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Can You Read Kindle Oasis In The Dark?

Last Updated May 20, 2022

Sometimes, it is really hard to put it down when you begin to read a new book. We can find ourselves staying up all night just to read one more chapter in these situations. Although this is a fun thing to do, it can strain the eyes, especially if you are reading in the dark. Due to this, many people ask, can you read on a Kindle Oasis in the dark?

You can read the Kindle Oasis in the dark thanks to the new backlight feature on the Oasis. It’s completely adjustable, so you can control the amount of light you use when reading in the dark. This helps reduce eye strain and damage. The tone can also be adjusted to warmer colors or cooler colors.

Although this feature sounds amazing, it is hard to use if you do not know how to turn it on, off, or adjust it. Keep reading to learn how to use the backlight, adjust the brightness and tone, and troubleshoot the Kindle Oasis light settings.

Let’s Get Backlit

You do not have to be totally in the dark when you are reading a book at night in bed. The convenience of the Kindle Oasis is that you can use the backlighting feature to read in almost any light setting. To turn it on or off, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the Kindle Oasis
  2. Go to the home menu
  3. Swipe down to access the quick access bar (if reading a book, tap the gear icon)
  4. Push and hold the + button to turn the light on and to the highest setting
  5. Push and hold the – button to turn the light off

You can use the backlight for camping, outdoor night reading by the fire, or reading in bed at night. You can view the text without straining your eyes, making it ideal for long-term use. The light is adjustable, so it can be adjusted down so as not to disturb a bedmate.

Additionally, since you can read the Kindle Oasis in the dark, you can also comfortably read it outdoors in sunlight.

Light vs. Dark

Some people like to read in the dark with their screens in the brightest setting possible. Others prefer to dim their screens down so that they can just barely see the font. Some people are just right in the middle. Each person’s preference for brightness differs. Here is how to adjust it the next time you sit down to read:

  1. Turn on the Kindle Oasis.
  2. Go to the home menu or settings button.
  3. Swipe down to access the quick access bar (if reading a book, tap the gear icon).
  4. Tap the + button until you reach your desired brightness. This button turns the brightness up and adds more light.
  5. Tap the – button until you reach your desired dimness. This button turns the brightness down and adds less light.

The light can be adjusted at any time by following these simple instructions. It is easier to adjust when going from a dark space to a bright space. Alternatively, if someone complains that the screen is too bright, you can adjust it for them and then go back to your beloved settings. The possibilities and personalization are endless.

No Light In Sight

Sometimes technology does not work properly or malfunctions. This can also occur with the Kindle Oasis. One problem a user may come across is the backlight not working. This is extremely inconvenient, especially if you need the backlight to read in the dark. Luckily, there are ways to try to fix the problem; read on to find out what you can do.

Charge it Up

If a Kindle Oasis has a low battery, it will try to shut down functions that are considered unnecessary to conserve power. While power-saving technology is great for elongating battery life, it can make it inconvenient when you want to read in the dark. Simply plug in the Kindle Oasis and let it charge to battle this. The backlight will likely start to function again at full power.

Prepare for An Update

If the backlight stops working, but the rest of the Kindle Oasis seems fine, this may be a problem with a firmware setting. The Kindle Oasis regularly pushes out updates for the device to ensure bugs do not render it useless. To ensure the Kindle Oasis is up to date, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Go onto Amazon and search for the Kindle Oasis update and download it onto the computer. Save it on your desktop or somewhere else where it is easy to find.
  2. Grab your Kindle and turn it on.
  3. Plug it into the computer with the USB cord.
  4. Drag the update file from the desktop and onto the ‘Kindle Drive’ which can be found under ‘My Computer.’
  5. Unplug the Kindle from the computer and put away the cord.
  6. Tap Menu and then settings.
  7. Tap the menu again and then select the option to update your Kindle.
  8. Confirm the update.

After the Kindle Oasis is done updating, turn it off and then on again. This should reset it fully and allow it to function with the new firmware. Try turning the backlight on and off again to see if it is working.

Turned Too Far Down

If you are one of those who enjoys changing the brightness on their screen, it is important always to double-check to see if you turned the backlight off completely before panicking that it is broken. Users tend to hold the dim button down too long and turn off the backlight more often than not. Simply press the + button, and it should come back on.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Fortunately, the Kindle Oasis comes equipped with a backlight, so whether you are reading in bed or a subway tunnel, you will be able to enjoy the book you have selected without eye strain or holding a flashlight. The backlight function is the perfect feature for any bookworm.

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