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Kindle ships with a U.S. power adapter and a Kindle micro-USB cable. You can charge your Kindle by connecting it to your computer via the Kindle micro-USB cable or by connecting it to a wall socket using the Kindle micro-USB cable and the Kindle U.S. power adapter plug. The light on your Kindle next to the USB socket will appear yellow when charging and change to green when Kindle is fully charged.
Note on third-party charging devices (not included with your Kindle): Third-party charging devices, power converters, USB wall chargers, and other charging hubs are not supported nor recommended for your Kindle.
Charging from Your Computer via Kindle Micro-USB Cable
When using the Kindle micro-USB cable to charge your Kindle via your computer, charging time will normally take 4 to 6 hours. To charge your Kindle from a computer via Kindle micro-USB cable:
Using Kindle while Charging via Kindle Micro-USB Cable
You can use your Kindle while it is connected via USB and charging from your computer by unmounting or ejecting it so Kindle exits USB drive mode.
Kindle will then exit USB drive mode and display the Home screen. You'll see a lightning bolt on the battery status icon that indicates your Kindle is still charging.
Using Kindle's Power Switch
The Power switch on top of Kindle puts it to sleep, wakes it up, and turns your Kindle on or off.
To wake up or turn on your Kindle: Slide and release the power switch again.
To put your Kindle to sleep: Slide and release the power switch. (Other keys and buttons are locked in Sleep mode.)
To turn your Kindle off: Slide and hold the power switch for four seconds until the screen goes blank and then release.
To reset your Kindle: Disconnect your Kindle from any power source, and then slide and hold the power switch for 15 seconds before releasing.
Tip: Your Kindle will also go to sleep by itself after ten minutes if you are not using it. If your Kindle had wireless on prior to going to sleep, it will continue to receive your regularly scheduled subscriptions while in sleep.
Registering Your Kindle
Register your Kindle to access features such as purchasing and downloading content. If you no longer have access to your Kindle or transferred it to another user, you should deregister your Kindle from your account.
To register or deregister your Kindle:
Tip: If your Amazon user name or password contains characters not present on the Kindle keyboard, press the Symbol key to see a menu of additional characters.
Registering if You Don't Have an Amazon.com Account
If you don't already have an Amazon.com account, you can create an account at the Manage Your Kindle page (http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle), then register your Kindle from the device. Here's how:
Setting a Password on Kindle
If you want to make sure that only authorized users will have access to your Kindle, you can set a password on the Settings screen. You'll then need to enter the password to access your Kindle if it enters sleep mode or is turned off.
To set your Kindle password:
If you wish to change or turn off your password in the future, navigate to the Settings menu again and select the available options.
Note: If you forget your password, move the 5-way controller down to view your password hint. Your Kindle will also give you the Kindle Support phone number so we can help reset your Kindle password.
Setting Your Payment Method
When you buy books or other items directly from your Kindle 2nd Generation, you're paying with the default 1-Click Payment Method on your Amazon.com account. Typically, this is the payment method associated with your default shipping address.
Watch this video to learn how set up your 1-Click Payment Method on any Kindle:
To check or change your payment method:
Using a gift card as your payment method
You are not required to have a credit or debit card on your Amazon.com account to make digital purchases such as Kindle books, but you must establish a default 1-Click billing address on your Amazon.com account to use Amazon.com gift cards for digital purchases. If you don't already have a 1-Click billing address on your account, follow the instructions below to add an address without entering a credit or debit card to your account.
To add a 1-Click billing address for gift card purchases:
Entering Amazon.com Gift Card claim codes
You must first enter your gift card claim code into Your Account so the balance is available for use. The funds will then be applied automatically to your next purchase, including digital items.
To add a gift card balance to Your Account:
Using the Controls
To get around on your Kindle, you use the buttons, menus, and the keyboard-all of which are explained here.
Using the Home Screen
Your Home screen displays a list of all of your Kindle reading materials—books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, personal documents, as well as audiobooks. It serves as a personal bookshelf for all of your reading material, as well as a starting point to access other Kindle features.
To display the Home screen: Press the Home button on the right edge of your Kindle.
Here's what you'll see on the Home screen:
Shopping for Kindle Content
After you've set up the payment method for your purchases from the Kindle store (see Setting Your Kindle Payment Method), you're ready to shop for content. If your Kindle is connected wirelessly to Whispernet you can start shopping from your Kindle right away. You can also visit the Kindle Store on Amazon.com and send your purchases wirelessly to your Kindle or download to your Computer and transfer content using the USB Connection. These Help pages will get you started:Quick-start guide for new Kindle users. Includes charging and powering up your Kindle, registering to your Amazon.com account, setting a payment method, and shopping from your Kindle.
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