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How to Downgrade Kindle Firmware 2017

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If you want to jailbreak your Kindle devices, you must downgrade Kindle firmware firstly. In this post, you will find it's very easy to downgrade Kindle Paperwhite or other Kindle versions. You do not have to check other places. Here you will get all things about downgrading your Kindle devices. Please back up the "documents" data in your Kindle before you start to downgrade.

Want to jailbreak your Kindle? Try this method to jailbreak your Kindle.

Note:  Before downgrade your Kindle devices with below firmware, you must check whether your KSN suited with the specific firmware. Skip here to Confirm your Kindle Model. And your KSN must be in Table 1 before you install the specific firmware. If you install the wrong firmware, your Kindle device may turn into a brick.
1 Download Specific Kindle Firmware

Following .bin files are prepared for you to downgrade your Kindle firmware. With the specific firmware includes Kindle Paperwhite firmware, you can downgrade your Kindle easily. These downgraded firmware files can recover your Kindle to the factory default firmware version.

Please mention that the size of Kindle downgrade firmware is bigger than usual firmware files. Your Kindle device must have enough space for these downgraded firmware files. And so far Kindle firmware 5.8.8 can't be downgraded.

1.  Downgrade Kindle Oasis Firmware

update_KOA_5.7.4_initial.bin (757MB): Download
MD5: 8f1e7c9124a2b12e643b15447d80feae

2.  Downgrade Kindle Voyage Firmware

update_KV_5.5.0_initial.bin (523MB): Download
MD5: f7c8905ea993fef902be82b70a98542a

3.  Downgrade Kindle Paperwhite 2 Firmware

update_PW2_5.4.3.2_initial.bin (376MB): Download
MD5: 3cbac0b4821cec03432b9ed382744f41

4.  Downgrade Kindle Paperwhite 3 Firmware

update_PW3_5.7.4_initial.bin (757MB): Download
MD5: 14f2267189b9ecc51d89e4e86f201e75

5.  Downgrade Kindle Touch 2 Firmware

update_KT2_5.6.0_initial.bin (730MB): Download
MD5: d85a86f5c75b4b9d43648f3b6afd2e84

6.  Downgrade Kindle Touch 3 Firmware

update_KT3_5.8.0_initial.bin (736MB): Download
MD5: 3f1a5294e1bca8c4fa7ca2762c5b4505

The number in the .bin file represents the Kindle version. Even though the current version of your Kindle device matches the version of the downgraded firmware, you must download and install the specific .bin file to prepare to downgrade and jailbreak. Please be sure the MD5 code suited with the downloaded .bin files.

2 Downgrade Kindle with Speicific Firmware

  1. Turn on the airplane mode and keep your Kindle off-line.

  2. Keep full power of your Kindle.

  3. Remove your Kindle device passcode and turn off parental control.

  4. Collect your Kindle to a computer with a USB cable.

  5. When the Kindle disk displays, you can copy the downloaded .bin firmware file to the Kindle root directory (at the same level with the documents folder).

  6. Eject your Kindle from the computer.

  7. Come back to the home screen of your Kindle device. Tap setting icon and choose the device option. Then tap "Update your Kindle".

  8. The degradation will take some time. Be patient.

update your kindle

Tip 1: Confirm Your Kindle Model

It's important for you to check your Kindle model if you want to downgrade your Kindle device. And your KSN must be in Table 1 before you install the specific firmware. Also if you want to jailbreak your Kindle devices, you can check them to decide which methods you can try.

Table 1: Kindle devices with below KSN can be downgraded and jailbroken with this method.
S/N Prefix Model Name Nicknames
B0D4, 90D4 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (U.S., Intl.) PW2
B05A, 905A Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (Japan) PW2, PW2J
B0D5, 90D5 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly] PW2, PW2G
B0D6, 90D6 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Canada] PW2, PW2GC
B0D7, 90D7 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Europe) PW2, PW2GB
B0D8, 90D8 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Russia) PW2, PW2GR
B0F2, 90F2 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Japan) PW2, PW2GJ
B017, 9017 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (4GB) (U.S., Intl.) PW2, PW2IL
B060, 9060 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Europe) PW2, PW2GBL
B062, 9062 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (U.S.) [Mostly] PW2, PW2GL
B05F, 905F Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Canada) PW2, PW2GCL
B061, 9061 Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Brazil) PW2, PW2GBRL
G090G1 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) WiFi PW3
G090G2 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly] PW3, PW3G
G090G4 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Mexico) PW3, PW3GM
G090G5 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Europe, Australia) PW3, PW3GB
G090G6 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Canada) PW3, PW3GC
G090G7 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Japan) PW3, PW3GJ
G090KB Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2015) WiFi PW3W
G090KC Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2015) 3G + WiFi (Japan) PW3W, PW3WGJ
B0C6, 90C6 Kindle Basic (2014) KT2, BASIC
B0DD, 90DD Kindle Basic (2014) (Australia) KT2, BASIC
G000K9 Kindle Basic 2 Black KT3
G000KA Kindle Basic 2 White KT3, KT3W
B013, 9013 Kindle Voyage WiFi KV
B054 Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (U.S.) KV, KVG
B053 Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Europe) KV, KVGB
B052 Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Mexico) KV, KVGM
B02A Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Japan) KV, KVGJ
G0B0GC Kindle Oasis WiFi KOA
G0B0GD Kindle Oasis 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly] KOA, KOAG
G0B0GU Kindle Oasis 3G + WiFi (Europe) KOA, KOAGB

Table 2: Kindle devices with below KSN can be jailbroken with this method.
S/N Prefix Model Name Nicknames
B024 Kindle PaperWhite WiFi PW
B01B Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly] PW, PWG
B020 Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Brazil) PW, PWBR
B01C Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Canada) PW, PWC
B01D Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Europe) PW, PWGB
B01F Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Japan) PW, PWJ
B00C Kindle PaperWhite not for sale (FOR TESTERS)

Table 3: Kindle devices with below KSN can't be jailbroken so far. Once there is a new method, I will update it immediately.
S/N Prefix Model Name Nicknames
9053 Kindle Voyage (Germany) KV
G090KE Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2016) 3G + WiFi (International) PW3W, PW3WGI
G090KF Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2016) 3G + WiFi (International) PW3W, PW3WGI
G090LK Kindle PaperWhite 3 Black (2016) WiFi, 32GB (Japan) PW3-32B
G090LL Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2016) WiFi, 32GB (Japan) PW3-32W

Tip 2: Fix Kindle Paperwhite 3 Downgrading Problem

Most of the time, KPW3 can be downgraded well according to above methods. But once in a while the Kindle Paperwhite 3 may turn in wrong conditions such as stuck at the start interface or loop restarting. Don't be panic. You will get rid of this trouble.

When the KPW3 was in a wrong condition, you must plug it in a computer and decide which methods you could try.

1. If the Kindle disk can be displayed when plugging in the computer

How to fix: Copy the downloaded .bin firmware file to the Kindle root directory. Then eject your KPW3 device from the computer and remove the USB cable. Long press the Kindle power button 40 seconds to reboot.

2. If the Kindle disk only appeared when you reboot the KPW3 device

How to fix: Create a new empty folder named DO_FACTORY_RESTORE without a suffix name. Then long press the Kindle power button 40 seconds to reboot. At that moment the Kindle disk appears, you must copy this created folder to the Kindle root directory. Then reboot the Kindle device again. After that, you can copy the downloaded .bin file to the Kindle root directory. Eject your Kindle from the computer and reboot again.

There is no need to worry about Kindle Paperwhite downgrade. With these specific Kindle firmware, you can downgrade and jailbreak your Kindle devices with no limitation. Look forward to hearing your good news!

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04/28/2017 04:35:10
I have a Kindle Voyage, 5.8.8 serial number starts with 9013. Whenever I download the update_KV file to my kindle and safely remove the device from my computer the option to update my Kindle is greyed out and the update_KV file has been removed from my Kindle. Any help would be appreciated.  I have tried everything I can think of up to and including resetting the device.
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05/19/2017 11:02:09
For now, Kindle firmware 5.8.8 can not be downgraded. If there is a new way to jailbreak Kindle 5.8.8, we will update immediately.
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11/28/2017 13:17:43
Ditto here!
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12/11/2017 15:22:38
If we find there is a way to downgrade Kindle firemware 5.8.11, we will update this article.
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05/20/2017 00:33:54
Unfortunatelly, I have upgraded my Kindle Paperwhite 3 to version 5.8.9.2. Is there any chance to do a downgrade, or will be? The problem is that my Kindle automatically deletes the downgrade file.
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06/6/2017 11:06:11
Yes, for the newest firmware version 5.8.9, you cannot downgrade for now. Sorry for that, but if there is any method, I will post it.
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06/2/2017 22:27:11

I have a PW3 with a Firmware V. 5.8.9 and a SN: G090 G1.

I tried to copy the 5.7.4 firmware into the root folder but the PW3 erases it immediately after. Impossible at the moment to do the downgrade in my device. :-(

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06/6/2017 11:00:12
I believe there will be a solution in the near future, but not now.
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06/5/2017 13:52:19
Have KOA with 5.8.9.2 firmware. cannot downgrade ??????
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06/6/2017 10:56:55
As far as I know, there is no way to jailbreak Kindle Firmware 5.8.8 and higher. If there will be any solution in the future, I will update immediately.
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06/10/2017 18:26:24
Same problem here. Cannot do this jailbreak since using 5.8.9.2 on my oasis :(
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06/21/2017 18:49:09
hi I just tried the Jailbreak with new Kindle PW3 installed the File as you said in your post and now it hangs up at the starting screen with the tree. What can i do now?
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06/23/2017 10:57:15
The downgrading process will take a while. Please it more time and wait patiently.
If the it frozen for 2 more hours, please read the Tip2 about downgrading the Kindle paperwhite3.
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12/27/2017 08:54:38
Did you solve this issue? I'm hoping I haven't just bricked my brand new pw3!
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06/22/2017 21:10:41
Alright... also at the dreaded 5.8.9.2 firmware on Kindle PW2. Will patiently wait for any new method.
Thank you so much Grace for distributing this knowledge!!!
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07/17/2017 23:51:46
Same problem here. Cannot do this jailbreak since using 5.8.9.2 on my Kindle voyage :(
The problem is that my Kindle automatically deletes the downgrade file.
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07/20/2017 09:59:13
Sorry to inform you that Kindle firmware 5.8.8 can not be downgraded for now. If there is a new way to jailbreak Kindle 5.8.8, we will update immediately.
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10/21/2017 13:58:14
i´ve kindle pw2 9010 firm 5.8.10 and kindle erases it immediately after. Impossible at the moment to do the downgrade in my device. :-(
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11/2/2017 06:06:52

Hello Grace,

first thanks for the great tutorial!
I have a Paperwhite3 with firmware 5.8.10 but when I'm trying to downgrade the "kindle update" is greyed out.

What am I doing wrong?

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11/3/2017 17:59:04

Hello,

@juul...."I'm trying to downgrade the "kindle update" is greyed out."

...I have the same problem with my PW2 5.8.11!?

What we doing wrong?

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11/11/2017 02:50:56
P.S.: VERSION: 5.8.11- 9017
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11/28/2017 13:14:24

...."I'm trying to downgrade the "kindle update" is greyed out."

...I have the same problem with my KV 5.8.1.1

What is the problem?

MobileReads is also lost....

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12/11/2017 15:21:54
For now, there is no way to degrade the Kindle firmware5.8.11. If there is, we will post it here ASAP.
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12/20/2017 06:52:59
i have tried to downgrade my kindle pw3 5.8.10 fw and now it stucks on screen "our kindle needs to be repaired" and it still reboots and disconnect from pc. is there any way to repair it?
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12/20/2017 20:23:28
I have same problem here, the PC still can recognize the Kindle as USB Disk, however, it restart endlessly so I don't have enough time to copy over the firmware .bin to Kindle for recovery (copy ~18% then Kindle restart and disconnected from PC).
Kindle Paperwhite White 4GB 2017 5.8.10
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12/20/2017 20:37:19
40 seconds long press reboot doesn't work...every time Kindle reboot, it tried to grab the incomplete .bin file and perform upgrade and resulted in UPDATE ERROR 4...we don't have enough time to copy the .bin image over Kindle for recovery.
Any idea?
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12/25/2017 23:24:55
Did you find a solution please ??
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01/5/2018 22:38:17
Sorry, I still can not find the solution to recover the bricked Kindle......looking forward to another solution, I also can not find the images on Internet to reflash the Kindle via UART (just wonder whether Kindle Paperwhite 3 has UART connection or not?)
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01/10/2018 01:49:54

Hi!

I have a "B0C6, 90C6 Kindle Basic (2014) KT2, BASIC" device. I copied the "update_KT2_5.6.0_initial.bin" file into the root directory. Update ... remained gray. In fact, the .bin file has been deleted!
What happened? What can I do?

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01/10/2018 01:57:39
My K2 device firmware 5.8.11.
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