How to get Dark Mode on a Kindle

Invert black and white

by: - Last updated on: December 6th, 2020
Key Takeaways
  • Be it iOS, Android, macOS, or good old Windows, dark mode seems to be a new rage.
  • When it comes to e-book readers, the Kindle is the leader of the pack.
  • So how could it be left behind in the race to get to the dark mode? Yes, your Kindle has a dark mode. And this is how you can get it.
  • For more resources on your favorite Amazon Kindle, check out our Kindle hub.

Everyone seems to be joining the dark side of late, at least in the tech world. All of a sudden we are experiencing this wave of darkness consume all our favorite interfaces. But it is not really as bad as it sounds. In fact, it is pretty good. We are talking of the latest obsession of the tech county, dark mode. Be it iOS, Android, or good old Windows, darkness seems to be omnipresent. And quite literally. Even Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader has it. Yes, it might not have been hyped to high heaven, but the dark mode does exist (in a matter of speaking) on the Kindle and is quite handy.

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If you are reading a really interesting book that you cannot bear to put down or you want to settle in bed after a long day and just read and relax without disturbing others around you, this is THE feature for you. It allows you to read in the dark without attracting much attention and without putting too much strain on your eyes.

How to activate Kindle Dark Mode?

It is pretty easy to activate as well. All you have to do is follow these simple steps and you will be all set to read through the dark…

1. Seek out them Settings

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Now there are two ways to go about this. You can either tap on the big Settings icon on top of the display and from there select “All Settings” or you can hit three little dots present on the top right corner of the display and then choose “Settings” in there.

2. Tap on the little human

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You might feel the urge to hit Reading Options on this menu. Resist it. Because brands just cannot make things that simple, you see. Instead, select “Accessibility”. Yes, the option with the tiny little human for an icon.

3. Invert, Invert, Invert

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Here you will find the “Invert Black and White” option and toggle right next to it. Switch it from “off” to “on.”

4. Read (duh!)

Voila! Your Kindle would have now joined the dark side, with white text against a black background. To resume normal service, just follow the same steps and turn off “Invert Black and White.”

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Keep a few things in mind though. This feature is unfortunately not available on all Kindles. The base model of the e-reader does not support it, although the Kindle Oasis and the new Kindle Paperwhite come with this feature. Also, this not a typical dark mode and is just a feature that turns black into white and white into black. While this works just fine for text, pictures can get really messed up. So would not advise turning this feature on while looking at images or reading graphic novels. Finally, in this mode, changing the screen brightness settings might not seem to make as much of a difference as in normal mode.

But if all your heart desires is a good read without drawing too much attention to yourself or if like us you are just a sucker for a dark screen, this is the feature for you!

Go ahead, head to the dark and read. We know we already have.

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  1. Thanks for the info. Unfortunately the text with the dark mode is so dim as to be basically unreadable. The thing that is so ironic, it that when you open a book, and sometimes when you turn a page there is a brief moment where the screen inverts the text color, to white on black. The coloring is perfect. Bright text against a black background.

  2. When I read a book on my iPad through the Kindle app I can read and black mode with bright white letters. On my white paper candle 10th generation I can go to black mode but The words are not bright white and hard to read.