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If you love to read, it’s hard to argue how useful an Amazon Kindle is. It is the market leading reader. While the Fire Tablet app works great in a pinch, it just doesn’t compare to the screen clarity provided by the Kindle Paperwhite.
The problem lies in troubleshooting the Kindle. There are many different Kindle models, the devices belong to the 10th generation. If you’re having trouble with your device, it’s important to know if you have a 4th Gen Kindle Touch or a 7th Gen Kindle 7.
Kindle’s naming scheme doesn’t help either. A 3rd generation Paperwhite is actually part of the 7th generation of global devices, for example.
There are several easy ways to determine the type of Kindle you have: by the serial number of the device, through your Amazon account, or by the actual model number printed on the device or packaging.
How to Find Your Kindle’s Serial Number
Each Kindle e-reader has a unique serial number. The full number is unique to your device, but the first few digits of the number are similar across all Kindles of the same model generation. This means that you can use the serial number to determine which model of Kindle you have.
The good news is that finding your serial number is incredibly simple.
- Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the Kindle home screen.
- Select Settings.
- In the settings menu, select Device Choice.
- Select Device information.
You’ll see your Kindle’s serial and model number, Wi-Fi MAC address, and more information.
Once you have the serial number, you need to compare the first digits of your number with a list of numbers. You can find a full breakdown on Wiki.mobileread.com, but it’s a good idea to use the search function to compare your number. There are many.
Here are some examples of serial number prefixes for some recent Kindle models:
- G0W0: Kindle Fire 7 8GB (7th Generation)
- G001PX: Kindle Paperwhite 5 (2021)
- G000WM: Kindle Oasis 3 (2019) Wi-Fi (32 GB)
Each model and variant has its own serial number, so it’s the easiest and most accurate way to tell what kind of Kindle you have.
Check the back of your Kindle or box
On most Kindle devices, you can find the model number on the back of the device. There are of course exceptions to this – some Kindles don’t have a model number printed on the back.
Generally, you will find it under the Amazon logo. In this photo, it’s not easy to see, but the symbols on the bottom of the device have text underneath. This is where you will find the model number. For reference, this is a Kindle Voyage.
If nothing is printed on your device, check the original box.
Verify your Amazon account
You can also find detailed information about your Kindle through your Amazon account.
- After logging into the Amazon website, select Account and Lists at the top of the screen.
- Select Manage content and devices.
- Select Devices.
- Select To light up.
- Select your Kindle from the list.
On the next screen, you will see your Kindle email address, type, Kindle serial number, etc. You can even see how long you can expect software security and firmware updates to continue.
If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, you can do the same from the Amazon mobile app.
If you don’t have a Kindle (or if the one you had no longer works), you can download the Kindle mobile app for Android or iPhone. If you want a more book-like experience, downloading the iPad version of the app is also a great alternative.
The reason an actual Kindle is a superior option is because of its long battery life. You can keep reading on a Kindle long after your phone or tablet dies. The e-ink also makes it look more like a book and is easier on the eyes, even in dim light – perfect for late-night frantic reading.
There’s also a desktop app you can try.
If you need to know what kind of Kindle you have, just look up the serial or model number. This is the easiest option, although a quick verification of your Amazon account can also get the job done.