How to Turn Off Kindle Paperwhite?


By CuriousKindle


So, you recently bought a Kindle Paperwhite and you've been enjoying your reading experience. The Paperwhite offers a convenient way to carry your favorite books and read them on the go, but what if you want to take a break from reading? Or maybe you want to conserve battery life when you're not using it. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of turning off your Kindle Paperwhite. Whether you're a new Kindle user or have been using it for a while, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to power off your device. By the end of this post, you'll have all the knowledge you need to put your Kindle Paperwhite to sleep when it's not in use. Let's dive in and learn how to turn off your Kindle Paperwhite!

How to Switch Off Your Kindle Paper White

Method 1: Using the Power Button

Step 1: Locate the power button To begin, identify the power button on your Kindle Paper white. On the newer models, it is situated at the bottom edge of the device, towards the entrance. Take a moment to familiarise yourself with its placement.

2: Press and hold the power button for a few seconds. You will notice a power dialog box appear on the screen. Be sure to hold the button firmly until the dialog box appears.

3: Select "Screen Off" Once the power dialog box is displayed, you will have a few options to choose from. To switch off your Kindle Paper white, simply tap on the option that reads "Screen Off.". This selection ensures that the device enters sleep mode, conserving battery power until you're ready to use it again.

4: Confirm the screen is off After selecting "Screen Off," the Kindle Paper-white will power down the display, leaving you with a blank screen. This confirms that the device has successfully been turned off. Rest assured, all your reading progress will be saved, and you can safely tuck it away until the next time you want to dive back into your literary adventures.

Method 2: Using the Home Button and Settings

Step 1: Tap the home button.To begin this alternative method, tap the Home button located at the bottom of your Kindle Paper White, represented by a small house-shaped icon.

2: Swipe down from the top of the screen. On the home screen, swipe your finger down from the top edge of the display. This action will bring up the quick settings menu.

3: Tap the Settings icon. In the quick settings menu, look for the gear-shaped icon labelled "Settings" and tap on it.

4: Select "All Settings." From the settings menu, choose the option that says "All Settings." It will open up the full settings menu for your Kindle Paperwhite.

5: Tap on "Power." In the settings menu, scroll down until you find the "Device Options" section and tap on "Power." This will open the power options for your device.

6: Tap on "Screen Off." Within the power options, tap on "Screen Off." Confirm the selection when prompted.

For more information on extending your Kindle's battery life, you can read the blog posts:

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Benifits of Putting Your Kindle Paperwhite into Sleep Mode

In addition to powering off your device, you also have the option to put your Kindle Paperwhite into sleep mode. Sleep mode is a convenient way to conserve battery life without fully turning off the device. Your Kindle Paperwhite will enter a low-power state, allowing you to quickly resume your reading without waiting for the device to boot up.

Troubleshooting: What to do if your Kindle Paper white doesn't shut off

If you find that your Kindle Paper White does not respond to the steps outlined above, there are a few troubleshooting tips you can try:

Force Restart:

Press and hold the power button for about 40 seconds until your Kindle Paper White restarts. This action is helpful if your device becomes unresponsive.

Drain the battery.

If your Kindle Paper White battery is fully drained, it may force the device to shut down. Allow the battery to fully discharge and then recharge it to see if that resolves the issue.

If none of these troubleshooting steps work, it may be advisable to seek assistance from Amazon customer support. They will be able to provide additional guidance and support to resolve any technical issues you might be experiencing.


In this article, we have provided you with a step-by-step guide on how to switch off your Kindle Paperwhite. By following the instructions outlined above, you can power down your device with ease. Remember, it's important to properly shut down your Kindle to preserve battery life and ensure the longevity of your device.

We hope that this guide has been helpful and that you can now navigate the process of switching off your Kindle Paperwhite confidently and effortlessly. Happy reading!


Q: How do I turn off my Kindle Paperwhite?

A: To turn off your Kindle Paperwhite, press and hold the power button until a power dialogue box appears, then select "Screen Off" to power down the device.

Q: Will turning off my Kindle Paperwhite save battery life?

A: Yes, turning off your Kindle Paperwhite when not in use will help conserve battery life and extend the time between charges.

Q: Can I put my Kindle Paperwhite directly in sleep mode?

A: Yes, by selecting "Screen Off" from the power dialogue box, your Kindle Paperwhite will enter sleep mode, preserving battery life and allowing you to resume reading where you left off.

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