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Old 11-27-2017, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hi,

I was browsing around and got no definitive answer if a newer Kindle (like Oasis 1/2, Kindle 8, ...) can be used without Amazon registration. I know it worked with older Kindles but I am not sure if it still works.

E.g. my Oasis 2 forced me to create and/or login to an Amazon account. Is it possible to unregister them and just use it as a normal 'non-connected e-reader'?
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Hi,

I was browsing around and got no definitive answer if a newer Kindle (like Oasis 1/2, Kindle 8, ...) can be used without Amazon registration. I know it worked with older Kindles but I am not sure if it still works.

E.g. my Oasis 2 forced me to create and/or login to an Amazon account. Is it possible to unregister them and just use it as a normal 'non-connected e-reader'?
Go to the dev forum. There is a thread there that might be useful to you.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:03 PM   #3
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I've registered all my Kindles with Amazon and after that put them permanently in airplane mode, so they never connect to Amazon. I side load everything through Calibre. If there is a firmware update I'm interested in, I'll download that and manually install.

My readers do stay registered to my Amazon account--but never communicate with Amazon.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:07 PM   #4
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I've registered all my Kindles with Amazon and after that put them permanently in airplane mode, so they never connect to Amazon. I side load everything through Calibre. If there is a firmware update I'm interested in, I'll download that and manually install.

My readers do stay registered to my Amazon account--but never communicate with Amazon.
That's one way to do it.

The problem is if you forget that one time it transfers every telemetry data it collected over the months at once.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:19 PM   #5
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Hi,

I was browsing around and got no definitive answer if a newer Kindle (like Oasis 1/2, Kindle 8, ...) can be used without Amazon registration. I know it worked with older Kindles but I am not sure if it still works.

E.g. my Oasis 2 forced me to create and/or login to an Amazon account. Is it possible to unregister them and just use it as a normal 'non-connected e-reader'?
I've always thought my Kindles came pre-registered, but "My Account" in settings shows UNREGISTERED. It had no signal when I turned it on out of the box and I put it in airplane mode after setup. I've put 5 books on it an have been using it normally.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:20 PM   #6
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I've registered all my Kindles with Amazon and after that put them permanently in airplane mode, so they never connect to Amazon. I side load everything through Calibre. If there is a firmware update I'm interested in, I'll download that and manually install.

My readers do stay registered to my Amazon account--but never communicate with Amazon.
Didn't they connect to Amazon when you registered them?
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:22 PM   #7
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That's one way to do it.

The problem is if you forget that one time it transfers every telemetry data it collected over the months at once.
Does the collected data survive a reboot?
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:28 PM   #8
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The problem is that many features are not available on an unregistered Kindle - eg one cannot use collections. Perhaps the OP can explain what problem he is trying to solve, and people may be able to suggest an appropriate solution.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:48 PM   #9
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Does the collected data survive a reboot?
I don't know but I assume it will. Amazon won't give up free user data so easily.
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I've used all my newer Kindles (PW3 and KT3) permanently offline only. Never once registered them with Amazon; sideloaded all my documents from other sources.

As opposed to the (outdated...) tip in the jailbreaking thread, I even skipped the "step 0" recommendation to once register them before doing the jailbreak. A few days ago I've learned in this forum how to apply a fake tegistration to jaibroken Kindles 7th generation and up. Now I even have the menu entry for managing collections. Though I never used it, as I'm mostly using Vlasovsoft's CoolReader for reading EPUB and MOBI files, and the Amazon standard softwarr just for PDFs and some old PRC files. Or I skip over to KOReader if I like. All are ways better than Amazon's standard (except with scanned PDFs, where the standard software is really good).

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