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Transfer & Install Software Updates Manually

Software updates automatically download and install on your Kindle 1st Generation when connected wirelessly; however, you can also manually download the software and update your device via USB cable.

Before you perform these steps, make sure you determine your software version. Go to Determine Your Software Version.

  1. From your computer, go to Kindle 1st Generation Software Updates and download the applicable software update file.
  2. Transfer the software update file to your Kindle device:
    1. Turn your Kindle 1st Generation on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable.
    2. Drag and drop the new update file from your computer onto the Kindle drive.

    Note: Do not drop the file into one of the folders within the Kindle drive.

  3. Monitor file transfer and disconnect:
    1. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect your Kindle from your computer.
    2. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle and your computer.
  4. Start the software update:
    1. From Home, select Menu , and then select Settings.
    2. Select Menu, and then select Update Your Kindle. This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.
    3. Select OK to perform the update. Your Kindle will restart twice during the update. After the first update, you will see Your Kindle is Updating.

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