Have you ever come across the following situations as I did?
I need to download the Kindle firmware update, but I don’t know which kindle I have.
I want to purchase the case or accessories for my kindle, but I cannot tell which Kindle I have. Will the case suit my Kindle model?
I have both kindle paperwhite 3 and 4, but I cannot distinguish the two different generations of Kindle Paperwhites.
It is really difficult to remember the kindle models because there are such a wide range of kindle models have been produced since Amazon released the first Kindle on 2007. It is very common that you cannot tell what kindle model do you have. Hereby, I have collected four different ways to help you identify your Kindle model. After finishing the article, you can easily tell what Kindle generation do you have. Want to know Kindle fire generations? Please read How to Tell Kindle Fire Generations.
1. Search Kindle Model No. on the Internet
The easiest way to tell which kindle device do you have is to search the Kindle model NO. on the Google search engine. Look at the back of your Kindle device, at the bottom of your Kindle device, you will see some words like ” MODEL NO. XXX” as below picture.
Then go to the Google search engine, and fill in “KINLDE MODEL NO. XXX” in the search box, there are many search results of this Model No. as below. Browse the search results, you will get the general information of this Kindle device. Actually, you only have to browse the first page of the search results, you will know what kindle device you have.
But if your kindle device is very old, the Model No. information will not be so clear. If it is very difficult for you to recognize them, you can follow other methods to identify your Kindle model.
2. Identify Kindle Model by Checking Kindle Packing Box
The easiest way to identify kindle model is to check Kindle device information on the packing box. At the packing box, the Kindle model information and the distinguish features of this model will be printed on the box. According these information, you can tell which kindle you have.
3. Identify Kindle Model via Kindle Serial No.
The most exact way to find out what kindle you have is Kindle serial number. You can find the kindle serial number on the back of packing box, or home screen, or Amazon website. Please follow the detailed guide on three ways to find Kindle Serial No. to get your Kindle Serial Number.
Once you know your kindle Serial Number, you can check data in the table below to see what Kindle or kindle generation you have according to the prefix of Kindle Serial Number.
B004, B005, B009
DX, DXI, DXG
Kindle 3(kindle keyboard)
B00E, B023, 9023
K4, K4S, K4B
B00F, B011, B010
B024, B01B, B020, B01C, B01D, B01F
Kindle paperwhite 2
B0D4, 90D4, B05A, 905A, B0D5, 90D5, B0D6, 90D6, B0D7, 90D7, B0D8, 90D8, B0F2, 90F2, B017, 9017, B060, 9060, B062, 9062, B05F, 905F, B061, 9061
Kindle Basic (Kindle 7)
B0C6, 90C6, B0DD, 90DD
B013, 9013, B054, 9054, B053, 9053, B02A, B052, 9052
Kindle paperwhite 3
G090G2, G090G4, G090G5, G090G6, G090G7, G090KB, G090KC, G090KE, G090KF, G090LK, G090LL
G0B0GC ,G0B0GD, G0B0GR, G0B0GU, G0B0GT
Kindle Basic 2 (Kindle 8)
Kindle Oasis 2
G000P8, G000S1, G000SA, G000S2
Kindle paperwhite 4
G000PP, G000T6, G000T1, G000T2, G00102, G000t3
Kindle Basic 3 (Kindle 9)
Kindle Oasis 3
G0011L, G000WQ, G000WM, G000WL
4. Identify Kindle via Kindle Appearance or Distinguished Features
Besides the Kindle Serial Number, you can also identify Kindle model via the appearance or distinguished features.
Model: Kindle Oasis 1, 2, 3
From the appearance, it is easy to tell apart Kindle Oasis 1 and 2 because the screen of Kindle Oasis 2 is much bigger. When it comes to the Kindle Oasis 2 and 3, they look exactly the same. However, one distinguished feature of Kindle Oasis 3 is it has warmth light, but Kindle Oasis 2 doesn’t have.
Model: Kindle Voyage
This is the thinnest Kindle until now, at 7.6mm thin. It also includes two the soft-touch buttons for page turning. It is easy to know recognize Kindle voyage according to its appearance.
Model: kindle paperwhite generations
Since there are 4 different Kindle paperwhite, how to tell your Kindle paperwhite generation by appearance? Although they are almost the same as each other, you can tell kindle paperwhite generations apart with their logos.
1. Kindle paperwhite 1: It has a big “Kindle” logo on the back while other three models are with “Amazon” logo on the back.
2. Kindle paperwhite 2: Although Kindle Paperwhite 2, 3 and 4 say “Amazon” on the back, only the “Amazon” logo on the Kindle Paperwhite 2 has added black color.
3. Kindle Paperwhite 3: The “Kindle” logo on the front of the 3rd generation Paperwhite is blacked out while other three models are all light color.
4. Kindle Paperwhite 4: Kindle Paperwhite 4 has a light “Kindle” logo on the front and the indented “Amazon” logo on the back.
Model: Kindle Basic 1, 2, 3( Kindle 7, 8, 9)
Besides above mentioned Kindle models, Amazon also produced three models of Kindle Basic. How to identify Kindle Basic devices? Let’s see the picture.
It seems we cannot tell the difference from the front part. But when you look at the back of these three eReaders, you will know which Kindle model you have.
Kindle Basic 1(Kindle 7): It has sloping edges which you see mostly on Kindle fire HD or HDX. Also, it has “Amazon“ logo on its back.
Kindle Basic 2 (Kindle 8): Compared with Kindle Basic 1, its edges is not so sharp and also has “Amazon” logo on the back.
Kindle Basic 3 (Kindle 9): It is easily to tell which one is Kindle Basic 3 because it only has Curved arrows on the back with no “Amazon” logo.
Besides the above mentioned models, there are also many older models which are not for sale any more. Here I have collect the picture for your reference.
Now do you know which kindle do you have? If you think this article is useful, please share it. If you have any doubt about identifying Kindle models, please leave your comments below.
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