Customer Discussions > Kindle forum

What movie formats does kindle fire support?

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 76-100 of 107 posts in this discussion
Posted on Nov 15, 2012 5:00:30 PM PST
D. P. Wright says:
At the home screen search bar at the top type gallery, the app will appear there and you will know what the icon looks like. Maybe it is ES Manager that is opening the *.avi files.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 5:04:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 5:04:59 PM PST
run50 - The Kindle Fire will not support playback of .avi files out of the box. However, you can install another video player app like Moboplayer on to the Fire that will play .avi files. You can get the app from 1mobile. I use it on my 1st Gen Kindle Fire and my Fire HD because we have a lot of .avi vdieo files too...

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 5:08:50 PM PST
P. Jones - The "Gallery" app was the video player app on the 1st gen Kindle Fire. It's not on the new Fires. For the new Fires, you would use the "Personal Video" app under "apps" to play videos in MP4 format that you;ve loaded on your device.

I would also recommend MoboPlayer as a good video player app that can play almost any file format, and you should not have any issues with audio and video being out of sync. You can get it from 1mobile and install it on your Fire. You have to first change the device settings on the Fire to allow installation of applications from unknown sources (i.e. for places other than Amazon).

I use MoboPlayer on all my Kindle Fires and my Toshiba Thrive, and it really is a very versatile video player.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 7:36:54 PM PST
Thanks Laura - I'll check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 10:25:07 AM PST
thanks! i was wondering what happened to them

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2012 2:14:50 PM PST
Fisher says:
To David,
have you checked that your screen rotation lock isn't on? (slide notifications down from the top of your screen and make sure the top left corner says unlocked.)

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 9:11:21 PM PST
A. Griswold says:
1st generation kindle fire opens and plays mov file attached to email. New HD 8.9 won't says file not supported. Why does the first generation work and not the new one?

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 9:54:50 PM PST
I know this had probably been answered already, but I downloaded a digital copy of a movie I received and it put it on itunes. I copied the file, which says MP4 (m4v), to the video section on my Kindle Fire 1st gen. I looked in the Gallery section and I found it, but it said it could not play it. I then copied it to the download section on the Kindle and the same thing. I downloaded Handbrake and tried to do it there as well, but it still is in mp4 (m4v) file. Does anyone know if I am doing something wrong? Thank you so much! GOD bless!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 9:56:51 PM PST
iTunes digital copies will not work on a Kindle Fire (as far as I know).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 10:02:35 PM PST
It did not come from itunes though, which I thought would help. When I click on the file, they are in Windows Media Player format.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 2:09:21 AM PST
D. P. Wright says:
Do you mean it opens in Windows Media Player? Itunes movies are usually protected by digital rights management meaning you actually agreed to not convert it when you bought it. That also makes it difficult to convert. Sounds like you might have mixed up the extensions. iTunes is *.Mv4 and the fire will play *.Mp4. Make sure you convert it to Mpeg4 which will give you a proper format to play on a fire. I usually use Mpeg2 because that's what my old software supports but it plays fine. I've never tried with a protected movie from iTunes.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 2:41:44 PM PST
Afia says:
I'm not computer sarvy and the answer to my question is probably here but I'm not getting it. This is the question: I just bought the Kindle Fire and I'm still trying to learn this tablet but I can't seem to get videos from it, no sound so far. I watch my TV shows online and I can't get it to work. Please help, I don't want to regret buying this tablet.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 8:14:20 PM PST
It opens in iTunes because I selected it as the player when I downloaded it. I went to and selected iTunes. I have tried changing the file extension and Handbrake, but after 11 hours of download time, I gave up on that.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 8:57:31 PM PST
Sorry Amazon, but the fact you can't open .MOV is ridiculous. So when a video is shot on an iphone and emailed, it can't be opened on a Kindle Fire? Really?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 4:06:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2013 7:09:06 AM PST
D. P. Wright says:
Sorry iPhone but the fact that you record movies in a proprietary file format is ridiculous. So when a video shot on an iphone is emailed the only thing it can be played on is another apple device? Really?

*.MOV is an apple quicktime file extension, not a standard file format. Luckily technically savvy users can install codecs on a Pc or use quicktime to watch them. Mpeg4 is a standard recognized by nearly every video capable device or software. I know its hard for apple users but the iphone is not the center of the tech universe. I'll stick with universal file formats on my kindle.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 4:17:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2013 7:18:22 AM PST
D. P. Wright says:
The kindle fire and now the kindle hd are NOT an iPad, nor are they meant to be. If you are going to buy your content from apple then use their device to play their proprietary files formats. I love apple people coming here to bash the fire at a third the cost of an ipad because apple will not allow their content to be played on it. Apple and its proprietary files are your problem, get an ipad.

Got a kindle? Buy from Amazon. Don't complain that your kindle wont play apple. Don't bash a product or it's users because you bought your content elsewhere. It is actually illegal and against the agreement you made with apple when purchasing their content to convert it to any other format.

You wouldn't buy an oil filter for a Ford because it's on sale and then complain it doesn't work with your Toyota, would you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 10:22:45 AM PST
A. Griswold says:
I love my kindle but.... My 1st generation fire played mov files. I don't own an iPhone but received an email from a friend who owns an iPhone and it had a very short video from Christmas Eve with my family. It played on my 1st generation but not on my new 8.9" HD.

BUT I love my Kindles. Just thought there would be consistency with the fires.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 10:55:35 AM PST
John Crissup says:
> Just thought there would be consistency with the fires.

Agreed! If a product vendor chooses to remove a format from their product and deal with the consumer fallout, so be it. But supporting it on the standard Fire while not supporting it on the Fire HD (which is surely capable of playing it) just seems silly and inconsistent.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 5:52:20 AM PDT
Can you stream an .mp4 or .vp8 movie from an external hard drive?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 8:10:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2013 8:11:12 AM PDT
I have a Kindle Fire, an iPad2 and an iPhone 5. Technology is constantly changing, therefore it can be challenging to keep up. There are always Apps to keep up with the changes. My Kindle Fire does not have a way to directly connect to an external hard drive; however. I can connect it via USB to my computer and drag and drop ( usually mine are under Gallery, not Videos, just a Kindle thing). At times I need to use a converter (there are many free ones that do just as good a job as the ones you may purchase). Most of my iTunes videos ( the DRM free videos) are on the cloud and play fine. I do have a new camera and once again, technology is improving therefore my camera is ahead of the Kindle and iPad, but of course, I just found the latest converter and can put my videos on all my devices.

Posted on May 14, 2013 5:47:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2013 5:52:20 AM PDT
If you are having issues with your files, download DVD Catalyst (costs $9.95) to your home PC. Open the file you're having issues with into DVD Catalyst and convert it. At the bottom left of the app there are multiple devices listed, including the Kindle Fire, and when you choose your device it will format the file for that device when you convert it. I rip movies I own as exact 1:1 copies, including menus etc, but when I want the movie on my phone I just want the movie only and DVD Catalyst allows me to convert just the movie portion to a compatible file type for my phone. You could do the same with converting files for the Kindle. NOTE: "DIGITAL COPY INCLUDED" MOVIES ARE PROTECTED VIDEO FILES AND YOU CANNOT CONVERT THEM WITH DVD CATALYST.

Side note ... if you're putting your own books (in .mobi format) on your Kindle and they are showing up in Docs instead of Books (and you have actually put them in your Books directory) or they are showing up in Books but the cover is missing or something else is wrong Calibre (it's free), open up your .mobi file into Calibre and convert it to .mobi using all the default settings then copy the new .mobi file to your Kindle's books directory. I know this sounds funny converting from .mobi to .mobi but it works. I've done it with 2 books on my wife's Kindle already and they both show up perfectly now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2013 3:15:29 PM PDT
joeyirc says:
I tapped apps and still don't see "Gallery" Is it a secret?

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 2:37:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2013 2:40:13 AM PDT
D. P. Wright says:
On the first kindle fire there is a gallery app, just search it from the app page. On the HD fire it is along the top of the "home" screen, just swipe and touch Photos. It will not leave an icon in the carousel because it is part the OS. For videos on the HD fire there is an app called "personal Videos." Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 1:33:50 PM PDT
S. Wong says:
I can play all video types on my Kindle Fire. I sideloaded MoboPlayer onto my Kindle Fire and it plays everything. I read this tutorial:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2013 7:07:14 PM PST
Staci says:
I read outside quite a bit poolside while catching a bit of sun or when the kiddos have to take a break as the lifeguards are breaking and I have had no trouble. I do notice that if I adjust the brightness and the background it is not an issue. This may be the problem that others are not realizing can be fixed.
[Add comment]
Add your own message to the discussion
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Prompts for sign-in

Recent discussions in the Kindle forum


This discussion

Discussion in:  Kindle forum
Participants:  74
Total posts:  107
Initial post:  Nov 22, 2011
Latest post:  Apr 15, 2014

New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made.
Tracked by 31 customers

Search Customer Discussions