Change language and keyboard on Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite comes with many different languages, such as German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, etc. By default the display language and input language are set to English. For those whose first language is not English, you may like to change both the display language and input language. Follow below instructions to quickly change default language and keyboard on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Change language on Kindle Paperwhite

Unlock your Kindle, on the Home screen, tap the menu button at the top right corner, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu. Or tap Settings > All Settings from the top menu bar. The Settings screen opens as shown on below screenshot.

kindle paperwhite settings
kindle paperwhite settings

Choose Language & Dictionaries > Language, swipe up or down to find and select the language you prefer in the list, touch OK button, then press OK button again to confirm and restart your Kindle in this new display language.

kindle paperwhite language and dictionaries settings

By setting a different display language on Kindle, the default input language or method will be changed accordingly. For example, if you switch from English to Japanese, the primary input language will be changed to Japanese automatically.

kindle paperwhite change default display language

Change input language on Kindle

If you are a bilingual or multilingual and need to type in different languages, you can only change the keyboard. Here’s how.

Go to Settings > Language & Dictionaries > Keyboards, make sure to download and activate the new input language here. Tap OK to apply the change.

kindle paperwhite download, enable input language, add new keyboards

When you make Notes on your Amazon Kindle, swipe to select the area of text that you want to be noted, the toolbar appears at the top of your highlighted text. Tap on ‘Note’ in the toolbar area. The Note input box and on-screen keyboard appear on your Kindle screen. On the on-screen keyboard, tap on the language icon (the symbol next to 123) to switch between all the available languages to choose the input language you like.

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