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Initial post: Oct 26, 2012, 6:25:30 PM PDT
SDS 1949 says:
My wife and I are both Kindle owners from day 1. I got her a Fire 2nd Gen for a special gift. When she was reading she asked me how to change the brightness. She was so unhappy that you have to cover the whole page to change the brightness settings. It means if you didnt get it how you like you have to do the whole thing all over. To me there should have been a brightness control available within the Kindle App itself. What does everyone think?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 7:02:48 PM PDT
Did you get the Fire HD? If so, there is a Brightness control in the Settings menu. Swipe down from the top of the Home screen, and one of the options is brightness. Tap on that. Then you can set the brightness either automatically or manually. It might be the same on the Fire 2nd Gen, but I don't have one of those.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 7:29:53 PM PDT
I know what you mean. When you open the Quick Settings bar it overlays the whole page and it's very hard to see what affect changing the brightness has. I had to use trial-and-error and make two or three attempts to get the brightness I wanted. On the other hand, I discovered that turning it to "Automatic" works pretty well for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012, 7:43:45 PM PDT
Jeanne says:
Yes, the overlay that draws down over the entire page makes setting the brightness level rather difficult. I don't know if this will help at all as it takes two hands to accomplish, but if you draw the "shade" down just low enough for the brightness slider bar to show, without lifting your drawing finger off the screen, that allows the very bottom portion of the un-shaded screen to show so that you can adjust the slider with your other hand and see how it's affecting the screen. It is really awkward and may not be worth the hassle, but it works.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 8:38:30 PM PDT
SDS 1949 says:
Great replies thank you all. I did not get her the HD as she would not be using it for many games or video. We both have bad arthritis It may be a deal breaker for my wife. I took a look at her Optimis Android phone and the same thing happens there.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012, 8:41:49 PM PDT
SDS 1949 says:
I just called Amazon CS to do a return. She has a PW and it is REALLY great. It was very difficult to understand the accent of the rep. He tried to help but I had to make 2 calls and get someone I could understand. It is the first time I really was frustrated about that. I was nice to the guy and told him he was doing a great job but I have to hang up and try again. What do you think of the accents of the outsourced CS? I know that is a different topic.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013, 7:54:30 AM PST
icelander711 says:
Thank you' 're a life saver! So many things to remember with this device...

Posted on Jan 25, 2013, 1:56:22 PM PST
jsh1120 says:

You might try an app from the Amazon Appstore (Screen Dim) that provides considerably better control over both brightness and contrast than the stock brightness control. Among other things, it enables you to see the effect of changing the settings while in the app, provides for several pre-set levels stored in the app, and saves some battery by allowing you to lower brightness while increasing contrast.

ScreenDim Full

P.S. There's a free trial version as well as the $.99 full version.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013, 6:10:07 PM PDT
I get a dim light when I turn my kindle fire hd on but nothing else

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013, 4:58:42 PM PDT
Dorothea says:
It worked.Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 12:15:27 AM PST
Thank you so much for your simple explanation of how to change the brightness. I looked all over my Kindle and didn't know that menu existed!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014, 5:55:36 PM PST
When I swipe down, all I see is my apps. No settings or "more" option. WTF.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014, 5:56:59 PM PST
roger: Try swiping down
from close to the top of the screen.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014, 6:31:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2014, 6:31:43 AM PST
M42 says:
This thread makes no sense. Every Kindle Fire from version 1 to the HDX has had a brightness control.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2014, 6:42:21 AM PST
That wasn't the question/complaint. The issue the OP mentioned is that, at least on some of the Fires, when you swipe down for brightness, a transparent black screen floats down over the whole screen that you're TRYING to adjust the brightness on.

So you move the brightness thingy, but then you have to exit the menu to get the black overlay screen to go away so you can SEE if the brightness ended up where you wanted it. If not, you have to repeat the process. It's a PITA.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014, 2:55:25 PM PST
John says:
My husbandgaveme a kindle fire HDX 8.9 for Christmas and I love it, but do not know how to adjust the brightness on my screen. Can you help me?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2014, 8:19:04 PM PST
Thank you!

Posted on Aug 16, 2014, 6:53:40 AM PDT
Turned kindle fire off. After turning back on, the brightness stayed on highest setting, moving the slider has no effect. I can move the slider all the way down and it stays on full brightness. Nothing else is wrong. I wonder if the OS is compromised?

Posted on Sep 6, 2014, 4:24:43 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 6, 2014, 4:24:44 PM PDT
J.I. says:
My kindle fire I received as a gift. I had set the brightness down.. now when it unlocks its full brightness and usually at some point it then auto dims but I can see like a line of lights on the bottom of the kindle that remain lit and give a lamp or > design of light from each one along the edge. Relocating and unlocking the device seems to alleviate the problem...but why is this happening at all?

Posted on Sep 8, 2014, 9:33:44 PM PDT
There is no way to "swipe down" from the home screen on mine. I just get my "recently used" items.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2014, 10:49:21 PM PDT
From the very top edge of any screen.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015, 5:55:36 AM PST
GRWest says:
I like kindle but the Nook has so many wonderful qualities that doesn't take downloading apps. Organizing your books under whatever titles you choose & the other was all the adjustments controls with very few key strokes. So, the brightness hurts my eyes, anyone know how to control it? Do I have to buy an app.? That's just crazy!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2015, 6:02:09 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Read the manual.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2015, 11:09:02 AM PST
J.I. says:
In the top pull down menu there is a brightness button to control it
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