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Step-by-step Guide: How to Stop Kindle Update

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You jailbroke your Kindle Paperwhite the last night, then you went to sleep. But this morning you found that it was auto updated back to the current firmware version again, and you lost your jailbreak!

So question comes, is it possible to disable auto updates on Kindle? How to stop our Kindle from updating automatically? This step-by-step guide is the best answer.

Why I Dislike the Kindle Update

Different from Kobo, Google, or other eBooks vendors, Amazon updates Kindle firmware with OTA (over the air) method.

On one hand, this method of updating does really help us enjoy all new features and functions within one minute, and saves time a lot. But on the other hand, just because of the uncontrollable auto updating (without notification), it isn't always something that all users appreciate, especially if we root or jailbreak our Kindle. An auto update will turn all of our hard work into ruins.

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One more thing, some of us will find that after we updating our Kindle to the newest firmware software, we will meet problems when reading, or downloading files, while we won't meet the same problem when we were using the older version (for example, the Kindle kfx 2018). Why should we all use the latest software on our Kindle while we are pleased with the previous one?

To avoid these, all we need to do is to prevent Amazon from updating the Kindle firmware. Here are 5 methods to stop Kindle update automatically.

Method 1: Turn airplane mode on

Once amazon released a new firmware software, our devices like Kindle paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD, will be updated automatically once wi-fi connected well. So it's certain that if we turned wi-fi off (turn airplane mode on), the update will stop soon.

Click on "Settings" (the gear icon) at the top of Kindle, then choose the plane icon "Airplane Mode".

turn kindle airplane mode on

When airplane mode is on, we are unable to update the Kindle any more unless we turn the wifi on again.

Note:

If your Kindle has 3G, it will be connected to Amazon via 3G even though the wifi is off. But don't worry it will not download an update over the 3G network.

This method is the easiest one, but every coin has two sides, when we stopped the wifi connection, we stopped all the services Amazon provided at the same time. We use the wifi quite a lot, buying kindle books, sending articles to Kindle, and so on.

Method 2: Create the OTA blocker directory (folder)

To prevent OTA updates, we can create the OTA blocker directory (folder) name to the top of visible USB storage.

Step 1: Connect Kindle device to computer (pc or mac).

Step 2: Create an empty folder in the root folder, and name as "update.bin.tmp" (if firmware version older than 5.6.x), or "update.bin.tmp.partial" (since firmware version 5.6.x until 5.8.x).

create the OTA blocker folder

Step 3: Download or downgrade any released firmware version from Amazon official download server with the wifi on.

Friendly tips that based on my own experience:

1, There are a lot of people met problems when downgrading Kindle firmware, I will highly recommend you check the device model first before downlograding. Different device, different bin file to download.

2, We can also create both OTA blocker folders. It does no harm to our device or the storage.

3, Amazon tries to prevent this type of update blocking, so whether this method will work for all the firmwares depends on your own tests. As far as I known, we are unable to downgrade firmware from 5.10.2 to previous version unless jailbreaking the Kindle.

Method 3: Prevent updates from Kindle for PC/Mac

Kindle for PC/Mac makes it possible to sync our Kindle contents without a Kindle device. But once Amazon released a new version of this reading app, we will also be forced to update automatically, too.

To prevent auto update from Kindle for PC, please click on "Tools" -> "Options" -> "General", then uncheck the auto update please.

stop auto update on kindle for pc

Then next time when Amazon tried to update our Kindle for PC app, you will receive a dialog "Software Update Available". Select "Skip this version", then you won't be updated to use the latest version of Kindle app.

skip kindle app update

To disable Kindle updates on Mac, please open the Kindle for Mac app on your computer first, then "Kindle" -> "Preferences" -> "Updates".

stop auto update on kindle for mac

Uncheck the auto updates please.

Note:

If what you are using is the latest version (current version of Kindle for Mac from official server is 1.23), you won't see the "Updates" option. That's normal as it's nearly impossible to update to a version that hasn't been released, right?

Method 4: Disable OTA updates on rooted Kindle Fire

To stop your Kindle fire (or Kindle fire HD) from updating automatically, the method 1 that keep wifi off is the easiest way. This part is for those rooted Kindle tablets.

Step 1: Have ES File Explorer installed.

Step 2: Open ES File Explorer. From the menu bar choose "Device" -> "System" -> "etc" -> "security". From there, you will find a file named "otacerts.zip".

stop auto update on rooted kindle fire

Step 3: Delete this file or move it to other places. That's OK.

The key to this method is to keep the otacerts.zip file not be in the "security" folder. Once otacerts.zip file taken away, we won't receive updates over the air any more.

Method 5: Not update the Kindle app via Google Play

By general, apps including the Kindle app we installed from Google Play will download updates automatically (auto-update). But sometimes we won't wish all the apps to be updated to the newest version because it will slow down our phone or tablets.

So this part I will show you how to manually disable auto-update Kindle app in Google Play.

Steps are easy. Open the Google Play Store app, tap on the 3-bar menu icon on the top left. Then, "Settings" -> "Auto-update apps" -> "Don't auto-update apps".

stop kindle android update

Note that this will stop the auto-update on all apps, including the Kindle for android app.

Above all are all the good solutions that I share with you to stop Kindle auto update. Of course, there are other methods you can also have a trial.

Method 6: Full your Kindle storage.

Method 7: BackDoorLock hack plugin on jailbroken Kindle.

But I won't highly recommend you use above 2 methods because they will make our device run slowly. What's worse, it's a little difficult for some people to use the plugin method as it should be based on Kindle device mode.

Impact of Preventing an Update

Somebody will worry about the safety if we stopped the auto update on Kindle. But in my opinion, if your Kindle works well without the latest update, there is no need to worry about the safety risk.

In fact all of the methods shared above are safety for you to take a trial, and you can also stop those actions whenever so that you can keep updating to all the new Kindle services and features.

In a word, if you want to stop an auto update on your Kindle, do as what you want!

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01/19/2019 10:47:31

Hi Angel Dan,
Thanks for this article. Do you have any advice about Kindle for Android?  I have have automatic updates set for books, which seems to be OK. That doesn't seem to update the app itself. Would it be a good idea to not update the app via Google Play, at least for now?

Thanks!

--Phillip

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01/22/2019 14:57:46

Yes you can.

Open the Google Play Store app, tap on the 3-bar menu icon on the top left. Then, "Settings" -> "Auto-update apps" -> "Don't auto-update apps".

But this will stop all apps auto-update.

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04/5/2019 04:25:50
My reader just updated in airplane mode. I am sick of this crappy reader as it is - and it updated while I was reading, it wasn't even resting.
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06/3/2019 19:15:30
Hm... well my kindle is trying to update and just freezes, trubleshooting is not helping, he just starts updating again and freezes again...any ideas? help :(
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06/4/2019 10:15:21
It seems the update bin is not right for your kindle or has not been downloaded successfully.
Please download the right software update bin for your Kindle device and try again.
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