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 two help pages:

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: 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)

B013 – Kindle Voyage wi-fi only
B014 – Kindle Voyage with wi-fi and 3G

I recently got this list of the “newer devices”, which should be the 2014 models:

B058 Kindle
B054 Kindle
90C6 Kindle

B013 Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi

9023 Kindle Voyage Free 3G + Wi-Fi
B023 Kindle Voyage Free 3G + Wi-Fi

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

00DA (8GB Black) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
0088 (16GB Black)Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00A4 (8GB White) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00A5 (16GB White) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00A6 (8GB Pink)Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00AD (16GB Pink) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00A9 (8GB Blue) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00AE (16GB Blue) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00B4 (8GB Citron) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi
00B6 (16GB Citron) Fire HD 6 Wi-Fi

0092 (8GB Black) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
0093 (16GB Black) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
0063 (8GB White) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
006B (16GB White) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
00DE (8GB Pink) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
00AA (16GB Pink) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
00DF (8GB Blue) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
00AB (16GB Blue) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
00B0 (8GB Citron) Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi
00B2 (16GB Citron)Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi

008D (16GB) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi
008E (32GB) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi
008F (64GB) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi

0084 (16GB, AT&T) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
00C3 (32GB, AT&T) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
0085 (64GB, AT&T) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
0086 (16GB, VERIZON) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
0087 (32GB, VERIZON) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE
0089 (64GB, VERIZON) Fire HDX 8.9 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE

There is another good list of these at MobileRead Wiki:


If you don’t see yours here, you might want to try that.

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


88 Responses to “Which Kindle do you have?”


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


    • 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


      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:


      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:


      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
    Where it is from?

    • 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).

    • ElAvispao Says:

      that serial number is from Kindle Paperwhite 2 (2013) 4Gb

  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:

    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.

  22. Tosha Says:

    Hey, I appreciate your help by posting this! I’m having trouble figuring out which kindle I have. The serial number starts with D026. That means that it is a kindle fire 2, right? Do you know of any cases that would work for this kindle? Thanks!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tosha!

      Yes, that should be a 2nd generation Kindle Fire.

      Amazon’s own site has some false positives, but they say these are the cases for that model when you do a search:

      Kindle Fire 2nd gen covers (at AmazonSmile)

      You don’t want one that says it is for the HD or HDX…there were ones there that said they weren’t for those models, and those should be the ones.

  23. Drew Says:

    Will you add the serial numbers for the 2014 models soon?

  24. Drew Says:

    I am putting together a Kindle guide myself and cannot find the serial number prefixes for the 2014 models anywhere. I have also seen some examples of different prefixes for the same models. Example: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ 16GB WiFi = 0018, but I have also seen it listed as B018 or D018. Do you know why the discrepancy?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Drew!

      I don’t know in that particular case, but one thing that has made them different in the past is when they are intended for different markets (and have different hardware for wireless connections).

  25. tYro Says:

    Your Blog is so informative Bufo. I recently got my first kindle and i always check your blog in case i m stuck with something.

    Kindle is an amazing device. I couldn’t help writing my views on why everyone should own a kindle :P.


    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, tYro!

      I’m glad you also love your Kindle! 🙂

      I enjoyed your post.

      One note: you can get a lot more than the 1% you suggest if you sign up with Amazon Associates (assuming you are in a country where you can do that). For more information on that, see


      My only other caution would be that even if a friend buys someone a Kindle, again as is indicated in your post, they may not be able to use it in their own country…at least, with the Amazon system. They should check that first. For more information on that, see


      • tYro Says:

        Thanks again Bufo.

        Amazon Associate program sounds interesting but I am already working and whatever leisure time i have is spent reading and writing.

        Kindle Amazon store works in India 🙂

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, tYro!

        I understand about the leisure time. 🙂 Once you become an Associate, it takes very little time to create a “referrer link” for something (say, a Kindle Voyage), and then you can re-use that link over and over on your site. If someone buys by clicking on that link (or if they buy something else after having gotten to Amazon by using your link…it’s a bit complicated), you get an “advertising fee”. Totally up to you, of course, if it’s available where you live. Just a way to support your reading and writing habits, by doing pretty much what you are doing now (outside of the linking).

        Yes, Amazon has a site specifically for India which sells Kindles. Sometimes there are are regionalisms for the devices, though…not sure about India. I just don’t want your readers to have a problem by getting a device which may not be configured for where they live.

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  27. Drew Says:


    On the Kindle Paperwhite 1, can the Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan versions be used in the US? Are they considered “International” or exclusive to those countries? Thanks!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Drew!

      Correct me if I’m wrong on this…I think you are talking about the ability to “Customize to your language”. If so, all of those interfaces are on the Paperwhite which you would buy from Amazon.com for use in the USA…and you can switch whenever you want (it will even provide a “look up dictionary” in the appropriate language).

      There have been different models in the past for the USA and international, but they don’t advertise them that way now. If you get a model with 3G, I believe that the “modem” might vary…

  28. Drew Says:

    Excellent. Thanks!

  29. atanod Says:

    hello i just bought a kindle paperwhite and the serial number starts with 9017 i cant find any answers on the internet can you please help me

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, atanod!

      If it says “Amazon” on the back, it’s a 2nd generation. If it says, “Kindle” on the back, it’s a first generation.

      The third generation is due to be released June 30th, although I believe there are a few pre-release units out there.

  30. Selva Says:

    Hola: Necesito ayuda. No sé cómo pedir ayuda, es decir, no sé a dónde recurrir. Tengo mi Kindle: Tipo Kindle Paperwhite
    Número de serie B024 [number blocked for privacy]
    Ha dejado de funcionar, puse a cargar la batería en la PC y cuando fui a leer me apareció la leyenda: “please ensure your kindle is registered and connect wirelessly to receive the latest special offer” y debajo: Deslice, pero cuando deslicé estaba como congelada la página con el logo de Kindle del joven leyendo bajo el árbol y la imagen de que estaba cargando. Pero de esa imagen no se puede salir. ¿Qué puedo hacer?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Gracias por escribir, Selva!

      En primer lugar, mis disculpas por el uso de la traducción automática.

      Tratar de sostener en el botón de encendido para un total de treinta segundos. Se debe reiniciar. Si eso no se soluciona, puede obtener ayuda en español aquí:

      Kindle ayuda en español

      Hi, I need help. I do not know how to ask for help, that is, do not know where to turn. I have my Kindle: Kindle Paperwhite Type
      Serial Number B024 [number blocked for privacy].
      It has stopped working, started to charge the battery in the computer and when I went to read me appeared the legend: “Please Ensure your kindle is registered and connect wirelessly to receive the latest special offer” and below: Slide, but when I slipped was like frozen the page with the logo of young Kindle reading under the tree and the image that was loaded. But that image can not be out. What I can do?

      Thanks for writing, Selva!

      First, my apologies for using machine translation.

      Try holding in the power button for a full thirty seconds. It should restart. If that does not fix it, you can get help in Spanish here:

  31. Terri Fiamma Says:

    I am sick of not being able to contact Amazon. After all these years I might even cancel

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Terri!

      I’m sorry you’ve had trouble contacting Amazon! What have you tried?

      Amazon consistently has one of the highest rated Customer Services, and that’s been my experience with them as well.

      I will say, though, that I’m basing that on my Kindle experience with Amazon.com. I haven’t had to deal with them much on non-Kindle questions, and I haven’t dealt with the other Amazon sites (in other countries/market) almost at all.

      If it is Amazon.com, and it’s Kindle related (I’m assuming it is, since you contacted me here), I generally start at


      You can use the

      Contact Us

      button there. I think it’s better to go through the site, because then they are already know who you are and what devices you have.

      You can also get to help by clicking or tapping the Help link at the top of any Amazon page.

      Once you get there, you can:

      * call them
      * have them call you (that’s what I usually do…my phone rings in seconds, and I’m speaking to someone within thirty seconds
      * chat with them
      * e-mail them

      Again, I’d recommend calling…either you calling them or them calling you.

      If you have some of the Fire devices, you also have the almost-instant onscreen help. I have it on both my Kindle Fire HDX and my Fire Phone. I think it’s one of the greatest Customer Service innovations in the past ten years.

      If you are not in the USA, let me know from which Amazon site you got your device (or which country, if you got it in a store). I can look up the Help for you there.

      If it doesn’t have to do with a Kindle, then use the Help link at the top of the Amazon pages.

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  33. Judith Perrolle Says:

    Thank you!

  34. Paul Pheneger Says:

    Paul Pheneger says:

    I have an old style Kindle without typing. Here are the various numbers:

    serial number:B00E [number truncated for security]
    Version: Kindle 4.1.3
    Model No.:D01108
    IC: 9599A-0725

    Can you tell me what Kindle I have so that I can download the right software?

  35. vaschu Says:

    Hi there,
    Can anyone tell me why the interface differs on these two Kindles?

    Both serial #s start with 90C6, but I have never seen the screen like one on the right picture. Any clues/info?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, vaschu!

      One looks like the software has been updated to the current version, and the other looks older. The difference in the way the Home button and the menus look would match up with that.

      I would suggest you check the software versions on the two devices.

      Home – Menu – Settings – Menu – Device Info

      I think that will be the same path on both.

      If you want to check the version numbers with me afterwards, that’s fine. You can always check with Kindle Support at


      • vaschu Says:

        You are right, the software on the left one is of an older version. Therefore I dont know whether I should update it because I dont like the menus of the current version.
        Thank you.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, vaschu!

        If you connect to wireless with Amazon with that device, for example, to buy books or download books from your Cloud/Archives, it will eventually update on its own.

        Updates generally have pluses and minuses. While you don’t like the menus, it’s possible the update is bringing you feature benefits.

  36. Fra Says:

    hello mr Bufo, and congrats for this site. My heart is broken together with the glass of my kindle fire hd 7″. On your list I found out is a D059, now i don’t find any replacement shipable to me in Italy except one for D025 which should be the 16 GB version, do you think the part could be the same?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Fra!

      I’m sorry to hear that! It’s always hard when something happens to someone’s Kindle Fire, since they are windows to the world.

      May I ask where you got your Kindle Fire? Was it from an Amazon site (and if so, which one?) or in which country was the story if you bought it in a store?

  37. Fra Says:

    Hi mr Bufo, thank you for your reply, my Kindle Fire was bought on amazon.it Back in 2013, it was a gift, it worked perfectly, the glass broke after 2 years for an accidental fall, i love that device because I have tons of books/documents in it and has a mini hdmi port… So, am trying to understand if it’s repairable, i think it’s a waste to leave it broken, though the customer service from amazon says they can’t do anything, it’s out of warranty.

  38. Deb Says:

    Why isn’t the serial number ANYWHERE on the frikkin device??????

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Deb!

      Which device? Do you know what model you have? If the serial number does show on your device, I can probably tell you where.

      It can be safer not to have the serial number showing on the device, but available through the menus. That makes ownership disputes easier to resolve. The owner can get into the menus or go online to Amazon.com to get the serial number, but someone who stole it or found it (assuming the device is password protected) can’t provide it in claiming ownership.

  39. Irene Myburgh Says:

    Hi, I have the B00E – Kindle 4 NoTouch Silver (2011),the software version is 4.0 (1308590058).Been trying to update following the instructions on the amazon help site but the “update your kindle” remains greyed out. Any suggestions? I tried using the: “Download 4.1.0 Source Code and Download 4.1.0 Legal and Open Source Notices”. Is this the correct version to use?

  40. Irene Myburgh Says:

    Thanks very much, the software for 5 worked, the ‘update your kindle’ worked only after copying all the relevant files to the kindle. Much appreciated.

  41. Irene Myburgh Says:

    But oh dear, the version still shows 4.0 and still won’t let me connect via wi-fi. Maybe it’s time to talk to amazon?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Irene!

      I think it’s always time to talk to Amazon. 🙂 By that I mean that, if you are having a problem, I’ve found Amazon’s Kindle support to generally be friendly and helpful.

      http://www.amazon.com/kindlesupprt (if you bought it in the USA or from Amazon.com…if you bought it somewhere else, I may be able to help you find the right support resource.

  42. Irene Myburgh Says:

    Thanks a mill!

  43. FredFlintstone Says:

    I have a Kindle 2 that won’t connect to WhisperNet so I’m unable to register it and download any content. I’ve updated the software to the latest – 2.5.8.
    Model No – D00701
    Serial number – B003BXXXXXXXX
    Read through all the comments above and nothing seems to make a difference.
    Tried the 311 at settings screen, which doesn’t do anything. 411 gives me some status screen, but since Whispernet won’t connect it looks like just a bunch of missing information. Tried restarting/rebooting.

    Battery is quite old, but I don’t want to replace battery if its not usable. Powering via USB otherwise it will die quickly. I assume I should still be able to connect to 3G while connected via USB…

    Any ideas?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, FredFlintstone!

      The B003 is the International Kindle 2…I wonder if you might have one with a card intended for a different country (and carrier). That might cause the problem I think.

      I would contact Amazon at


      Evern though it is out of warranty they will usually still help, or perhaps you give a discount on a new model.

      Just to be clear, hooking up your Kindle to your computer won’t give you 3G: what it will do is give you a way to transfer files to the Kindle which you have downloaded using your computer.

  44. Linda Says:

    I have a kindle white paper that I was charging and now cannot get back to my home screen.
    It reads. USB drive mode. If you want to read or shop your kindle while continuing to charge over USB keep cable attached but eject your kindle from your computer
    I have been charging my kindle the same way since purchased
    My green light won’t come on

  45. matt Says:

    I have a kindle with a keyboard and the serial B00E but i cant find it to update the software on amazon, i got it in Australia if that makes a difference and it is not a touchscreen and wifi only, i cant find the manual update anywhere. please help!

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