Kindle Skipping Pages? 5 Steps To Read Normally Again

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Is your Kindle getting so excited that it keeps skipping ahead in your favorite book?

Welcome to the club! Every day, many of the device’s owners find themselves in the same annoying situation, without the faintest clue as to why it’s happening.

Trying to know your favorite character’s fate, only to have the excitement taken away by an accidental spoiler is no fun, and you’re probably regretting having bought your device.

But don’t worry, I’m here to give you all the answers you need. Below, you’ll find a list including 5 easy steps you can follow to solve this problem for good.

When your Kindle is skipping pages, you can try restarting it, checking for updates, or deleting any problematic content. If that fails, you can also try removing any protective screens you have in place, or factory resetting the device as a last resort.

Keep reading to stop the spoilers!

#1 Restart Your Kindle

Let’s start off by trying one of the simplest, yet most effective fixes out there.

I know that suggesting a mere restart might not sound like an effective solution, but trust me, it can solve 99% of Tech issues out there.

How so? Great question.

In order to work as expected, apps and devices require thousands of background processes to be running at the same time, all the time. More often than not, this happens normally, and there’s nothing more to it. But occasionally, a bug or a corrupted file can make said processes crash.

If your Kindle keeps skipping pages, there’s a good chance that a process in charge of page navigation is failing, and restarting the device might help get everything back to normal.

Solution: Restarting your device is very easy and quick. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Press and hold the power button and wait for either a blank screen or a dialog box.
  2. Keep pressing the button for about a minute and then let go. Wait a little longer and you should see your Kindle reboot.
  3. Once the process is complete, try reading your favorite book and see if it keeps skipping.

Provided it does, don’t worry! There’s still a lot of ground left to cover.

#2 Update Your Kindle

Next, let’s make sure that you’re using the latest available version of your device’s operating system. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with your current situation, and the answer might surprise you.

Operating system updates come packed with new and improved features, as well as patches for bugs and optimized settings. Moreover, e-books and apps are constantly updated to work hand in hand with the latest device software releases, so using an older version with newly released app and content versions can be troublesome.

In fact, this could explain why your Kindle keeps skipping pages, or why it’s always restarting.

An Amazon Kindle being updated
Try installing software updates as soon as they’re released

Now, in most cases, you shouldn’t have to worry about this, as the automatic updating feature on your device takes care of this in the background. However, now and then a bug, a corrupted file, or a weak network during update downloading can get in the way.

Solution: If you suspect something went wrong with the automatic updating process, try taking care of things manually by following the simple steps below:

  1. Go to the Home Screen, and tap on the “Menu” icon.
  2. Tap on “Settings”.
  3. Tap on the “Menu” icon again, and then select “Update Your Kindle”.
  4. Select “OK” to confirm the update.
  5. You’ll see a message saying “Your Kindle Is Updating”.

#3 Delete Suspicious Files

Moving on, let’s analyze the problem a little closer to pinpoint its source.

If your Kindle keeps skipping pages of a specific material, while working normally with others, chances are something’s wrong with the file in question. I know this might sound hard to believe, especially if it’s an official Amazon product. But even the best companies can’t prevent occasional coding issues in their releases.

A pencil deleting binary code
Deleting faulty files can solve a lot of problems

Provided this issue is restricted to a certain e-book, you’ll want to remove the material from your device and try redownloading it afterwards. This typically patches up any bugs and gets everything back to normal.

Solution: There are many ways to manage your Kindle’s installed content. This (in my opinion) is the fastest and easiest one:

  1. Go to Amazon’s Kindle file management page (this is the easiest way to go about it).
  2. If asked for your credentials, type them in to log in.
  3. Find the book that’s skipping pages, and check the box next to its title.
  4. Once selected, click on the yellow “Delete” button located at the top of the list.
  5. If you’re asked for confirmation, proceed to accept and wait while the content is deleted.
  6. Once the process is completed, go ahead and reinstall the material by following the same steps you did when you first purchased it.

Do some testing and see whether you’re still experiencing difficulties. If not, you’re good to go. This process can also help when your Kindle is not opening a certain book, as the source of the issue is likely very similar to this one.

#4 Remove Protective Screens

This one might sound strange and will surely raise a couple of eyebrows. But what if I told you that the tempered glass protective screen you bought for your device is what’s causing this?

Believe it or not, using a low-quality product or failing to clean the device’s actual screen before sticking the protective one could explain why your Kindle keeps skipping pages. This mainly happens due to improper protective screen design or poor contact between the device and the add-on protector.

An Amazon Kindle with half its screen cracked
The cleaner your screen, the better protectors will work

Any of these scenarios can be problematic, since, as you know, Kindle screens are very responsive and sensitive to even the lightest touch.

Solution: Fixing this for free will require steady hands and a delicate touch, so if that doesn’t sound like you, please try getting someone to help you:

  1. Carefully start lifting the protective tempered glass screen off of the device, making sure not to break it in the process.
  2. Slowly but surely, the screen should start peeling off. Continue doing this until you’ve fully removed it.
  3. With a damp cloth, wipe off any dust, fabric, or other debris from your Kindle’s screen, and then use another cloth (dry and clean), to remove excess humidity.
  4. Place the protective screen back onto your device and test.

Not all protective screens are built equally, so if yours breaks while removing it or won’t stick back on, you’ll have to go online and buy another one. Hopefully, by clearing any debris interfering with contact between your device and the accessory, you’ll be able to solve this issue permanently.

Note: I strongly recommend wearing gloves while removing the screen protector, as it can cut you if it breaks.

#5 Factory Reset Your Kindle

Lastly, let’s try something a little more permanent.

If nothing has worked so far, there’s a good chance that a deep-rooted corrupted file or a bug is what’s behind your Kindle skipping pages situation. Most of the time, this could be fixed with a simple restart, but since we already tried that, and it didn’t seem to work, we’ll have to move on to this next method.

As its name suggests, factory resetting your Kindle will revert it to brand-new condition in terms of settings, user preferences, storage, and more. This means that all your e-books, files, and apps will be gone once you’re finished with this process, so use it only as a last resort.

Now, don’t worry. Having them gone from your Kindle doesn’t mean losing them forever. All your information is backed up in Amazon’s cloud storage, so you can redownload anything you want afterwards.

Still, it can be very inconvenient to spend hours getting your device back to how it was, so tread lightly.

Solution: Factory resetting your Kindle device is very easy, you just have to follow these steps:

  1. On the Home Screen, swipe down to open the “Quick Actions” menu.
  2. Select “Settings”.
  3. Find “Device Options”, and tap on it.
  4. Select “Reset”. If your device is an older model, you’ll be asked to confirm, in which case, please select “Reset Device” one more time.
  5. If you’re asked to confirm again, tap on “Yes”.
  6. Wait for the process to be completed. Once your device has restarted you can begin re-downloading your apps, files, and e-books.


That about sums it up.

Having your Kindle keep skipping pages can be very annoying, especially when you’re invested in knowing what happens to your favorite characters.

I hope this piece has helped you better understand that, in many cases, addressing the most common causes behind this is quick and easy. More often than not, making sure that the device is fully updated, and double-checking for any debris below your protective screen, should get things back to normal.

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