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Kindle Paperwhite: Language

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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012, 7:43:07 PM PDT
How do you change a language to understand English instructions?

Posted on Nov 4, 2012, 5:02:05 AM PST
Fud53 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012, 5:10:40 AM PST
P. M. H. says:
Richard, sorry I do not know the answer to your question, hopefully someone will soon. I just wanted to say, please ignore Fud53. We all just ignore him/her. He/She never has anything helpful to say.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012, 5:42:11 AM PST
J. Faulk says:
ROR: Google

kindle users guide

Therein, refer to "Language and Dictionaries."

Posted on Nov 4, 2012, 5:51:54 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
You don't need to do the words, just count and this works for all languages

From the Home Screen
5th Listing (Settings)
4th Listing (Device Options)
5th Listing (Language and Dictionaries)
1st Listing (Language)

English or whatever you want

The Paperwhite will reboot

and to those who suggest reading the user guide - it's not much help because it doesn't say what the options are in other languages, just in english

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:03:12 AM PST
revroy says:
Thank you so much! Exactly as you say, the options in any other language are of no help if you don't understand the language and the user guide is short of screen shots. I was interrupted in the set up process and ended up with Japanese! Was about to set off back to Waterstones to use there in store demo model to find out which number option to use. Just saved me a trip and and afternoon. Much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:34:14 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
Pineapple's the one who worked it out and I forgot to credit her :-(

Posted on Nov 20, 2012, 8:31:06 PM PST
mm says:
Mine arrived in Japanese also! Very frustrating. I tried counting the menu options as instructed in these posts, but it does not work. The menu must be different in Japanese? Help

Posted on Nov 20, 2012, 11:24:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012, 11:16:02 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
that's because it was written before the Special options hit the menus

here's the latest:

if you have the Paperwhite with special offers, it's slightly different:

1. Tap the Home icon (House Icon)
2. Tap the Menu icon (Three Bars in Upper right)
3. Tap the 2nd-to-last item on the menu (6th from the top if you have the offers, 5th from the top if you don't)
4. Tap the 4th item
5. Tap the last (5th) item
6. Tap the 1st item

note that step 3 is different

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012, 1:57:43 PM PST
mm says:
CBRetriever gives the right instructions above. I called Amazon and spoke to a very nice rep who walked me through the same. Thanks for the help.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012, 2:28:20 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
actually someone else came up with them and I thank her

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 6:34:32 PM PST
L. Powers says:
I have somehow gotten into a chinese language on my new Knidle paperwhite. I have no idea what the menu icon referred to above looks like. I have not seen a knidle in english and none of the icons look like a menu. Please help.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 6:36:27 PM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Uh-oh! Non-English alphabet is bad to be stuck with.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 6:50:34 PM PST
♥ Ann says:
@L. Powers - The Menu icon is the 3 lines in the top-right corner of the screen.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 7:09:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012, 7:56:37 PM PST
L. Powers says:
Ann, Thank you I will start counting and see how it works

thanks all, I am up and reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012, 8:51:31 AM PST
Rich says:
I hear ya. Mine arrived in I think Chinese. Man that was annoying.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012, 9:38:22 AM PST
Eva says:
Thanks CBRetriever and Pineapple. Your instructions were very helpful after the Kindle started up in an Asian language.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012, 10:09:34 AM PST
Thanks CBRetriever saved me a lot of grief : )
Merry Christmas

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012, 6:00:27 PM PST
116Redrock says:
My drop down which is in Chinese, I think, has 6 lines. Lines 3 and 4 and greyed out. If I pick the 5th I get another menu with 5 options, so I pick number 4. Then I get another menu with only three options. Any idea what I do now?

Posted on Jan 1, 2013, 2:17:40 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
5. Tap the last item
6. Tap the 1st item

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013, 8:33:49 AM PST
116Redrock says:
Thank you, but this doesn't work. However, I have had help which did. Thank you anyway. :)

Posted on Jan 4, 2013, 12:00:45 AM PST
Denni22 says:
The menu item count method worked a treat - thank you so much

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013, 1:01:25 PM PST
Thank you! I accidentally pressed the wrong language option when I received my Kindle today...this saved me a lot of frustration!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013, 4:16:34 PM PST
Brkpnt says:
Help! I got stuck in Chinese, then I hit the Wifi button by mistake. I don't know what the homescreen looks like or where is it? I keep trying to tap a Chinese figure in upper left corner but nothing happens.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013, 12:54:28 PM PST
Nikol says:
This happened to me as well - page was frozen and in chinese. I called customer support and they had me cycle power by holding down the power button for 30 seconds. Then it reloaded and the home page came up - you should be able to follow the rest of the instructions listed above. Good Luck!
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