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How to change Kindle Paperwhite screensaver

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Many people want to custom screensaver on their Kindle device. But this is not an easy job. Unlike setting screensaver on cellphone or computer, changing screensaver on Kindle device is much more complex. You need to jailbreak the device first. Then you have to install some other files on the device or modify some system files. For tablet like Kindle Fire, changing screensaver is not that difficult. But for Kindle e-ink ebook reader, the process may be much more complicated. This article will tell you how to change screensaver on the most popular e-ink reader – the Kindle Paperwhite.

1 Jailbreak Kindle Paperwhite

You may hate to hear the words like jailbreak, root, hacking. They sound like so complicated and may cause the device bricked. But this is the must-have step for changing screensaver. So don't hesitate, just click here to follow the tutorial and jailbreak your Kindle Paperwhite. If you do as the tutorial says, the device won't get bricked easily.

2 Install screensaver hack

Now you have to install some files on the device. We need two files: the Python pack and the screensaver hack. Click here to download these two files: kindle-python-0.8.N.zip and kindle-linkss-0.15.N.zip.

First we need to install the Python pack. Extract kindle-python-0.x.N.zip file and you can see the update_python_0.x.N_install.bin file.

python-file

Connect Kindle Paperwhite to computer and copy this file to the root directory. Then eject the device and go to Menu – Setting – Menu. Choose "Update your Kindle" and wait for the updating process finishes. Then connect Paperwhite to computer again.

update-device

Second, we need to install the screensaver hack. The process is as the same as above. Extract kindle-linkss-0.1x.N.zip file and copy the update_linkss_0.1x.N_install.bin file to the root directory of Kindle Paperwhite.

screensaver-hack

Eject Kindle Paperwhite from computer and update it again. After updating finishes, connect the device to computer. You will find three new folders at the root directory.

new-folders

Open the "linkss" folder and you'll find a folder called "screensaver". This is where you put the screensaver.

change-kindle-paperwhite-screensaver

Now just put the new screensaver to this folder and everything is done. Remember that the new screensaver should be a .png file and has a dimension of 758*1024. You can get more screensaver from this post:7 Places to Download Kindle Screensavers

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11/30/2013 05:54:47
The links for kindle-python-0.6.N.zip and kindle-linkss-0.12.N.zip are not working anymore
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12/2/2013 19:56:08
Thank you for pointing this out.
The links are fixed and I upgrade them to newer versions.
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03/10/2014 07:44:39

Hi,
I also installed KUAL on my Paperwhite 2 - if I copy a new pic into the folder as explained, the screensaver on the paperwhite is not changing...

Its kind of transparent.

Can you please help me?

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05/15/2014 06:39:20
Me too.. is this a problem of screensaver format??
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04/8/2014 18:02:34
I got an error "can not update" whe trying to install the fisrt file, I just got my kindle yesterday 4/7/2010, please help
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04/8/2014 19:33:27

Hi Carlos,

I guess it's because your current firmware version is higher than the python pack version in the article.

You can search " kindle-python-0.x" in Google, try to find a newer version.

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07/21/2014 22:01:25

Will this work on the latest Kindle Paperwhite?

I just bought one yesterday :) ..its the 2nd gen apparently.

Excellent article btw, the easiest and most concise, thank you.

Hopefully I can get these nasty default images changed :)

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07/23/2014 19:05:00
It depends on your Kindle's firmware version.
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