How to Change the Contrast of Text on a Kindle


One of the advantages to the Amazon Kindle is that it lets you customize your reading experience. Want to change the font size? You can do that. Want to make the screen brighter? Again, not a problem. One feature available on older Kindle models with a keyboard is that you could change the contrast of PDFs that you downloaded to the Kindle to help make the documents easier to read. Newer models, like the Kindle Fire and Paperwhite, only let you change the brightness of the screen.


  • Open the PDF on your Kindle.

  • Press the "Aaa" key to open the text menu.

  • Press the 5-way controller until the "Contrast" line is highlighted.

  • Press the 5-way controller to highlight the contrast level you want.

  • Press the "Aaa" button to close the menu. The PDF will have the correct contrast.


  • Tap a book to open it on your Kindle.

  • Tap the light bulb icon on the Kindle Paperwhite. On the Kindle Fire, tap the Gear icon.

  • Drag your finger along the "Brightness" slider on the Kindle Paperwhite to adjust it. On the Kindle Fire, tap the "Brightness" icon first and then slide your finger along the slider. The image on the screen will get brighter or darker depending on where you set the slider.

Tips & Warnings

  • For contrast changes, these steps apply to Kindle models with a keyboard. For brightness changes, these steps apply to Kindle Fire and Paperwhite models. Different models may not function as described in this article.

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