How to Read a Kindle in the Dark Using the Backlight

by Steve Gregory

The Paperwhite version of the Amazon Kindle e-reader has a built-in light that allows you to read content in the dark. That means you don't have to turn on a light at night and disturb your significant other if you want to relax and read a good book on your Kindle. You can access the light feature via the device's toolbar.

1

Open the book you want to read on your Kindle.

2

Tap the top of the screen to open the "Reading" toolbar.

3

Tap the "Light bulb" icon to open the screen light scale.

4

Slide your finger up the scale from the "-" position to the "+" position to turn on the backlight and increase the screen brightness. Slide your finger down the scale to reduce the screen brightness.

5

Tap and hold the "+" button to enable the screen's maximum brightness.

6

Tap anywhere on the screen to remove the screen light scale and Reading toolbar.

Tip

  • The screen light automatically turns off when your Kindle Paperwhite enters sleep mode.

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to the Kindle Paperwhite. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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