Amazon Kindle users are being warned to update their device before 22 March, or face losing their internet connectivity.
The online retail giant has been emailing its customers this month to notify them of the necessary software update. Those who own older versions of the Kindle are affected, but for anyone who owns a Kindle Paperwhite 6th/7th Generation, Kindle 7th Generation or Kindle Voyage 7th Generation – the most recent Kindle products – the update is not required.
Failing to download the update will result in customers being unable to access the Kindle Store and buy new books, or sync their reading progress.
To update your Kindle, you must plug the device into the mains, connect it to the Wi-Fi, open the Menu and then choose ‘Sync and Check for Items’. The software update should then be downloaded, and you will not lose your internet connectivity.
The update is necessary in order for the Kindle to comply with industry web standards, Amazon says.
Anyone who fails to download the update before the deadline will receive an error message saying: “Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.”
Amazon has released a list of the Kindle devices which need updating:
Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
Kindle DZ 2nd Generation (2009)
Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)
If you fail to update your Kindle before 22 March, you will need to manually install the latest software. To do this, you need to download the update file from the Amazon website, and then transfer it onto your Kindle by using a USB cable.
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