Which Kindle do you have?

Which Kindle do you have?

This question comes up, and it can be important.  For example, installing the wrong software update or using a keyboard shortcut intended for a different model can cause a problem.

Amazon provides a help page here:

Which Kindle Do I Have?

The definitive way to tell is with your serial number.  You can find your serial number on the back of your device or by going to

Home-Menu-Settings-Device Info

If you don’t find it in one spot, try the other.

B001 = Kindle 1
B002 = Kindle 2 US
B003 = Kindle 2 International
B004 = Kinde DX US
B005 = Kindle DX International
B006 = Kindle 3 wi-fi and 3G
B008 = Kindle 3 wi-fi only
B009 = Kindle DX Graphite
B00A = Kindle 3 wi-fi and 3G for European customers
Kindle 3 with Special Offers (not known yet)

It’s possible B00A takes the place of B007 in the sequence.

In terms of how they look:

Kindle 1: has a “roller wheel” on the right-side that moves a silver square up and down a line

Kindle 2 (could be US or International…they look the same from the outside): has a “joystick” type controller in the bottom right corner as you face the screen

Kindle DX (could be US or International): larger screen (9.7″ versus 6″).  Next and previous page buttons only on the right side as you face the screen

Kindle 3 (could be wi-fi only or wi-fi and 3G: also has a European variant): has a square with a ridge surrounding it in the bottom right corner as a directional device

Kindle 3 with Special Offers (not yet released): should be like the Kindle 3 above, but with an ad on the bottom of the homescreen

Here is an updated list of serial number prefixes:

B001 – Kindle 1
B101 – Kindle 1

B002 – Kindle 2 U.S. (Sprint)
B003 – Kindle 2 International (AT&T)

B004 – Kindle DX U.S.
B005 – Kindle DX International
B009 – Kindle DX Graphite

B008 – Kindle 3 WiFi
B006 – Kindle 3 3G + WiFi (U.S. and Canada, AT&T SIM)
B00A – Kindle 3 3G + WiFi (Europe, Vodafone SIM)

B00E – Kindle 4 NoTouch Silver (2011)
9023 – Kindle 4 NoTouch Black (2012) (“Basic”)
B023 – Kindle 4 NoTouch Black (2012)

B00F – Kindle Touch 3G + WiFi (Kindle 5) (U.S. and Canada, AT&T)
B010 – Kindle Touch 3G + WiFi (Kindle 5) (Europe. Vodafone)
B011 – Kindle Touch WiFi (Kindle 5) K5, K5W
B012 – Kindle 5 (?)

B024 – Kindle PaperWhite WiFi
B01B – Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]
B020 – Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Brazil)
B01C – Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Canada)
B01D – Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Europe)
B01F – Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Japan)

90D4 – Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (US)
B0D4 – Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (US, Intl)
905A – Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (Japan)
B05A – Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (Japan)

D01E – Kindle Fire (Kindle 6)

D026 – Kindle Fire 2

D025 – Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB (Kindle 7)
D059 – Kindle Fire HD 7″ 32GB

B0C9 – Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16GB
B0CA – Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 32GB
B0CB – Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G 32GB
B0CC – Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G 64GB

00D3 – Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB (2013)

D0FB – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi (16GB)
00FB – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi (16GB)
00FC – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi (32GB)
0072 – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi (64GB)

00FD – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (16GB, AT&T)
00FE – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (32GB, AT&T)
0073 – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (64GB, AT&T)
006C – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (16GB, VERIZON)
006D – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (32GB, VERIZON)
006E – Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (64GB, VERIZON)

0018 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi (16GB)
0057 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi (32GB)
005E – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi (64GB)

00F3 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (16GB, AT&T)
0019 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (32GB, AT&T)
0058 – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (64GB, AT&T)
007D – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (16GB, VERIZON)
007E – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (32GB, VERIZON)
007F – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (64GB, VERIZON)

This page by Bufo Calvin originally appeared on the I Love My Kindle blog website.

16 Responses to “Which Kindle do you have?”

  1. DR JAMES J HAMILL Says:

    MY KINDLE DX DETAILS
    SOFTWARE VERSION 2.5.8 ( 555370010 )
    SERIAL NO B009— [number removed for security]

    PLEASE FORWARD DETAILS ON HOW I CAN UPDATE THIS KINDLE.
    SO FAR I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DO SO BY FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS DOWNLOADED FROM AMAZON

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dr. Hamill!

      Your Kindle is already up to date, which is why you are unable to update it any further.

      On the update page

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_top_kindledxi?nodeId=200529740

      it says

      “If you have a software version prior to 2.5, you can download the latest Kindle software update, version 2.5.8, to your computer and transfer it to your Kindle via USB. ”

      There are other numbered updates for other models, but they do not apply universally.

      I just noticed you included your entire serial number…I am going to remove part of it for your security.

  2. James J Hamill Says:

    Many thanks for your email. I did not realise that my kindle was not up to date’
    J J Hamill

  3. Juan Carlos Says:

    Hello Mr. Calvin,
    I just got a used kindle model B00A…
    (supposedly a wifi g3) , which you post is for European Customers, but, I am in America.

    Are there features that only Europeans can use ?
    Can I navigate for free anywhere in the world using amazon connection ? Can you tell me where I can find the information on how to do this ?

  4. Linda Stahl Says:

    Hello, Mr Calvin,
    I am also having a love affair with my kindle. I just realized that my kindle is sadly out-of-date. I tried to update via the
    amazon website. However, being “computer-illiterate” I was unable to do what I needed. So much of what I was reading went right over my head.
    I live in the Seattle, Washington, area. Do you know anywhere I can go for direct help such as face-to-face, pesonal assistance?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Linda!

      Most Kindles will update themselves automatically, but getting help can be a good idea.

      I would honestly first consider contacting Kindle Support, even though that isn’t face-to-face. They can be very helpful and patient:

      http://www.amazon.com/kindlesupport

      You’ll see a

      Contact Us

      button. You can have them call you…that’s the easiest way, I think.

      Even though you are in Seattle, I don’t think Amazon does face-to-face help (although I know they are considering opening a retail store: I presume they would then).

      I know it sounds funny, but a high school or college student could probably help you…if you know any, that’s an easy way to go.

      You could try Best Buy: they sell Kindles, and their Geek Squad might help (but that might not be free).

      I would assume a computer repair place could help you (for a fee). Here is one in Seattle:

      http://www.progressivetech.com/

      It’s possible your public library might help…some of them do classes in EBRs (E-Book Readers).

      I’d also just ask your friends…many Kindle owners have probably done it and could help.

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  6. charity Says:

    I just got a kindle from my phone company. I don’t want to open the box but I need to know what kind I have?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, charity!

      Without opening the box, it’s going to be hard to tell. Can you ask your phone company?

  7. Daxton Says:

    My kindle number is 00D2 what type is that?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Daxton!

      Sorry for taking a bit to reply. You’ve responded to a seriously outdated page: not anything you did wrong, of course, but I’ll need to either pull it or update it.

      I’ve been trying to get you a definitive answer and haven’t quite managed yet, but it is most likely a 2nd generation Kindle Fire HD 7″ with 8GB. This may help more:

      Which Kindle Fire Do I Have? Amazon page

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  9. trevor peacock Says:

    how do I know which software version I’ve got?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, trevor!

      That depends on which hardware version you have. :) Do you know which model you have? You check it in different places on different models. Generally, it will be in Settings.

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