How to Unlock a Kindle

by Matt Koble
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The Amazon Kindle line includes multiple e-reader devices and a tablet computer, called the Kindle Fire. When you put your Kindle to sleep or don't use it for an extended period, the device goes into Sleep mode. While in Sleep mode, the device is locked and you can't navigate the e-reader or tablet. All Kindle's use the power button to wake the devices from Sleep mode, but the power buttons aren't all in the same place, differing by Kindle model.

Step 1

Slide and release the power switch on the bottom of your Kindle to wake it from sleep. Sliding the switch again will put the device back to sleep.

Step 2

Look on the top of your Kindle if you cannot find the power switch on the bottom. Some models, like the Kindle DX, have the power switch on the top of the device. Operation is the same as on other Kindles, slide the switch to wake the device.

Press the power button on the bottom of your Kindle Fire to wake it from sleep. Unlike Kindle e-readers, the Kindle Fire tablet has a power button instead of a sliding switch. If the screen is still locked, slide a finger across the screen from right to left to unlock.


  • If you've forgotten your password or parental control code, the only way to regain access is to reset the Kindle to factory settings by entering "resetmykindle" as the password.


  • If your Kindle is password protected, you'll have to enter the password after waking the device. To activate a password, go to the Settings screen and select "Turn On" next to Device Password.
  • Use parental controls to lock the Kindle and prevent certain activity, like Web browsing, Kindle Store access and Archive access. Set parental controls in the Settings Menu by navigating to the Parental Controls entry and selecting "Set."


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About the Author

Matt Koble has been writing professionally since 2008. He has been published on websites such as DoItYourself. Koble mostly writes about technology, electronics and computer topics.

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