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5 Ways to Fix Kindle Dictionary Not Working
One advantage of reading a book on Amazon Kindle is instantly understanding the meaning of a word with the inbuilt dictionary. However, if you rely on this feature and encounter problems, it can disrupt your reading. Here’s what to do if your Kindle dictionary isn’t working.
In this article, we’ve added five methods to fix the issue. We’ll also show you how to add a dictionary to your Kindle if you cannot access it. But before we get into that, let us understand more about the problem itself. The methods listed in this guide will work on all Kindle versions, including Kindle Paperwhite and Oasis.
Why Is Dictionary Not Working on Kindle
The dictionary feature may not be working on your Kindle due to the following reasons:
– The dictionary is not downloaded to your Kindle reader.
– The wrong dictionary is enabled.
– The dictionary has not been downloaded properly.
– You are using the Kindle offline, which means Wikipedia and word translation will not work without internet access.
– There may be software-related bugs on your Kindle.
Even though Kindle is a simplified device, it is not exempt from flaws. Throughout the years, we have encountered various issues, but they are easily resolved. Now, let’s explore how to add a dictionary to Kindle.
How to Add Dictionary to Kindle
If you can’t use the dictionary feature on your Kindle, it’s likely because the dictionary hasn’t been added to your Kindle reader. Here’s how to add a dictionary and set it as the default for the language:
1. Connect your Kindle to the internet and open the library.
2. Scroll down to the Dictionaries section.
3. Choose the dictionary you want to use and tap the three dots icon.
4. Tap Download to download the dictionary to your Kindle reader.
Step 5: Tap on the screen and select the downward arrow on the top section.
Step 6: Tap on Settings.
Step 7: Tap on ‘Language & Dictionaries’ and then Dictionaries.
Step 8: Select the downloaded language dictionary.
Step 9: Choose the downloaded dictionary.
Now, you can use the selected dictionary when reading on your Kindle ebook reader.
If you’re having trouble with the dictionary, we’ll assist you in the next section.
Here are five ways to fix the Kindle dictionary that isn’t working properly while reading books.
1. Re-Download the Dictionary
If you have downloaded a dictionary that is not working, it is likely because it was not properly downloaded or was interrupted during the process. The dictionary may also be corrupted, preventing you from using it. To resolve this issue, delete the dictionary and download it again. Here are the steps to do so:
1. Open the library and go to the Dictionaries section.
2. Tap on the three dots icon for the downloaded dictionary.
To remove a downloaded file, follow these steps: Step 3: Tap Remove Download.
The downloaded dictionary will be removed. You need to download it again.
Step 4: Tap on the three dots icon on the dictionary you want to re-download.
Step 5: Tap Download. The dictionary will be downloaded onto your Kindle device. Once downloaded, go to Settings > Language and Dictionaries > Dictionaries and select the downloaded dictionary.
2. Check the Internet Connection
If you want to use Wikipedia to find a word’s meaning or translate it, disable airplane mode and connect to the internet on your Kindle. Only basic language dictionaries can be used offline.
3. Restart Kindle
Shutting down your Kindle and restarting it can fix any issues and allow you to use the dictionary without problems. Here’s how to do it:
1. Tap anywhere on the screen if you’re reading a book. If you’re on the home page, go to step 2.
2. Tap the downward-facing arrow to open the control panel and select “All Settings.”
Step 3: Tap Device Options.
Step 4: Tap Restart and select Yes.
Alternatively, you can press the power button to restart your Kindle.
If multiple readers have an issue using the dictionary on their Kindle devices, Amazon will release a firmware update to fix it. Here’s how to update your Kindle reader.
Step 1: Tap your screen while reading a book. If you’re on the home page, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Tap the downward-facing arrow icon to open the control panel and navigate to All Settings.
Step 3: Tap Device Options.
Step 4: Tap Advanced Options.
Step 5: Tap on Update Your Kindle. Your device will restart after the firmware update is complete.
If the option is greyed out, your Kindle is already running on the latest software version.
5. Reset Kindle
If none of the above methods work, try resetting your Kindle reader. Resetting your Kindle will restore all configurations and settings to their default values, fixing any misconfiguration that may be causing your Kindle’s dictionary to malfunction.
Here’s what happens when you reset your Kindle:
– You will lose all your data, including books, documents, and settings.
– You will need to download any content you want to keep again.
– You will need to sign in to your Amazon account again.
To reset your Kindle, follow these steps:
Step 1: Tap anywhere on your screen if you’re reading a book. If you’re on the home page, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Tap the downward arrow icon to open the control panel and go to All Settings.
Step 3: Tap Device Options.
Step 4: Tap Reset.
In Step 5, press yes to confirm and wait for the process to complete.
If the dictionary isn’t working on Kindle, here’s what you need to do. Check the FAQ section for more information.
FAQs on Kindle Dictionary Not Working
1. Kindle offers approximately 46 dictionaries for the most widely spoken languages.
2. Yes, all dictionaries in Kindle’s library can be downloaded for free.
3. To change the dictionary while reading a book, long-tap on a word, tap on the dictionary name, and switch to a different language.
Understand Every Word You Read
We hope this article helps you fix the problem using dictionaries on your Kindle. This way, you can have no doubts about a sentence you read in a book. Additionally, understanding new words helps you improve your language skills!
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