Amazon Kindle Fire is one of the best Android tablets available these days online. The first Kindle Fire was released in November 2011 and featured a 7-inch display with a custom version of Android OS viz. Fire OS. Amazon has released an OTA update for the Kindle Fire recently, and below are the steps to update the Fire OS in your Kindle Fire tablet.

Over the Air Updates

The first thing to do when you get a brand new Kindle Fire is switch on the Wi-Fi to update. Swipe down from the top of the screen, tap on Settings and navigate to Device Options > System Update to know the Fire OS version in Kindle Fire. If you have the latest version installed you would see a message stating that Your Device Is Running Fire OS <version> or, else you would see an OTA Update.

Manual Updates

Just keep in mind that updating Fire OS through PC will not be as quick as the OTA update. Visit Amazon’s Kindle Software Updates page through your PC, choose the device and click on Download Software Update. After that, connect Kindle Fire to the PC with USB. Then, navigate to kindleupdates folder in PC and copy and paste the .apk file into the kindleupdates folder in your device. Then disconnect Amazon Kindle Fire and remove the USB from PC to complete manual update of Fire OS.


Navigate to Quick Settings and tap on More > Device in the Kindle Fire to see if the update has been successful. If you still happen to see Update Your Kindle in the Device section, then that means the manual update has been failed. Note that your device would restart twice to finish the Fire OS update.

The earlier troubleshoot applies to Kindle Fire HD 7 and Kindle Fire HD 6 only. Users should note the Amazon exclusive tablets are available in 16 different generations starting from the 2011 version to the 2017 Kindle Fire.

Some say Kindle Fire is not an Android tablet and that Fire OS is a customized OS of Google’s own but Fire OS is based on Android OS. On the other hand, Android tablets have up to twelve versions starting from Cupcake to Nougat.