Setting Up Your Kindle Paperwhite For The First Time

The Kindle Paperwhite is the latest version of e-book readers from Amazon, and it replaces the previous generation of the Kindle Touch e-book readers. It has a 6-ince, 212 ppi display, which has multi-touch enabled, and a built-in light with better resolution. In this article, we will guide you through the initial setup of your Kindle Paperwhite device.

When you open up the ‘frustration-free’ packaging box of the Kindle Paperwhite, you get to see your e-book reader in addition to a set of booklets which serve as user manuals and guides to help you get started with your Kindle Paperwhite. You also get a warranty card with this set of documents.

Getting Started

When you turn on your Kindle Paperwhite, the first screen that you see tells you a bit more about the display – high contrast, high resolution, built-in light, and of course the battery life. You may want to select or change the language in which you wish to use your Kindle. By default, this is set to English. This can be changed from the Settings screen, which is accessible through the Menu icon on the Home Screen.

The Kindle Paperwhite Start Screen

The Kindle Paperwhite has a touchscreen interface, which allows you to select options by simply tapping them. Other tasks require you to swipe your finger across the screen. This is especially useful when you want to turn over a page while reading a book.

The onscreen keyboard automatically appears when you see a screen that requires typed-input. It is easy to use and works similar to an actual computer keyboard.



When you tap the top of the screen on the Kindle, you see the toolbar which features buttons and shortcuts that help you navigate through your device. These include the Home button, the Menu button, and the Search button, in addition to many others.


A secondary toolbar appears when you are reading a book.


Status Indicators

On the Home Screen, you can see indicators that inform you about the status of your Kindle Paperwhite. These include the Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity indicators, the Battery Status indicator, the Activity indicator, and the Parental Controls indicator.

Next, the Kindle Paperwhite asks you to connect to a Wi-Fi network. This is discussed in the following section.


Setting up internet connectivity on your Kindle Paperwhite is a fairly easy and quick process. From the Home screen, tap the Menu button and select Settings. On the settings screen, you will see the option of ‘Wi-Fi Networks’. Tap this option to view a list of available networks, and select from them the one you wish to use. If you see a lock next to the name of a Wi-Fi network, it means that it is password-protected, and you will need to enter a password in order to be able to access it.

If your Kindle Paperwhite is 3 enabled, it will automatically connect to a 3G network by default, give that cellular coverage is available. If signal strength is weak, the Kindle Paperwhite will try to connect to a slower GPRS or EDGE network. If it detects a Wi-Fi network with stronger signal strength, then it will automatically connect to it for better internet connectivity speed.

Once you have carried out these steps of initial setup on your Kindle Paperwhite, you may or may not be asked to register your device.


You Kindle Paperwhite will either come pre-registered, or you will have to register it yourself manually. Pre-registration happens when you have bought your Kindle Paperwhite online directly using your Amazon account. Since you have already input your personal details into your Amazon account when you initially set it up for the first time, when you purchase your Kindle using your account, Amazon has already registered it to you. If you wish to verify this, you can tap the Home button and look for your Amazon user name in the upper left corner of the Home screen. If it says ‘My Kindle’ in place of the user name, or displays the name of a previous owner, you will need to manually register it.

In order to register your Kindle Paperwhite with your name in case it has been registered to a previous owner, you will first need to go to the Home screen, from where you will need to tap the Menu button and go to the ‘Settings’ page. Here, tap registration, which will display to you a number of options. Select the one which suits you best and initiate the registration process.

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