How to Change Your Kindle Paperwhite’s Name - dummies

How to Change Your Kindle Paperwhite’s Name

By Leslie H. Nicoll, Harvey Chute

By default, your Kindle Paperwhite is named Your Name’s 1st Kindle, where Your Name is your first name. This name appears in the upper-left corner of the Home screen. You can change this name, if you want, to something more interesting or fun.

For example, some people name their Kindles after famous literary characters or authors. Others choose meaningful words, such as Catalyst — the Paperwhite is a catalyst for reading. You can change the name from the device itself or from your computer.

To change your Kindle Paperwhite’s name from the device, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Menu→Settings→Device Options.

  2. Tap Personalize Your Kindle→Device Name.

  3. Using the onscreen keyboard, enter a new name for your Kindle Paperwhite.

    Some Kindle Paperwhite owners use their name and phone number as their Kindle Paperwhite’s name. That way, if they misplace their Kindle Paperwhite, their contact information is prominently displayed on the Home screen for some kindhearted soul who finds the device and wants to return it to its rightful owner.

  4. Tap the Save button to complete the process.

To change the device name through your Amazon account on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Go to

  2. If prompted, enter your e-mail address and password.

  3. Click the Sign In Using Our Secure Server button.

  4. Click Manage Your Devices, which appears on the left side of the screen.

    Your Kindle Paperwhite appears in the list of registered devices.

  5. Click Edit next to the Kindle’s name.

  6. In the dialog box that appears, type a new name and then click the Update button.

You can also add personal information or a message, such as “This Kindle Paperwhite belongs to your name. If found, please call xxx-xxx-xxx” to the Personal Info section of the Settings menu. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. On the Kindle Paperwhite, tap the Menu icon.

  2. Tap Settings→Personalize Your Kindle→Personal Info.

  3. Use the onscreen keyboard to enter the desired information.

  4. Tap Save.

Note that this information appears only in the Personal Info section — not on the Home screen — and won’t be readily apparent to anyone who happens to be looking at your Kindle Paperwhite.