How to Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac Manually or Automatically 2022

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Why downgrade kindle for pc/mac to older version? As amazon has released its new Kindle for PC/MAC version 1.25, its DRM scheme is tougher than ever before. Kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC/MAC 1.25 (or higher version) are encrypted with the new kindle kfx DRM, namely Kindle KFX 2. Currently there is not any software around the world can remove DRM from Kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC/MAC 1.25 or even higher version. As every software is not perfect, we believe that we can find the direct way to crack kindle new kfx DRM sooner or later. For readers who are reading this article, we have provided the temporary solution to bypass the kindle kfx 2 which is downgrading kindle for PC/Mac to older version. With this workaround, you'll download old kindle kfx format ebooks and find many tools to decrypt and convert kindle books.


If you are on Mac Catalina 10.15 or later version, downgrading kindle to old version will not work any more, but you still can remove Kindle DRM on Mac.

Method 1. Manually Downgrade Kindle for PC/MAC

kindle for pc 1.25

Since the new kindle kfx DRM has been employed to kindle books since Kindle desktop version 1.25, we only need to downgrade Kindle App for Windows/mac to version 1.17. In this part, I will walk you through how to downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac to older version manually.

Manually downgrade kindle for PC to version 1.17.

1Run Kindle for PC. Go to the top menu bar, select “Tools”-->> “Options”.

kindle for pc options

2The option window will pop up. Select “Registration” at the left side and click on “Deregister”.

deregister kindle for pc

3In the popped-up window, tick “ I understand….be removed from this device” and then click on “Deregister”.

deregistration notification

4Uninstall Kindle for PC 1.25 or any later version and download Kindle for PC version 1.17.

Kindle for PC 1.17 Kindle for Mac 1.17

5Install Kindle for PC 1.17 and then uncheck the Kindle automatically update option by clicking on "Tools"-->>"Options"-->>"General"-->> uncheck “Automatically install updates when they are available without asking me."

deregister kindle for pc

If the "Software Update Available" notification pops up, please click on "Skip this version" button. Then re-download the kindle books again via old kindle for PC/Mac.

skip this version

The steps for downgrading Kindle for Mac is almost the same as downgrading Kindle for PC. Referring detailed steps, please check how to downgrade Kindle for Mac to old version.

  • If you have updated to the latest kindle for PC but don't want to downgrade kindle for PC for removing drm, then you can follow the guide How to remove drm from kindle for PC latest version. But if your kindle for PC has been upgraded to V1.35, please click the auto-downgrade button in the software as below picture.
    downgrade option

Method 2. Automatically Downgrade Kindle for Mac

If you are on Mac platform, Epubor Ultimate can help you downgrade your Kindle for Mac to version 1.31 automatically. What’s more, it can remove Kindle KFX DRM as well. Below are detailed steps.

1Download and install Epubor Ultimate.

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2Run Epubor Ultimate. Click the menu button at the top left corner to display the book library of this software.

3Click on “Kindle” tab, if the kindle for Mac version is higher than Version 1.31, there will be a notification to remind you to downgrade your Kindle for Mac, see below picture.

downgrading notification

Click the notification to open the window of downgrading the Kindle for Mac and click on “Start” button to start the automatic downgrading process.

downgrade option

Once finished, the kindle for mac version 1.31 will be installed successfully and restart automatically on your computer.

downgrade kindle for pc successfully

The Kindle for mac old version has been successfully installed.

accept kindle terms of use

Just a few clicks, you can downgrade your Kindle for mac to version 1.31. Then you can patch kindle for mac and remove kindle drm.

remove kindle drm

Bonus tips--Remove kindle drm and convert kindle to any format

When the old version of Kindle desktop version has installed successfully, you can just register it and re-download your Kindle books.

Run Epubor Ultimate, then drag the Kindle books from the left bar to the right main interface, and all Kindle books will be decrypted successfully.

decrypt kindle books

For converting kindle books, please choose the output format from central-bottom button and click on “Convert to XXX”.

conversion button

Once finished, “succeeded” will appear at the end of each book title. Just click on the “Succeeded” or click on the “Output folder” at the bottom right to locate the converted files.

convert kindle to epub successfully

Since you have liberated your Kindle books, just enjoy it on any devices as you like.


These are two methods I want to share with you today for downgrading Kindle for PC/Mac. No matter which way you are using to downgrade Kindle application, the final goal you want to achieve is to remove Kindle DRM.

Takeaway 1 If you are on Windows platform, please just follow the instructions on Epubor Ultimate interface. Keep Epubor Ultimate running to redownload kindle books and then remove Kindle DRM. Using Epubor Ultimate, it is unnecessary to downgrade Kindle for PC to older version.

Takeaway 2 On Mac computer, you can download kindle for Mac to old version if you are not on Mac Catalina OS or later version. If you are on Mac Catalina or later OS, then Kindle for Mac 1.17 will not be able to be installed. Therefore, you need to install kindle for Mac 1.31 and then remove Kindle DRM. If you have already installed kindle for MAC 1.32 or later version, you can downgrade them to Version 1.31 via Epubor Ultimate automatically.

Takeaway 3 The old kindle App is not able to download kindle books published since 3rd Jan. 2023 and you are required to update kindle App to 1.39 or later version to download kindle books. In this case, you can download kindle books via "Download and transfer via USB" if you have an kindle eink device registered with your Amazon account. Here are the detailed instructions to remove drm from kindle books published later than 3rd Jan. 2023.

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08/21/2019 04:50:09

Dear Sirs and Madames,
I want to buy ultimate for Mac, but as I've seen, the Verion Kindle 1.23 will not run on the new OS. Mac now completely converts to 64 bit. When do you expect the program changeover? I have now as an attempt 1.23 Mac and he immediately showed me that she will not run at operating system change.Now iI have Mojave.
Yours sincerely
Marion Kuna

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08/21/2019 08:47:10
Thank you for your comments. Yes, the MacOS10.15 only support 64bits Application. Please follow this guide to remove Kindle drm on MacOS 10.15 https://www.epubor.com/remove-kindle-drm-on-macos-1015-catalina.html
09/7/2019 07:11:43

I have Epubor ultimage v3.0.10.330 (purchases upgrade today) and Kindle 1.26.0. I tried to automatically downgrade the kindle version using your instructions, but when I clicked on the 'kindle' tab I did not receive the message shown in your instructions. How can I remove  DRM from kindle azw version 1.26.0 ebooks?

09/7/2019 11:08:02

Hi there,
The Epubor Ultimate you are using is very old version. Please download the latest version of Epubor Ultimate here:
windows: https://www.epubor.com/ultimate-download.htm#os_Win
Mac: https://www.epubor.com/ultimate-download.htm#os_Mac

When the latest version has been installed, you will see the notification at the left column. Just follow the instructions to solve your problem.

Any more problem, please feel free to contact us via support@epubor.com

10/15/2019 23:48:47
My iMac has the Mojave version, and my Kindle is from last year.  What can I do to get the older Kindle app version on my computer?
10/16/2019 14:17:00
What's your Kindle for mac version? If  it is 1.23 or older version, you will be able to remove the drm with Epubor Ultimate.
11/6/2019 15:06:02
I've downloaded the free version but I cannot read my Kindle ebook it appears a message that only 20% has been uploaded. So I don't want to buy this software if I am not sure that it will be ok. What can I do
Thanks in advance for your reply
11/7/2019 08:32:57
Thank you for leaving the message.  Since you are using the trial version, you will only get 20% content of the original book. It means our software can handle kindle books. You can just go to purchase it to get the whole content of your Kindle books.
01/15/2020 00:14:25

When I used kindle (version 1.24), there is a message that " Your kindle app requires an update to view this content. Click here to download and install the free update (support OS: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7)."
So, I couldn't download a book on kindle (version 1.24), and couldn't use Epubor Ultimate.
But I can download the book on the newest kindle version.

How should I deal with the problem?

01/16/2020 09:04:07
Do you mean all your books cannot be downloaded in kindle for pc 1.24? Can you please screenshot and send the error message to epubor.iris@gmail.com. Then I will try my best to help you fix it.
01/16/2020 09:06:37
If your book is textbook, you cannot download it on kindle for pc 1.24.
01/27/2020 14:10:16
My book is textbook.
One strange point is that even though I can download other textbooks, only one textbook cannot be downloaded.
01/31/2020 19:53:33
Thank you for your feedback. Some textbook only can be downloaded with the latest kindle desktop application.  We are sincerely sorry to inform you that epubor software cannot handle this kind kindle textbook.
02/23/2020 08:00:13
I converted a Kindle book, selected Epub as the file type but it's showing as a text file in the output folder. What am I doing wrong?
02/23/2020 09:26:26
Nevermind, purchased a license.
06/26/2020 14:59:10
Reverted to 1.24 I can't download any kindle books. Can download all books on new version, these are regular kindle books I have bought. These books have been deregistered and downloaded again but wont complete download of whole book.
06/28/2020 09:10:48
Thank you for your feedback. We've just tested the issue you mentioned but we can download kindle books successfully from kindle for pc1.24 and remove kindle drm.
Please check your internet connection and then try to download the kindle books again.
06/26/2020 15:02:55
Reverted to 1.24 I can't download any kindle books. Can download all books on new version, these are regular kindle books I have bought. These books have been deregistered and downloaded again but wont complete download of whole book.
07/28/2020 09:22:54

What does you mean that you cannot download your kindle books via kindle version 1.24? Can you please screenshot and send the details to us via support@epubor.com? Then we will check this issue and help you fix it.
Also, we've tested the downloading on 1.24 kindle app, it works fine.

07/31/2020 00:16:11
As you know the older version of the Kindle app will not work on 10.15 or higher. Using the KCR works but some books are not available for the cloud reader. Will you be updating the program to work with the newer versions of the Kindle app?
07/31/2020 11:49:01
Thank you for asking. Sure, we are still working on the new DRM. If there is a solution, we will keep you posted.
08/13/2020 22:06:18
I downgraded Kindle to 1.24 and downloaded Epubor Ultimate. But Epubor Ultimate asks for a licence email to register. When I try to do that with my registered account for Epubor KCR I get the message 'You are recovering the wrong product'. Epubor tells me also that I'm still using Kindle 1.29 but I checked and it's 1.24 for sure. Do I need to buy Ultimate now to convert my Kindle books? The instruction doesn't mention paying, it says download Epubor Ultimate for free.
08/17/2020 08:49:22

Thank you for your comments.
The license for kcr converter is not suitable for Epubor Ultimate.
If you'v already purchased KCR Converter, please send us your order no. so that we can change  your license to Epubor Ultimate.

Please send your order no. to us via support@epubor.com so to can help you fix it.

08/24/2020 18:41:35
Hi, I am trying to downgrade kindle to 1.24 but there is no option in Epubor to do it as is described on yuor page. Please advice, what I am supposed to do?
08/25/2020 09:12:14
Thank you for using our software.
If your kindle for pc/mac is  1.24, then this will not notification in this software. So please check your kindle for pc/mac version at first.
If your kindle for pc /mac is higher than 1.24 but there is no notice, please contact us via epubor.iris@gmail.com to get the further assistance.
10/6/2020 05:40:44
How can I authorize Kindle to install in the reader (Kindle for PC) in my tabletop?
10/9/2020 09:17:58
Thank you for contacting us. We are sorry to inform you that you are not able to install kindle for pc on your tablet.
Sorry for the inconvenience. But you can install kindle for pc on your windows computer. Then follow the guide to get your kindle books decrypted.
Any more problem, please feel free to contact us.
11/3/2020 06:36:00
Hi. My version of Kindle I downloaded is version 17.7. I downloaded the plug in and use it on the caliber I download. It says syntax invalid. Please advice me.
11/4/2020 09:05:41
Thank you for your comments. That's because the latest calibre is written by pathon 3 but the dedrm plugin is written by pathon2. That's why there is syntax error.
Two solution: 1. use epubor ultimate 2 revert to calibre 4.0 and then install the dedrm plugin again.
11/10/2020 04:57:46

This doesn't work. When you try to install the old 1.23 Kindle version on macOS Catalina, you get this error message:
"The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of macOS. Contact the developer for more information."

There is no way to bypass this.

11/10/2020 09:12:33
On mac catalina, you cannot install kindle for mac 1.23 because it its 32bits apps. But here is another way to remove kindle drm on mac: https://www.epubor.com/remove-kindle-drm-on-macos-1015-catalina.html
12/8/2020 04:15:00
I click on the link for Kindle 1.24 and it doesn't work.
12/8/2020 09:33:43
Thank you for using our software. We've changed the download link. Please try again.
Any more problem, please feel free to contact us.
01/28/2021 20:40:36
Sorry, but the downgrade to 1.24 doesn't work
After install there is always a new update to 1.30
S h i t Amaozon....
01/29/2021 09:27:49

Thank you for your comments, and we are sincerely sorry about this.
To deal with this updates, we can disable the latest kindle kfx format by using the method 1 in  this article: https://www.epubor.com/how-to-deal-with-the-new-kindle-update.html

Any more problem, please feel free to contact us via epubor.iris@gmail.com.
Have a nice day.

03/7/2021 15:21:06
Sorry,It can't complete download on kindle for pc 1.24. But all my books can be downloaded on latest version 1.30.
03/9/2021 08:56:01
Thank you for  asking. Our technical staff has contact you about this issue and she will help you fix it.
Please don't worry.
06/24/2021 10:04:11
I'm having problems with the version of Kindle software I downloaded from your link.  When I try to register with my amazon credentials, I get the following error: "Unable to connect. Please check your network settings and proxy configuration. Network settings can be found under Tools>Options>Network."  I tried changing the proxy from auto-detect to No proxy.  Either setting leads to the same error.  I am connected to the internet and am using the same computer to send this message.  I've also tried uninstalling, rebooting, and reinstalling 3 times now.  I would appreciate your help.  Without being able to login to my kindle app (on windows 10), I can access any of my books.
06/28/2021 09:48:42
We've tested at our side and the kindle for pc1.24 works fine on Windows 10. Please download it here>>https://download.epubor.com/sold/KindleForPC-installer-1.24.51068.exe
If you still cannot use it, please screenshot and send it to us via support@epubor.com. Then we'll try our best to help you check this.
Have a nice day.
07/3/2021 16:19:41
Thank you for the advice on how to convert files from azw to epub.
It used to work for me and I have used Calibre and Epubor for a while now but all of a sudden it doesn't work anymore.
I have the right version for Kindle (1.24.3 (51068))on my computer (Windows 10) but I get a message saying that the book I want to be converted is protected by DRM.
I tried to do it directly from Calibre but no joy there either.
Any idea?
Thanks for your help.
07/5/2021 09:50:30
Please delete this book and redownload it again.
Then try to remove drm with Epubor Ultimate. If you are still failed, please screenshot and send it to us via support@epubor.com.
Then we will contact you and help you fix this issue vis Teamviewer.
07/8/2021 17:07:04

I have done exactly as instructed. But I am not able to register in the downgraded version. The pop up appears for registration, but it keeps blinking and the cursor gets kind of erratic - just jumps about! Can you please help me with this? Thank you.

07/9/2021 03:15:51
This is happening to me too. Darn! Cannot find a work around either. I did forget to de-register my PC from version 1.30 before I uninstalled. oh well.
07/12/2021 21:50:46
Same problem here. Registration window keeps refreshing and I'm thus unable to register the downgraded version. Occurs in Kindle version 1.24.3 (51068) for PC.
07/13/2021 09:02:28

Thank you for using our software and sincerely sorry for this issue. It is impossible to register the old kindle for pc currently. You can register this latest kindle for pc but disable the use of kindle kfx format by this way to remove kindle drm: https://www.epubor.com/faq.html#e109

Any more problem, please feel free to contact us via support@epubor.com

07/17/2021 02:12:02
The problem is that Epubor Ultimate still complains about the fact that Kindle for PC is a higher version than 1.24, so you cannot use this method either....
07/19/2021 11:22:17
Thank you for your feedback. We are sincerely sorry for this issue. Please download the kindle for PC1.17 and then register it to remove kindle drm. The kindle for pc1.24 was unable to be registered since last week.
07/18/2021 12:16:15
The downgraded version of kindle for PC is no more usable
07/19/2021 11:27:16
Thank you for your feedback. We will updated our software within today. Currently, you can download the kindle for pc 1.17 manually to download kindle books.
We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience caused.
07/30/2021 08:14:50
After it downgraded me to 1.17 I can’t even register kindle for pc now. How am I supposed to get any books downloaded now?
07/30/2021 11:14:19
Thank you for using our software. We've tested the kindle for PC and ensure it can be registered. If you this issue still persists, please feel free to contact us via support@epubor.com to get further assistance.
07/31/2021 13:28:40
version 1.17 is useless because, cannot download any books in library, force me to upgrade
08/2/2021 10:25:28
We are sincerely sorry for this issue. If the kindle for PC 1.17 is not able to be register, please follow this guide to download kindle books and remove drm: https://www.epubor.com/faq.html#e109
10/29/2021 09:03:30

I have used the free trial version. I tried to remove the DRM to a Kindle rented book and it says that "We don't support rented books". It means that I have to buy the book to be able to download it into my PC? How can I be sure that Epubor software can download the book once purchased on Amazon?

01/17/2022 13:41:26
The software is sometimes finiky because of the evolving nature of the DRM, but it does work. Note that most DRM removal software don't work with rented books as that is considered unethical (same with KePub for Kobo).
01/17/2022 16:23:17
Thank you for your feedback. Yes, Epubor software cannot remove the drm from rented books.
11/13/2021 11:58:19
I installed and downgraded to the old Kindle version, My book indicates it converted, however I only see your info page that says the file is only 20% converted, when in fact it is 0% converted.  I want to be assured that the book (s) will actually have DRM removed and convert to pdf.
11/15/2021 09:18:38
Thank you for using our software. Is there any error message? Can you please screenshot and send it to us via support@epubor.com? Then we will help you fix it.
02/18/2022 07:08:32
What is the current method of converting Kindle books to be able to access them on Nook? I have used the Kindle reader app in the past, but apparently accessibility has been changed since the last time I used my Nook (a few years ago). Thank you.
02/22/2022 09:19:58
Thank you for using our software. Epubor ultimate still can remove kindle drm and convert kindle ebook to nook supported format. Please ensure you are using the latest version of Epubor Ultimate.
04/27/2022 21:19:31
Ik hade the latest version of Kindle for PC (1.35), and I tried the auto-downgrade option, but that option failed. I got an endless series of error messages when version 1.32 was being installed, and then the installation could not continue. Then I manually uninstalled version 1.35 and manually tried to install version 1.17, but with this version I was unable to register (which I could do with version 1.35). So now I am stuck...
05/23/2022 09:40:50
When I decrypt a book using epubor it always says it is successful but sometimes adds "trial" to the file name and only provides me a portion of the book.
05/23/2022 14:42:38
Thank you for your feedback. Note: The free trial version of Epubor Ultimate only helps you decrypt and convert 20% of the books in TXT format (images not included). Once you purchase the software and register it with your license, you will get the complete book converted with all the images and in the proper format you want like PDF/Epub/Mobi/AZW3/TXT.
06/9/2022 03:16:41
If you install Kindle version 1.17 on a Windows 11 PC, Amazon automatically updates Kindle to its newest version when you open the application again. It doesn't matter that you have unchecked "automatically install updates." Amazon ignores it.
06/23/2022 07:33:47
Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I have been trying to get a new kindle book converted to epub for a week now, and finally found a solution that worked on your website.  I deleted the latest Kindle for PC app and installed the Kindle for PC V-1.17 along with the DeDRM and KFX plug ins for Caliber and it worked perfectly.  Amazing how simple it was once I had the correct solution.  
06/27/2022 15:40:21
Thank you for your feedback. Glad to know that your problem has been fixed.
08/7/2022 12:54:37
I can't download the old version of Kindle for windows.  Clicking your button/link does nothing.
08/15/2022 16:35:51
Thank you for using our software. Please change another web browser and then download the kindle for pc again.
01/15/2023 23:15:42
The are now some kindle books that v1.17 will not download.  For example, "Tress of the Emeral Sea" by Brandon Sanderson.  When I try to download this book, I get a message that says the book cannot be downloaded and that I need to update my version of kindle for PC.
01/15/2023 23:29:26
I have the same problem. Hope there is / will be a workaround.
01/16/2023 11:44:59

Now we are working on this issue. Once there is a solution, we will let you know. The older kindle books still can be cracked with Epubor Software.

There is still another way to remove drm from this kind of kindle books if you have any kindle eink device registered with your amazon account. Please download the kindle books via "Download and transfer via usb" and then remove kindle drm with Epubor Ultimate. Here is the detailed guide: https://www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-drm-from-kindle-kfx-ebooks.html#meth4

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