How to Reset the Kindle 1

When you encounter issues with your Kindle 1 or if it becomes faulty, frozen or unresponsive, resetting the kindle may resolve your issue quick and easy. There are a two different types of resets for your Kindle 1, a soft and hard reset, which are applicable for different types of issues. Read through the article below, and see which reset procedure should you do with your Kindle.

Soft Reset

A Soft Reset on your Kindle 1 will only refresh your device to a responsive state. It will not erase or delete any user-data stored in your Kindle. It can also be applied to a frozen Kindle, which causes it to become unresponsive.


A soft reset only involves a few steps. First thing you should do is turn your Kindle 1 "OFF". Then open the back cover of you kindle and remove the battery. After removing the battery, wait 1 minute, before putting the battery back into place. Then turn your Kindle back "ON" and see if it works.

A soft reset only allows any stored powered in your kindle to drain out. This clears out any faulty memory stored in your Kindle 1's RAM, which may be causing the problem. If it does not solve the problem, then you would have to do a Hard Reset/Full Reset on you Kindle 1.

Hard Reset / Full Reset

Doing a full reset on your Kindle 1 will remove all data stored in your device and restore it to its original factory settings, which will be just like what you have when you first used your Kindle 1.


To hard reset your kindle, you want to make that the kindle is turned "ON". While it is ON, open the back cover of the device and look for the reset button (please see the image below for its location.)

Kindle 1 Reset button LocationAfter finding the reset button, look for small and pointed object to press it with (An earing or a toothpick is ideal) and press the reset button for 30 seconds or until the Kindle powers OFF. At this point, you do not have to do anything, all you need to do is wait for your kindle 1 while it reboots itself.