Amazon is warning its customers that they need to update their old Kindle eReaders by Tuesday, March 22nd to avoid disconnection from the internet. Without an internet connection, your device will no longer have access to the Kindle Store or the ability to sync with the cloud.
According to Amazon, this is a critical software update, and has issued the following statement:
Important: If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device.
Kindle eReaders That Need the Update
This update only applies to the older Kindle eReaders like the Touch, Paperwhite, and even as far back as the first generation (2007) Kindle. If you have a newer generation Kindle like the Paperwhite 6th generation or above, no update is needed. Also, this update doesn’t apply to the Kindle Fire tablets.
Here’s a look at the models that require the update:
If your Kindle is connected to Wi-Fi, it will automatically update while in sleep mode. However, if you have it sitting in a drawer somewhere, and it’s not connected, you’ll want to get it squared away with the update.
If you find out this news after Tuesday or forget to do it, all is not lost. You’ll have to update it manually by downloading the update file and transfer it to your Kindle via your computer and USB cable.
For additional information about each device check out this Amazon Support Page.