Setting Up Wi-Fi on Your Kindle

I posted this about a year ago…I thought I would wait until the day after Christmas in case some of you are frustrated. If you already know this one, I’ll be back soon with a new tip or free book offer!

Sometimes, I am surprised at what questions pop up on the Amazon Kindle discussion boards, but I take a step back and realize there are a lot of new Kindle owners out there who haven’t owned a Kindle (or may not be as up on technology) as long as some of the other Kindle owners have.

Let’s suppose for example you have, or are considering purchasing, a new Kindle that is WiFi only. Being WiFi only means (a) you are not able to connect to the Internet or Amazon’s Whispernet services via the cellular network, and (b) you must have an active WiFi connection in order to access the Whispernet service. Sure, you can still download books to your Kindle via the USB cord, but you will need some type of over-the-air connection if you choose not to go the USB route.

If you don’t have a wireless system in your home and want one, it is fairly easy to do (if I can figure it out, anyone can). However, that is not the purpose of this post – if you don’t know how to do it I would recommend going to a Best Buy or similar store as they can help you out quickly.

If you have a wireless system setup in your home, or have access to one at work, Starbucks, etc. you can quickly setup your wireless connection to your WiFi Kindle; you can do the same if you have the new Kindle that has both wireless and WiFi – you will just need to establish the connection. Here is how you do it:

  • Press the “Home” key.
  • Press the “Menu” key.
  • Scroll down and select the “settings” option.
  • Scroll down to the “Wi-Fi Settings” option, which on my Kindle si the third option, just below “Device Name.”
  • You will see a list of available WiFi networks. If you don’t, select the “rescan” option.
  • If you see the one you want – select the “connect” option.
  • If it asks you for a password – if so, enter it at that time. If, for example, you are at a Starbucks or other business that offers free Internet access and it still asks you for a password, ask one of the employees: I’m sure they will be happy to tell you (although you may have to purchase a cup of coffee or something).

Hope that helps!


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2 responses to “Setting Up Wi-Fi on Your Kindle

  1. Maria

    Your blog’s links to free books do not WORK in 3G on the Kindle Touch. If you want people to pay for the blog, why don’t you find another solution?

    • Michael Gallagher


      Without being physically in front of your Kindle Touch, I can only speculate as to the problem you are seeing. I will tell you, the links work on my Touch and other devices, albeit sometimes slowly.



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