Amazon Kindle Tips & Tricks | Cheatsheet

Owning a Kindle gives you the freedom to store and access all of your books from one place. You no longer need to take several heavy books with you while traveling, and can easily remember your place in your favorite novel without bending the pages.

Kindle users most likely won’t access all of the available features on their devices. Now it’s time to unlock and uncover the hidden functions on your Kindle to make your reading experience even better. We’ve rounded up all the tips and tricks you need to try on your Kindle.

Amazon Kindle Tips and Tricks

# Tip
Choosing the Right Kindle for You
1 Decide whether the Kindle you’re buying is for an adult or a child. The Kindle Kids Edition is great value for money, but the Kindle Paperwhite Kids is waterproof.
2 Do you need all the bells and whistles, or are you comfortable with a basic eReader with no cellular option? The Amazon Kindle supports Wi-Fi, whereas the Kindle Paperwhite has a higher-resolution display.
3 If you want the most for your money, the Kindle Oasis is waterproof, lasts up to six weeks, and features an ergonomic grip for bath time reading.
4 Invest in Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 per month if you want unlimited access to over 1 million books and audiobooks.
Saving Battery
5 Turn off your Kindle’s Wi-Fi when you’re not using it. Similarly, if you have a cellular Kindle, turn off mobile data.
6 Turn down the brightness and warmth in your Kindle’s display settings to save some much-needed juice.
7 Turn off the auto brightness option on Kindle models that feature this.
8 When fully charged, make sure your Kindle is unplugged to avoid degrading the battery over time.
Make Your Kindle Kid-Friendly
9 From the options menu, enable the Amazon Kids function by selecting Amazon Kids.
10 Make a profile for your child on your Kindle, allowing you to share appropriate books from your own collection.
11 Set goals for your kids and offer digital reward badges for their progress.
12 Pay a small fee to access Amazon Kids Plus so they can access a collection of appropriate books depending on their age.
Download PDFs
13 Go to the Amazon website and access your Account and Lists to see your Devices, which will show your Kindle email address.
14 In Preferences, select Personal Document Settings to approve your email address and send PDFs to your Kindle.
15 Make your Kindle double up as a tablet by sending documents or school work to your Kindle.
16 Get free ebooks from your friends and family, then send them to your Kindle.
Leave Notes and Highlight
17 Bookmark important pages by selecting Go To on the page you want to bookmark. This allows you to remember the position of a whole page.
18 Highlight quotes or sentences you like by pressing and holding on a word, then extending the end marker to select the whole quote. Choose highlight.
19 Leave notes for yourself on highlighted text by selecting it, then choose Notes instead of highlight.
20 Visit the browser-based Kindle site to access the Notebook Tool which lists all of your highlights and notes.
Sort Your Library Into Collections
21 Select the three vertical dots from the Kindle menu and select Create New Collection.
22 Set your collection name and group books into categories.
23 Create themed collections or save books to read later.
24 Reduce your library clutter by grouping books by author.
25 Create a selection of books that are appropriate for your children.
Browse the Internet
26 Select Experimental Browser from the options menu to connect to the internet.
27 Using Kindle’s internet browser, you can search for the meaning of words, or even look up reviews for your next book purchase.
Check Definitions
28 Search for word meanings and definitions without having to connect to Wi-Fi or cellular data.
29 Press and hold down on a word to view Kindle’s dictionary.
30 Change your Kindle’s regional language to view regional dictionaries.
Quick-Fire Tips
31 Add the Kindle clock to the top of your Kindle to keep an eye on the time, ensuring you don’t stay up too late or miss your next meeting.
32 Add a cover to your Kindle so that you don’t scratch it or damage it, especially when the kids are around.
33 Create and save themes that you can switch between when you’re reading at different times. You might prefer larger text when reading in bed, or a brighter screen when reading in the day.
34 Tap the bottom-left corner of your Kindle to cycle between reading speed, page number, or location.
35 Set your Kindle’s screensaver to be the cover of the book you are currently reading.
36 Set a password on your Kindle account in case you lose your Kindle and don’t want anyone else to access your device.

Final Words

While you may have already known some of these Kindle tips and tricks, a refresher can never hurt. From highlighting text to saving your favorite quotes, the Amazon Kindle can truly be enjoyed by all the family.

What’s more, you can access your Kindle account from your desktop PC or Mac for further reading options.