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.

38 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.

  10. Song Says:

    My kindle paper white
    Serial Number: 9017XXXXXXX OXAV [masked for security]
    Network Capabity: WI-FI
    Firmware: kindle 5.4.5.1(2440520001)
    Where it is from?
    Thanks

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Song!

      I edited your comment to hide your serial number…you don’t want to share that with the whole internet. :)

      I’m not quite sure what you are asking. All Kindles are sold by Amazon, although some are sold wholesale to stores which then sell them. I believe it may be made in Singapore, Taiwan, and/or China, depending on different parts, although I can’t know for sure.

      Based on your firmware number, the model is a Kindle Paperwhite (second generation).

  11. armiearambulo Says:

    do you happen to know the latest version for Kindle 4 NoTouch Silver? i have version 4.1.1 is this updated?

  12. jimp Says:

    You need to add the changes in serial numbers for the 2014 version of hdx 8.9. You are listing only the 2013 version. Since there is no visible change and in spite of the graphics enhancements in the 2014 model the device info still lists the same, the serial number changes are the best way to tell which hdx 8.9 you have.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, jimp!

      Quite right. I have some updating to do on that page. I figured I’d do it after the current batch was released, and that’s just happening now. I also assume that people who have the latest model are usually pretty sure of that, but the secondary market does develop quickly. I appreciate the reminder.

  13. jj Says:

    i really need help figuring out how many gb and more info abt my kindle it was a gift but i jst dnt kno anything abt this help anyone serial number 00D2

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  15. Jorie Says:

    Thanks! So very helpful. Found my model to help get a case for it.
    Keep this up so other will find it useful.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Jorie!

      I’m glad it was helpful!

      I do intend to update it soon, and I plan to keep updating it as things change.

  16. Happy Says:

    Hi,
    I bought a kindle paperwhite for a friend and it doesn’t say on the box the model number. I can’t open it because it is a gift. How do I know the shop assistant gave me the right one. The only number on the box is FSN 9060XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. [serial number deleted for privacy’s sake]
    Can you help me identify this model.
    Kind Regards.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Happy!

      That should be a Kindle Paperwhite 2, intended for the European market, I believe.

  17. Happy Says:

    Thanks for your reply. Much appreciated. Do you know if it’s a 3G + wifi and how many gig?

  18. trotamundos Says:

    I have kindle , or better I HATE THE UN-SERVICE i GOT FROM AMAZONS.

  19. trotamundos Says:

    I hate kindle and the TERRIBLE UNSERVICE from Amazons

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, trotamundos!

      I’m sorry to hear that! It’s never fun to have service that doesn’t meet your expectations. Amazon consistently is top-rated for Customer Service, and I’ve always gotten great service from them…but no organization will satisfy everyone every time.

      If there is something unresolved, I’m happy to see if there is anything I can do (I’m not an Amazon employee…it would just be a matter of me looking at the situation and seeing if I have any advice for you which might get you what you want). Feel free to describe what happened, leaving out specific personal information (like serial numbers and such).

      If you’d rather leave it the way it is, that’s fine, of course…up to you. If you feel like sharing your story might help other customers, that’s okay, too.

  20. trotamundos Says:

    who needs kindle when there are lots of tablets that certainly do a much better job

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, trotamundos!

      It’s not so much a case of needing, as wanting. While some tablets do some things better than a given Fire model, there are things that only the Fires can do that people want.

      One of the biggest is probably Mayday. I’ve used it, and it’s a great leap forward in Customer Service. It’s live on-screen help…and the person is usually there in under thirty seconds. They can actually take over your device (with your permission, of course) to help you, or they can just show you how to do it…even “drawing on the screen”.

      I think it’s particularly useful for people who are not as adept at technology, although for me, it was nice for them to see some diagnostics I couldn’t have seen easily.

      The Fires aren’t going to be the best tablet for everybody, but especially for people who are already part of the Prime program, they can be the best choice for them. The model I use every day, the Kindle Fire HDX 7″, has a 4.3 out of 5 stars average with close to 16,000 customer reviews. Not every one of those people would say they “need” it: there are close to 1,000 one star reviews…but there are also close to 10,000 five star reviews.

      Somebody who is already heavily into Apple would probably prefer an iPad. Somebody who is heavily into Amazon may prefer a Fire. I’d go with which ever one will make you happiest: happy is good for your health. :)

  21. Happy Says:

    Great. Thanks for your help Bufo.

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