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Kindle Charging But Not Working (How To Fix)

Kindles are nifty devices that essentially give you the ability to take an entire library with you no matter where you go. Like all other pieces of technology, issues can arise with the Kindle that leave you stressed and wanting to throw the device out the window. One such common complaint is that the Kindle is charging but not working (how to fix). 

A Kindle that is charging but not working is usually caused by a glitch or malfunction on the device. While this issue can be frustrating, a simple reset of the device will typically fix the problem. This will, however, require pressing and holding down the power button for about a minute.

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After about a minute, the charging indicator light will turn on for a few seconds and then turn off. The Kindle will then reboot and turn on. 

If the device is still not turning on after performing a reset, the issue could be due to the battery. It is not uncommon for the Kindle’s battery to malfunction or just wear out over time. Consider replacing the battery with a new one or reach out to the Kindle customer support for assistance with the device. If the Kindle is still under warranty, you might not even have to pay for the replacement battery.

Kindle Charging But Not Turning On

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You probably wonder what the sense is in charging the Kindle if it won’t turn on. After all, you need the device to turn on in order to use it. Even though this is a headache-inducing situation to be in, it is also one that can usually be fixed in a matter of minutes. 

A Kindle that is charging but not turning on can typically be fixed by performing a soft reset. This requires pressing and holding down the power button on the device for 40 seconds. Once the button is released, the charging light will turn on for a few seconds and the device will reboot.

Kindle Charging But Not Connecting To PC

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You may wonder how it’s possible that your Kindle can charge but cannot connect to your PC, especially if you are using your computer to charge the device. Like other pieces of electronics, the Kindle and your PC are full of intricate parts, and when one of these parts stops functioning properly, it can bring the entire device to a stand still. 

If the Kindle is charging but not connecting to your PC, the charge port enclosure may be blocked by debris, which can interfere with the pins creating a good connection. Each pin on the cable has different functions. Pins 1 and 5 are the power pins, while pins 2 and 3 are for data connection.

When dirt, lint, and other debris block even one of these pins, it can stop the Kindle from properly connecting with the PC while still allowing the Kindle to charge.

Use a flashlight to inspect the port, looking for debris that could be obstructing the pins. Any and all debris will need to be removed before the cable connects properly. Use a small vacuum cleaner to suck out the debris or a wooden toothpick. Never, however, use a metal pin or other metal object as this can cause electrical problems.

Kindle Charging But Not Connecting To Mac

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No one wants to deal with a Kindle that charges but won’t connect to a Mac computer. In fact, this situation can leave you wanting to pull your hair out. Thankfully, there are a few simple fixes you can try to correct the issue.

The most common reason why the Kindle is charging but not connecting to your Mac is the USB cable and port. Switch the USB cable for a different one and see if the Kindle will connect. This is usually the problem if you’re using a different cable than what came with your Kindle.

Another thing to try is simply plugging the Kindle charging cable into a different USB port on your Mac computer. If you’re still having issues, check to ensure that you have the Android File Transfer installed on your Mac. If not, install the program and then connect the Kindle to your computer via a USB cable. Run the Android File Transfer program to automatically connect the Kindle to the Mac.

Kindle Charged But Screen Blank

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It can be more than a little stressful when you have your Kindle charged but the screen is blank. In most cases, this is caused by the device being “stuck” in a low-battery state. Thankfully, performing a reset of the device usually takes care of the issue.

When the Kindle is charged but has a blank screen, the device may be stuck in the Kindle battery critical state. This will prevent the device from turning on properly. To correct this problem, perform a hard reset on the Kindle.

To perform a hard reset, first connect the Kindle to your computer via the USB port. The charging indicator, which is an orange light, will turn on. This shows that the Kindle is charging. Once the light turns on, press and hold down the Kindle power button for 40 seconds. Release the button. The Kindle screen should link once. Press the Kindle power button. The device should come out of the critical battery state.

If the device is still stuck on the blank screen, keep the Kindle connected to your computer for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes have passed, repeat the process above to force the device out of critical battery mode.

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When a blank screen is still showing on the Kindle even after performing a few resets, it’s time to contact Kindle customer support. The problem could be an internal one, which means there are no easy fixes you can do at home to correct the problem. Kindle technical support can further assist in troubleshooting with you and decide whether or not the issues requires sending the Kindle away for repair.

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