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Cloud Drive on Kindle Fire??

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Initial post: Dec 1, 2011, 10:37:02 PM PST
J. Solan says:
So, will the Kindle Fire continue to suck? I mean, come on. No way to access your Cloud Drive files on your Kindle Fire?

This on top of a crappy-half-baked interface? Tried accessing my Cloud Drive through Silk and Amazon's very own pages don't even render on their own browser!

What a joke! I got this as a gift and feel awful for griping, but this product really has a LOT of shortcomings.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011, 10:42:42 PM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
If you mean your personal documents in your Cloud Drive, then you'll have to either sideload them (using USB cable) to your Kindle Fire from your computer or email them to your kindle email address which will then have them show up on your Kindle. If you mean videos, I'm not sure about that as I don't have any personal vids on my Cloud Drive.

I agree though, hopefully they'll incorporate more of the Cloud Drive on the Kindle (obviously music and Amazon-bought books appear there).

I'm using other apps for syncing personal documents to my other cloud storage spaces for now (Dropbox, Google Docs, Box net). I bought QuickOffice Pro for that.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011, 10:58:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011, 10:59:27 PM PST
K. Burke says:
The Cloud Drive is definitely a disappointment. Only the music files are accessible from the Fire. Everything else is just online storage only accessible from a pc. One is led to believe in the advertising that all of your files will be accessible, but they are not...

I spent $$ to upgrade the Cloud thinking I could access my video files there, only to find out later that I can't. Waste of $$. Amazon needs to fix this soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011, 12:21:27 AM PST
C. Scilley says:
Another way to add your files to your device is through dropbox, Evernote, and through your regular e-mail. With dropbox, I add my files to dropbox on my computer, and then open dropbox on my Fire. The files are there. Evernote works pretty much the same way. Also I can e-mail my files to my Gmail address and then get my Gmail on my Fire, and then save the attachments to my Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011, 12:56:41 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 3, 2011, 7:49:39 AM PST
J. Solan says:

I've had the device for three days and so far the experience has been pretty disappointing. From the performance of the device to the performance of the Amazon services as well. I am currently waiting for a reply in regards to a book I borrowed through Amazon Prime but for some reason can't read on the Kindle it was borrowed through because of some DRM issue.

I thought the lack of storage on the device was to take advantage of the Cloud powers of Amazon, but it appears that doesn't even work well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011, 7:51:41 AM PST
J. Solan says:
I have a dropbox account and haven't gotten it up and running on my Kindle yet. As much as Amazon touts this as a 'Cloud' device, you'd think they would have it seamlessly integrated on their own device which they say they are using to revolutionize Cloud computing. Hrrrm.

Thanks for the tip though, I try Dropbox.

Posted on Dec 3, 2011, 8:07:29 AM PST
I think Amazon's cloud integration on the Fire works well for books, music and video. Works okay for apps too, although I wish I could delete apps I no longer want from the cloud, especially since not all apps are available for test drive.

Dropbox is what Amazon cloud for personal documents and photos should have been. But I think Amazon seems clearly committed to promoting their cloud services, so I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually build out this capability. Meanwhile, we have Dropbox, which is pretty good.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011, 11:48:17 AM PST
DBell612 says:
How would you delete apps from your cloud storage because its some apps that I downloaded, realized that I diodn't like them, deleted them, but I still have to look at them on my screen with a little download arrow on it? How do I get rid of those apps?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011, 12:47:12 PM PST
dropbox works great on the Fire - just sideload or install via the Dropbox website.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011, 4:13:51 PM PST
carcassi says:
I just got a Kindle Fire yesterday for my mother, assuming I'd be able to upload stuff on Cloud for her to see (like pictures of her granddaughter's recent wedding). She's 92, she lives in Pgh, and I live in DC, so I was counting on on being able to set up her new Kindle Fire so she's never have to upload anything, since she really doesn't know how.

Well, I guess the laugh's on me. :/ So she won't even be able to access the pix I spent an hour uploading? I agree with the person upthread who said there was no indication of that in the Kindle Fire blurbs. Thanks a lot, Amazon, from both me and my mother, who now will not be able to see her granddaughter's wedding pix unless I'm there to show them on my mac. (I tried to save them on the KF device, but I've got some of her favorite music on it already and a couple favorite movies, and I've already got a "low storage" warning.)

I was tempted to get her an iPad 2 (which I also own), but thought this was a better purchase bc I thought it would do everything Mom wants for a lower price. I should have gone with an iPad. At least iPad's entire raison d'être isn't selling more stuff to the people who already shelled out good money to buy the device.

The Kindle Fire looked great when it arrived yesterday. Now, not so much. :P

Posted on Dec 10, 2011, 10:20:27 PM PST
art says:
She can certainly view them if you uploaded them to HER cloud drive. She can access the clouddrive via the web page and look at them by poking at their names in the list. It's just not easy to save them from there and there's no way to browse them graphically that way.

Also, there are other cloud storage services with their own apps that work GREAT for pictures. Amazon just needs to get theirs together.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2011, 10:23:54 PM PST
art says:
At this point there is no way to get completely rid of apps. As long as they're associated with your amazon account they show up as available for download. Might be a good thing to suggest using your Fire's feedback but I doubt they'd want to change it (how many customers do you think would delete them from their amazon account accidentally?)

It's not a big deal for me because they only show up if you select "Cloud" which you would normally only do when you want to install a new one. If you keep to "Device" for your everyday usage you'll just see the ones you think are worth keeping.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011, 10:34:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2011, 10:38:37 PM PST
J. Spotts says:
It's disappointing that they limit the cloud capabilities, but I've done just fine using other cloud services like Drop Box. It's just as easy to access and download the content. Most of my content is non-amazon anyways. We can't access the Android Market directly so I don't see it as a definite loss given I use Drop Box to get that content onto the device in the first place.

Possibly Amazon could offer the capability to store any of our personal content in the cloud through a paid storage expansion plan. Then Amazon is still making a profit (which is what their goal was anyways).

Posted on Dec 11, 2011, 1:11:44 AM PST
art says:
J. Spotts - you CAN store any of your personal content in the cloud. 5G free. It's just that there's no way to upload it from the Fire, and downloading it is a pain. I don't think they intend to leave it working this badly.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011, 7:35:43 AM PST
K. Burke says:
No, the problem is that outside of music there is no way to access your pics, docs, or (especially, for me) videos in the Cloud from the Fire. This was one of my biggest disappointments with the device and service, one which has me already thinking about dropping the device for another alternative.

Concerns about the miniscule device storage were brushed aside with a "but you have the cloud..." explanation, but no indication was ever given that personal content would not be accessible through the cloud. I think this was highly misleading; I certainly would not have upgraded my cloud storage allocation had I known that I wouldn't be able to access my videos uploaded to it. Amazon should have plainly stated that the Cloud only works with Amazon content , and that personal pics, videos, and docs uploaded to it would not be accessible from the Fire. To omit such a declaration while using the Cloud as an excuse to live with the small device storage is misleading IMHO.

Between this and the limited app storage available (1 GB, of which only about half of that seems to be accessible to me on my Fire) has me seriously considering dropping the Fire and going another route. Major disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011, 12:02:39 PM PST
I tried installing dropbox on my new kindle fire from the dropbox web site, and I get an error saying "application not supported".

Posted on Dec 17, 2011, 1:04:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2011, 1:06:21 PM PST
J. Spotts says:
I got mine from dropbox. Unless they updated the app it should work. Make sure you enable Allow Installation from unknown sources. I have app version 1.2.4 I downloaded it on my computer and sideloaded it on. Not sure if your problem is because of direct download to the device.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011, 1:24:54 PM PST
Quixote2 says:
The Amazon site says dropbox is not compatible with the Fire. Both SugarSync and Evernote are shown as being compatible with the Fire. Purchase (free) either of these two via the store in your Fire apps. The download and installation will be automatic without the hassle of sideloading/moving files/installation/etc. Reviews on the internet appear that SugarSync is the better app.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2011, 8:14:56 AM PST
How did you get Dropbox on your Fire? I can't find Dropbox in the Amazon App Store.

Posted on Dec 25, 2011, 12:43:53 PM PST
J. Spotts says:
Side load it from the Drop Box website. Make sure you enable Installation from Unknown Sources in your device settings.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011, 12:57:56 PM PST
Ripvandor says:
You have to turn on "allow non amazon apps" in preferences.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011, 4:37:51 PM PST
SSmith says:
That is really a disappointment. I had planned on letting my 14 year old share the device with me and I recently downloaded and read a quite racy book that I do not want her to see. I have deleted it from the device but it still shows in the cloud. So now I guess she and I cannot both utilize the kindle fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011, 4:51:30 PM PST
Dave D. says:
Just use the Box app. I got mine off the kindle store for free and it works like the cloud should work you install it on your computer and download whatever you want to it. They give you 5 gb free. Then you use the box app on the kindle fire to download it to your kindle fire. You can add people to have access to your account and they can download whatever you want them to see. Seems to work great for me so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012, 4:49:15 PM PST
You can access your music on your Cloud drive from your kindle? I've been trying to do so, but I keep getting a message that says I have no music saved to my Cloud drive, when I have over 100 mp3 songs saved! And songs I download on my Kindle don't appear in the Cloud drive....
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