Setup a New Kindle Paperwhite
Grimm, Courtney, Eng
You are watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to power on and set up a Kindle Paperwhite for the first time.
To get started with, the very first thing we are going to need to do is press the Power button
This button is located at the bottom of the device, next to the USB slot.
Press and hold the Power button
This will cause the device to power up.
Once powered on for the first time, it will take a moment to run through some screens and initial diagnostics, at which point we will be taken to the Main screen
Here we will select a language.
As we can see, we have now been taken to the language screen
Here we will select the language we want the Kindle to run in. There are a number of languages we can select from, however for the purposes of this tutorial we are going to be using "English (United States)".
Give the chosen language a single press
Now we will we see that a "Next" option has popped up at the bottom of the screen, press it once to take us to the next screen
At this point, the Kindle will begin to initialize and set up information and data
Please note that every Kindle takes a different amount of time to set up. Some may take as long, longer, or shorter than the one being shown. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be trimming these areas where the device is loading or initializing.
Now we are on the Main screen of the Kindle Paperwhite
This is the first screen that we will see. It will give us some details about the Kindle Paperwhite, letting us know that it is the first ever Paperwhite display with High contrast, High Resolution, a Built-in Light, and up to eight weeks battery life, even with the light on.
Now we are going to tap "Get Started" one time
This is going to take us to the Main window
The very first thing we will notice is that we have a clock, a battery indicator, a series of dots - which is our signal or WiFi indicator, and a menu option or an indicator telling us what is happening in the top bar
In this case, we are being asked to "Connect".
Now we are being told that in order to use the Kindle and buy books, we need to connect to a WiFi network and register our device
If we do not connect to WiFi, there is no way to get past this screen
We are going to need to tap "Connect to WiFi".
Once we have tapped "Connect to WiFi", a pop-up window will appear showing us the number of connections
In our case, we have two but it will vary depending on where you are. We need to have at least one connection in order to connect to WiFi.
This pop-up will also show us the signal strength, with an indicator to show us whether the networks are open or closed
We can also "Rescan" if we choose to do so, by pressing "Rescan"
Located at the bottom, right-hand corner of the pop-up window.
If we would like to use another type of Network, we can press on the word "Other"
Located at the bottom, left-hand corner of the pop-up window.
From this window, we can now enter in the "Other" WiFi details
If, however, we pressed this button by accident, we can simply tap "Cancel" which will take us back to the "WiFi Networks" pop-up window
In the top left-hand corner, as we indicated earlier, we will receive an update as to what's happened
Now we can tap on the desired Network
In our case, we will tap "International". We will note that a pop-up window has appeared, where we will need to enter the WiFi password.
We will now enter in our WiFi password
If we do not want someone near us to see the Password, we can simply tap "Hide Password". This is located underneath the Password box.
Alternatively, we can uncheck "Hide Password" and type in the actual Password as it appears
Since we're not worried about our Network password, for tutorial purposes we are just going to type in our Network password.
We will then tap on "Connect"
This is the center option in the "WiFi Password Required" pop-up. If we were using "WPS", or we have decided to "Cancel", we may also tap those options.
Once again, we will see that it is connecting, and we will notice the menu options
Now it is going to connect us to Amazon
Once we are connected to Amazon, we will be asked to register a new account, or just set up an existing account
For the purposes of this tutorial, we are going to use an existing Amazon account
If a new account needs to be created, please reference our tutorial on creating a new Amazon account.
Now, let's press "Use an existing Amazon account" to proceed
This is the first option presented to us.
At this point, we are going to enter in our Amazon user Login ID, which is an email address
We will also enter in our Password
This will be a series of letters, numbers or special characters.
As this is private information, we are going to cut out this part of the video
However, we will want to enter our email in the top "Login ID" field and our Password in the "Password" field.
Once we have entered our information, tap on the "Register" button
Located on the bottom, right-hand side of the pop-up.
Now we will see that it is registering our Kindle, and checking the details
Our Kindle has now been set up, in the process of setting our time as well
If we would like to change the time, we can tap where it says "Tap here to adjust this" to do so
Or, we can follow our tutorial.
In the event that we wish to use a different account, we can tap "Use a different account"
Otherwise, tap "Continue setup" to continue the setup
We will now be given the options to link a Facebook account, as well as a Twitter account to our Kindle
If we would like to do either of these, we can do it now
Alternatively we have the option to connect later by pressing the "Connect later" button, located at the bottom center of the screen.
From this screen, we can also set Parental Controls
We can do this by pressing the words "Parental Controls", underneath of the option to "Connect Later". We have tutorials on linking your Facebook account, linking your Twitter account, and setting Parental Controls. Please make sure to reference those tutorials if assistance is needed on those topics.
Otherwise, tap "Connect Later" and we will skip these option for now
Now, we will be asked to set up a Goodreads account
Again, we have tutorials on setting up a Goodreads account and connecting to existing accounts
So we will skip this for now. If help is needed with this, please let us know in the comments section, or view our tutorials on how to do that.
Now we will be given the option to sign up for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
If Amazon Prime is something we use, the 30-Day Free Trial may be quite helpful for us. However, if we decide not to use Amazon Prime, we may want to skip this offer.
We can choose to "Get started", or we can skip this for now by pressing "Continue without FREE Two-Day Shipping", located under the "Get started" option
If, later, we decide to sign up for an Amazon Prime Free-Trial, we will still benefit from the same things offered here.
Our recommendation is that we do not sign up for the Free Trial initially, that is because we do not really know how to use our Kindle yet and it will take us about five days, or even as many as ten days to get comfortable and familiar with the device
By that time, we would have used up almost one-third of our free trial.
For now let's tap the "Continue without FREE Two-Day Shipping" option to skip this part
Once we have skipped past that, we will be given a quick overview of the device
We will see that all of our books are archived for free in the Cloud, we can tap on the Cloud to see our library
Or we can tap on "On Device" to see the items we have downloaded into our Kindle.
We are going to tap on "On Device"
Now that we have tapped on "On Device", we will see a series of books
We will now tap on a book to open it
Once we are in the book, we are able to read either with one hand or with both hands
In this case, we are going to tap in the largest area, which is the menu area, to go to the next page
This will turn the page for us
Now, if we want to go back a page, we tap this small area which will take us back a page
Once we have gone forward and back a page, we now know how to navigate through our book one page at a time
Then, we may wish to see the Toolbar
Tap in the upper section to see the Toolbar.
Now, we have a series of options
Each of these options we have discussed in detail in one of our other videos, however just to show how this works we are going to tap the icon labeled "Aa".
This will bring up a pop-up menu labeled "Display Settings"
This will give us the option to change our display settings, to change our font, to change line spacing, and to change margins. This allows us to easily customize all of our Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, so that is is better suited to our own personal needs and lets us read more easily.
Now, let's tap "X" to close this window
This "X" is located in the upper, right-hand window of the pop-up.
In the event we are unfamiliar with a word, we can simply tap and hold it
This will let us see what it means.
For example, let's tap and hold the circled word
Once we have let go, we will see a Dictionary definition for the word "beach"
If we would like to search for more words, we can press the word "More" to search for more
In our case, we are just going to tap outside of the dialog box, which will close it
If we find a name, we can do the same thing
Press and hold the name and when we release we will be given the options to choose more information about the name, choose to search Wikipedia, go back to the Dictionary, or just tap outside to close that.
If we wish to highlight something, we can do a similar action
We press and hold, and then drag across the information we would like to highlight.
Instead of highlighting the word, we can also choose the option to "Add Note", "Share", or "More"
For our purposes, we will tap "Highlight"
This will show how the words will look like when they are highlighted.
We can now tap the "Next" button to continue on
This button is located in the lower, right-hand corner of the screen.
We will see that there are power functions on the Kindle as well
Which lets us take, extend, and create much longer battery life. We will note also that the Kindle has a very advanced power function. This allows the battery life to be extended, as much as 8 weeks.
Let's tap on the word "Next", this will bring up the basic overview of the power functions
We will see that we can increase, or decrease the brightness by simply pressing the "+" or "-" icons
We can also slide up and down to change this.
Now, we will press "Next" again to go to the next section
Now we will find that this is the Main menu which we will generally see
There is a Home icon, symbolized by a black outline of a house, at the top left-hand corner
Next we have "Back", "Light", "Store", "Search", "Goodreads", and "Menu"
All written underneath of their matching icons.
For our purposes, we are going to press "Home"
This will take us to the Home, allowing us to begin using the Kindle
This concludes our tutorial on how to set up your Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, for the very first time
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