Every digital product meets glitches, to fix which a universal method is to reboot or we can say restart.
So does Kindle. Several kinds of glitches frequently happen on our Kindles like failing to connect to WiFi, screen freeze up, etc. Following are the issues which usually can be fixed up by resetting Kindle:
- Kindle locked up;
- The screen frozen;
- Kindle becomes unresponsive;
- eBooks/apps/music/videos disappeared;
- Can't connect to WiFi;
- Want to return to factory default settings;
- Or you just want to see the "Welcome Screen" by resetting Kindle.
However, resetting is the method you can always try at first to fix Kindle problems.
How to reset Kindle 1st generation
Amazon released the Kindle First Generation on November 19, 2007, for US$399. It sold out in five and a half hours. The device remained out of stock for five months until late April 2008.
To reset your First generation Kindle, first you need to turn it off, then open the back cover and remove the battery. About 1 minute later, put the battery back to the slot and turn your Kindle on.
If the issue still happens, then you can try another method. When the Kindle is turning on, open the back cover and find the "reset button". You need to find a tiny and sharp stuff to press the button for about 30 seconds untill the 1st generation Kindle turns off.
Then your Kindle will reboot itself. You need not to do anything then but just watch it restarting.
How to reset Kindle 2nd generation
On February 10, 2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2. It became available for purchase on February 23, 2009. The Kindle 2 features a text-to-speech option to read the text aloud, and 2 GB of internal memory of which 1.4 GB is user-accessible.
To reset the 2nd generation Kindle is pretty simple, just press the power button until it turns off then wait about 1 minute to let it boot up. If it doesn't turn on automatically, you can manually press the power button until it turns on.
But if you want to wipe out the user data or make it to factory defaults, then please hold the power button for 30 seconds and release it, then immediately press the home button until the screen flashes.
If everything goes well, your kindle should reboot itself to its factory defaults.
How to reset Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3)
Amazon announced a new generation of the Kindle on July 28, 2010. Though Amazon does not officially add numbers to the end of each Kindle denoting its generation, in this industry people are calling it as "K3" or the "Kindle 3".
To reset the Kindle Keyboard you just need to press the power button for 15-30 seconds and wait it to restart itself.
Then your Kindle Keyboard will back to factory defaults and that should help you solve several issues.
How to reset Kindle DX
Amazon announced the Kindle DX on May 6, 2009. This device has a larger screen than the standard Kindle and supports simple PDF files. It is marketed as more suitable for displaying newspaper and textbook content.
Until now, it is still the largest model of Kindle family.
To reset the Kindle Dx all you need to do is press the power button for 15-30 seconds and wait for the kindle to turn off and auto restart. Just like resetting the Kindle Keyboard.
Attention: Your Kindle DX would back to factory defaults after resetting, so making a backup of the contents at first is recommended.
How to reset Kindle Touch
Amazon announced a touchscreen version of the Kindle on September 28, 2011; available with Wi-Fi ($99 ad-supported, $139 no ads) or Wi-Fi/3G connectivity ($149 ad-supported, $189 no ads). Via 3G the device is able to connect to the Kindle Store, download books and periodicals, and access Wikipedia.
To reset Kindle Touch, please press the power button for about 30 seconds untill the screen black out. Then it will reset automatically. This is to solve glitches like freeze up or lose WiFi connection.
If you want to reset Kindle Touch to factory default settings, please goto HOME (the real button) > MENU > settings > MENU > Reset to Factory Settings.
How to reset Kindle 5-Way Controller (Kindle/Kindle 2)
The Kindle 5-Way Controller is the 4th & 5th generation of Kindle, some people also call it as Kindle (4th generation) or Kindle 2(5th generation, released in 2012).
The Kindle 2 starts off at 89 ad-free version. The new Kindle also has a black case (compared to the old one which was only available in silver-grey variant), better contrast, and hand-tuned fonts. It is claimed to have 15% faster page loads. It has 167 PPI pixel density and is the lightest Kindle at 5.98 oz (170 g).
To restart the Kindle, please press the power button for about 30 seconds until it turns off, then it will auto reboot. If nothing happens after turning off, you can manually press the power button to turn it on.
And to empty all the data and return it to factory default settings, please go to menu page, then choose "settings", then "menu", you will see the "reset to factory settings" option.
How to reset Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Paperwhite was released on October 1, 2012 in the United States. It has a 6", 212 ppi display (an almost-XGA resolution of 758×1024) with built-in light, and has 2GB of storage (1.25GB usable). It is available in Wi-Fi ($119 ad-supported, $139 no ads) and Wi-Fi + 3G ($179 ad-supported, $199 no ads) models, with the ad supported options only available in the United States.
Resetting Kindle Paperwhite is just like Kindle 2 and Kindle Touch. Directly press the power button for 15-30 seconds for a restarting.
For a software resetting and back to factory default settings, please go to home screen at first. Then press the setting icon in the upper right corner (3 bars), then choose "Settings". Now press the settings icon again, you will see "Reset Device". By choosing it, you are restarting your device and back to factory default settings.
How to reset Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD
The Kindle Fire HD is the second generation of Amazon's color touchscreen Kindle Fire tablet line announced on September 6, 2012. It is available in two form factors, 7-inch and 8.9-inch screen sizes, introductory pricing was at 299, respectively for the 16GB versions.
Kindle Fire (HD) is a tablet computer just like all other tablets. Press and hold the power button you can turn if off, but it won't auto turn on like Kindle, you must manually press the power button to turn it on.
And to reset the entire device back to factory defaults, please press the gear icon in the upper right corner to wake up a drop-down setting list, then press "More...", go to "Device" and you will see "Reset to Factory Defaults" in the bottom.
If you set the Kindle Fire (HD) to factory defaults, all the contents will be gone. For purchased contents you can still download them from Amazon, but for local synced contents, you are losing them. So please back up those files if you need.
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