Change Kindle Default Screensaver to Custom Screensaver

First let me walk thro you in remove the existing screensavers which comes with the kindle.

Note: Its not mandatory to remove the existing one’s unless you wanna get rid of it..

Remove Kindle Screensavers

  • Plug one end of the USB connector cable into the Kindle device and the other end into a free USB port on a PC or laptop. Allow the device to register on the computer.

  • Right-click on the Windows “Start” button and select the “Explore” option from the context menu. Windows Explorer will open.
  • Navigate to the Kindle device and click the device name. Folders on the Kindle will be listed in the file explorer.
  • Double-click the folder labeled “system” on the Kindle device. If the folder is not visible, set the folder preferences in Windows Explorer to “Show Hidden Files”. To do this, click Tools from the top navigation menu, then select “Folder Options…” Make the changes, then save and exit the menu.
  • Double-click the folder named “screen_saver” in the “system” directory.
  • Delete the files in the screen_saver folder.
  • Click the “X” in the upper right corner of the window to close Windows Explorer.
  • Unmount the Kindle device by clicking the Unmount icon in the system tray.
  • Remove the USB connector cable from the Kindle. The custom screensaver files have been removed from the Kindle.

Custom Kindle Screensaver

  • Attach the Kindle to a computer using the USB cord.
  • Using Windows Explorer (or whatever you use to see individual files/folders) , you should see a new drive called Kindle under My Computer. Go to that drive. (Or if you have an SD card in your Kindle, you can go to the SD drive.)
  • Create a new folder called “pictures” and a sub folder called “ screensaver” under it. Make sure both folder names are all lowercase.
  • Copy your image files into the screensaver folder. Your pictures should be 600×800 pixels and black & white. I’ve only used .jpg files. [[Note: I’ve used .png files as well]]
  • After copying is complete & it is safe, remove the Kindle from the USB connection.
  • Go to your Home menu and press alt-z. This will create a new book called “ screensaver” . Open it. You’ll see each of your pictures. You can advance through them with the prev. page and next page buttons. [[Note: The new book will appear at the END of your book list]]
  • While viewing your pictures, look at the bottom of the Kindle screen. If you see your battery indicator & Menu prompt, press alt-F to go into Full Screen mode.
  • On each photo, press alt-shift-0 (i.e., alt-shift-zero) . After a brief delay, you’ll get a message that your picture has been exported as screensaver. Click Close on the message.
  • Navigate to each of the pictures you want to use and repeat the above step.
  • When you’ve got all your pictures loaded, test them by going into & out of sleep mode. Alt-aA (i.e., alt-font size button) puts it to sleep & wakes it up again. Each time it sleeps, it should use a different image. If you see the same image all the time, re-look at Step 3.
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