Why is My Kindle so Slow: Time to End Your Frustration

In this post, We will cover;

  • Why Kindles are meant to be slower?
  • How you can improve their speed?

Let’s face the hard truth, Ready?

Kindle devices are not optimized for speed. Generally, e-readers use the E Ink display screen which has a slower refresh rate than a LED screen.

E-readers tend to have less powerful processors than other types of devices. This means that your Kindle is likely to be slower than other devices you use.

In every Kindle generation, Amazon leveled up its speed.

The thing is, E-readers are not built for speed. They are built for reading. And that’s why we love them.

Not only that, Kindle page-turning speed is way faster than an average person turns pages of a book.

So, if you’re looking for speed, you may be using the wrong device. With that said, Kindles do have some speed-related issues that can make them feel slow.

How to boost your Kindle’s Performance

I did my level best to curate the best tips from the internet to make your Kindle fast!!! Let’s look into them one by one.

Check if you’re downloading anything.

If you’re downloading a bunch of files while you’re reading, it may slow down your device due to its processor. To avoid this, try to download files when your Kindle is lying around here and there.

Read the appropriate books

The Amazon Kindles are built to read tiny, lightweight eBooks. They can handle PDFs, photo-heavy documents, and even comics,

But large books, magazines, and newspapers from non-amazon sources can be slow to load. you may use tools like Calibre to convert them into a Mobi format (Post coming soon on this).

Update the Software

image of updating kindle

Amazon keeps on fixing the software bugs and adding new features with every update.

If your Kindle is a bit slow, try updating the software because it may contain bug fixes that will improve the performance of your device.

Here is the guide to manually update your Kindle

Restart your Kindle

Don’t be a hasty person like me, if your Kindle is feeling a bit slow, don’t turn it off and on again. If you have not done a restart in months, do it right now.

To do that, hold the power button for 5-10 seconds, You’ll get an option to restart it up!!!

This also helps to clear the RAM on your Kindle, which can get bogged down over time.

Turn off page refresh and reduce animations

Did you know that your Kindle refreshes the screen every time you open a new page? This is to keep the image from ghosting, which is when you can see a faint outline of the previous image.

If you’re not a fan of this feature, or if it’s causing your Kindle to run slowly,

You can turn it off by going to Menu > Settings > Reading Options > Page Refresh.

Kindle has many cool animations that are enabled by default. If you’re not a fan of them, or if they’re causing your Kindle to run slowly, you can turn them off.

Disable Wi-Fi when not in use

If you’re not using your Wi-Fi connection, turn it off. This will help to conserve power and may make your Kindle run a bit faster. You can do this by going to Menu > Settings > Wi-Fi and sliding the switch to Off.

Do a factory reset (as a last resort)

If you’ve tried the above and your Kindle is still slow, you may want to try a factory reset. This will erase your data and settings, so be sure to back them up first.

Wrapping up!!!

Kindle can be a great device for reading, but it can also be slow if not taken care of. I hope that the tips in this article will help you to make your Kindle run a bit faster. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you for reading!

About Author

I'm Shehraj Singh, I started the eReader.blog to help people learn more about eReader specifically Amazon Kindle, and help them fix any issues they may have.

I have a lot of experience with Kindle, and I want to share my knowledge with you so that you can make the most out of your device.

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