How to Fix a Bricked Kindle via USB


NOTE: This process will completely reset your Kindle to factory settings.

  1. Plug your Kindle into your computer.
  2. Navigate to the root directory:
  • Terminal on Mac: cd /Volumes/Kindle
  • Finder: Locations (on the left) then "Kindle"
  • File Explorer: This PC -> Kindle
  1. Add an extension-less file DO_FACTORY_RESTORE to the root of the Kindle.
  • On windows, open notepad and make a new file called "DO_FACTORY_RESTORE", copy that to the Kindle directory and MAKE SURE to remove the .txt extension.
  • On Mac, cd into the Kindle directory and touch DO_FACTORY_RESTORE, EZ.
  1. reset your Kindle by holding down the power button for 40 seconds.
  2. Setup your Kindle.

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