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5 Steps to Fix Your Kindle Keyboard if it Doesn’t Turn On

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This post is on how to fix your Kindle Keyboard if it doesn’t turn on. Yes, I know it’s the older model!  However, I LOVE this one and it’s going to break my heart if I have to replace it. But, first, I’m going to share a little bit about myself. My dad was an electronics man. By this, I mean, any piece of electronics that he could get his hands on back in the 70’s, he’d make sure to get access to, if he could afford it. Computers, CB Radios, TV’s, to name a few. Then? He’d proceed to take it apart to see how it worked. At the age of 10, my parents were divorced. It was 1982 and my stepdad had just bought our first VCR. Well, I wanted to see how it worked…

My grandmother, who lived with us at the time, was taking a nap. My mom came home to me sitting on the floor with the VCR taken apart in front of me. SHE FLIPPED! Ask/yelled at me “What the heck are you doing?????” (Not quite those words, but, family friendly blog and all that.) I told her I wanted to see how it worked! She demanded that I put it back together before my stepdad got home and stormed into the kitchen. I could hear her mumbling “Wanted to see how it worked… Just like her dang father!” I was mad that she took my fun away at that time! It took me about 20 years before I appreciated the fact that she knew that I could put it back together.

Needless to say, as I grew older, any time there were issues with electronics, my family would ask me to look at it first to see if I could fix it. Once I got into my 20’s, for some reason, I was more hesitant to work on them. I don’t know if it was just me being scared, or me not wanting to show that side of myself to my then husband.

Fast forward 15 to 20 years and I’m on an all out war on fixing broken electronics lol. Google and YouTube are my friends. In the past five years alone, I’ve fixed a broken door on my microwave and attempted to fix the heating element in my oven. I wasn’t successful with that and had to get a new stove, but, I attempted it! I’ve also replaced the keyboard on my laptop and found a back door entrance to another laptop when it crashed due to a virus and I lost EVERYTHING. Lenovo couldn’t help me, but, I figured I had nothing to lose and started playing around with it. I then sent them the instructions on how to fix it. Read that story here!

So, last night, I wanted to read, to wind down, before going to bed. My Kindle wouldn’t turn on!  NOOOOOO! Yes, I know, paperbacks are more reliable and they smell good. But, I love my Kindle because I love having that many books in my hand at once! Plus, it’s my way of minimizing space for smaller home living. Here are the steps to take when you can’t turn your Kindle on:

  • First step is obvious. Make sure the Kindle is charged. Mine still had the orange light instead of the green, but, it was on the charger for a couple of hours, so, I figured I’d read and put it back on the charger. Apparently my charging cord needs to be replaced.
  • Slide the power button and hold for 20 seconds. I did this and the green light would come on, but the sleep image stayed where it was. Ok…
  • Slide the power button and hold for 40 seconds. Same as the 20 seconds.
  • Slide and hold for one minute. Wait three minutes to see if it decides to wake its butt up. Still nothing.

Frustrated by this time. It was after 1 am and I wanted to go to bed! I figured, what the heck. Nothing to lose. I was out of my warranty, so, let’s do this! Here are the steps to fix your Kindle Keyboard if it doesn’t turn on.

Now, before I continue, here is a disclaimer… IF YOU ARE STILL UNDER YOUR WARRANTY, THE NEXT STEPS WILL VOID THE WARRANTY! So, proceed with caution.

  • Take a flat edge tool like this one, and slide it into the crevice on the back of the Kindle to lift up the casing. Do not dig in too deep because there are wires that you can disconnect.
  • Slide it around the casing gently, lifting up, until you get the backing off.
    Fix Your Kindle Keyboard if it Doesn't Turn On
  • Towards the bottom left side, there is a connector. You can see it in the image above. Apparently, this connector can work its way out and become unconnected.
    Fix Your Kindle Keyboard if it Doesn't Turn On Fix Your Kindle Keyboard if it Doesn't Turn On
  • Gently press that connector down until it’s reconnected.
    Fix Your Kindle Keyboard if it Doesn't Turn On Fix Your Kindle Keyboard if it Doesn't Turn On
  • While the casing is still off the back of your Kindle, slide the power button to turn it on. Be patient and wait up to a minute or two as it may take a little bit of time to get the juices flowing again with the connection.
  • If it’s working, go ahead and snap the back of the casing into place on your Kindle. If it’s still not working. I’m out of ideas! Maybe unscrew and replace the Kindle battery?

So, there you have it. One of the more uncommon ways to fix your Kindle Keyboard if it doesn’t turn on :). Have you had your Kindle Keyboard stop working for you? What steps did you take to fix it if you were able to? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!

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If you enjoy reading, you should check out my YA Paranormal book, Cavern Cove! Click the image to be taken to Amazon for your Kindle or it’s available in paperback too. It is also available at Barnes and Noble for your Nook and in Paperback! It’s also available on iBooks!


  1. Katie

    Thank god for this! I was at my rope’s end with my kindle and very upset because my kindle keyboard is very nostalgic to me and they dont make them anymore. This made it all better and I am so thankful!

  2. Stephanie Marina

    You are a genius! I feel the same way about my Kindle Keyboard and I wasn’t ready to give it up. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the great advice. 😊😊

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  4. Susanne

    Hi sorry this fix did not work. My husband believes the small switch to open Kindle is faulty on mine? The kindle charges OK but does not open as required.


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