How To Do If Your Kindle is Running Slowly

For a long time usage, it’s not surprising as your Kindle is getting slow or frozen. If you are finding solutions to make your Kindle run faster, then this post will help you. Let’s look at some troubleshooting tips.

Check If You’re Downloading Something

Kindles are underpowered devices when compared to other tablets as reading eBooks does not require much processing power. However, if your Kindle is running anything in the background, it can start running slowly.

The only background task that your Kindle is doing for a long time is downloading eBooks. If the internet connection is slow or you download a large number of eBooks at the same time, then there is a high chance your device gets sluggish. Wait for minutes until it completes downloading and you will see it runs much better.

Read Right Books

Kindles are designed just for small eBook files. They can also handle PDFs, image documents, and even comics, but they are not as good as a general purpose tablet. If you usually read eBooks from non-Amazon sources, there’s a high chance that they are in a format with which your Kindle gets troubles.

Restart You Kindle

You might not pay attention to it, but you might not have restarted your Kindle in months. When you turn it off, you’re simply putting your device into a standby mode. It means if there are any crashes during your usage, they will bug for a long time.

To restart your Kindle, you just hold the Power button for about 7 seconds, and then choose the “Restart” option when you see a popup menu.

If your screen gets frozen and you are not able to tap on Restart, just hold the power button for 40 seconds until the screen goes black. Your Kindle will be restarted.

Update the Software

Your Kindle can automatically update to the latest version through OTA, but sometimes the process fails. If your Kindle is not on the latest firmware, simply tap on the Menu button, and then go to Settings, tap on the Menu button again in the Settings page.

If you see “Update Your Kindle” line is dimmed, it means you’re on the latest firmware. If it’s not, then you will see an update is waiting to be installed.

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Reset Your Kindle

If none of above methods helps your Kindle, then the last resort is trying to perform a factory reset. The process will wipe out your Kindle and bring it back to the initial state when it was just out of box.  If there are any bugs or file errors going on, it will purge them. To do so:

  • Head to Menu > Settings.
  • Tap on the Menu button again from the Settings page, and then choose the “Reset” option
  • Tap on “Yes” to confirm your choice. Once done, your Kindle will automatically switch off. Wait for a few minutes so that it can reset and restart. After that, your device is good to go again. You’ll have to set your Kindle up from the scratch like you did when it was new.