How to Tell Kindle Paperwhite Generations Apart


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Now that Amazon has released the third generation Kindle Paperwhite, it’s going to make things even more confusing for people that are trying to tell the different generations apart.

This is especially important and often comes into play on the secondary market when buying and selling Kindle Paperwhites used, or if you’re buying one in a retail store or on sale it’s often unclear which version is being sold.

Technically there are four different variations of Kindle Paperwhites. There are two versions of the second-gen Paperwhite, one with 2GB of onboard storage space and one with 4GB. The way to tell is to go to Settings > Menu > Device Info to view available space.

The software is essentially the exact same on all three generations of Paperwhites, so you aren’t going to be able to determine anything from a software standpoint.

Since all three generations of Kindle Paperwhites basically look the exact same, here’s how to tell them apart:

1. The Kindle Paperwhite 1 has a big “Kindle” logo on the back.

2. Both the Paperwhite 2 and 3 say “Amazon” on the back instead of Kindle.

3. The 2nd gen Paperwhite has a light “Kindle” logo on the front below the screen and a dark “Amazon” logo on the back.

4. The “Kindle” logo on the front of the 3rd gen Paperwhite is blacked out and blends in with the bezel, and the “Amazon” logo on the back is indented with no added black color like on the 2nd gen model.

23 Responses to “How to Tell Kindle Paperwhite Generations Apart”

  1. Except that if you try to find the latest firmware, Amazon call them 5th, 6th and 7th generation!

  2. AWESOME!!! Thank you so much

  3. my paperwhite has a light Kindle on front, dark big Kindle on back and light amazon on back.

    • Sounds like it’s the Paperwhite 2, the 6th gen.

    • If it says kindle on the back it is first generation. Second and third generations only say amazon on the back. Re-read step one, and then ignore all other instructions because you already have your answer.

  4. Which one is this?

  5. First straightforward answer I got to this question. Thanks.

  6. Will the leather cover for the 1st generation paperwhite fit the newest paperwhite?

  7. Dear Kindle,

    My Kindle paper white is 1st generation and what generation of Kindles is it? Does the latest paperwhite come with WiFi and 3G?

    thank you, Frann

  8. The white 7th generation paper whites (version 3) have a light “kindle” on the front below the screen.

  9. Do all Kindles use the same power charger? I’ve lost mine and need to purchase a new one. I don’t want to get the wrong one.

    • They’re all basically the same. If you have one laying around from a phone or tablet you could use it too. I never use an official Kindle charger.

  10. Are they with the exactly same size? Thanks!

  11. I believe I have Generation 4 Amazonkindle is white on front above screen
    amazonkindle is same color as the case and 1s pressed in.
    It does not have a light in the system.
    I love my paperwhite but it is acting up…

    what generation is this?
    and can I use any upgrades?
    And how do I make the reader stay on the last page I read?
    It use to stay on last page I read.

    Why does my battery not last?
    is there a cover I can by with a light and a battery boster

  12. Jacquelyn Williams Reply March 14, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Please send me an e mail telling me a simple way to go directly to the table of contents. Is there an icon for that? I have a paperwhite 7th generation.

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