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Older Amazon Kindles Need This Update to Stay Connected


Do you own an Amazon Kindle e-book reader from 2012 or earlier? Amazon has a critical message to tell you, so you better take heed.


You might say you don’t use your e-book reader that much anymore, but the company urges you to update your Kindle to the latest software version before Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Why? Because after that date, you won’t be able to connect to Wi-Fi again using the device, should you choose to skip the update.

Presuming that most of the content you read on Kindle most likely comes from Amazon’s store, using the Internet connection is pretty much a given, so you might want to follow the advice.

Software updates are optional, most of the time, which give owners the possibility to not apply them, regardless of the reason. Either out of fear or principle, not even the most exciting new features or critical security fixes can’t change their mind.

But this Amazon announcement is not something users will want to ignore. The e-retailer hasn’t really explained its decision; it just said it was doing so, regardless of what user think about it.

Some believe this is a strategy for the company to force users to update to the latest version, and it might actually work. In any case, if you refuse to upgrade by tomorrow, expect to see this message:

“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’re not sure if your Kindle will be affected, check the following list for the models that need to update to the latest software version before that date: 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 noted that the update will only be available via Wi-Fi, regardless of the Kindle’s built-in 3G connection. Moreover, the second generation of Kindles (2009 edition) should connect to the Internet even if they’re up to date. This applies to devices that haven’t been connected to Wi-Fi since October 5 last year.

If you do fail to update by March 22, don’t lose all hope. You can still perform a manual update via a USB cable, although this process is somewhat more tedious than over the air updates.
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Kate is a well known optimist New Yorker and experienced in digital as well as analog gadgets, she is the senior manager as well as senior writer of TND Media, who loves to write about Microsoft technologies, Laptops & PCs. All posts by Kate

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