If you’re a Kindle Fire owner, you might want to check your tablet for an update. Amazon has released an update for the $199 tablet. Not much is known about this software update except that it will provide improvements to the operation of the Kindle Fire. In addition to improving your Kindle Fire experience, the update will also break your root access, but don’t worry you should be able to easily root after the update.
To check and see if your device Kindle Fire needs the update, you will need to navigate to Quick Settings -> More -> Device. If your system version is listed as 6.0 or 6.1, you will need to get updated. If you’re already at 6.2, then you’re good to go.
To receive the update, make sure that your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and simply tap Quick Settings -> Sync. The software update will automatically download in the background and will be applied when the device is asleep.
If, for some reason, you don’t have Wi-Fi access, you can manually update your Kindle Fire to version 6.2 by following the steps below:
- Download the Software Update 6.2
- Transfer software to your Kindle: Turn your Kindle Fire on and unlock the screen. Then connect it to your computer using a USB cable (sold separately). Drag and drop the new update file from your computer to the kindleupdates folder on your Kindle drive. (The drive is typically displayed as a “device” icon).
- Monitor file transfer and disconnect: Check your file transfer progress to ensure the file transfer to your Kindle Fire is complete before disconnecting. After the file has transferred successfully, tap the “Disconnect” button on your Kindle Fire screen to safely disconnect your Kindle Fire from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle Fire and your computer.
- Start the software update: Ensure your battery is fully charged. Tap the Quick Settings icon in the top right corner of your screen, then tap “More…” then Device. Select “Update Your Kindle.” (This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.) Your Kindle Fire will restart twice during the update. After the first restart, you will see the Kindle Fire logo on the screen.
- Once the update is complete: The Device screen will display “Current Version: 6.2” when the update is complete.
Once you update feel free to let us know if you notice anything different.