How to Restart a Kindle Paperwhite

How to Restart a Kindle Paperwhite

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

What do you do when your Kindle Paperwhite starts behaving oddly? What if your battery keeps draining even though you have a fully charged battery and your Kindle Paperwhite is plugged into a power outlet?

If you’ve been having any of these problems, you might have a defective Paperwhite. If you don’t have a spare one or want to replace your Kindle Paperwhite, you can buy a new one for around $80 or $120. But if you’re having a hard time getting your Paperwhite to work, you might want to consider the following options:

Restarting a Kindle Paperwhite

There are two ways to restart your Kindle Paperwhite if it is working normally. You can either force a restart by holding down the power button, or you can restart it through the menu settings. Both ways produce the same result, so you can use whichever one you like.

Here’s how to use the menu settings to restart a Kindle Paperwhite:

How to Restart a Kindle Paperwhite

  • Swipe the screen down from the top.
  • Select All Settings (gear icon).
  • Then select Device Options.
  • Tap Restart.
  • Tap Yes.
  • The Kindle will reboot.

How Do I Force Restart My Kindle?

You can forcibly restart your Kindle Paperwhite if it isn’t responding. If the screen is responsive, this method will also work, but it is the only way to force a Kindle to restart.

Here’s how to force a Kindle Paperwhite to restart:

  • Hold down the power button for a few seconds.
  • Tap RESTART if the Power message box appears and the Kindle is responding.
  • Continue holding the power button if the message box does not show.
  • The screen will flash for 10 to 40 seconds before restarting the Kindle.

What Do You Do if Your Kindle Paperwhite Won’t Restart?

If your Kindle Paperwhite is frozen and won’t turn on, you might be able to restart it by plugging it in. It may be possible to unfreeze the device by connecting it to a charger, allowing it to charge for many hours, and then forcing a restart while the Kindle is still linked to power. Use the power adapter and USB cord that came with your Kindle if possible, but any suitable adapter and USB cable will do.

If you have a variety of USB power adapters and cables, experiment with different combinations. The Kindle will not charge if the power adapter or USB cord is defective.

Here’s how to get a frozen Kindle Paperwhite to restart:

  • Allow the Kindle to charge by plugging it in.
  • Press and hold the power button while the Kindle is still plugged in.
  • Continue to hold the power button down until the screen flashes.
  • The Kindle will restart when the screen flashes.

If your Kindle still won’t resume after trying this approach with multiple power adapters and USB cables, contact Amazon for extra help. The Kindle is almost certainly broken.

What’s the Difference Between a Kindle Paperwhite Restart and a Reset?

Restarting and resetting are two distinct operations with distinct outcomes. A Kindle restart is the same as turning it off and on again. The Kindle’s memory is emptied, and it starts up from scratch. If your Kindle isn’t working properly, rebooting it frequently solves the problem.

Resetting, often known as a factory reset, is a different procedure that wipes your Kindle clean of any data. All of your books and other documents are deleted, and the Kindle is restored to its original state. You must then link it to your Amazon account and gain access to the Kindle.