How to Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac Manually or Automatically 2020

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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 much tougher than ever before. Kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC/MAC 1.25 (or higher version) will be 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. In this way, you can get the older kindle kfx books and find many tools on the market to decrypt these kindle books and convert them to any format as you like.

Method 1. Manually Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac
Method 2. Automatically Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac

Notice: If you are on Mac Catalina 10.15, downgrading kindle to 1.23 or older will not work any more, but you still can remove Kindle DRM on Mac Catalina if you have any kindle e-ink device.

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 from Kindle desktop version 1.25, we only need to downgrade Kindle App to version 1.24 or earlier. The latest kindle version before 1.25 for Kindle for PC is 1.24 while kindle for Mac is 1.23. In this part, I will walk you through how to downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac to older version manually.

Manually downgrade kindle for PC from 1.25 to 1.24.

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 and download Kindle for PC version 1.24.

Kindle for PC 1.24 Kindle for Mac 1.23

5Install Kindle for PC 1.24 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 redownload 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, but the older version for Kindle for Mac is 1.23. Referring detailed steps, please check how to downgrade Kindle for Mac to version 1.23.

Method 2. Automatically Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac

If the above steps are a little bit complex for you, Epubor Ultimate can help you downgrade your Kindle for PC/Mac to older version 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.

click on epubor ultimate menu bar

3Click on “Kindle” tab, if you are using the Kindle for PC/MAC version higher than 1.24, there will be a notification to remind you to downgrade your Kindle version, see below picture.

downgrading notification

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

downgrade option

Once finished, the old version of kindle for PC(version1.24) will be installed successfully and restart automatically on your computer.

downgrade kindle for pc successfully

Also, click on “Yes” to accept the Kindle Terms of Use in the popped up window. The Kindle for PC version 1.24 has been successfully installed.

accept kindle terms of use

Just a few clicks, you can downgrade your Kindle for PC to older version. If you are using Mac, the steps are the same as on Windows, but the Kindle for Mac will be downgraded to version 1.23.

Note: If your MacOS has been updated to the MacOS10.15 Catalina, kindle for Mac 1.23 will no long work on your computer any more because it is the 32 bits application while the new MacOS 10.15 only supports 64 bits applications. But if you have a kindle e-ink device, here is the complete guide on How to Remove Kindle DRM on MacOS 10.15 Catalina.

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 XX”.

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 at any devices as you like.


These are two methods I want to share with you today for downgrading Kindle for PC/Mac. Compared with manually downgrading, automatic downgrading is much easier, especially for people who are not so good at computer operation. No matter which way you are using to downgrade Kindle application, the final goal you want to achieve is to remove Kindle DRM. Taking this into consideration, downgrading Kindle for PC/Mac automatically is your perfect choice because Epubor Ultimate cannot only help you downgrade Kindle application, but also remove Kindle DRM smoothly and easily. Why not give it a chance to help you now?

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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.
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