How to Connect a Kindle Paperwhite to the Internet

E-readers have been growing in popularity over the past few years. If you have ever used one, you will have realized what a marvel an e-reader can be. Their e-ink displays mean they don’t suffer from glare, even in direct sunlight. Some people put screen protectors on them, but that’s not necessary. If you do that, you will only be introducing glare on the otherwise perfect screen. The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most popular e-readers in the world. In this short article, we show you how to connect it to the internet.

How to Connect Kindle Paperwhite to WiFi

To connect your Kindle Paperwhite to the internet, you need to take the following steps;

  1. Open Settings on your Paperwhite. This can be done by clicking on the top edge of the screen to bring down the menu options. You can then click on Settings.
  2. The Settings menu will expand. First, you need to click on the airplane mode icon to get your Paperwhite out of airplane mode.
  3. Next, click on All Settings.
  4. From there, click on Wireless.
  5. Next, click on WiFi networks.
  6. You will now see all available networks.
  7. Now you can connect your Kindle to your WiFi network.

Which model were we using?

There are many versions of the Kindle Paperwhite in use out there. In this tutorial, we were using the Kindle Paperwhite 3. That’s also referred to as the 7th generation Paperwhite. We know, it’s a bit convoluted, but that’s how it is.

But if you have a different model, the steps should still be more or less similar. You need to get into Settings. In there, disable Airplane mode. Next, go to Wireless and then connect to your WiFi network.

There are some models of the Kindle Paperwhite that have 3G. If you have one of these, then you should be able to get connected to the internet via your mobile SIM.

Why Connect the Kindle Paperwhite to the Internet?

So, why would you connect the Kindle Paperwhite to the internet. Well, you do it because you wish to get books. If you have bought your books from Amazon, you need an internet connection to sync them to your device.

That makes it necessary to connect the Kindle Paperwhite to the internet. You can also get books on the device by other means, including via USB. But that’s for books that you have sourced elsewhere and have turned to the Mobi format.

Many have previously asked whether or not they will be punished for putting pirated books on the Kindle. Hopefully, the provided article gives you an answer.


That’s how to connect the Kindle paperwhite to the internet. Hopefully, this information will be useful to you. After getting the Paperwhite, you will be floundering a bit.

There have been people out there asking what to do with the Kindle Paperwhite. Perhaps these people will have received the device as gifts.

Once you have connected to the internet, you can begin enjoying the many books that are available on Amazon. Anyway, if you have comments, leave them below.

Are you in South Africa? Here is a great article on the best ereaders available in South Africa.

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