Amazon: Older Kindles need software update to keep connectivity
MANILA, Philippines – Amazon is giving customers until Tuesday, March 22, to automatically update the software of older Kindle devices or risk losing Internet connectivity after that date.
According to a post on its support page, "Customers using an outdated software version on Kindle e-readers require an important software update by March 22, 2016 in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on their device."
Users who are unable to update their Kindles by March 22 will need to manually install the latest software update to regain Internet connectivity on their devices.
Below is the list of Kindles, along with their status if they haven't had an update.
|Device and Year||Software Version Your Device Needs||Update via Wireless (2G/3G) or Wi-Fi|
|Kindle 1st Generation (2007)||1.2.1||Use Wireless|
|Kindle 2nd Generation (2009) *||2.5.8||Use Wireless|
|Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009) *||2.5.8||Use Wireless|
|Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010) **||3.4.2 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle 4th Generation (2011)||4.1.3 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle 5th Generation (2012)||4.1.3 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011) **||18.104.22.168 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012) **||22.214.171.124 or higher||Use Wi-Fi|
|Kindle Paperwhite 6th Generation (2013)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
|Kindle 7th Generation (2014)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
|Kindle Voyage 7th Generation (2014)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
|Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation (2015)||No Update Needed||No Update Needed|
Instructions for updating the various Kindles are available on the support page linked above. – Rappler.com
* For these devices, even if you are running software version 2.5.8, if you have not connected to wireless (2G/3G) since October 5, 2015, please connect now.
** For these devices, even if your device has built-in 3G, you will need to connect to Wi-Fi to receive the latest software update.
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