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Kindle Not Turning On After Charging (How to Fix)

It happens sometimes. You charge your Kindle, looking forward to another round of uninterrupted reading, but suddenly, you can’t turn it back on. Is it time to panic? Not yet! At least not until you’ve tried these simple quick fix steps.

When your Kindle freezes on you, try holding down the power button for at least 20 seconds. Turn the power back on, and see if it works. If not, try again for a longer 30 seconds. If it still doesn’t work, you can try doing a hard reset.

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These emergency fixes have been known to be effective in starting your Kindle back to life. So don’t be too quick to hurry to the repair shop or spend more money getting a new one. If you do these steps right, you can save yourself the cost—and stress—of losing your Kindle.

4 Reasons Why Kindle Not Turning On Even When Plugged In

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There are a few possible reasons why your Kindle isn’t turning on even though it’s plugged in. Avoid the guesswork and know what could be the problem, so you can work to resolve it faster.

A Kindle that’s not turning on even when plugged in can indicate battery or charging issues, as well as actual hardware or software issues. Make sure that your battery is not at a critical level or that your charging cable is not defective.

Here are four possible causes why your Kindle won’t turn on despite your best efforts of getting charged. 

Critical Battery Level

When your battery level is critically low, it’s possible that it won’t turn on even if it’s plugged for charging. Sometimes, it’s going to require a bit more waiting time to get it warmed up and running. 

It’s also very possible that your battery is old and completely drained, in which case, it will have to be replaced. No amount of charging can bring your device back to life when the battery is dead cold.

Defective Charger or Outlet

Sometimes, it’s not the device that’s the problem. If you’ve been trying to charge your Kindle for a while, but it remains drained, check the charger if it’s defective. It could be that the plug itself has sustained some damage, or the cable has some wear and tear, preventing it from working.

Also check the power outlet where you’re trying to charge from. It’s possible that an outlet is off, that’s why your device isn’t charging at all.

Internal Hardware Issues

What if the battery is charging, but it still won’t turn on? It’s possible that your device could be detecting some interal hardware issues. In most cases, a soft reboot should do the trick. 

Corrupted Files

Corrupted files can prevent your Kindle from turning on. You might need to connect your Kindle to your laptop to access the device’s main HD. This should let you delete these corrupted files to get your Kindle started again. 

How to Fix Kindle Not Turning On Even When Plugged In

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Fixing your Kindle requires knowing what the problem is. Once you’ve identified the issue, you can take a more direct approach in resolving it at the soonest time possible.

The solution to your Kindle not powering on even when plugged in would depend on what’s causing it. It it’s battery problems, it could be as simple as making sure it charges right. If it’s a hardware device, it might require a soft reset.

Critical Battery Level

The dreaded exclamation mark is enough to send any Kindle owner in a bout of mild panic. However, it doesn’t have to mean that it’s beyond repair.

Sometimes, you need to leave your device alone first while charging in order to get the juice that it needs. Especially if the battery is fully drained, it will take a bit of a while to get it warmed up, so to speak. Also, keep in mind that older batteries tend to charge slower, so just be patient. 

In case your battery is absolutely drained, you should place an order for a replacement as soon as possible, so you can get back to enjoying your Kindle.

Defective Charger or Outlet

The other thing you need to check is the charger. Make sure that the charger is not defective, and that the cable is not damaged. If it’s a charge problem, then the obvious solution is to get another charger or simply replace the cable.

The power outlet could also be the reason why your Kindle is not charging, and so is not turning on. To test if this is indeed the case, try plugging in any other device. If they work fine charging in that outlet, then you can cross that out from the list of possible issues. 

However, if the outlet is apparently dead, you can simply try and move your charger to another outlet to get the power you need.

Also, take note that charging your Kindle in a computer’s USB port might not be the best outlet for you to use. It could make the charge go slower, or not at all. 

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Internal Hardware Issues

If you’re certain that it’s not a battery or charging issue, you can move onto the next possible reason, which is an internal hardware issue. A simple fix for this is to do a soft reset.

Performing this fix is a great way to get your Kindle working again, without really affecting any data or files on your device. 

A soft reset simply entails pressing and holding the Power button for 30 seconds. If you don’t get a response, you can try again for 40 seconds. What you want to happen is see the indicator light turn on. Once you see it blink to life, wait a while for the Kindle to reboot.

Corrupted Files

You won’t really know if your Kindle has any corrupted files until you check it out. To do this, connect your Kindle to your laptop so you can access the Kindle’s hard drive from there. 

Delete any corrupted files you have. You can simply drag the files to your laptop’s trash bin to get it out of your device. In case you still find it in there, try emptying your laptop’s trash bin for good measure. Usually, this should take care of this problem.

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Of course, it goes without saying that you should take care and make sure you’re dragging the right file to the trash bin. 

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