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Need to change Kindle to a different account

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Initial post: Sep 23, 2011 11:44:06 AM PDT
C. McDonald says:
How can I switch the account for my Kindle? I had to create a new account due to a recent separation and need to attach it to my account. Do I simply unregister and re-register to my account? I am worried I'll lose my books.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 11:47:17 AM PDT
Yes, simply de-register and re-register to the new account. If you want to keep copies of your current books for that Kindle, back them up first, as you will no longer be able to download them (they won't be on your new account). Of course, they will not be usable on any other Kindle or app you might have.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 8:59:51 PM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
Or you could simply change the account to your name & email, especially if your husband didn't use the Kindle.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 10:48:06 PM PDT
frizzy says:
Just go into existing Amazon account and change e-mail and register Kindle to new e-mail. Did that with my old kindle for my sister.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2011 4:11:15 AM PDT
loriltx says:
The books belong to the account. Therefore, if you deregister your Kindle from the old account, you will lose your archive. If possible, do what others suggested and just change the existing accounts password and everything else that needs changing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 7:38:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2014 8:17:41 AM PST
C. McDonald: Sympathy!!

The purchasing account "owns" the books and the archive; they are not owned by the device itself, nor by the owner of the credit card originally used to make purchases on the account.

So one step more, IF you decide to keep the prior account active: After you change the email and password for the existing book account, you should also change the payment method. Either switch it to a credit card in your name only, or remove the credit card option and start funding new purchases via gift cards only.

There may be legal, practical, and/or financial reasons that you cannot re-adjust the prior account, however. If that is the case, download ALL the books from the prior account onto your kindle --or to free Kindle app for pc-- now. Yes, you are right, if you should ever delete any of these titles, they will default back into the old archives and be lost to you. However, you could make an external list of these titles, and/or make a "Do Not Delete" Collection, and/or add a 'note' at the beginning of each one. These books will forever be tied to their particular Kindle, if you upgrade devices, they cannot transfer.

ETA, done Jan 2014: This is an old thread. My advice above is now 3 years old -- it pre-dates the first Kindle Fire by a few months -- and obsolete, as are many of the other comments listed here.

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 8:49:40 AM PDT
calibre is a great e-book maintenance program to try if you are going to open a new account and dont want to loose the old books if you perchance do have an issue and have to reset your kindle or accidentally reset it thus loosing all the old account books. please note, as others have said, if you end up getting a new kindle you wont be able to access the old accounts books so if you CAN manage to keep ownership of the account... that would be best for you. best of luck

Posted on May 30, 2013 12:19:52 PM PDT
K. Hill says:
Is there a way to change the account without deactivating the old account? I aquired a kindle from someone, but have no connection with them anymore. I'd like to still use the Kindle, but have no way of purchasing new material since it's under thier name and account.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 12:38:24 PM PDT
Mary Jane says:
In your case, I would deregister the kindle from its current account, create your own Amazon account, and then register it to that one. As long as this is not a Fire, when you deregister it from the old account, the books will remain on the Kindle but will no longer be in the archives.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 12:42:07 PM PDT
flipoid says:
You *can* use the Kindle--just register it to your OWN Amazon account, not his/hers. You will, as has been stated before, lose all content if the device is a Kindle Fire, or you will lose access to anything that is currently on an e-ink Kindle if you delete it from the Kindle itself. Then you will from now on purchase Kindle content (books, games, apps if it's a Fire) from your own Amazon account (presumably the one you signed in to for posting in this forum).

Posted on May 30, 2013 1:25:53 PM PDT
Selenah4 says:
Hi I have a quick question, it may be stupid or have been answered so I apoligize in advance, I am thinking of buying a new Kindle Fire and giving my old one over to my grand daughter, since she loves to play with it. I was going to purchase the newer model for me, is there any way to move all my books and games to new one and then wipe them from my old one that I give to my grand daughter? Or will I lose all of the books, when I switch accounts. I have Calibre but don't exactly know how all of this works. Thanks in advance

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 1:31:35 PM PDT
Selenah - You don't need to create a new account for your new Fire. Simply register it to your existing account an all your Amazon content will be there for you to download. If you purchase the new Fire from Amazon using your existing account it will automatically be registered for you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 1:31:47 PM PDT
When you deregister your old Fire from your account, it will no longer have access to the content owned by the account. Your new Fire will come registered to your account if you buy it from Amazon, and all the compatible content will be available to download. If you don't buy it from Amazon, just register it to your existing Amazon account.

Basically, new Kindle does not mean new account. And you can have more than one Kindle registered to an account.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 1:34:43 PM PDT
flipoid says:
You deregister your Fire from your account, unless you want your granddaughter to still have access to everything that you bought (and to have the ability to purchase things from your account). When you deregister a Kindle Fire, that wipes everything from the device, but you could also take the step of resetting it to factory default.

When you get your new Kindle, register it to your current account (if it doesn't become automatically registered when you purchase it, or if you purchase it from a retailer other than Amazon). All your books, apps, etc. will be available in your Cloud to download to your new Fire (you don't transfer items from device to device), as long as you register it to the same account that your old Fire was registered to.

I can't answer your Calibre question, because I don't use it, but from what I've read here on the forum, the books you have in Calibre are coded to your current Fire, so you would have to somehow tell Calibre (from what I've read, you can mark which books are for which devices in Calibre if you have more than one Kindle) that you have a new Fire.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 4:56:19 PM PST
DAK says:
I need to change the credit card on the Amazon account I have at this time, as the card has been canceled. The kindle Fire I have is New to me, and I am not sure how to do this. Would appreciate your advice. Thanks!

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 5:01:47 PM PST
Grimwinder says:
Click on Your Account at the top right of this page, log in if you aren't already. Click Your Account under the pulldown, then you'll see Payment as the second set of menu choices, click Manage Your Payment Options. Then you can click on the canceled card and delete it and add a new card on the same screen.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 7:44:25 PM PST
Peggy Morlan says:
We got my mother in law's kindle after she passed recently. My wife wants to keep all of the apps and books, but I would like to take it off of her mom's account and put it in mine. How do I do that without loosing everything that she ha on her mom's kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 7:47:57 PM PST
JimmyTheD says:
You can't...

Content purchased under an account belongs to that account. If you register the Kindle to a new account, all the content currently on the Kindle becomes unavailable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 8:15:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2014 8:19:33 AM PST
Peggy, the books and apps are owned by the purchasing account -- not by the device, or its owner, or the original credit card used to purchase the items.

so -- Kindle gurus, PLEASE check me on this!

so... I suppose ... perhaps... if you know your mother-in-law's password and can access her Amazon account, you can go into her existing account, change the email address to your own, switch the attached credit card to one of yours, and then reset the password. You have now taken control of her old Amazon account and it's digital contents. Then register the Kindle to the 'new' email and password combo to preserve its contents.

Of course, if don't know her password ... no dice. You could try permanently disconnecting her Kindle from the internet, that would preserve already downloaded books and those app/games which are purely stand alone items. Interactive items and those in her cloud/archive would be lost to you.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 4:33:41 AM PST
Grant Wallis says:
I'm considering buying a Kindle paperwhite. I'm confused what to do though, as I'm in Australia, and I like some of the local kindle books offered on, which are not on, but then there are also many titles on that are not on which I am interested in.

Can you switch between 2 accounts (one on and one on on the Kindle Paperwhite and keep all the books you have downloaded from both stores on the kindle, or would it be easier to purchase two kindles, one for each store?


Posted on Aug 19, 2014 7:31:24 PM PDT
I recently changed my internet provider and now have a new email address. The old email has been cancelled and I cannot access it. When I try to change to my new email the Kindle will not respond to me since it still thinks I am my old email address. How do i change my old email to my new one?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 9:41:49 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
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Posted on Dec 25, 2014 8:28:32 PM PST
Carrie says:
I recently purchased amazon prime on a new student account but my kindle is attached to my old amazon account. Is there a way to merge the two accounts so I don't lose all of my books but can take advantage of my prime membership?

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 9:27:49 AM PST
Jenn says:
I passed my old iPhone down to my husband and he would like to read books off of his kindle account but I can't figure out how to chage the app from my account to his

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2015 10:20:22 AM PST
A. Dietz says:
Jenn, you have an answer here on the other discussion you started on this same topic:
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