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Transfer photos from camera to Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Initial post: Feb 12, 2013, 11:59:18 AM PST
Is there any way to transfer photos and videos from my digital camera to my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 without using a computer?

My camera uses SD cards, but the Kindle Fire doesn't. Can I hook up an SD card reader to the Kindle Fire? Maybe something like the camera kit for the iPad?

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 1:01:41 PM PST
No, you can't. You have to hook up to a hard drive to copy photos/videos over. There are some wi-fi drives available that work.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 2:23:29 PM PST

Do you currently use a WiFi drive with yours?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 2:53:13 PM PST
You can e-mail files to yourself on the Fire if the files are a reasonable size. There is also an SD card called an "eye-fi" card that is compatible with some more recent cameras that can send pictures to a device by wi fi. More info:


I use wi fi hard drive with my Fire for storage of videos when we are travelling, but I have not used them for photos. I am not sure if you can transfer them to the device that way, or just use the drive to store and view them on the Fire. I have both a Kingston Wi drive and a Seagate GoFlex Satellite Drive, and both work well with the Kindle Fire.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 3:46:17 PM PST
P. Burnette says:
While reading your post, which I had also wondered how to do, pics from camera to kindle. A few months ago we had to have a printer quickly, so grabbed the first one I came to in-store. It's a Kodak with Wi-Fi capabilities. I can put my sd card from camera into printer and grab them to new Kindle Fire HD.
Sounds reasonable. I'll try it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013, 7:19:33 AM PDT
radiocycle says:
Any luck with that?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013, 8:30:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2013, 8:31:21 AM PDT
You can also use the WiFi Explorer Pro app (in the Amazon app store) to move files from your computer/laptop to your tablet (and back) without a cable connection.

The Pro version is 99 cents and transfers in both directions, the free moving files in only one direction. The app is one of my favorites.

If you put the SD card into your computer/laptop or into the usual USB adapter that connects to one of the computer's USB ports, that'll work too.

I wish though that the tablet had a connector that would take an SD card w/ adapter and move photos directly to the tablet from the camera card the way I can do it with my Samsung and its adapter.

- Andrys

Posted on Apr 16, 2013, 1:00:05 AM PDT
Todzo says:
Today I did connect to my Sprint Hotspot using WiFi Explorer Pro app (in the Amazon app store). The Hotspot has a micro SD card in it with things I wanted and did transfer between laptop, desktop, and netbook when all I had was the Hotspot for internet (moved to a small town). Tomorrow I will try shooting some pictures with my Nikon L22 which has a micro SD in an SD shell and then put the SD in the hot spot and see how it goes. More later. FWIW if that works then a box like this should also: RAVPower Filehub, 5 in 1 SD Card USB Reader, Wireless Hard Drive Companion WiFi Bridge Sharing Media Streamer 3000mAh External Battery Pack, White

Posted on Apr 16, 2013, 2:18:14 PM PDT
Todzo says:
Well I just took my micro SD card (which was in an SD shell) out of my Nikon Coolpix L22 and placed it in my Sprint Hotspot (looks like: Sprint Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro SWAC802 Mobile Hotspot - 3G/4G, GPS, Memory Card Slot ). I attached to the Hotspot for Internet and have the card shared using no security on the Sprint Hotspot - and - used ES File Explorer ( ES File Explorer File Manager ) to copy the files to my Pictures directory in my Kindle Fire HD 7" - AND - IT WORKED!! Now viewing the pictures in the pictures app.

So apparently any product that will allow you to mount the SD card as a Samba share will work. I am looking at this one now: RAVPower Filehub, 5 in 1 SD Card USB Reader, Wireless Hard Drive Companion WiFi Bridge Sharing Media Streamer 3000mAh External Battery Pack, White

This one might also work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1KT0K70131

Now I am really happy with my Kindle Fire HD 7"!! Ready to write the review pretty much.

Have Fun!!

Posted on Apr 24, 2013, 3:07:19 AM PDT
Is usb storage access truly prohibited/disabled on the kindle fire hd? Why can't one just attach a usb device with the appropriate cable? Is this a permissions, security setting, or app issue that can be tweaked somewhere? I'm not a fan of cellular hotspot devices, tethering, or wifi enabled sd cards/hard drives. When I'm shooting pictures with my camera, the only things I care about from the sd card is how fast it can save pictures with continues mode enabled and how reliable it is. Right now, the only device on the market I'm comfortable with is the sandisk extreme 64-128GB sdxc class-10 UHS-1 cards. eye-fi will also not transfer wirelessly any videos larger than 2GB and I have no interest in having it post my shots to flickr just to redownload them back to the tablet while limited by internet speeds. The seagate wireless plus drives are somewhat overpriced, have no option to purchase less than 1TB, and from what I can tell are not flash/ssd based. Economically, performance and reliability wise -- the best solution is just having 3 SDXC cards in a solid waterproof case to take when going on travel. The kindle fire is also a great device for avoiding bringing a laptop. But, removing the ability to upload files directly from sd card would remove much of the value from the fire..

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2013, 2:40:34 PM PDT
I use an eyefi sd card that when in range of a wifi network will transfer the photos direct from the camera to the kindle fire hd using the eyefi app

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2013, 5:56:53 PM PDT
Soulrider says:
Correct, you can't just connect a USB drive up to the Micro USB port on the Kindle Fire HD and upload and download to and from it. That function has been disabled with the Kindle Fire HD. It's not a setting that can be changed or tweaked. The Kindle Fire HD operates on a modified and locked down version of the Android OS and that is one of the things they have disabled. Some people have "rooted' their Kindle Fire HDs and reinstalled a different, more standard version of the Android OS which then allows you to customize the Kindle in many different ways but I don't know if it allows access to the USB port in that way or not. It's somewhat involved process to do (to root it) and voids your warranty. You can currently connect it to a computer/laptop and and transfer files back and forth but you can't use it as a host device for something like a USB drive.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013, 5:29:29 AM PDT
VonHoltz says:
On Kindle Fire HD file transfer: Received my Kindle Fire HD 8.9" for Father's Day two weeks early.--Installed the cloud into my PC using Amazon's Pc cloud install. Did some file transfers from PC to Kindle. Started wondering if I could do file transfers from Kindle to cloud then to PC!! You Can. !! Despite being told that it was not supposed to be able to do that by Kindle support, I found that if you place either you pics in '.jpg', or your vids in 'mp4' formats in the DCIM/Kindle folder in your kindle, using a file manager, they will appear in your 'Cloud/pictures/Kindle photos' folder on your PC. Make sure you sync your kindle plus there will be a time delay. I did have one picture not show up in the PC cloud folder, but it did show up by going to my 'Amazon Cloud' on the Amazon web site, and from there I was able to down-load it to my computer. Kindle support could not explain why it was not showing up in my PC Cloud folder, but was showing up in my Amazon Cloud folder. Advantage is if you can get your vacation pics into you Kindle from your Camera, you can have your kids access and down-load them at home through your cloud. It does work as of this writing 6-21-2013. Maybe Kindle will do something to stop it in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013, 4:58:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2013, 5:01:08 PM PDT
Craig B says:
Why would Amazon disable the USB to function? For those who want to use a tablet on the road and post pictures to friends or business associates, this would be a great disadvantage or deal breaker why not to buy a Kindle. I found out Apple makes a SD reader that plugs into an iPad for this purpose. Someone missed a critical need here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013, 7:29:00 AM PDT
cathym says:
I would agree that not having a direct file transfer for photos will be a deal breaker for me on my next purchase. We take a tablet with on our travel to view and store photos. I was astonished that my kindle fire was unable to function in that capacity. We saved photos to my husbands ipad instead. That practice turned out to be a lifesaver when our camera was lost in Istanbul. We still had irreplaceable photos.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013, 7:32:18 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013, 2:00:51 PM PDT
Craig B says:
I am able to get pictures to my Kindle Fire with Nixon's wifi software. If your camera doesn't have wifi, what would someone do? I am not sure what I would do to get the pics off my Kindle and onto my PC for editing and storage without having to use cloud storage. Anyone have a suggestions for this purpose?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013, 2:48:48 PM PDT
VonHoltz says:
Simply connect the supplied kindle cable from your kindle to your pc and use Microsoft Explorer to drag and drop your picture files from your kindle to your pc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2013, 3:14:03 PM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
If you have the latest software updated, you can use the share option icon or the send to option in the menu icon in your photos tab to send the picture either via email or upload to a cloud utility like Dropbox or site like Facebook.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2013, 3:44:32 PM PDT
That is exactly what I am looking for in a tablet, being able to shoots pics with my camera and xfer them to a tablet. Apparently you can do it with a Nexus 7 and OTG usb cable and a usb sd card reader along with a nexus media importer app.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013, 11:53:52 AM PDT
Craig: this was the Nikon WU adapter? And you used the android version of the Nikon app with no problem?

Posted on Sep 11, 2013, 12:03:26 PM PDT
alan says:
I also want to do this (from a Nikon which has a WU wireless adapter, if that matters - although the Nikon app is not listed to work with Kindle).
Not eye-fi: too expensive for the number of cards I'd need. Something like the eyefi software on an external device you could plug an SD card into would be nice.
Anyone tried the RAVpower ($45) thing or the AGPtek thing ($23) mentioned above by Todzo? Do they really work?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013, 12:39:29 PM PDT
Craig B says:
Rowena, yes that is correct. Shopping Amazon doesn't have every app that works on the Kindle Fire.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013, 8:06:44 PM PDT
msmith_lpc says:
Another way to get files into the Fire is with Dropbox.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013, 10:45:20 PM PDT
Denis Powell says:
Alan, I have a ADATA AAE400-CBKSV DashDrive Air AE400 Black 5000 mAh Wireless Storage Reader and Power Bank for copying pictures from my Canon camera's SD Card. It has the ability to accept some USB drives also.

I find it invaluable when traveling and store a range of movies on one card so that I always have something to watch when I'm away from any WiFi source.
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