What Do I Do if My Kindle Is Frozen?

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What Do I Do if My Kindle Is Frozen?
Most users can unfreeze their Kindles themselves. (Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The Amazon Kindle is an e-reader that allows users to tote their reading libraries around in a portable, convenient device. The Kindle occasionally freezes because of minor errors in loading programs or in connecting to the Internet. Sometimes Kindles freeze because their software is not updated. After unfreezing your Kindle by using one of the options below, check to see if your Kindle software is current by going to "Settings," clicking the "Menu" button and selecting "Update Your Kindle" to avoid potential freezing problems with your Kindle in the future.


Sometimes Kindles freeze because of a minor error in loading a particular reading title or active content. These errors are easily corrected by simply turning the Kindle to its standby setting. Slide the power button and release it. A screen saver will appear on your Kindle screen in standby mode. Then, slide the power button and release it again to take your device out of standby mode. Try returning to the home screen by clicking the "Home" button. If your Kindle goes to the home screen, it is no longer frozen. If not, you will need to try a different tack.


If putting your Kindle in standby does not unfreeze it, you should shut it down completely. Slide the power button but do not release it. Hold the power button in the slide position for three to four seconds until the Kindle device shuts down. You will see a blank screen if your Kindle is shut down completely. Turn the device back on by sliding the power button and releasing it. Try going to the home screen and moving the cursor. If you are able to do so, your Kindle is unfrozen. If not, you must reset the device.


Resetting your Kindle is only necessary if putting it on standby and shutting it down does not unfreeze it. This step only reboots your Kindle's operating system, and you will not lose any data. Turn the device off completely by sliding the power button and holding it for three to four seconds until a blank screen appears. After releasing the power button, slide it and hold it again, this time for 30 seconds. The Kindle will display a reset screen, and the entire resetting process will take several minutes. Do not touch your Kindle while it resets. Once the reset is complete, turn on the Kindle by sliding the power button and releasing it. Try opening a title from your home screen. If you are able to do so, you have successfully unfrozen your device. If not, you will require professional assistance.

Technical Support

Resetting your device is the last option an individual may take to fix his Kindle on his own. If resetting does not work for you, you will need to contact Amazon Kindle customer service. Go to the Amazon Kindle Support page (see Resources) and click on "Contact Us." You will need to enter your e-mail address and password. Contact Amazon via phone or e-mail by following the prompts that appear on your screen.

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