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Help! My Kindle App Screen Is Too Dim

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android, eReaders

Bonnie writes:

A couple of years ago, I purchased an Android tablet. Not long after I got it, the Kindle app darkened and I couldn’t get it to lighten up. Your tech support told me what to do to correct it. I thought I’d written down what to do, but now I can’t find it. All the other apps are fine and the settings are set to the highest brightness level. Can you please tell me what I need to do with it? I don’t think I had to uninstall and reinstall the app before, but if I have to do that, I will.

Bonnie, there’s no need for that. For those not familiar with the Kindle app, the free app can turn your Android tablet, Windows tablet or iPad into a an eReader with full access to your Amazon collection. It also works on your smartphone. Books will sync across devices, enabling you to pick up reading right where you left off.

Your issue show one of the tricky things about the Kindle app. You don’t find the brightness controls under “Settings” where you’d normally expect to find such controls in an app.

Instead, open up a book and tap the middle of the screen at the very top or bottom to bring up controls for the book.

Tap the top right of the screen where you see Aa.

Here’s where you’ll find the slider bar to control brightness.

You can also check the tick box and the Kindle app will use your system brightness settings.

This is also where you can adjust the text size, font, line spacing, colors and margins to suit your preferences.

Hope this helps!

~ Cynthia

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21 Responses to “Help! My Kindle App Screen Is Too Dim”

  1. Jean Bell says:

    Another great help!! Thanks.

  2. Awesome!! Thank you!! says:

    that says it all!

  3. Michael says:

    Thank you! That was driving me nuts!

  4. Marianne says:

    Thank you so much. Now I can stop squinting!

  5. andice says:

    Thanx ive been trying to fix this exact issue for weeks with no luck. Thanx again.

  6. Dawn says:

    Thank you so much , great help

  7. shabby arora says:

    THANK YOU! phew !

  8. Bonnie says:

    I’ve got the ordinary touch kindle and don’t seem to have those settings to brighten the screen ???

    • cynthia says:

      Bonnie, these are directions for the Kindle App, they would only apply to those devices. Does your touch Kindle have any kind of illumination? Or is it just an e-ink screen?

  9. […] response to our article about brightening the screen in the Kindle App, Bonnie wrote: “I’ve got the ordinary Touch Kindle and don’t seem to have those settings […]

  10. Danielle says:

    Thank you. This was frustrating and such a simple fix

  11. Amiri says:

    Thank you, not sure why this suddenly happened it had been working fine, then all of a sudden.. I was in the dark.. Thank You again.

  12. Jacky says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. As Danielle said, it was so frustrating.

  13. midge says:

    Tap In the center And nothing Happens. If it does come up It’s too dark for me To even see it.

  14. midge says:

    Okay. Got it. I just kept Poking In the dark Until I found The spot And it works Thanks

  15. THANK YOU says:

    This just happened to me and your fix worked Instantly. Thank you!!

  16. Jac says:

    Yep, like the others here I had that issue and couldn`t find a solution but now, after your fix, I can read my books in the comfort of our conservatory. Thank you for the tip.

  17. Ginger D. Piroch says:


  18. Jill says:

    Brilliant…so clear… worked a treat
    Thank you!

  19. Gina says:

    Thank you! I was getting frustrated trying to figure this out. Very helpful!

  20. Susan Miller says:

    Thank you! This worked on my Nokia 521! The screen had suddenly gone much darker, making it nearly impossible for me to read my books. By learning how to increase the font size, I can read much better now than I ever could before!

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