Amazon has started rolling out a “critical” software update that you must need to install on your Kindle e-reader by March 22. Ignoring the new update will make your device disconnected from the internet.
The list of Kindle e-readers that require the new update includes the original Kindle as well as some other models such as the previous Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Keyboard. Amazon warns that if you don’t upgrade, you’ll lose internet connectivity and will no longer be able to download books from the Cloud as well as access the Kindle Store or any other Kindle services.
“Customers using an outdated software version on Kindle e-readers require an important software update by March 22, 2016 in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on their device,” the company says in a support page.
List of Kindle e-reader models that require the new update:
- Kindle 1st generation (2007)
- Kindle 2nd generation (2009)
- Kindle DX 2nd generation (2009)
- Kindle Keyboard 3rd generation (2010)
- Kindle 4th generation (2011)
- Kindle Touch 4th generation (2011)
- Kindle 5th generation (2012)
- Kindle Paperwhite 5th generation (2012)
Amazon automatically updates Kindle devices using the built-in Wi-Fi or wireless connectivity. However, you’ll need to turn on your device to receive the new update.
If you haven’t received the new update, you can check its availability by tapping ‘Sync and Check for Items’ option from the menu on the home screen. You’ll also receive a final confirmation letter titled “03-2016 Successful Update” once the update is completely installed.
In case, if you weren’t able to download the update by the given deadline of March 22, you can install it manually on your Kindle device.
The new update comes weeks after Amazon released a fresh experience for the latest Kindle lineup. That experience brought a personalised home screen and a new section to recommend books.