With multiple generations and models of the Kindle, it can be hard to remember exactly which Kindle device you have, especially if you’ve owned it for a long time. Knowing which Kindle you have can help with buying accessories, troubleshooting, or even selling the device!

There are two main ways to determine which model and generation you have: checking the serial number and noting the physical appearance. 

Checking the serial number

You can use the Settings menu to find out your Kindle’s serial number.

  1. Go to your Kindle device’s Setting menu.
  2. Select Device Info.
  3. A pop-up box should appear that has your device’s Serial Number on it. 

Note the first four to six characters of the serial number and reference it with the chart below to determine the Kindle device you have.

Release YearDeviceSerial Number Prefix
2019Kindle Oasis 3 (10th generation)G0011L, G000WQ, G000WM, G000WL
2019Kindle Basic 3 (10th generation)G0910L, G0910WH
2019Kindle Paperwhite 4 (10th generation)G000PP, G000T6, G000T1, G000T2, G00102, G000T3
2017Kindle Oasis 2 (9th generation)G000P8, G000S1, G000SA, G000S2
2016Kindle Basic 2 (8th generation)G000K9, G000KA
2016Kindle Oasis (8th generation)G0B0GC, G0B0GD, G0B0GR, G0B0GU, G0B0GT
2015Kindle Paperwhite 3 (7th generation)G090G2, G090G4, G090G5, G090G6, G090G7, G090KB, G090KC, G090KE, G090KF, G090LK, G090LL
2014Kindle Voyage (7th generation)B013, 9013, B054, 9054, B053, 9053, B02A, B052, 9052
2014Kindle Basic 1 (7th generation)B0C6, 90C6, B0DD, 90DD
2013Kindle Paperwhite 2 (6th generation)B0D4, 90D4, B05A, 905A, B0D5, 90D5, B0D6, 90D6, B0D7, 90D7, B0D8, 90D8, B0F2, 90F2, B017, 9017, B060, 9060, B062, 9062, B05F, 905F, B061, 9061
2012Kindle Paperwhite 1 (5th generation)B024, B01B, B020, B01C, B01D, B01F
2012Kindle 5 (5th generation)B012
2012Kindle Touch (4th generation)B00F, B011, B010
2011Kindle 4 (4th generation)B00E, B023, 9023
2010Kindle 3 (3rd generation)B008, B006, B00A
2010Kindle DX (2nd generation)B004, B005, B009
2009Kindle 2 (2nd generation)B002, B003
2007Kindle (1st generation)B001, B101

Noting the appearance and features of your Kindle

Another way to tell what Kindle device you have is from its physical appearance. 

In some cases, the models are nearly identical and hard to tell apart, which is why the serial number method is the most reliable way to determine which device you have. However, if for some reason you cannot obtain the serial number, then using the different physical features of the device is a good alternative. 

If it has a keyboard…

It is one of the earlier generations of Kindles. The following features differentiate them:

  • The Kindle (1st generation) has a keyboard that is split in the middle, with the keys positioned at an angle.
  • The Kindle 2 (2nd generation) has a five-row keyboard with no square 5-way controller.
  • The Kindle DX (2nd generation) has a four-row keyboard with no square 5-way controller.
  • The Kindle 3 (3rd generation) has a four-row keyboard and a square 5-way controller.

If it has a 4-line home button…

It is a Kindle Touch (4th generation).

If it has a square 5-way controller (but no keyboard)…

The two models with this design are essentially identical. They just come in different colors.

  • The Kindle 4 (4th generation) is “Graphite.”
  • The Kindle 5 (5th generation) is “Black.”

If it has a brighter, crisper display…

There’s a good chance it’s a Kindle Paperwhite. While these look quite similar to other Kindles, they are branded separately because of their brighter screen.

  • The Kindle Paperwhite 1 (5th generation) has “Kindle” on the front and back.
  • The Kindle Paperwhite 2 (6th generation) is the only Paperwhite where the Amazon logo on the back is a glossy black color. Future generations have it engraved.
  • The Kindle Paperwhite 3 (7th generation) is the only Paperwhite that has “Kindle” in black on the front.
  • The Kindle Paperwhite 4 (10th generation) has “Kindle” in white on the front.

If the right side of the bezel is thicker, with Physical Page Turn buttons…

It is a Kindle Oasis, which has a very distinct look. There are only minor differences between the generations.

  • The Kindle Oasis (8th generation) is smaller than the future Oasis generations.
  • The Kindle Oasis 2 (9th generation) has the “Amazon” logo written vertically.
  • The Kindle Oasis 3 (10th generation) can emit warm light.

If it has short, thin vertical lines down each side of the bezel…

It is a Kindle Voyage (7th generation).

If it has none of the above…

It is a Kindle Basic. There are very few differences between the generations, so you mostly have to look at the back to tell them apart. 

  • The Kindle Basic 1 (7th generation) is the only one where the corner edges slope down on the back.
  • The Kindle Basic 2 (8th generation) has edges that are rounded, not sloped.
  • The Kindle Basic 3 (10th generation) only has the Amazon arrow logo on the back (i.e. it does not have the word “Amazon” on the back).

With over ten years worth of Kindle releases, there are quite a few different models and generations. Luckily, you can easily find out which device you have by checking the serial number or by noting its physical features! 

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