How to Reset a Kindle Paperwhite

Are you looking for information on how to reset a Kindle Paperwhite? The Kindle Paperwhite is probably the most popular e-reader in the world at the moment. And it’s for good reason. The latest version comes packed with amazing features, many of which you will probably never use! Just to give an example, the Paperwhite now comes with waterproofing, so you can read in the rain? Anyway, if you have had your Kindle Paperwhite for some time, a time may come when you need to factory restore it. We show you how it’s done in this article;

How to Factory Restore a Kindle Paperwhite

The following are the steps to reset your Kindle Paperwhite;

  1. First, you need to click on the top edge of your screen to bring down the menu options.
  2. Next, click on Settings.
  3. You then need to click on All Settings.
  4. Next, go to Device Options
  5. In Device Options, click on Reset.
  6. Confirm that you wish to reset your Kindle Paperwhite by click on Yes.
  7. Your device will now be taken back to it’s factory defaults.

What does this do?

That’s how to factory restore a Kindle Paperwhite. But what happens during and following the reset. Well, performing a reset means you will be removing all the books that you have downloaded onto your Kindle.

It also means you will be losing all your settings. The good news is that you can still redownload your books from the cloud. But your settings will be gone. So, this is something of a dramatic step. Don’t do it lightly.

Why Reset your Kindle Paperwhite?

Most people reset their Kindle Paperwhites after encountering problems. Perhaps yours has been freezing. In that case, a factory reset could be what you are looking for.

Others reset their kindles when they wish to either give them away or to sell them. In that case, you may want to have the device as clean as is possible before it is taken into new ownership.


That’s how to reset your Kindle Paperwhite. It’s easy enough to do. Are you in South Africa? If yes, here is a look at some of the best ereaders that you can buy in South Africa. You will see that the Kindle Paperwhite features prominently on that list.

Also check out our article on how to change the theme on a Kindle Paperwhite.

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