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How to Find Your Lost Kindle

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Kindle, a handy portable e-reader, is easy to lose or to be stolen by thieves. The most fearful thing is not losing the electronic product itself, but that someone who finds your e-reader is attempting to utilize your data and information for improper purposes. In order to prevent this situation happening, here are some preparations for you to make in advance and steps to take to help you find your lost kindle.

1. Things to Prepare Before You Lose Your Kindle
2. Steps to Take When it’s Unfortunately Lost

1. Things to Prepare Before You Lose Your Kindle

Step 1. Setting a Passcode

Whatever electronic device it is, the first thing you should do once you get a new one is to set a passcode, Kindle included of course. When anyone wants to wake up your Kindle from sleep, he must enter the passcode to continue, which makes it more difficult for him to use your data.

kindle passcode

Step 2. Register Your Kindle

The next action you should undertake is to register your Kindle, to help reduce property crime and improve the chances of getting it back in the case of loss or theft. Also, almost everything you do with kindle needs your Amazon account information. Thus it's important for you to register it or create a new account.

register your kindle

Step 3. Remember the Serial Number

If you want to file a police report after you lose your Kindle, the serial number is needed. Therefore, once you get a new Kindle, note your device's serial number in your personal file. You can find this in Manage Your Content and Devices under the "Your Devices" tab.

remember the serial number

Step 4. Adding Your Personal Information to Your Kindle

Your contact information, including your phone number, email and address, is much useful in the event that your Kindle is found by a good Samaritan who wants to get it back to you. You can attach a sticker to the back of your device. It's much obvious. Also, it's important to add personal info in your kindle.

add your personal info

Select the "settings" option, find "Personalize Your Kindle" and put your personal info there to help the Samaritan to contact you. The main problem is that not all people would check for it especially password is needed to enter the kindle. In such a case, I would highly recommend an attached sticker.

personal info

2. Steps to Take When it’s Unfortunately Lost

Step 1. Deregister

If you confirm that your Kindle Paperwhite or Fire is lost outside or you think that it's stolen instead of leaving it in your room, it's high time that you deregistered if from your Amazon account to prevent a bad guy using your account to purchase books. Go to Manage Your Device to deregister it.

deregister

After deregistration, all the contents from your lost device will be removed but your purchased books remain available and can be downloaded again.

deregister your kindle

Step 2. Contact Amazon Customer Service

Once you have deregistered your Kindle device, you should contact Amazon Customer Service as soon as possible. Explain the situation to the customer service and offer your serial number. Then they will mark your Kindle device as lost or stolen or blacklist your kindle at your request, which prevents it from being registered to another Amazon account.

contact Amazon Customer Service

Step 3. Locate Your Kindle Device

If your device is a Kindle Fire, you can locate it on the condition that you turn the location-based services on in your Fire settings and your Fire is on Wifi. The same as before, you can head on to Manage Your Device to locate and then find your lost Kindle Fire.

fing your lost kindle

find your lost kindle fire

Step 4. Check Out Kindle Reunion

Kindle Reunion is a platform for a finder and an owner to reunite with each other. When you lost your Kindle, you could try to find it by providing your email and serial number. Once someone finds your kindle and submit it in kindle Reunion, both of you will receive an e-mail and you can contact with each other directly.

kindlereunion

Conclusion

Losing a kindle is a headache, not just because losing the hardware itself, but because a more painful thing that all the books you have purchased and downloaded are lost therewith. To prevent the occurrence of such a circumstance, you should know how to back up your Kindle books in time. Only in this way can you ensure that you can download them anytime you want.

Do you think that downloading Kindle books to your computer is equal to backing up Kindle books correctly? If you have this thought in your mind, you are totally wrong because many books are protected with DRM (Digital Rights Management). If the DRM isn't removed successfully, the books you have stored are completely useless. The right way to back up your books is to first remove Kindle DRM, so that you can read them with no barrier on your other devices. Here a free-download software--Epubor Ultimate is highly recommended to you, which is a best DRM removal and an e-book converter for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q 1: I lost my kindle just in my home. How can I find it?

A: If your device is a Kindle Fire, you can go to Manage Your Device to set "Remote Alarm". It will activate an alarm on your device. The alarm lasts for 2 minutes and it'll be easier for you to find your lost Kindle fire. However, if you haven't t enabled this Remote Alarm on your Kindle Fire, it won't work. Thus once you get a new Kindle Fire, set this alarm open first.

remote alarm

Q 2: If I deregister my kindle, will the passcode protection disappear?

A: The passcode protection won't disappear. After you deregister your Kindle, anyone else who finds your lost Kindle needs to enter the passcode to use it.

Q 3: I ask Amazon Customer Service to blacklist my Kindle device. Can I ask them to reactivate it if I get it back?

A: If you really get your lost Kindle back, you can contact Amazon Customer Service and then you'll be able to re-register it.

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