How to Put Documents Onto a Kindle Fire
The Wi-Fi capabilities of the Kindle Fire, Amazon's first Kindle with a color display, offer versatility when adding documents. Unlike some previous Kindle models, the Fire allows you to download documents from the Amazon Cloud online document storage service in addition to the more traditional method of connecting it to your computer via USB cable. Kindle Fire users may also use the personal documents service, which allows you to send files to your Kindle email address -- even bulk or zipped files.
Things You'll Need
- USB cable
- Wi-Fi access
- Amazon account
Find your Kindle email address. This address is automatically generated for you when you register your device with Amazon. On the Kindle home screen, tap "Quick Settings" and My Account. Your email address is listed under your name and should end with "@kindle.com." If you haven't registered your Kindle, tap "Register" under "My Account" on your device. Log in with your Amazon username and password and tap the "Register" button.
Open your email account on your computer. Compose a new email, attaching the document you want to send to your Kindle Fire. You don't have to include a subject to your email, but typing "Convert" in the subject line signals the Kindle to convert the file type to the Kindle format with the ".azw" extension. Click "Send."
Tap the "Email" icon on your Kindle and then tap the email containing the document. Select "Open" to view the document. The Kindle automatically saves it in a folder based on its file type. For example, books are saved in the Books library and personal documents are stored in the Docs library.
Connect your Kindle to your computer using a USB cable.
Open your Kindle Fire drive. For Windows, double-click on the new icon under "Computer" or "My Computer." For Mac users, click on the icon on your desktop.
Open the folder on your computer containing the document you wish to put on your Kindle Fire. Click on the document and drag it to the Kindle Fire folder. Drop it in the Kindle folder.
Disconnect your Kindle Fire by safely ejecting it first. For Windows 7, click "Start" and "Computer." Right-click the Kindle drive and choose "Eject." For a Mac, press the "Control" key when you click on the Kindle drive and select "Eject."
Log in to your Amazon Cloud Drive on your computer through your Amazon account. Click "Upload Files." Under "Your Cloud Drive," select a folder to store your document. Click "Select Files to Upload" and browse your computer for the files. Click "Confirm."
Tap a library on your Kindle Fire, such as Books or Music, while it's connected to a Wi-Fi network. Click the "Cloud" tab to access documents stored on the Cloud Drive.
Tap the document and then tap "Download" to put it on your Kindle Fire. It's automatically put in a library folder based on its file type. Although you can view a document directly from the Cloud Drive, you can't access it without Wi-Fi unless you download it to put it on your Kindle.
Tips & Warnings
- Windows users can use the free Send to Kindle for PC service. Download the application and then right-click on a document on your computer and choose "Send to Kindle." Alternatively, open your document, go to "Print" and select "Send to Kindle" as the printer to send a PDF of your document to your Kindle.
- Email bulk files easily to your Kindle. Attach multiple files in one email or zip a folder on your computer and email it to your Kindle email address. The files unzip in transit.
- Although registering your Kindle Fire is necessary to use your Kindle email address or Amazon Cloud, there's another perk: a free month of Amazon Prime membership. This entitles you to free streaming movies and television shows as well as free access to the thousands of e-books in Amazon's Lending Library. There is no due date to return a book to the Lending Library, but you can only borrow one book at a time. You also receive free shipping from Amazon as part of your Prime membership.
- Only supported file types can be put on your Kindle Fire. These file types include AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI and DOC document files; MP3, MIDI and WAV files for audio; JPEG, GIF and BMP for images; and MP4 and VP8 for video files. Some other file types may work if you email them with "Convert" in the subject line.
- Video files transferred to your Kindle Fire appear in your Gallery app. They only appear in your Video library if you download them from the Amazon Video store.
- Although you can view many document types on your Kindle Fire, you can't edit them without downloading apps designed for that purpose. Not all file types are editable on a Kindle Fire, but apps such as QuickOffice, Office Suite Pro and Documents to Go allow you to edit many word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
- If you're having trouble putting multiple files onto your Kindle Fire, reduce the number of files and try to download them in more than one batch -- there are limits to the number of files your Kindle Fire can download at once. For example, you can attach up to 25 files in one email to your Kindle Fire, or you can select up to 500 MP3 files to download from your Cloud Drive at one time.
References & Resources
- Amazon.com: Downloading, Streaming, and Transferring Files to Kindle Fire
- Amazon.com: Getting Started with Kindle Fire
- Amazon.com: Kindle Personal Documents Service
- Amazon.com: Uploading and Downloading Content
- Amazon.com: Send to Kindle for PC
- CNET: How to Put Documents on the Kindle Fire
- PC World: Seven Kindle Fire Apps for Getting Work Done
- Amazon.com: Kindle Fire Tablet
- Amazon.com: Amazon Cloud Player: for Web
- Amazon.com: Cloud Drive
- CNET: Four Essential Kindle Fire Tips and Tricks