How to Read a Kindle in the Dark Using the Backlight

by Steve Gregory
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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.

Step 1

Open the book you want to read on your Kindle.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

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

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


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


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


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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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