How to Put Music on a Kindle

By Sarah Morse

Kindles are digital book readers that can hold thousands of books. They have many other features as well, including audio books, a built-in dictionary and wireless capabilities. One of these features is background music. The Kindle allows you to transfer music from a computer to your ebook reader. Putting your own music onto the Kindle is not difficult, and once you know how to you can change your playlist whenever you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Kindle
  • USB connector
  • MP3s

Step 1

Attach the Kindle to the computer using the specialized USB cable that Amazon provided. This will establish a physical connection between the two devices.

Step 2

Click "Start" on your computer and navigate to "My Computer." Your Kindle should be listed in that window. If it is not, use the drop down menu at the top of the window and try to find it in that list. Click on the icon representing your Kindle to get into your Kindle files.

Step 3

Click on the "music" folder out of the three file folders listed in your Kindle files. This opens the music folder so that you can transfer music easily onto your Kindle. If the music folder does not exist, create it.

Step 4

Navigate to your personal music folder in another window. Choose the songs you would like to add to your Kindle. Check that they are MP3 format and convert if they are not. Any other format will not play.

Step 5

Right click and copy the file that you want to transfer. Then right click and paste it in your Kindle's music folder. Continue this until you have added all the songs you want for background music.

Step 6

Eject your Kindle safely so the files do not become corrupted. Right click on the eject icon at the bottom of your screen and click "Safely Remove Hardware" to complete this task.

Tips & Warnings

  • To play the music files on your Kindle, press "Menu" and choose "Experimental." Then click on "Play MP3." The files will play in the order you added them.