How to Reset Kindle Series 1 or 2 to Factory Settings

Update: For information on resetting Kindle 3 or Kindle DX please read this post.

The first Generations of Amazon’s popular ebook reader Kindle 1 and 2 had some firmware issues that cause the device to be buggy. Unfortunately resetting your kindle series 1 or 2 may be the only way to get them back to operational condition. Follow the instruction below to perform a factory reset in a few easy steps.

How to Reset Kindle 2

Resetting Kindle 2 is easy, all you need to do is follow 3 steps below:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds and then release.
  2. Once your kindle is off remove the batteries for 10 seconds and reinsert it back.
  3. Turn On the Kindle.

How to Reset Kindle 1

Amazon Kindle 1 Battery Removal Diagram

Fig 1 - Kindle 1

Reseting Kindle 1 is a bit more complicated than Kindle 2 or 3. Follow the steps outlined below:

  1. First, you need something pointed like a paper clip or the tip of your earing.
  2. Now, open the back cover of your kindle by pressing it firmly while sliding it to the right using your thumbs.
  3. You will then see the Kindle Reset Button as shown on the picture below (Fig 1). Use the paper-clip or your earing’s pointed tip to press on the reset button.
  4. A few seconds after pressing the button, your kindle will then reboot and will be restored.