How to Downgrade Kindle’s Firmware Version (the 2016 method)

downgrade kindle firmware versionIn this post I will introduce you a method to downgrade Kindle’s firmware to factory default version without any physical operation. A Kindle without jailbreaking can also use this method.

These Kindle models can use this method:

  • Kindle Touch 2/3
  • Kindle Paperwhite 2/3
  • Kindle Voyage
  • Kindle Oasis

You shall notice the potential risk in downgrading your Kindle, so please back up all the contents of your Kindle before doing this. You can just copy the “documents” folder to another disk on your computer for safely backup.

Part 1. Download the downgrade bin file for your Kindle

Kindle Oasis

update_KOA_5.7.4_initial.bin (757MB): Source

Kindle Voyage

update_KV_5.5.0_initial.bin (524MB): Source

Kindle Paperwhite 2

update_PW2_5.4.3.2_initial.bin (377MB): Source

Kindle Paperwhite 3

update_PW3_5.7.4_initial.bin (758MB): Source

MD5: 14f2267189b9ecc51d89e4e86f201e75

Kindle Touch 2

update_KT2_5.6.0_initial.bin (730MB): Source

Kindle Touch 3

update_KT3_5.8.0_initial.bin (737MB): Source

Part 2. Identify your Kindle model

If you are not sure about your Kindle model, please check the table below.

Press “Ctrl/Cmd + F” to search on this page, and input the first 4 digits of your Kindle serial number. If you can get the result, please check the nickname, and download the specific downgrade bin file from the links above. If get no result, it indicates your Kindle is not eligible for downgrading to factory default firmware.

If you can’t find your Kindle model in the table below, please don’t do the downgrade or jailbreak job.

For example, if you have a Kindle Voyage of which S/N starts with B052, you can’t do the downgrade job. Because your model (S/N starts with B052) is not included in the table below.

S/N PrefixModel NameNicknames
B0D4, 90D4Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (U.S., Intl.)PW2
B05A, 905AKindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (Japan)PW2, PW2J
B0D5, 90D5Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]PW2, PW2G
B0D6, 90D6Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Canada]PW2, PW2GC
B0D7, 90D7Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Europe)PW2, PW2GB
B0D8, 90D8Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Russia)PW2, PW2GR
B0F2, 90F2Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Japan)PW2, PW2GJ
B017, 9017Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (4GB) (U.S., Intl.)PW2, PW2IL
B060, 9060Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Europe)PW2, PW2GBL
B062, 9062Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (U.S.) [Mostly]PW2, PW2GL
B05F, 905FKindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Canada)PW2, PW2GCL
B061, 9061Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Brazil)PW2, PW2GBRL
B0C6, 90C6Kindle Basic (2014)KT2, BASIC
B0DD, 90DDKindle Basic (2014) (Australia)KT2, BASIC
G000K9Kindle Basic 2 BlackKT3
G000KAKindle Basic 2 WhiteKT3
B013, 9013Kindle Voyage WiFiKV
B054Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (U.S.)KV, KVG
B053Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Europe)KV, KVGB
B052Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Mexico)KV, KVGM
B02AKindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Asia ?? )KV
G090G1Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) WiFiPW3
G090G2Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]PW3, PW3G
G090G4Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Mexico)PW3, PW3GM
G090G5Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Europe, Australia)PW3, PW3GB
G090G6Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Canada)PW3, PW3GC
G090G7Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Japan)PW3, PW3GJ
G0B0GCKindle Oasis WiFiKOA
G0B0GDKindle Oasis 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]KOA, KOAG
G0B0GUKindle Oasis 3G + WiFi (Europe)KOA, KOAGB
source: mobileread wiki

Part 3. Downgrade Kindle firmware step by step guide

  1. Turn on Kindle’s airplane mode.
  2. Make sure you’ve make a backup of all the books in your Kindle. Remove any device passcode or parental control passcode. Charge your Kindle’s battery.
  3. Make sure you’ve downloaded the downgrade bin file (refer to part 1).
  4. Connect Kindle to computer with USB cable.
  5. Copy the downgrade bin file into the root path of Kindle’s storage.
  6. Safely eject Kindle from computer.
  7. Go to the homescreen of Kindle, tap “menu” –> “Settings” –> “Menu” –> “Update your Kindle”.
  8. Wait patiently until the process finishes (it might take long, so make sure the Kindle has certain battery).

Kindle Paperwhite 3 uers MUST read this part

Some Kindle Paperwhite 3 (especially the white version) users reported that their device stuck at the start screen (which you can see a tree image) or loop in restarting.

If you also encounter this problem, please connect your Kindle to computer with USB. If you can see the Kindle’s storage drive all the time, please check solution A; if only see the Kindle’s storage drive flashes, please check solution B.

Solution A

  1. Connect Kindle to computer with USB.
  2. Make sure the downgrade bin file is still in Kindle’s root path.
  3. Safely eject Kindle;
  4. Hold Kindle’s power button for about 40 seconds;
  5. This shoudl solve the problem.

Solution B

  1. Connect Kindle to computer with USB.
  2. Create a file called “DO_FACTORY_RESTORE” (without extension name).
  3. Hold Kindle’s power button for about 40 seconds until it reboots.
  4. When you see Kindle’s storage drive shows up in your computer, quickly copy the “DO_FACTORY_RESTORE” file to Kindle’s root path.
  5. Hold Kindle’s power button for about 40 seconds until it reboots, then the device should work normally, but the firmware changes to consumer version.
  6. Download 5.7.4 bin file and copy it to Kindle’s root path.
  7. Safely eject Kindle.
  8. Hold Kindle’s power button for about 40 seconds until it reboots, then your Kindle should be in 5.7.4 firmware version and work correctly.

Another solution provided by this blog’s reader (command line)

This solution should be used in case when the Kindle’s storage drive flashes in the list of hard drives. That means it should be mount manually. Somehow it helps Kindle to continue the booting process.

 

1. Connect your Kindle to PC.
2. Hold Kindle’s power button for about 40 seconds until it reboots.
3. Open command line (cmd.exe) and type
diskpart
4. DISKPART> string will appear. Then type
list volume
5. You’ll get the list of drives connected to your PC like this one:

DISKPART> LIST VOLUME

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
———- — ———– —– ———- ——- ——— ——–
Volume 0 F New UDF DVD-ROM 4482 MB Healthy
Volume 1 E NTFS Partition 156 GB Healthy
Volume 2 D NTFS Partition 309 GB Healthy
Volume 3 System Rese NTFS Partition 547 MB Healthy System
Volume 4 C NTFS Partition 223 GB Healthy Boot
Volume 5 G Removable 0 B No Media

6. Find removable volume with 0B size and No Media status. In my case it was “Volume 5”
7. Next type the following string according to the information gained on previous step:
select volume 5

Done, your Kindle should now boot normally.

 

This solution is provided by Jonah P.

Tips

  • If your Kindle model is indeed eligible for downgrading but fail to downgrade, please redownload the bin file, reset your Kindle, then try again.
  • If “Your Kindle Needs Repairing” message shows up, you can try to create a file called “DO_FACTORY_RESTORE” (without extension name) and put the file into Kindle’s root path, then reboot and wait for the result. For how to reboot Kindle, hold the power button for 10-15 seconds until the screen flashes.
  • If your Kindle’s serial number starts with “G090KB”, sorry that your Kindle can’t do the downgrade job.
  • After downgrading your Kindle, you can jailbreak it with this step by step jailbreaking guide.
  • Aman

    My kindle paperwhite is 5.8.1 and the serial no. starts with “G090 G1…”, can I still downgrade?

    • Admin

      It’s a KPW3. Some people who has the Kindle also starts with “G090 G1…” reported seeing the “Your Kindle Needs Repairing” message, and I’ve provided the solution. However, you shall be aware of the risk.

      • Aman

        Thanks, it worked!

        • Admin

          Glad to hear that, I am compiling the jailbreak guide at this moment, will publish soon. I appreciate that if you can share this post to your social network, thank you.

  • Adrian

    Hi, after downgrading to 5.6.1.1, is there any way I can update to 5.6.5 to jailbreak my kindle? I have Paperwhite 3 and followed your instructions above to downgrade. Thanks!

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  • Mark Smith

    I know it’s not on the list, but could a S/N beginning with 9013 work?

  • Lucas Asad

    HI, please check that the link for Kindle Paperwhite 2 update_PW2_5.4.3.2_initial.bin is incorrect and re-directs you to the Kindle Voyage firmware: update_KV_5.5.0_initial.bin.
    thks

    • Admin

      Links fixed, thank you for the feedback!

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  • knc1

    Please host your own copy of the downgrade files rather than steal my bandwidth.
    Bandwidth is not free and I pay for it myself.

    • Admin

      I am so sorry for the wrong behavior, I didn’t realize the cloud drive also costs. I’ve wiped the Source 2, and I am uploading these files to my own MediaFire account, it takes time. To show my apology, do you have any donate link? I can donate some money for your bandwith fee.

      • knc1

        Thanks for the offer, but it will not be needed.
        Thanks also for hosting your own copies, these are not expected to change.

        If uploading to MediaFire, use the “upload from URL” with my server’s URLs (the ones you took down) – it is about 10,000 faster, server to server.

        • Admin

          I upgraded my account to PRO, and tried the method you mentioned, but no luck. No I am uploading the 4th file, all links will be changed in hours. Sorry again for all this.

        • Admin

          All links have been changed, thank you again. I was trying upload from your MediaFire url, that won’t work. After reading your reply, I realized I should upload from the link I took down..

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  • Christopher Chen

    I got my KPW3 today with firmware 5.6.1.1, I update to 5.6.5 and Jailbreak worked. Then I upgrade to 5.8.2 then I can not JB it again. Does the 5.8.2 too new to be JB?

    • Christopher Chen

      BTW, I downgrade it to 5.7.4 and it took very very very long to restart.

      • Admin

        Some Kindle may take long to downgrade. I am still verifying if update to 5.8.2 would make a Kindle impossible to jailbreak again.

        • Chris

          Hey, thank you very much for your great effort. Do you know whether it is possible to downgrade from 5.8.2.1?
          I got a used device with the current firmware and I am not sure about the possibility to downgrade.

          • Admin

            It should work in theory, however I haven’t tested it.

          • Chris

            Thanks. I will share my experience as soon as possible (>= next week). If you test it until then I would love to get feedback here.

          • amiguete

            ¿ Any experience with 5.8.2.1 ?

    • Admin

      In theory, the jailbreak will survive even updating to new firmware. Can you confirm the Kindle turns back to un-jailbreak after updating to 5.8.2?

    • Stanley Chen

      I just did it today on my kindle pw2 i downgraded to 5.4.3.2 and jailbroke it. It had me reregister my kindle to my amazon account so i had to type in all my credentials so i did. I then did a manual update to 5.8.2 then it gave me a notice “Your kindle is no longer a test kindle” then when i try to install KUAL it no longer works

  • niki

    Hi! I did the downgrade but and I have the A problem, but the thing is when I plug in the USB again I cannot see the Kindle on my Mac and so I cannot perform the needed steps to go further. Someone knows what can I do now??

    • niki

      Nevermind it reboted like 20 times and it worked 🙂

  • Mohamed Rashid T

    Hi!, i have the C problem, pw3 is now stuck at the Tree scenery but my windows 10 machine shows only an empty disc when tried to connect, i get a “please insert a disk into drive J” when attempted to access, i guess i can keep restarting
    Any help will be appreciated
    Thanks

    • Mohamed Rashid T

      it worked okay on another windows 7 PC, thanks

  • Wang Wei Han

    Hi! I have the same problem as niki, my kindle 8 gen which is nicknamed kt3 is stuck at the tree screen and i couldnt not see kindle on my macbook. it kept rebooting but it is still stuck

    • Admin

      1. I’ve uploaded a new factory image of KPW3, and the MD5 code. Please verify your downloaded factory image file.
      2. Please read the “Kindle Paperwhite 3 uers MUST read this part”, it provides solutions for KPW3 which stuck at tree image.

  • Deniz –

    Can you please help me my pw3 G090G1 stuck in tree image and not showing storage through usb . I can see it as a device but not saying kindle on it.

    • Admin

      1. I’ve uploaded a new factory image of KPW3, and also provided the MD5 code. Please verify your downloaded factory image file.
      2. Please read the “Kindle Paperwhite 3 uers MUST read this part”, it provides solutions for KPW3 which stuck at tree image.

  • Jonah P.

    Hello, I’d like to share with another solution for stucked at boot PW3 Kindles using Windows’ comand line:
    1. Connect your Kindle to PC.
    2. Hold Kindle’s power button for about 40 seconds until it reboots.
    3. Open command line (cmd.exe) and type
    diskpart
    4. DISKPART> string will appear. Then type
    list volume
    5. You’ll get the list of drives connected to your PC like this one:

    DISKPART> LIST VOLUME

    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ———- — ———– —– ———- ——- ——— ——–
    Volume 0 F New UDF DVD-ROM 4482 MB Healthy
    Volume 1 E NTFS Partition 156 GB Healthy
    Volume 2 D NTFS Partition 309 GB Healthy
    Volume 3 System Rese NTFS Partition 547 MB Healthy System
    Volume 4 C NTFS Partition 223 GB Healthy Boot
    Volume 5 G Removable 0 B No Media

    6. Find removable volume with 0B size and No Media status. In my case it was “Volume 5”
    7. Next type the following string according to the information gained on previous step:
    select volume 5

    Done, your Kindle should now boot normally.

    Thanks to @disqus_OqCFa5QOn8:disqus for provided factory images!

    • Admin

      Hi, thank you very much. This solution is added to the content and indicated provided by you.

      • Jonah P.

        Oh, I must mention, that this solution should be used in case when the Kindle’s storage drive flashes in the list of hard drives. That means it should be mount
        manually.
        Somehow it helps Kindle to continue the booting process.

        • Admin

          Get it.

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  • Kyle Collins

    I am working with a mac, but am stuck on the downgrade. Using a PW 3, and have tried to follow the MUST READ section, but my PW will does not show up as a disk at all. Help?

    • Admin

      Does your Kindle display as connected to computer?

  • Stanley Chan

    My PW3 ‘s version is 5.7.4.1, do I need to downgrade to jailbreak (use update_PW3_5.7.4_initial.bin) or I only need to input the jailbreak file ?

    • Admin

      I believe you need to downgrade the firmware.

  • Jeanpoulpe

    hi; i’ve downgrade to yout version PW3_5.7.4_initial.bin;
    but i can’t find the “;installHtml” for jailbreak.
    do you have any solution?

    • Jeanpoulpe

      to myself; ok;
      after typing “;installHtml”;
      tap on “enter” then “return”

  • Eve

    I’ve just gotten a new Kindle Voyage and it’s not on the list of S/Ns. Is there an idea of when there will be updated S/Ns? The S/N is 9013 and the firmware is 5.8.2.1. I’m not sure if it came with the updated version or if it updated on it’s own.

    • Admin

      Checked this issue, 9013 is supported. I’ve edited the list.

  • Angel

    Hi, I have the pw3 and tried to downgrade. Got stuck in the loop and tried Jonah’s method but after selecting the volume, nothing happens. I still cannot access the internal storage

    • Admin

      The first 6 digits of your Kindle Serial Number?

      • Angel

        I managed to get it working. I’m not entirely sure what fixed it, I set it off to the side after doing “select volume” to look for more solutions online and then the kindle managed to boot up correctly. I imagine maybe I was just inpatient with the first couple of tries.

      • Angel

        Whoops, I thought I replied. But anyways, the problem was fixed. I think I wasn’t giving the Kindle enough time to boot after doing the command in the cmd

  • Jay91

    Kindle Paperwhite 3 G090 G1 is stuck on the Tree Screen. None of the above solutions work. The Drive flashes very briefly, not long enough to copy the factory restore file. Diskpart also didn’t do the job. Any Ideas?

    • Admin

      Can you valid your downloaded factory image bin file’s MD5 code? The correct MD5 code is 14f2267189b9ecc51d89e4e86f201e75

  • LeDam

    Hi,

    Thank you to admin for this guide !
    My Kindle Paperwhite 3 G090 G1 was successfull downgrade.
    But my PW3 stuck at the start screen and the only working method is that of Jonah P (thanks to him).
    Follow step : jailbreak !

  • Sebastien

    I own a Kindle PaperWhite (2nd Gen) and I’ve been able to downgrade and apply the jailbreak thing. But I am unable to apply the hotfix. As soon as it is ejected after copying the file, Update your Kindle is grayed out and when I connect the Kindle back to the PC, the hotfix file has been deleted. Any ideas?

  • Adam

    So I’m an idiot and didn’t read all the way down to the tips – my Kindle’s serial starts with G090KB but I tried downgrading and now it’s stuck at the booting screen since I didn’t realize it couldn’t downgrade. None of the solutions above are working. Have a bricked my brand new Kindle?

    UPDATE: I could see the Kindle as a disk drive but couldn’t copy to it. For kicks, I right clicked it, and saw an option to “Mount as Portable Device”. I clicked that, and boom. Booted right up. Device info says it’s 5.7.4 (2929620018). Now to see if I can jailbreak.

  • ming

    I want to jailbreak my paperwhite 3, but when I copied “Update_jailbreak_hotfix_1.14.N_install.bin” file to the kindle folder and tried to update, it gives me a ‘update error: 007’. Is anyone know something about it?

  • UnbelievableWhiteguy

    Great guide! I cant believe how well it worked! I was scared at first because I thought I might have bricked mine. Solution 4.3 was my savior

  • Ron Gracia

    I have a Kindle Voyage, 5.8.8 serial number starts with 9013. Whenever I download the update_KV file to my kindle and safely remove the device from my computer the option to update my Kindle is greyed out and the update_KV file has been removed from my Kindle. Any help would be apriciated.

    • Ron Gracia

      PS I have tried everything I can think of up to and including resetting the device.

    • Sissy

      I have the same problem with my PW 3, serial number G090G1…. I copy the update_file to Kindle, eject Kindle safely and “Update Your Kindle” option is greyed out. Connect my Kindle to PC again and the file is gone from Kindle. Anyone out there that can help with that? Getting desperate to jailbreak and organize my Kindle soon

      • Gherghel Bogdan

        Same problem here.No one knows hot to fix this?

        • Jon Clegg

          Having the same issue with Kindle Oasis, serial number begins G0B0 GU – still no fix?

      • Lasonis Dziljuudens

        Me too. Cant find nothing on internet since I bought it last year! I wish now I hadn’t updated my PW3. Well too late now..
        Does some one have a solution?

      • Jeroen

        Same problem here! Is there a solution at the moment?

        • Austin Casey

          I’m having the same issue. There is no way to downgrade the current update (5.8.9.2).

  • Ben Cwb

    It didn’t work on my KOA 5.8.9.2

  • SOURAV MITRA

    i have G090G1 Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) WiFi PW3. I wanna downgrade from 5.8.10 to PW3_5.7.4_initial.bin. Coz after JB cant install Kual or ko reader, getting unauthorised access. Is there anyway to fix it?

    • Lasonis Dziljuudens

      Have You gotten it to downgrade yet?

  • Spad Ress

    my bin file disappears immediately after I eject the kindle voyage wifi (KV) so this doest work for me – I have 5.8.10

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