How to Wipe a Kindle

by Shawn McClain
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Wiping your Kindle involves erasing all of the content you have ever placed on the device and returning all the settings to their factory default levels. The process is beneficial if you are selling your device--or just giving it away--so the recipient doesn't also get all your content. Additionally, wiping the Kindle can often clear up random software issues that may develop over time. The process for wiping your Kindle will vary slightly depending on whether you have a standard Kindle or the Kindle Fire.

Standard Kindle

Step 1

Press the "Home" button to go back to the Home screen.

Step 2

Press the "Menu" button, then scroll down the menu and select "Settings."

Step 3

Tap the "Menu" key again.

Select "Reset to Factory Defaults" from the menu, then select "OK" to confirm.

Kindle Fire

Step 1

Tap the small cog to open the drop-down menu, then select "More."

Step 2

Drag your finger up the screen to scroll down, then tap "Device."

Scroll down and tap "Reset to Factory Defaults." Tap "Erase Everything" to confirm this decision.


  • The Kindle Fire won't allow you to reset the device when the battery is under 40 percent full, so be sure your device is charged before you attempt to reset it.


Photo Credits

  • nito100/iStock/Getty Images

About the Author

Shawn McClain has spent over 15 years as a journalist covering technology, business, culture and the arts. He has published numerous articles in both national and local publications, and online at various websites. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Clarion University.

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