Activate Dark Mode in Kindle Paperwhite - Pick of KW31

Activate Dark Mode on Kindle

I can just see that I let the pick of the week slide massively and actually even forgot week 31. Shame on my head. In order to deliver something quickly, today I am picking a practical function that I recently discovered in my Kindle Paperwhite: the dark mode or night mode.

This is what it looks like when Dark Mode is activated on the Kindle Paperwhite: white text on a black background (photos: Sir Apfelot).

This is what it looks like when Dark Mode is activated on the Kindle Paperwhite: white text on a black background (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Kindle Paperwhite instead of book knockout

I'm someone who likes to read another 30 to 40 minutes before going to sleep. Usually my Kindle Paperwhite is used for this, because I have almost knocked myself out several times with real books.

How it works? It's simple: I held the book above my head to read while lying on my back. At some point my eyes close, my hands become weak and the book is taken over by gravity and hits my head.

That sounds funny if you like to read short stories, but sometimes I have quite a few tome in the process and then it may hurt a little when the book and head meet. For this reason, at some point I switched to reading only with the Kindle in bed.

The brightness of the Kindle Paperwhite is still a bit too much, even at the lowest level, if someone wants to sleep next to you.

The brightness of the Kindle Paperwhite is still a bit too much, even at the lowest level, if someone wants to sleep next to you.

Use dark mode against too bright bedrooms

Typically, the Kindle Paperwhite has black (or gray) text on a light background. The brightness of the backlight can be adjusted, but the Kindle still makes the bedroom reasonably bright even at the lowest level.

Having a light-sensitive partner next to you in bed can lead to discussions. As a last resort, I had read under the covers every now and then, but that is also quite cumbersome because you always have to keep the covers out of sight.

So I was all the more pleased recently when I found such a black and white symbol in the menu bar of the Kindle that activates the dark mode or dark mode of the Kindle. This will make the font white and all the rest of it will be darkened. The result is that only the letters emit brightness and that is much darker than in the white and black lighting variant.

The dark mode can be activated in the menu at the top (tap once on the screen to open it).

The dark mode can be activated in the menu at the top (tap once on the screen to open it).

Conclusion: Dark Mode forever!

I'm almost embarrassed, but I didn't even know the Kindle Paperwhite had such a feature. But I am already a hard-working user of the same.

I can finally browse above the covers and my wife doesn't feel disturbed, even if I read a little longer and she wants to sleep. If only I had discovered this function a little earlier!

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