How to Set a Passcode For Your Amazon Kindle

If you are a private reader, do not want your kids (or anyone else) having free access to your books, or just want to password protect your Kindle, it’s really easy to do.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 21, 2021

If you are a private reader, do not want your kids (or anyone else) having free access to your books, or just want to password protect your Kindle, it’s really easy to do. Let’s explore this feature.

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How to Set a Kindle Passcode

First, on the Home screen, tap the three little dots (the hamburger menu) in the upper-right hand corner. Refer to below image:

Kindle 1
Accessing the Hamburger menu

Next, tap Settings in the p0p- up menu. See below image:

Kindle 2
Accessing Settings

Now, tap Device Options. See following image:

Kindle 3
Accessing Device Options

Next, you will see a list of options, tap Device Passcode. Refer to below image:

Kindle 4
Accessing Device Passcode

Now, enter your Passcode between 1 and 12 digits long, then enter it again to confirm, and then tap OK. See below image:

Kindle 5
Entering and confirming a Passcode

When you unlock your Kindle, you will be prompted to enter your passcode, then tap OK.. See following image:

Kindle 6
Entering a Passcode upon unlocking your Kindle

How to Turn Off or Change a Kindle Passcode

Go to your:

  • Settings > Device Options > Device Passcode

To cancel your Passcode, tap

  • Turn Off Passcode > enter your passcode > OK

To change your Passcode, tap

  • Change Passcode > enter your current passcode > OK

and then enter and confirm your new Passcode.

Kindle 7
Cancel or Change a Passcode

Forget Your Kindle Passcode?

In your Settings, there is a Reset option which you can try. If you are unable to access this option, there’s a special way to reset a locked Kindle.

  • On a 6th Generation Kindle or newer, enter “111222777” as the Passcode, and then tap OK.
  • On a 5th Generation Kindle, enter “resetmykindle” as the Passcode, and then press the Enter key.

You will need to log in to your Amazon account and re-download all your books, audiobooks, and files.

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How to See Amazon Kindle Book Page Numbers

When you read paperback and hardcover books, you use page numbers for tracking progress and for discussing parts of the book. But, by default, Amazon Kindle only shows you your location in the book.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 16, 2021

When you read paperback and hardcover books, you use page numbers for tracking progress and for discussing parts of the book. But, by default, Amazon Kindle only shows you your location in the book. Let’s find out how to see it’s page numbers.

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If a Kindle book has a Print Length section on its Amazon page, it means you will be able to see real page numbers as you move through the book. Refer to below image:

Book 1
Viewing Print Length

Once enabled, page numbers will be visible in the bottom left-hand corner of the reading screen (replacing the Location or Reading Progress).

First, navigate to the Your Library section in the Kindle e-book reader. See below image:

Book 2
Selecting an e-book

Next, tap a book to start reading. See following image:

Book 3
Tap a book to read

Now, tap in the top part of the screen to reveal the toolbar. Refer to below image:

Book 4
Reveal the toolbar

Next, select the “Aa” button. See below image:

Book 5
Tap the text option

Now, tap the More tab and select the Reading Progress option. See following image:

Book 6
Tap More and Reading Progress options

Next, select the Page in Book option. If this option is blacked out, it means that real page numbers will not be available for this book on Kindle. Refer to below image:

Book 7
Select Page in book option

Now, go back to the reading view. In the bottom left -hand corner of your screen, you will now see the page number. See below image:

Book 8

View the page number

You can quickly cycle through all the Reading Progress options (Page in Book, Time Left in Chapter, Time Left in Book, Location in Book, and Note) by tapping the text in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. See following image:

Book 9
View the Reading Progress options

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How to Find Out What Kindle Model You Have

Over the past 14 years, Amazon has released a lot of slightly different Kindles. If you are wondering whether you have a Paperwhite 3, a Paperwhite 4, an original Kindle, or something else, we will show you how to fine the model.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 31, 2021

Over the past 14 years, Amazon has released a lot of slightly different Kindles. If you are wondering whether you have a Paperwhite 3, a Paperwhite 4, an original Kindle, or something else, we will show you how to fine the model. Let’s explore how this is done in two different ways; on the Kindle, and by your Amazon account.

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Use Your Amazon Account

:First, log in to your Amazon account through a web browser and click here to your Manage Devices page. You can also use the Amazon menu system to get there. Go to

Account & Lists > Content & Devices > Devices

Refer to below image:

Kindle 1
Your Kindle Device(s)

Next, click on a Kindle. Now, click the blue link of your Kindle that you want to find the serial number of. See below image

Kindle 2
Your Kindle Device name

In the Device Summary screen, you will see it next to Serial Number. Each model has its own unique set of prefixes. (The prefix is the set of letters at the beginning of the serial number.). See following image:

Kindle 3
Your Kindle Device Summary

You are looking for the first block of characters. You can see G000T6 in our example, which corresponds to a Kindle Paperwhite 4 (You will be able to compare your prefix in the table at the end).

Note! While the Type is listed as Kindle Paperwhite (10th Generation), we still need the serial number prefix in order to tell which specific model it is.

Use Your Kindle Device

First, to check the serial number on the device itself, go to your Kindle’s home page and tap the three dots hamburger icon in the top right to open the menu. Refer to below image:

Kindle 4
Accessing your Kindle menu

Next, tap Settings in the menu. See below image:

Kindle 5
Accessing your Kindle Settings

Now, on the Settings screen, tap Device Options. See following image:

Kindle 6
Accessing your Kindle Device Options

Next, tap Device Info. Refer to below image:

Kindle 7
Accessing your Kindle Device Info

Now, next to Serial Number, you will see the serial number of the Kindle. See below image:

Kindle 8
Your Kindle Device Info

Note! If you have an older Kindle (or are using an old version of the Kindle software), the menus might look a little different. You are still looking for Device Info.

How to Tell Which Kindle You Have

Once you have your serial number, you can compare its prefix to the options below. This will tell you exactly which device you have. Here’s a table summarizing the various models.

Model NameSerial Number Prefix(es)
Kindle Oasis 3 (10th Generation)G000WL, G000WM, G000WP, G000WN, G000WQ, G0011L
Kindle Basic 3 Kids Edition (10th Generation)G090VB
Kindle Basic 3 (10th Generation)G090WF, G090WH, G0910L
Kindle Paperwhite 4 (10th Generation)G000PP, G8S0PP, G00102, G0016T, G8S16T, G0016U, G0016V, G8S16V, G000T6, G8S0T6, G0016Q, G00103, G0016R, G0016S, G000T1, G000T2, G000T3
Kindle Oasis 2 (9th Generation)G000P8, G000SA, G000P1, G000S1, G000S2
Kindle Basic 2 (8th Generation)G000KA, G000K9
Kindle Oasis (8th Generation)G0B0GC, G0B0GD, G0B0GR, G0B0GU, G0B0GT
Kindle Paperwhite 3 (7th Generation)G090G1, G090KB, G090LK, G090G2, G090G4, G090G5, G090G6, G090G7, G090KC, G090KE, G090KF, G090LL
Kindle Voyage (7th Generation)B013, 9013, B054, 9054, B053, 9053, B02A, B052, 9052
Kindle Basic (7th Generation)B0C6, 90C6, B0DD, 90DD
Kindle Paperwhite 2 (6th Generation)B0D4, 90D4, B05A, 905A, B017, 9017, B0D5, 90D5B0D6, 90D6, B0D7, 90D7, B0D8, 90D8, B0F2, 90F2, B060, 9060, B062, 9062, B05F, 905F, B061, 9061
Kindle Paperwhite (5th Generation)B024, B01B, B020, B01C, B01D, B01F
Kindle 5 (5th Generation)B012
Kindle 4 (4th Generation)B00E, B023, 9023
Kindle Touch (4th Generation)B011, B00F, B010
Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation)B008, B006, B00A
Kindle DX (2nd Generation)B004, B005, B009
Kindle 2 (2nd Generation)B002, B003
Kindle (1st Generation)B001, B101
Table of Kindle Models

Info on Paperwhite 4 (our example)

The Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2018) is waterproof and has a touch screen with adjustable light. There are three models:

  • An 8GB version with Wi-Fi (G000PP, G8S0PP, G00102, G0016T, G8S16T, G0016U, G0016V, G8S16V).
  • A 32GB version with Wi-Fi (G000T6, G8S0T6, G0016Q, G00103, G0016R, G0016S).
  • A 32GB version with Wi-Fi and Cellular (G000T1, G000T2, G000T3).

It was available in black, sage, plum, and twilight blue.

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How To Turn On Dark Mode for the Kindle

Dark Mode is a huge trend right now, with phones and laptops moving to offer dark mode over the past few years. That’s extended to apps and websites too; and the Kindle is no exception.

Dark Mode is a huge trend right now, with phones and laptops moving to offer dark mode over the past few years. That’s extended to apps and websites too; and the Kindle is no exception.

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The Amazon Kindle has, in fact, offered Inverted Mode for many years, only moving to offer Dark Mode on some devices more recently, and changing the name to “Dark Mode” in the process so people will know what it is.

Kindles That Support Dark Mode

First of all, you need to make sure you have a supported Kindle. Currently the list includes:

  • Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2018)
  • Kindle Oasis 3 (2019)
  • Kindle Oasis 2 (2017)

Checking Your Software

Dark Mode is really one of the accessibility features, but there’s a quick setting to turn it on.

First, make sure your Kindle is running the latest software (5.13.4 or higher). To view your software release number, select

Settings > Settings > Device options > Device info

Turning on Dark Mode

Now, from a book, tap at the top of the display and hit the Settings icon. Refer to below image:

Kindle 1

Accessing Settings

If you are on the home screen, you will find it at the top of the page.

A selection of icons will appear including Dark Mode. Tap to turn it on or off. See below image:

Kindle 2
Turn on/off Dark Mode

It’s that simple. Remember since the Kindle uses a front lighting system, you can still change the level of illumination or the color temperature (if you have those options) although with less white space on the page the effect of this is dramatically reduced.

You will also be able to find the Dark Mode option in

Settings > \Accessibility > Invert black and white

To update the software on your Kindle, go to

Settings > Device options > Advanced options > Update your Kindle

If the Update your Kindle option is greyed out, you have the latest software.

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