What to Do When Your Kindle or Kindle Fire is Not Charging  

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What to Do When Your Kindle or Kindle Fire is Not Charging  

What to Do When Your Kindle or Kindle Fire is Not Charging

Chances are that if you’ve picked up one of Amazon’s flagship Kindle or Fire devices, it’s a sturdy little tablet that will last you years to come. For example, I still have a Kindle Fire from back in 2010, and it’s running well, except for one issue. The battery. In fact, I first started having battery problems about 2 years ago, which isn’t bad after 5 years of using a device. At first, I figured that since Kindle Fires are only rated for 1,000 full cycle charges on the battery (like almost all rechargeable devices), it was simply a case of the battery dying. Most importantly, if your Kindle is as old or older than mine, that may very well be the case.  

But, there are still plenty of things you can try before consigning your beloved tablet to the recycling bin.  

Step 1: Clean It

The older your device, the more likely that your problem is a combination of physical and software issues. That’s why you should always start out by gently cleaning the micro USB port. Use a Q-Tip or soft-cotton ball, dip it into isopropyl alcohol, and gently swab out the port. Make sure you don’t leave any cotton strands behind.  

Step 2: Reset it

All Kindles come with a built-in reset button that attempts to reset software. It doesn’t delete anything on your tablet, it just resets the software. To active this, hold the power button to the right for 15-30 seconds.  

Step 3: Reboot in Recovery Mode

*Back up your files before proceeding any further* 

If a simple reset doesn’t work, you can try to reboot your Kindle in recovery mode to restore any issues, such as a battery Critical Error.  

First, make sure your battery is as charged as possible. Plug it into a USB socket attached to a wall and make sure that the charger is lit. Older kindles sometimes disconnect the first time, so make sure the charging icon stays lit before walking away. Come back after a few hours.  

Unplug the USB and slide the power button to the right for 15-30 seconds, then immediately hold the Home key for 30-45 seconds. The Kindle screen should begin to flash. Go through the recovery screen, either by typing RESET or pressing and holding the R key depending on your mode. You will lose all your files and settings, so be sure to back up your Kindle first.  

Plug the Kindle in and wait for it to return to the Home Screen.  

Step 4 Restore it to Factory Default

It might seem like a hassle to restore your device completely, but unless you ‘jailbreak’ your Kindle, there’s no real way to access it to clean it with third-party software. Over time, software issues develop, code lines build up, and your system registry becomes clogged. Just like with a regular computer, this kind of software interference can dramatically interfere with performance.  
Other things that will interfere with performance including battery life include:  

  • Apps that aren’t compatible with your model  
  • Filling your Kindle over 90% of storage 
  • Malware which is using your battery while your kindle is supposed to be off 

Resetting your kindle to factory is an easy way to wipe everything all at once without having to go through recovery mode.  

Click through to Page 2 to learn how to restore your Kindle to factory default. Or, click to page 3 to learn how to back up your Kindle files.  


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