How to Download Files From Your Computer to Your Kindle

By Jay Darrington

Amazon's Kindle uses its 3G Whispernet connection to download files from the Amazon store. However, when it comes to files that aren't a part of Amazon.com, such as word processor documents, PDF and text files, you must hook your Kindle directly to your computer to download them.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable

Step 1

Connect your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable. Wait for the computer to fully recognize your Kindle.

Step 2

Click "Start" on your PC, and then click on "My Computer" or "Computer," depending on your version of Windows.

Step 3

Double-click on the icon representing your Kindle.

Step 4

Keep the Kindle window open and open the folder containing the files you want to transfer to the Kindle.

Step 5

Drag the files to the Kindle folder. They are now accessible from your Kindle, whether or not you are still connected to your PC.

Tips & Warnings

  • These instructions are based on a Windows operating system. However, Mac computers running OS X 10.2 or later versions can also download files to a Kindle via a USB cable.