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Initial post: Jan 9, 2012 7:50:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2012 7:52:01 AM PST
I. Gallegos says:
Hello friendly Kindle users!

I love my K4, non-touch. It's perfect. However, I keep looking for a feature. I'm hoping there's an app I can get that will do this, rather than doing an ssh dev mode stunt. Here's my issue with the K4:

I don't really see the point to the kindle screensaver, especially since I've paid to remove the special offers for $30. Now there's REALLY no point to the screensaver.

This isn't an old monitor, whose image can burn the screen if left on for too long. It's an e-ink screen. Key locking, however, is good. But I don't need it to auto key lock for me, because I'm very good at pressing buttons. So is there a non-hacking way I can get a feature that lets me say, "screen saver, don't turn on for 500 hours"? That's all I need.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 7:57:42 AM PST
Without hacking you can not change the sleep screen photos or the delay time. The sleep screen does have a purpose. It "locks" all the buttons except the power button so that you don't accidentally turn pages, delete books, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 7:58:44 AM PST
IMO, the purpose of the sleep mode pictures on the e-ink Kindles is to let the user know at a glance that their device is asleep and not turned off. A device that is turned off will have a blank screen.

Screen saver isn't really the correct term.

I don't believe there is a no-hacking way to change how a Kindle functions. Don't you think it would be well documented if there were?

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 4:10:28 PM PST
I. Gallegos says:
Thanks for your comments.

Sorry, I see a problem with your concept of the "sleep screen's" purpose.

Just because the keys are locked, making them temporary unusable, should not mean the screen must be unusable as well. I'm surprised the two of you have jumped so quickly to defend the current function of the Kindle sleep screen; the keys should lock AND keep the screen on the page I'm reading. This is the correct way for it to work. My mp3 and cellphone can do this.

Correction: Pictures for the keylock are, in fact, pointless. If it did anything else it might have a point. It does not. My current solution is to occasionally press the center button, on the d-pad, in order to stay on a page I want to continue studying.

I'll keep looking for a better solution to delay this "feature".


Contact support via email and demand more screen saver options become available in the next update of the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 10:50:27 AM PST
CSGLinux says:
Totally agree with you here. I'm inside my K4 NT right now with root access, desperately trying to figure out how to do this. If you need to study a document for any length of time, the 5 minute timeout to screensaver is sooooo annoying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 10:54:39 AM PST
I just spent 15 seconds trying to get myself worked up about this... but I just can't.


Posted on Jan 18, 2012 10:59:30 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
my cell phone goes to a greyed out screen after a while - my work computer goes to "sleep"

seems normal to me (plus I like that if I accidentally fall asleep, the battery doesn't get run down)

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 11:15:46 AM PST
Dittie says:
The lighted cover turns off when the device goes to sleep.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 5:43:33 AM PST
I. Gallegos says:
Thank you for your reply CSGLinux. It's interesting how another fellow Linux user is able to see the issue with this device, looking for a way to fix it, while the windows and mac users seem to accept its problems. ;) :P

Dittie Endora Wolfganger, good point. I don't have a light so I didn't factor that in. However, I still think there should be an option.

Erich "FlouncyPants" Rose, I'll put on blue face paint and give you the Braveheart pre-battle speech, changing a few words so it's about the Kindle. Later though.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 6:40:24 PM PST
I. Gallegos says:
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Posted on Jan 22, 2012 7:19:09 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
You can turn off the sleep mode (i.e., screensaver) on the Kindle Keyboard & you might be able to use the same or similar command to turn it off on the K4 (and it's not a hack & doesn't require rooting).

This is from Dianne Gorman's Kindle blog:

Sleep (screensaver) mode:

The Kindle normally goes into sleep mode after 10 minutes of inactivity, or when you slide the power switch briefly.
In sleep mode a `screensaver' is displayed and all keys are disabled. This can be inconvenient if you are trying to follow a recipe on your Kindle.
Disable sleep mode:
This is not a `hack'; it simply uses built-in, but not publicly documented, commands.
For each of these commands, from the HOME screen press DEL to bring up the search box. Then press SYM so you can type the first character.
Type ;debugOn and press ENTER. Nothing appears to happen.
Type ~disableScreensaver and press ENTER.
This not only disables the automatic sleep mode, but also disables manually putting the Kindle to sleep using the power slider.
Re-enable sleep mode
To re-enable sleepmode, type ~resumeScreensaver.
To see other commands available in debug mode, type ~help.
To turn off debug mode, type ;debugOff.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 7:22:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2012 7:23:55 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Okay, Ammy told me my first post didn't post, so I'll try again. Forgive me, please, if this posts twice (slightly differently written).

ETA: darn! I posted the second time, and by then, Ammy had fixed the posting problem -- so I deleted the duplicate content.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2012 7:26:40 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I completely agree with you. I use Linux as well because I love having complete control over my computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2012 11:36:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2012 9:54:46 AM PST
CSGLinux says:
I. Gallegos, you solved this issue on a K4, non-touch? Can you post how?
BTW, many thanks AmeliaA - this trick worked on my K4 too. I'd still like Amazon to give us the option to increase the time-out to the screensaver, rather than disabling it altogether. I may be weird, but I quite like the ads. They're unobtrusive and they do have local offers that might actually be useful to me. With the ~disableScreensaver trick, I never ever see the ads.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 12:37:00 AM PDT
I have a Kindle basic (K4). How can I give the commands you suggested?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 11:13:28 AM PDT
Michael says:
I did what AmeliaAT documented above to disable the sleep mode on my Kindle (version 4 non-touch variety) by entering the commands using the virtual keybard.

I like the way the screen stays as I leave it but don't like how quickly my battery drains (looses about 25% of the battery per day). I'm guessing it is because I left wireless on. I thought about turning wireless off manually but didn't want the hassle of turning it back on to sync so I could easily switch back and forth from my tablet computer that I use more at night (at least until I receive the new PaperWhite Kindle coming my way when they ship!).

SO, I'm on the virge of just re-enabling the sleep mode with the screen saver again on my existing Kindle since I don't want to have to be charging my Kindle more often. I wish I could double the time that I'm allowed to stay on a page before the screen switches to the screensaver and turns off my Kindle though. I often get pulled away by my kids or a phone call and really dislike having to turn it back on to continue reading. I would much rather that even if the Kindle turns off that it leaves my current page on the Kindle active.

Actually, if I could choose, I would choose that the Kindle would turn off the wireless immediately (or more ideally after a user specified amount of minutes) after syncing at the time I wake it up from sleep mode and not use wireless again unless I do something that requires it during my reading session (giving me the option to turn it back on if I want to spend my battery power) such as to sync or look up book info/shop.

The duration of "time before going into sleep mode" which should further ideally only disable the buttons to further save power should be user specifiable number of minutes and be independent of the much shorter time-out possible by the above option of turning the wireless connection off after initial sync when I turn my device on.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 12:06:31 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 9:18:43 AM PDT
Jason says:
This works on my K3 Kindle, but disables the slide to lock hardware function, too. I don't want the screensaver to come on while reading, but when I'm ready to go somewhere, I want to lock it so I don't press page forward or backwards by accident. Anyway to get around this?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 9:39:40 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 9:41:29 AM PDT
Actually, you could use a larger font. The page will haver few words and perhaps you will be able to read the entire page before the 10 minutes runs out.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 2:28:59 PM PDT
Carlos says:
By holding the sleep button for a longer time than usual you can sleep your kindle, although there won't be no screensaver. I found this to be the best solution to the screensaver problem. Try it out, it is excellent for acedemic papers and cooking stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 8:29:06 PM PDT
Bruce Zhao says:
this is not useful to a KINDLE 4 4.1.1

Posted on May 22, 2014 8:27:13 AM PDT
Tx, this thing about the ~debugOn stuff worked with my kindle 4.

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