I posted a version of this about a year ago…I thought I would send it again as there are lots of new Kindle owners due to the release of the second-generation of the Kindle Fire, the Paperwhite, and the millions of people who just opened up a new Kindle for Christmas this week. If you already know this one, I’ll be back soon with a new tip or free book offer!
Sometimes, I am surprised at what questions pop up on the Amazon Kindle discussion boards, but I take a step back and realize there are a lot of new Kindle owners out there who haven’t owned a Kindle (or may not be as up to speed on technology) as long as some of the other Kindle owners have.
Let’s suppose for example you have, or are considering purchasing, a new Kindle that is WiFi only (an e-Ink Kindle or the Kindle Fire). Being WiFi only means (a) you are not able to connect to the Internet or Amazon’s Whispernet services via the cellular network, and (b) you must have an active WiFi connection in order to access the Whispernet service. Sure, you can still download books to your Kindle via the USB cord, but you will need some type of over-the-air connection if you choose not to go the USB route.
If you don’t have a wireless system in your home and want one, it is fairly easy to do (if I can figure it out, anyone can). However, that is not the purpose of this post – if you don’t know how to do it I would recommend going to a Best Buy or similar electronics store as they can help you out quickly.
If you have a wireless system setup in your home, or have access to one at work, Starbucks, etc. you can quickly setup your wireless connection to your WiFi Kindle; you can do the same if you have the new Kindles that have both wireless and WiFi – you will just need to establish the connection. The instructions below tell you how to do it – first for an e-Ink Kindle followed by the Kindle Fire.
I just walked through doing this on my Kindle Keyboard, so in order to hook up your e-Ink Kindle to a Wi-Fi connection just follow these steps in order.
- Press the “Home” key.
- Press the “Menu” key.
- Scroll down and select the “settings” option.
- Scroll down to the “Wi-Fi Settings” option, which on my Kindle is the third option, just below “Device Name.”
- You will see a list of available WiFi networks. If you don’t, select the “rescan” option.
- If you see the one you want – select the “connect” option.
- If it asks you for a password – if so, enter it at that time. If, for example, you are at a Starbucks or other business that offers free Internet access and it still asks you for a password, ask one of the employees: I’m sure they will be happy to tell you (although you may have to purchase a cup of coffee or something).
I also walked through doing this on my Kindle Fire, so just follow these steps in order:
- Tap the “Quick Settings” icon in the top right-hand corner of the Kindle Fire’s screen, or just swipe down from the top of the Fire’s screen (just to the left of the battery level icon) to show the menu.
- Tap the “Wireless” option.
- Make sure the Wi-Fi line-item is switched to “On.” You can turn it on by tapping the “On” icon one time.
- You will see a list of available Wi-Fi connections. To select your wireless network, just tap on the network’s name.
- Similar to the instructions above, if you are asked for a password enter it now.
Hope that helps!