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Which Kindle do I have? A quick guide to identifying all of Amazon's e-readers

There are different ways of figuring it out.
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October 24, 2022
Kindle Paperwhite 4 Device Info
Joe Hindy / Android Authority

The Amazon Kindle is arguably Amazon’s best product. The e-ink display, the long battery life, and the simple design make for excellent e-readers. Earlier Kindles had some confusing naming schemes, an issue that Amazon has cleaned up in recent releases. Still, a lot of these devices look like one another, so we’re here to help you figure out which one you own.

You may need to know which Kindle model you have in order to buy the proper case or other accessories. Perhaps you’re just curious, and you simply can’t remember. In any case, here’s a quick and dirty guide to which Kindle you have. For reference, the most recent Amazon devices are the Kindle Basic 3, the Kindle Paperwhite 5, and the Kindle Oasis 3.

Read more: 5 great features we love about Kindle readers

QUICK ANSWER

Kindles running firmware 5.14 or higher can simply go into Settings, then Device Options, then Device Info. Your device's name should be the first thing listed. If you have a Kindle running older firmware, you'll need to use the serial number or the physical identifiers listed below.


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Identify your Kindle with Device Info

Kindle Paperwhite 4 Device Info 2
Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Kindle devices now list their own device name in the Device Info section starting with firmware version 5.14. That should include all modern Kindles, along with some from a few years back. Here’s how to check.

  • Go into your Kindle’s Settings menu.
  • Navigate to Device Options.
  • Tap the Device Info option.
  • Your Kindle will display information like Wi-Fi MAC address, firmware version, and other details.
  • The very first item on the list should be your device’s model. Check the photo above to see what it looks like.

And that’s it. You should easily be able to see your device’s name. Unfortunately, older devices don’t have this luxury, so we’ll continue with other ways to identify your Kindle.


Use the Kindle’s serial number to identify it

Kindle Paperwhite serial number
The easiest method to identify older Kindles is with their serial number. You should be able to find it in your Kindle’s settings menu somewhere as long as the screen is still functional. On modern Kindles, go into Settings, then Device Options, and finally Device Info to find the serial number. The Device Info section may be called something else or be in a different location on older Kindles, but every Kindle has the serial number in the settings somewhere.

Once you obtain the serial number, check it with the table below to find out your model. Each Kindle has unique serial numbers, but the first several digits are always the same depending on the generation. So,  all you need is the first six digits to find out your model with the table below.

Kindle model (Release year)GenerationSerial number prefixShort name
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Paperwhite 5 (2021)
Generation
11th
Serial number prefix
G001LG, G001PX
Short name
KPW5SE, PW5SE
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Oasis 3 (2019)
Generation
10th
Serial number prefix
G0011L, G000WQ, G000WM, G000WL
Short name
KOA3
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Basic 3 (2019)
Generation
10th
Serial number prefix
G0910L, G0910WH
Short name
KT4
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2019)
Generation
10th
Serial number prefix
G000PP, G000T6, G000T1, G000T2, G00102, G000T3
Short name
PW4
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Oasis 2 (2017)
Generation
9th
Serial number prefix
G000P8, G000S1, G000SA, G000S2
Short name
KOA2
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Basic 2 (2016)
Generation
8th
Serial number prefix
G000K9, G000KA
Short name
KT3
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Oasis (2016)
Generation
8th
Serial number prefix
G0B0GC ,G0B0GD, G0B0GR, G0B0GU, G0B0GT
Short name
KOA
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Paperwhite 3 (2015)
Generation
7th
Serial number prefix
G090G1, G090G2, G090G4, G090G5, G090G6, G090G7, G090KB, G090KC, G090KE, G090KF, G090LK, G090LL
Short name
PW3
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Voyage (2014)
Generation
7th
Serial number prefix
B013, 9013, B054, 9054, B053, 9053, B02A, B052, 9052
Short name
KV
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Basic 1 (2014)
Generation
7th
Serial number prefix
B0C6, 90C6, B0DD, 90DD
Short name
KT2, BASIC
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Paperwhite 2 (2013)
Generation
6th
Serial number prefix
B0D4, 90D4, B05A, 905A, B0D5, 90D5, B0D6, 90D6, B0D7, 90D7, B0D8, 90D8, B0F2, 90F2, B017, 9017, B060, 9060, B062, 9062, B05F, 905F, B061, 9061
Short name
PW2
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Paperwhite 1 (2012)
Generation
5th
Serial number prefix
B024, B01B, B020, B01C, B01D, B01F
Short name
PW
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle 5 (2012)
Generation
5th
Serial number prefix
B012
Short name
K5
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle Touch (2012)
Generation
4th
Serial number prefix
B00F, B011, B010
Short name
KT
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle 4 (2011)
Generation
4th
Serial number prefix
B00E, B023, 9023
Short name
K4, K4S, K4B
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle 3 (2010)
Generation
3rd
Serial number prefix
B008, B006, B00A
Short name
K3
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle DX (2010)
Generation
2nd
Serial number prefix
B004, B005, B009
Short name
DX, DXI, DXG
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle 2 (2009)
Generation
2nd
Serial number prefix
B002, B003
Short name
K2, K2I
Kindle model (Release year)
Kindle (2007)
Generation
1st
Serial number prefix
B001, B101
Short name
K1

Use your Kindle’s physical appearance

Finally, we can help you identify your Kindle based on its appearance. We only recommend this if you are unable to get your serial number. Most Kindles also have a model number printed on the back of the device. If yours hasn’t rubbed off, you can Google your model number to find out your exact model and generation.

If that fails you, the section below shows you how to identify your Kindle based on its physical appearance. It’s the least efficient way, but it still works.


11th Generation

Kindle Paperwhite 5
The Kindle Paperwhite 5 (11th generation)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5 – The Kindle Paperwhite 5 has the black Amazon swoosh on the back and “kindle” in white letters on the front. It’s physically similar to the Paperwhite 4. The biggest difference is its ability to emit warm light from the screen. Thus, if yours has a setting to emit warm light, it’s a Paperwhite 5. Otherwise, it’s a Paperwhite 4.

10th Generation

  • Kindle Basic 3 The back has the Amazon arrow logo without the word “Amazon.” It is otherwise physically identical to the Basic 2 aside from size.
  • Kindle Paperwhite 4 — The Paperwhite 4 looks physically identical to the Paperwhite 3, except the “Kindle” text on the front is white instead of black.
  • Kindle Oasis 3 — The Oasis 3 is physically identical to the Oasis 2. The only differentiation, as far as we know, is the Oasis 3 can emit warm light from the screen instead of the usual backlight color of the Oasis 2. If your settings have a warm light option, it’s an Oasis 3. Otherwise, it’s an Oasis 2.

9th Generation 

Kindle Oasis 2
Kindle Oasis 2
  • Kindle Oasis 2 — The Oasis 2 is much larger than most other models at 7-inches with a two-button handle on the right side. The handle is thicker than the rest of the device. The back has an Amazon arrow logo with “Amazon” text written vertically rather than horizontally.

8th Generation

  • Kindle Basic 2 — The back features rounded edges, which are different than the sloped edges of the Basic 1. The front otherwise looks identical to other Basic models.
  • Kindle Oasis — The original Oasis looks the same as the other models. However, the original Oasis was much smaller than the other two, which is its only defining difference.

7th Generation

  • Kindle Paperwhite 3 — The Paperwhite 3 is the only Paperwhite with black “Kindle” text on the front. It looks strikingly similar to Basic 1. However, if you look closely, you’ll notice the Paperwhite 3 has a taller screen than the Basic 1.
  • Kindle Voyage — The Voyage has a front design unique to all others with thin, vertical lines on the side along with left and right soft-touch buttons for easy page-turning.
  • Kindle Basic 1 — The first Basic is very similar to the other three Basic devices. However, on the back, the edges are sloped rather than rounded; to our knowledge, it is the only e-reader in the bunch with those sloped designs.

6th Generation

Kindle Paperwhite 2
Kindle Paperwhite 2
  • Kindle Paperwhite 2 — The second-generation Paperwhite is the only Paperwhite with a glossy black Amazon logo on the back. All future generations have engraved logos that are the same material as the rest of the device. The front looks the same as basically all other Paperwhites.

5th Generation

  • Kindle 5 — The fifth-gen is physically identical to the fourth generation, except this one comes in black instead of silver. They are otherwise so close together that Amazon lists them together on its list of all devices.
  • Kindle Paperwhite 1 — The first Paperwhite looks the same as future generations. However, the first one is the only one with the word “Kindle” on the back and the front. All future generations use the Amazon logo.

4th Generation

  • Kindle Touch — The Touch is easy enough to identify. It’s the only one with the physical, four-line home button on the front of the device.
  • Kindle 4 — The fourth-gen e-reader has the characteristic square button on the front with two circular buttons on the left and right sides. However, this one only came in silver, and the fifth-generation model only came in black.

3rd Generation

Kindle 3
Kindle 3
  • Kindle 3 — This third-gen product is the last one that came with a full keyboard. It has four rows of buttons along with two-page turn buttons on the right side. This model also introduced the square button that would be prevalent in the fourth and fifth-generation models later on.

2nd Generation

  • Kindle 2 — The Kindle 2 has a totally unique look. It had a five-row keyboard with two buttons on the left side as well as five buttons on the right side. It is the only Amazon e-reader with that configuration.
  • Kindle DX — The DX has a larger screen than most early devices. However, its four-row keyboard is much smaller, and, as a result, the screen-to-body ratio is much larger than most, making it easy to identify.

1st Generation

Kindle 1 2007
The first Kindle.
  • Kindle 1 — The first one is easily identifiable by its keyboard. It’s the only one with a keyboard split down the middle and separated for easier two-hand typing. Additionally, each key has a weird bend that is vastly different from all other models.