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Downloading, Streaming, and Transferring Files to Kindle Fire 1st Generation

Accessing Content in the Amazon Cloud

Your content libraries -- like Books, Music, and Video -- include your content available in the Amazon Cloud, and the content you've already downloaded to your device. You can choose to access your content through the Cloud while your Kindle Fire is connected via Wi-Fi, or to download your content to your device for easy access even when your device isn't connected wirelessly.

Tap the Cloud tab within your Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, or Apps libraries to access your content stored in the Amazon Cloud. Your Kindle Fire must be connected via Wi-Fi.

Subscription content, books, and apps will automatically download to your Device tab once you've tapped on the item within the Cloud tab. To download music, tap the Download icon. The item will appear in your Device tab when download is complete.

To watch Amazon Instant Video content offline, tap Download to save the video to your Kindle Fire to watch later. While downloading, you'll see an Options button. Tap this button to Pause or Cancel your download. Once your video has finished downloading, tap Watch Now.

Downloading and Transferring Content via USB

You can transfer a variety of content from a Windows or Mac computer to your Kindle Fire through a USB cable (sold separately), including music, videos, photos, and documents. When your Kindle Fire is plugged into your computer, it will appear as a removable mass-storage device.

Note: Personal content transferred to your Kindle Fire is only stored on your device and not stored in the Amazon Cloud.

System Requirements

  • Windows-based: Windows 2000 or later.
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.6 running on Intel-based hardware (and AIR version 3.3.x)
  • USB port: An available port or an attached USB hub with an available port.

Downloading Kindle content from your Kindle Library to your computer

If you have already purchased the book, magazine or newspaper you wish to transfer to your Kindle Fire via USB, visit Manage Your Content and Devices and locate the item you want to download from the "Your Content" section. Filter your view or search your library to quickly find an item.

Content purchased from the Kindle Store can be downloaded to your Kindle, or Kindle compatible device, as long as you've registered the device to the Amazon account that purchased the Kindle content. There is no limit on the number of times eligible Kindle content title can be downloaded to a registered Kindle device, but there may be limits on the number of devices (usually 6) that can simultaneously use a single book. Note that Kindle active content is not currently available for Kindle Fire.

  1. Click on the "Actions" button beside the title and select "Download & transfer via USB."
  2. Select the device you will transfer the file to and click the "Download" button.

    If you haven't yet purchased the item, you can choose "Transfer via Computer" when purchasing it from the Kindle Store, then click "Buy now with 1-Click."

    Description: Select Download via USB while purchasing

    If you have more than one Kindle device registered to the account, you will see a pop-up window asking you to choose a device. If you do not select the correct Kindle device, you will be unable to open the content on that device.

  3. Once you've successfully saved the file onto your computer, proceed to Transferring content via USB for further instructions.

Downloading music from Amazon Cloud Drive to your computer

If you have already purchased the music you wish to transfer to your Kindle Fire via USB, visit Manage Your Content and Devices and select "Show: Music" to use Amazon Cloud Player to download music to your computer.

  1. Select music to download.

    From list view: Select songs using the check boxes and click the “Download” button. You can select up to 500 songs to download at one time.

    From album view: Click the arrow in the bottom right corner of any album art from the Album view and choose add to “Download” from the dropdown menu.

  2. Download music to your computer.

    Download music using the Amazon MP3 Downloader (recommended): To download more than one song at a time from Amazon Cloud Player you will need to use the Amazon MP3 Downloader. If you don’t have the Downloader installed, you will be prompted to install it when you click the “Download” button.

    Download to your computer using your browser: Only one song can be delivered at a time, so a song must be fully downloaded before a subsequent purchase or download is requested.

Once you've successfully saved the file onto your computer, proceed to Transferring content via USB for further instructions. Learn more about managing your music with Amazon Cloud Player.

Connecting your Kindle Fire via USB

  1. Plug the larger end of the USB cable (sold separately) into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer.
  2. Connect the other end of a USB cable to the micro-USB port on the bottom of your Kindle Fire. You may need to unlock your Kindle Fire device before it can be opened on your computer.

Your Kindle Fire content cannot be accessed through the device while you are in USB drive mode. To eject your Kindle Fire, tap the Disconnect button at the bottom of the screen, or follow these steps to eject your Kindle Fire through your computer:

  • Windows Vista and 7: Click on the Start button, select Computer from the options, right-click on the Kindle drive icon and select Eject from the pop-up menu.  
  • Windows XP: Right-click on the Safely remove hardware icon in the lower left-hand corner of the task bar and follow the on-screen instructions to remove Kindle.
  • Mac OS: Control-click on the Kindle device icon and choose Eject.

Your Kindle Fire will then exit USB drive mode and display the Home screen.

Transferring content via USB

  1. Once you've connected your Kindle Fire to a computer with a USB cable (sold separately), your Kindle Fire will appear in the same location as external USB drives usually appear. For Windows users, this is typically in the "Computer" or "My Computer" menu. For Mac users, the drive will appear on the desktop.
  2. Open the Kindle drive; you will see several folders inside. You may need to unlock your Kindle Fire device before it can be opened on your computer.
  3. Locate the downloaded file and drag and drop it into the applicable content folder, such as Video, Music, or Pictures.
  4. Safely eject your Kindle Fire from your computer and unplug the USB cable.

Your content will appear within the corresponding content library on your device:

  • Books will appear in the Books library.
  • Personal documents will appear in the Docs library.
  • Music will appear in the Music library.
  • Pictures will appear in the Gallery app.
  • Videos will appear in the Gallery app. Note that videos transferred via USB will only be available in the Gallery app. Only videos from the Amazon Video store are shown in the Video library. 

Remember, your Kindle device will only recognize the files you've transferred if:

  • The file is a supported file type.
  • Files are transferred to the correct folder for their type.
  • Files are free of digital rights management (DRM) software.

Kindle Personal Documents Service

With Kindle Personal Documents Service, you can send your personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud through the Send to Kindle application or your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address.

Your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address is a unique e-mail address assigned to your Kindle device or supported Kindle reading application upon registration. You and your approved contacts can send personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud by e-mailing them to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address ([name]@kindle.com).

Send to Kindle for PC and Send to Kindle for Mac are  free applications that let you easily send your personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library from your computer.

Send to Kindle for PC is available to download at www.amazon.com/sendtokindle/pc and Send to Kindle for Mac is available for download at www.amazon.com/sendtokindle/mac.

Detailed information on Kindle Personal Documents Service is available on our Kindle Personal Documents Service help page.

Finding your Kindle Fire e-mail address

When you register your Kindle Fire, you'll automatically be assigned a Send-to-Kindle e-mail address. To locate this address:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Quick Settings icon.
  2. Tap My Account.
  3. Your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address, [name]@kindle.com, is listed under the register user's name.

Learn more about modifying your Send-to-Kindle E-mail address on Manage Your Content and Devices.

Kindle Personal Documents Service Fees

Kindle Personal Documents Service doesn't charge fees for delivery of personal documents to Kindle devices over Wi-Fi -- the wireless connection method your Kindle Fire uses -- or to supported Kindle reading applications. At this time, the only Kindle reading application supported by Send to Kindle for PC is the Kindle App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Learn more about fees for the Kindle Personal Documents Service using Whispernet, the wireless connection method used on some Kindle models.

Supported File Types

Kindle Fire supports multiple file types that are free of digital rights management software. These types of files may be transferred to your Kindle Fire via USB:

  • Documents: AZW, TXT,PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX
  • Audio supported within Music: MP3, Non-DRM AAC (.m4a), MIDI, OGG, WAV
  • Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Video: MP4, VP8

Mobipocket files that have Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection applied are unable to read on your Kindle Fire. If you purchased a Mobipocket file from a Mobipocket retailer, you will not be able to open the file on your Kindle Fire.

EPUB ebooks are not supported on Kindle Fire.

You can add any of the listed documents file types to your Kindle Fire without using the Kindle Personal Documents Service to convert those files to a compatible type. If it is not listed above, conversion would be necessary to read the file on your Kindle Fire.