Amazon warns Kindle users: Update by March 22 or else

Do you own an old Kindle that's been gathering dust? Get it updated before March 22 or you won't be able to get online and download your books any more.

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Everett Bouwer

This is pretty much your final warning: If you have a Kindle, you need to update it before March 22 or it's going to lose Internet connectivity.

That, just to be clear, would be very bad, because without the update you'll no longer be able to access the Kindle Store or sync your device with the cloud, not to mention any other Kindle services you might be using. According to Amazon, the update is required to ensure the Kindle remains compliant with continuously evolving industry web standards.

You'll know if your Kindle didn't get updated in time because you'll see the following message on your device:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.

If you've been using your Kindle regularly then it's most likely going to be fine. Kindles will update automatically via Wi-Fi, but if the device has been turned off or out of battery for a while, charge it up and make sure you Sync and Check for Items.

When the updated has been applied you'll find a confirmation letter called "03-2016 Successful Update" on your device. You can check for it by viewing all Recent items in your Kindle Library.

The following devices don't need the update:

  • Kindle Paperwhite (6th and 7th generation)
  • Kindle 7th Generation
  • Kindle Voyage 7th Generation

If you've got one of the following, you do need the update:

  • Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
  • Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
  • Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
  • Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)

Amazon also points out that the Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation, the Kindle Touch 4th Generation and the Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation will only update via Wi-Fi, even if you have the 3G connection active.

If you do miss the deadline, you'll need to manually download and install the required update. You can get more information on that process here.

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