How to reset a frozen Kindle 3

Jan 3rd, 2011 by Jared Schwager , ,

The Kindle 3 is a great device although there have been some reports of freezing or crashing issues in certain versions of the firmware. If your Kindle 3 has become frozen and you’re at wit’s end here’s a quick guide on how to get your Kindle back up and running:

  1. Plug in your Kindle and charge it for at least 2 minutes (to ensure the battery isn’t dead)
  2. Unplug your charging cable
  3. Slide the power switch to the right and hold it there for 15 seconds
  4. Release the power switch
  5. The Kindle will now reset (keep in mind the screen may go blank for up to 30 seconds during this process)

In addition to resetting your Kindle you might want to consider updating to the latest Kindle 3 firmware release.

If these steps did not solve the issue you may refer to Amazon’s Kindle troubleshooting page.

5 reader comments

  1. February 15th, 2011 at 12:08 pm Guest says:
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    Nice one

  2. May 15th, 2011 at 10:45 am flipchick59 says:
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    My husband’s kindle locked up, with lines across the screen. First, I had to remove the POS “leather” just in case a hard re-boot will be required. Luckily, the instructions were simple and actually worked. However, the “slide the power button to the right and hold for 15 seconds” did not reset this poor excuse of an e-book gadget. One site mentioned using an iPod tool to open the back cover. Is there such a thing? I’m off to getting him an iPad2.

  3. May 17th, 2011 at 5:46 pm GS999 says:
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    Nothing happened. Power light goes green, but that’s it.

  4. July 7th, 2011 at 11:41 pm tina says:
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    it has to be exactly 15 seconds or it will not work. i have done this and it did reset. it took a couple of tries.

  5. September 3rd, 2011 at 7:37 am GMan says:
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    Does not work.

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