How to Downgrade Kindle Firmware 2017

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If you want to jailbreak your Kindle devices, you must downgrade Kindle firmware firstly. In this post, you will find it’s very easy to downgrade Kindle Paperwhite or other Kindle versions. You do not have to check other places. Here you will get all things about downgrading your Kindle devices. Please back up the “documents” data in your Kindle before you start to downgrade.

Want to jailbreak your Kindle? Try this method to jailbreak your Kindle.

Note:  Before downgrade your Kindle devices with below firmware, you must check whether your KSN suited with the specific firmware. Skip here to Confirm your Kindle Model. And your KSN must be in Table 1 before you install the specific firmware. If you install the wrong firmware, your Kindle device may turn into a brick.

1
Download Specific Kindle Firmware

Following .bin files are prepared for you to downgrade your Kindle firmware. With the specific firmware includes Kindle Paperwhite firmware, you can downgrade your Kindle easily. These downgraded firmware files can recover your Kindle to the factory default firmware version.

Please mention that the size of Kindle downgrade firmware is bigger than usual firmware files. Your Kindle device must have enough space for these downgraded firmware files. And so far Kindle firmware 5.8.8 can’t be downgraded.

1.  Downgrade Kindle Oasis Firmware

update_KOA_5.7.4_initial.bin (757MB): Download
MD5: 8f1e7c9124a2b12e643b15447d80feae

2.  Downgrade Kindle Voyage Firmware

update_KV_5.5.0_initial.bin (523MB): Download
MD5: f7c8905ea993fef902be82b70a98542a

3.  Downgrade Kindle Paperwhite 2 Firmware

update_PW2_5.4.3.2_initial.bin (376MB): Download
MD5: 3cbac0b4821cec03432b9ed382744f41

4.  Downgrade Kindle Paperwhite 3 Firmware

update_PW3_5.7.4_initial.bin (757MB): Download
MD5: 14f2267189b9ecc51d89e4e86f201e75

5.  Downgrade Kindle Touch 2 Firmware

update_KT2_5.6.0_initial.bin (730MB): Download
MD5: d85a86f5c75b4b9d43648f3b6afd2e84

6.  Downgrade Kindle Touch 3 Firmware

update_KT3_5.8.0_initial.bin (736MB): Download
MD5: 3f1a5294e1bca8c4fa7ca2762c5b4505

The number in the .bin file represents the Kindle version. Even though the current version of your Kindle device matches the version of the downgraded firmware, you must download and install the specific .bin file to prepare to downgrade and jailbreak. Please be sure the MD5 code suited with the downloaded .bin files.

2
Downgrade Kindle with Speicific Firmware

  1. Turn on the airplane mode and keep your Kindle off-line.

  2. Keep full power of your Kindle.

  3. Remove your Kindle device passcode and turn off parental control.

  4. Collect your Kindle to a computer with a USB cable.

  5. When the Kindle disk displays, you can copy the downloaded .bin firmware file to the Kindle root directory (at the same level with the documents folder).

  6. Eject your Kindle from the computer.

  7. Come back to the home screen of your Kindle device. Tap setting icon and choose the device option. Then tap “Update your Kindle”.

  8. The degradation will take some time. Be patient.

update your kindle

It’s important for you to check your Kindle model if you want to downgrade your Kindle device. And your KSN must be in Table 1 before you install the specific firmware. Also if you want to jailbreak your Kindle devices, you can check them to decide which methods you can try. If you don’t know where you can find the Kindle Serial Number, you can read the full guide on How to Easily Find the Kindle Serial Number.

Table 1: Kindle devices with below KSN can be downgraded and jailbroken with this method.

S/N Prefix
Model Name
Nicknames

B0D4, 90D4
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (U.S., Intl.)
PW2

B05A, 905A
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (Japan)
PW2, PW2J

B0D5, 90D5
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]
PW2, PW2G

B0D6, 90D6
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Canada]
PW2, PW2GC

B0D7, 90D7
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Europe)
PW2, PW2GB

B0D8, 90D8
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Russia)
PW2, PW2GR

B0F2, 90F2
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (Japan)
PW2, PW2GJ

B017, 9017
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) WiFi (4GB) (U.S., Intl.)
PW2, PW2IL

B060, 9060
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Europe)
PW2, PW2GBL

B062, 9062
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (U.S.) [Mostly]
PW2, PW2GL

B05F, 905F
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Canada)
PW2, PW2GCL

B061, 9061
Kindle PaperWhite 2 (2013) 3G + WiFi (4GB) (Brazil)
PW2, PW2GBRL

G090G1
Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) WiFi
PW3

G090G2
Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]
PW3, PW3G

G090G4
Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Mexico)
PW3, PW3GM

G090G5
Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Europe, Australia)
PW3, PW3GB

G090G6
Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Canada)
PW3, PW3GC

G090G7
Kindle PaperWhite 3 (2015) 3G + WiFi (Japan)
PW3, PW3GJ

G090KB
Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2015) WiFi
PW3W

G090KC
Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2015) 3G + WiFi (Japan)
PW3W, PW3WGJ

B0C6, 90C6
Kindle Basic (2014)
KT2, BASIC

B0DD, 90DD
Kindle Basic (2014) (Australia)
KT2, BASIC

G000K9
Kindle Basic 2 Black
KT3

G000KA
Kindle Basic 2 White
KT3, KT3W

B013, 9013
Kindle Voyage WiFi
KV

B054
Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (U.S.)
KV, KVG

B053
Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Europe)
KV, KVGB

B052
Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Mexico)
KV, KVGM

B02A
Kindle Voyage 3G + WiFi (Japan)
KV, KVGJ

G0B0GC
Kindle Oasis WiFi
KOA

G0B0GD
Kindle Oasis 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]
KOA, KOAG

G0B0GU
Kindle Oasis 3G + WiFi (Europe)
KOA, KOAGB

Table 2: Kindle devices with below KSN can be jailbroken with this method.

S/N Prefix
Model Name
Nicknames

B024
Kindle PaperWhite WiFi
PW

B01B
Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (U.S.) [Mostly]
PW, PWG

B020
Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Brazil)
PW, PWBR

B01C
Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Canada)
PW, PWC

B01D
Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Europe)
PW, PWGB

B01F
Kindle PaperWhite 3G + WiFi (Japan)
PW, PWJ

B00C
Kindle PaperWhite not for sale (FOR TESTERS)

Table 3: Kindle devices with below KSN can’t be jailbroken so far. Once there is a new method, I will update it immediately.

S/N Prefix
Model Name
Nicknames

9053
Kindle Voyage (Germany)
KV

G090KE
Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2016) 3G + WiFi (International)
PW3W, PW3WGI

G090KF
Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2016) 3G + WiFi (International)
PW3W, PW3WGI

G090LK
Kindle PaperWhite 3 Black (2016) WiFi, 32GB (Japan)
PW3-32B

G090LL
Kindle PaperWhite 3 White (2016) WiFi, 32GB (Japan)
PW3-32W

Most of the time, KPW3 can be downgraded well according to above methods. But once in a while the Kindle Paperwhite 3 may turn in wrong conditions such as stuck at the start interface or loop restarting. Don’t be panic. You will get rid of this trouble.

When the KPW3 was in a wrong condition, you must plug it in a computer and decide which methods you could try.

1. If the Kindle disk can be displayed when plugging in the computer

How to fix: Copy the downloaded .bin firmware file to the Kindle root directory. Then eject your KPW3 device from the computer and remove the USB cable. Long press the Kindle power button 40 seconds to reboot.

2. If the Kindle disk only appeared when you reboot the KPW3 device

How to fix: Create a new empty folder named DO_FACTORY_RESTORE without a suffix name. Then long press the Kindle power button 40 seconds to reboot. At that moment the Kindle disk appears, you must copy this created folder to the Kindle root directory. Then reboot the Kindle device again. After that, you can copy the downloaded .bin file to the Kindle root directory. Eject your Kindle from the computer and reboot again.

There is no need to worry about Kindle Paperwhite downgrade. With these specific Kindle firmware, you can downgrade and jailbreak your Kindle devices with no limitation. Look forward to hearing your good news!

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