How to Remove Ads from Kindle e-Reader

When ads or "Special Offers" appear on your Kindle's screen, you opt for the "Ad-Supported discount" during purchase to save money. While it may have seemed like a great idea at the time, you're now frustrated with the ads. The good news is that you can undo this decision, but unfortunately, it will have a cost. In this post, we will go through the steps you can take to remove ads from Kindle.


What is a Kindle e-Reader?

A Kindle e-reader is an electronic device for reading e-books, magazines, newspapers, and other digital content. It was developed and sold by Amazon and is known for its e-ink display technology that provides a reading experience similar to reading a physical book. The Kindle allows users to download and store many books on a single device, making it a popular choice for avid readers who prefer the convenience of carrying multiple books with them at all times. The Kindle is available in various models with different features, including built-in lighting, touchscreens, and waterproof designs.

Why Does Your Kindle Have Ads?

Have you wondered why your Kindle has ads or "Special Offers"? When purchasing your Kindle, Amazon provides a lower price for the device if you opt for Ad Support or Special Offers. According to Amazon, if your Kindle has Special Offers, you'll receive Sponsored Screensavers and personalized advertising directly from Amazon on your device. If you decide to keep the Ad-Supported option, the default setting when purchasing a Kindle Paperwhite, the cost will be $79.99. However, if you prefer a Kindle without ads, the price will increase to $99.99.

How to Turn Off Ads on Kindle Yourself?

If you want to endeavor to remove ads from Kindle on your own, then there are three methods that you can follow. Below are the details of both of these ways.

Doing it Yourself

Getting rid of ads and Special Offers from your Kindle can be a simple process, but Amazon will require payment for the service. To remove the ads or "Unsubscribe from Special Offers," follow these steps:

  • Sign in to your Amazon account and navigate to Your Account > Content and Devices > Devices.
  • Select the specific Kindle device from which you want to remove the ads.
  • Look for the "Special Offers" line, which will say "Active" if you have Special Offers.
  • Click the "Remove offers" button and follow the prompts. Amazon will alert you that there will be an additional cost, which will be charged via your 1-Click Payment settings.

We understand that money is a concern, so it's completely understandable if you decide not to pay to remove the ads.

Contacting Amazon for Help

You can contact Amazon's customer service and request the ads be removed from your device. Whether or not you give a reason for wanting the ads removed doesn't matter much to them, as they'll remove the ads with a simple click of a button. The entire process usually takes around 3 minutes. The best part is that they will usually remove the ads for free!

Here are the steps to follow:
  • Go to Amazon's Contact Us page on your computer or mobile device.
  • Select "Devices" and then "Kindle E-Reader".
  • Choose the issue you're having, such as "Advertising on Kindle E-Reader," and then select "Chat" or "Phone" as your preferred contact method.
  • Follow the prompts to speak with an Amazon customer service representative who can assist you in removing the ads.

Note: If you have a Kindle with Special Offers and purchased it with a discount, you may not be able to remove the ads without paying the difference between the discounted price and the full price of the device.

Edit File in the Root Directory

Removing ads from your Kindle by editing a file within the Kindle root directory is possible. Still, it's not a straightforward process and requires some technical knowledge of file structures and operating systems. Furthermore, there is a risk that you may accidentally edit or delete essential files, which could result in your Kindle becoming unusable.

In summary, it's best to only use this option if you have the necessary technical expertise.

Some Other Ways to Remove Ads from Kindle

There are scripts available on Github that claim to remove ads on the Paperwhite, but using them requires technical knowledge of file structures and operating systems. These scripts may not work reliably and could cause harm to your Kindle.

Another option is to reroute the domains that serve ads to a different website, such as your server or a cute picture of kittens. However, this method requires capturing advertising requests from your Kindle and setting up a DNS server on a Raspberry Pi, which may be challenging for those with networking experience.Alternatively, you could use a device like a Pi-hole to block ads at the router level. However, this may cause issues with your Kindle as it repeatedly tries to connect to the ad server, draining the battery quickly. It's critical to consider the potential risks and drawbacks before attempting these methods.

Lastly, you can always keep your Kindle on Airplane mode and disconnected from the internet. This would be another way to avoid ads, as they need an internet connection to the display.


These are the various methods you can follow to remove ads from Kindle. You can choose whichever method to turn off ads on Kindle appeals to you or seems the most viable. You can also try multiple methods if, for some reason, one method does not do the trick. We hope you found this post informative and helpful. Happy reading to all.

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