version 3.2

    There is a new Kindle software update that is being delivered via your Kindle Wi-Fi connection. In order to receive this update, you need to turn your wireless on and connect to an available Wi-Fi network.

    To connect to a Wi-Fi Network perform the following steps:

    Press the Home button, and then press the Menu button.

    Select Settings using the 5-way controller.

    Select View and a list of detected Wi-Fi networks will display. This process can take a few minutes.

    Select Connect next to the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. Enter the Wi-Fi password, if necessary. Use the SYM key to enter numbers or symbols, and use the Shift key for capital letters.

    Your Kindle will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network you selected. Once you have made this connection, your Kindle will automatically connect to this same network each time it detects a signal.

    From the Home screen on the Kindle, press Menu and then select Sync and Check for Items. The software update will automatically download to your Kindle. It will install the next time your Kindle goes into sleep mode.

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    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.

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    Troubleshooting Update Issues

    If you are having problems updating your Kindle,there are some troubleshooting steps you can take.

    If the Update menu options on the Settings page are grayed out, the update file is in the wrong directory, or you downloaded an incorrect update file for the type of Kindle you own. Connect your Kindle back to your computer via the USB cable and verify the correct update file was downloaded, and that it is present in the root directory on the Kindle.

    If you receive an error message when you select Update Your Kindle, this means the software update file was renamed. Delete the software file you downloaded on your computer, and start the process again. This can also happen if the update file was only partially copied to your computer.

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    References

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=200529700#download

    Kindle Image Credit: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Special-Offers-Wireless-Reader/dp/B004HFS6Z0/ref=amb_link_356957522_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1Q5DSVAVNCBRTVAB1BNQ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1310170702&pf_rd_i=507846