Download & Install Software Updates Manually

Software updates automatically download and install for Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" customers 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.

Important: You may need to download and install additional software on your computer before you can transfer content to your Kindle Fire.

  1. From your computer, go to Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Software Updates and download the applicable software update file.
  2. Transfer the software update file to your Kindle Fire:
    1. Turn on your Kindle Fire and unlock the screen.
    2. Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer using the USB cable.
    3. Open the Kindle Fire drive (titled Kindle), and then drag and drop the software update file into the Internal storage folder.


      • Do not drop the file into any other folder in Internal storage.
      • If you've installed the Android File Transfer application on your Mac OSX 10.5 or above computer, the application will automatically open when you connect your Kindle Fire to your computer.

  3. Monitor file transfer and disconnect: After the file transfer is complete, disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle Fire and your computer.
  4. Start the software update:
    1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open Quick Settings, and then tap Settings.
    2. Tap Device, and then tap System Updates.
    3. Tap Update. Your Kindle Fire will restart during the software update. After the restart, the message "Installing system update" will appear on the screen.

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