When we get a new device it is very common to discover the settings while we use it, but sometimes it is not that easy to know how to adjust them to our preferences.
E-readers are electronic reading devices meant to replicate the feeling of reading a book on a slim screen with storage for hundreds of contents within, and Amazon’s Kindle line is the top choice because of its intuitive functionalities and affordability.
Similar to Android, your Kindle Fire tablet includes enhanced keyboard features like auto-correct (change words to what it thinks you meant), auto-capitalize, and next-word prediction. As with autocorrect on any device, it is not always helpful to every user, in fact, some of those get in the way, especially if you are multilingual – every single word will be replaced with its closest English-spelled equivalent.
So if you’ve just joined the wonderful world of Kindle ownership, or are a veteran of the club looking forward to knowing how to turn off autocorrect on Kindle Fire, as well as the capitalization features of this device.
How to turn off autocorrect on Kindle Fire
If you are a Kindle Fire HDX & HD user follow these steps:
- Swipe down the bar at the top of the screen and choose “Settings“.
- Select “Language & Keyboard“.
- Select “Current Keyboard Settings“.
- Set “Auto-capitalization” and “Auto-correction” to “On” or “Off” as you prefer. You might want to change “Next-word Suggestions” also if you have a preference on whether or not the Kindle Fire should try to predict what word you are typing.
HDX: The ‘high-end’ version of the Kindle Fire, the most highly specified Fire, with improved resolution and faster processors running Fire OS for all models.
HD: It’s the ‘mid-market’ version of the Kindle Fire, with improved specifications, including higher resolution screens and improved processors running Fire OS since 4th generation and Android for the early models.
If you are an Original Kindle Fire user follow these steps:
- Select the settings gear and then choose the option “More“.
- Choose the “Kindle Keyboard“ option.
- Switch “Auto-capitalization” and “Quick fixes” to “On” or “Off” as you prefer.
Extra tip: you can change your Kindle Fire’s keyboard language, which affects spell-check, auto-corrections, and word predictions, by going to Settings > Language > Keyboard language.
The “Language” setting at the top manages the language for your entire device, and that means not just for typing: by default. Bear in mind that your Kindle Fire uses the same language as its associated Amazon.com account.
More tips and tricks for older model or the brand newest Kindle
- You can leave notes, highlights, and bookmarks while you’re reading: this is a great option when you’re reading something interesting that you want to remember and find again quickly.
If you want to leave a note, press and hold on to a word, and when it’s highlighted, draw the start or end marker to encompass the whole quote and press ‘Note’. Then type in whatever you think of the excerpt. You can navigate the Notes by pressing at the top of the book to bring up the Kindle footer, selecting ‘Go To’, pressing ‘Notes’ at the top then browsing this list.
If you want to highlight any quotes you like, press and hold on to a word, and when it’s highlighted, draw the start or end marker to encompass the whole quote. Select ‘Highlight’, which is one of the options that appear in the menu, and the text will darken a little bit to show it’s a highlighted section.
If you want to leave a bookmark, which lets you remember the position of an entire page. To make a bookmark, when you’re in a book, press at the top of the screen, so the Kindle header and footer appear. Now, next to ‘Go To’ there will be a little bookmark icon to the right of the screen – press this to set a bookmark. You can press in this corner when the menu isn’t up, to find a list of the bookmarks you’ve left.
2. You can make your battery last longer: Kindles generally have pretty good battery lives, lasting weeks or months between charges depending on how frequently you like to read. But there are ways to extend it even further if you want to ensure it’ll have a charge when you need it.
First of all, it’s best to turn Wi-Fi off when you’re not using it, and if you have a data-connected Kindle model, switch that off too. This is the single best thing you can do to improve battery life (well, other than not using the Kindle!). From the main Kindle menu, press ‘Settings’ then ‘All Settings’ and ‘Wi-Fi & Bluetooth’, which will let you alter these settings. ‘Aeroplane Mode’ will also be worth turning on.
Other ways to save battery life would be changing display settings – press the ‘Settings’ option again, and turn down Brightness and Warmth (if your Kindle has the latter) to save some juice. Turning off Auto-Brightness on models with that feature will also help (assuming you set the brightness low as well).
We strongly suggest you avoid keeping the Kindle plugged in when it’s already fully charged (as with all electronics) – this will stop the power pack from degrading as much over time.
3. You can change the font and page color and size: There are a few ways of changing how your Kindle page looks, obviously adapting it according to your preferences in order to make reading as comfortable as possible.
Kindle has a Dark Mode like most electronic devices have, which makes the background dark and the text light. Toggle this by pressing ‘Settings’ from the main menu, then ‘Dark Mode’ at the top. It’s easy to use, so there’s no harm in doing so to see how it looks.
There are loads more options, though. Go to one of your books, tap the screen at the top, then press the ‘Aa’ text logo. Here you can jump between different themes, which affect the font, size, and boldness of the font, save presets if you prefer, and change the kerning or spacing of words and lines. You can really customize the words to your heart’s content.
Another easy way to change font size is using two fingers and pinching them together on the screen, to quickly bring up the font size slider to adjust them while you’re reading.
In addition, depending on your Kindle model, you can press ‘Settings’ at the top to find a way to adjust the brightness and warmth of the page itself. Warmth basically gives a page a redder crispy hue, as though you’re reading an older book.
4. You are able to charge your Kindle wirelessly: If you’ve got the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, launched in 2021, you can actually charge up your device without using cables. That means no more faffing about trying to work out which plug you need.
You do need a wireless charging mat, pad, or stand, but maybe you already have one of these for your smartphone, smartwatch, or earbuds already. If you do, simply place your Kindle on the charger and watch it power up.
If you don’t have a dock, Amazon sells a fairly inexpensive one that fits the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
5. You can download PDFs or other documents onto your Kindle: The best hidden Kindle trick is the fact that you’re not locked to Kindle ebooks on the device – you can send your own PDFs, word documents, and more onto the reader, to read at your convenience. Make sure to follow these steps:
- Verify the file format. It must be a PDF and if it’s not you can always try a PDF converter tool.
- Find your Kindle email address. You’ll need to head over to the Amazon web and sign in first.
- Get your personal email address approved. Make sure the email you approve is the one you’re planning to send documents to your Kindle from otherwise it won’t work.
- Send your PDF file to your Kindle. You’re able to send multiple documents at once, so if you have loads of files you want on your Kindle, you don’t need to send separate emails.
- Sync your Kindle. Do this by going to the Kindle home page, pressing ‘settings’ and then ‘Sync Your Kindle’.
With this tool, you can send work documents to your Kindle, get free ebooks from your friends or sources like Project Gutenberg, and get all your school or university reading onto your device (which plays really well with the aforementioned Notes and Highlights functions).
The Amazon Kindle Fire has had eleven generations and still is one of the best options in the market for readers, competing with Apple’s iPad and other Android devices. Its consistent features improvements and accessible pricing are two reasons stronger than any setting adjustment that you can easily solve by reading an article.
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