Having charging problems? It could be time for a new battery. Use this guide to replace the battery in your Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation.

  1. Using a spudger or plastic opening tool, gently pry the bezel from the screen. It is easier to start in the corners and work your way around the bezel.
    • Using a spudger or plastic opening tool, gently pry the bezel from the screen. It is easier to start in the corners and work your way around the bezel.

    • Do not insert the spudger too far under the bezel; it could easily damage the screen.

    I found it easier to start this step off with one of the Opening Picks found in the iOpener pack.

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  2. Remove the eleven 3.0 mm Phillips screws surrounding the midframe.
    • Remove the eleven 3.0 mm Phillips screws surrounding the midframe.

    • At the top of the display, a strip of black tape covers one screw.

    On 3G version you will not have the top middle screw.

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    • Lift the midframe out of the case.

    • If the midframe is stuck, slide it to the left first, and then lift it out.

    There are clips in the bottom of the case helping hold the midframe in. Lift the top of the midframe up enough to clear the black back piece and then slide up and out.

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    • Turn over the midframe to locate the battery.

    • Remove the three Phillips 3.0 mm screws securing the battery to the midframe.

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    • Gently lift the battery from the bottom, and slide it out of the midframe.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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You may not need a new battery. I had the issue of the paperwhite re-indexing ALL of my content and getting snagged on a corrupted book toward the end of the process. This looks for all the world like the battery is dying.

Backup your kindle devices folder to a computer.

Delete everything but the book you are reading.

Delete the hidden indexes in the system folder.

Restart the kindle.

Now it should charge to 100% - and last weeks instead of hours.

(search for kindle paperwhite indexing battery re-indexing)

cimac tiga - Reply

If you have a corrupted book how do you tell which one it is?

Bonnie Ferguson -

The spudger was no help what so ever as it was too thick to get between the edge. I finally had to use a exacto knife. And the #2 screwdriver they recommended was laughably large! I ended up using a screwdriver I got with a kit to tighten your glasses. On the battery (which iFixit doesn't sell but recommended from another seller) the last two digits were different (03 rather than 05) and it didn't work. I don't know if that's why, or if something else is wrong. The only thing that was useful was the video - at least I knew what to do and the order to do it. Too bad none of it worked. Guess I'm getting a new Paperwhite Kindle!

pjparke - Reply

The battery on my Kindle Paperwhite 1st Gen died earlier this month. I ordered a replacement battery online, opened my Paperwhite using the instructions on this page, replaced the battery and yeehaa, it works again. Thank you!!!!

Paul Magis - Reply

My Kindle Paperwhite (first generation) only has 10 screws rather than 11 as described, i.e. the one in the top middle is missing from the description. So before digging for that extra screw you might want to check whether the midframe lifts out of the case already with the 10 easily accessible screws removed.

I had some trouble first with prying off the bezel using different spudger tools. The Jimmy finally did the trick for me, since it is thin enough to get into the edge around the screen and also flexible enough to cut into the adhesive.

markus - Reply

After removing all the screws I tried to remove the mid frame. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to prise it away. In the end it came free but broke the switch at the base. There are parts at the base of the mid frame which overlap with the cover and make the job tricky. I would suggest prising it off from the top first. My kindle is now permanently switched on, so I'll be investing in a brand new one!

chrissmithj - Reply

I was very careful and replaced the battery. When plugging in to charge the golden light blinks then is steady or goes off. After a few hours checked and the screen is just white. Cant view menu or and data. Please help!

grcapugh - Reply

when buy battery kindle paperwhaite?

nayaachm - Reply

Great instructions worked. Just a warning to others, it took my kindle a long time to charge up enough to tell me that it was charging after the battery replacement. I was a little worried but a little waiting goes a long way.

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