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.

This is for the Kindle

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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:

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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:

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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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How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Amazon Echo

Yes, you can now hear Podcasts on your Amazon Echo device. Apple Podcasts and others, like Spotify and iHeartRadio, are now options to choose from for your favorite podcasts.

We are going to link your Echo device to one of these podcast services. Our example is linking Apple Podcasts to the Amazon Echo. The ways this is done is somewhat clumsy. The Echo seems to be hard to program; it’s not straightforward. But follow along, it’s not time consuming and is worth it.

This is for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and the Amazon Echo

Starting Alexa

  • Open the Alexa app on your smart device. If you have yet to download the app, head to the Apple Store to download and install.
  • Tap the hamburger icon, the one with 3 dots in upper right hand corner or tap on the menu icon in upper left hand corner
  • Select Settings. You will see the following screen:
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The Settings image
  • Select Music & Podcasts. Refer to following image:
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The Music & Podcasts screen

Setting up the Link

  • Select Link New Service.
  • Select Apple Podcasts. Refer to following image:
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Enabling the Apple Podcasts image
  • Tap ENABLE TO USE.

You will be asked to enter your Apple ID, Password and Passcode depending on your login procedure

  • Tap SETTINGS. See following screen:
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The Apple Podcasts settings screen.

Linking the Service to Echo

  • On the Skill Settings screen, tap on the Link Account link. See below image:
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The link screen for Apple Podcasts

Allowing Access for the Link

  • Tap Allow on the Access Request screen. You may see a different screen depending on what service you are linking. Refer to below image for Apple Podcasts:
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Allowing the link to Apple Podcasts image

Linkage for the Podcast Service Completed

You will see that Apple Podcasts has been successfully linked. See following image:

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Apple Podcasts now linked to Amazon Echo screen
  • Click Done

Now you can listen to your favorite Apple Podcasts. Just repeat the above steps to add other podcast service(s).

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