How to Password Protect a Book on the Kindle


Though the Kindle doesn't create or edit the password on protected PDFs, it supplies its own security for guarding your files. You can assign the entire device a password, which users must enter each time the Kindle turns on or wakes from Sleep mode. The password prevents others from accessing your e-books, including personal compositions that you imported from elsewhere. Perhaps more significantly, the password prevents others from using your Kindle to make purchases through your Amazon account.

Regular Kindle

  • Press the Kindle menu button to open launch the device's menu.

  • Select "Settings" with the navigation button and then press the navigation button to open your Settings menu.

  • Press "Next Page" to open the menu's second page, and then navigate to "Device Password." Select the entry to underline "Turn On."

  • Type a password of up to twelve characters. Type the password again in the "Confirm" box, and then type a hint in the "Hint" box.

  • Select "Submit" to password protect the device and its books.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Fire HD

  • Swipe down and tap "More" to open your Settings menu.

  • Tap "Security" followed by the "On" link next to "Lock Screen Password."

  • Enter a numerical password of at least four digits, and then tap "Next."

  • Enter the password again and tap "Done."

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to the Fifth Generation Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Fire HD running Android OS 4.0. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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