Kindle e-readers that weren’t updated before March 22 are now without wireless connectivity at all. Here’s how you can get the update manually…
Step 1 – download the update software on to your PC
The first thing you need to do is get the update software from Amazon’s website and download it on to your computer.
There is a different download for each Kindle e-reader, so make sure you know which model you’re updating. If you’re unsure, you can find it by going to Home, followed by Settings.
You should see the version somewhere – in our case, it’s at the bottom marked ‘Version Kindle 3.4’. The 3 means we’re using a third generation Kindle. You may need to know some of the Device Info too, such as whether it’s Wifi only or with 3G too.
When you’re sure which device you own, click on the relevant download link below and download the latest software update listed.
Step 2 – Connect your Kindle to your PC
Once the download is complete, connect your Kindle device to your PC using a USB cable (which should have been provided with your Kindle when you first bought it).
Next, you need to access your Kindle from your PC – an alert may pop up asking you how you wish to proceed, in which case you should select Open folder to view files.
If not, just open the Start Menu, followed by Computer and then open your Kindle device.
Next you will need to drag the update file to your Kindle’s drive – but be sure not to place it into one of the folders.
Wait for the transfer to complete, then safely eject your Kindle by clicking on the upward pointing arrow at the bottom right, clicking the USB icon and selecting Eject Amazon Kindle.
Step 3 – Carry out the installation on your Kindle
From your Kindle, now go to Home and select Menu, followed by Settings.
Select Menu again and then choose Update Your Kindle.
Hit OK and the update should go ahead. Once it is complete, restart your Kindle (if it doesn’t do so automatically) and full access will be restored as before.