How to Transfer Files From Your Computer to Your Kindle?

If you have files on your computer that you want on your Kindle Paperwhite, a USB connection and transfer is quick & easy. You can also email or send them over using the Send to Kindle Reading App but it might take a while to do this.

Mac and Windows users can use a USB connection to transfer content from their computers to their Kindles. The Kindle will appear as mass storage device when plugged into a computer.

You will need a USB cable to transfer files from your computer. Check the following system requirements to make sure your computer has what it takes, like Windows 8 or 10 (or later), Mac OS X v10.8 or higher, or Linux Kernal 2.4 and up.

  • PC: Windows 2000 or later
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.2 or later
  • USB port: An available port or an attached USB hub with an available port

How to connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer

Follow these steps:

  1. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into a free USB port on your computer or a powered USB hub that’s connected to your computer, and then plug the other end of the cable into one of the micro-USB ports on your Kindle Paperwhite.The Kindle Paperwhite turns into a USB drive when it’s connected to your PC, and the battery recharges from what the computer supplies. To prevent the screen from locking, turn off wireless service. The device can’t be used for reading.
  2. If you have a Kindle Paperwhite, use this technique to send the document across: connect your e-reader to your computer using a USB cable and drag the file from your hard drive onto the Kindle. Alternatively, you can also copy and paste text into the address bar of an open document.The best way to get an e-book on your Kindle Paperwhite is by placing it in the Documents folder of your Kindle. If you choose to place the file on its own in the root drive, it will not appear in the Home screen of your Kindle Paperwhite.

Transferring files

If you own a Kindle Paperwhite, it’s easy to transfer books from your computer by following these steps:

  1. Connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer using the USB cable.
  2. Find your Kindle Paperwhite by double clicking on the drive. Open it to find out which folders are inside. Open another window and navigate to the file(s) you want to transfer to your Kindle Paperwhite.
  3. Drag the file to the appropriate folder on your KindlePlace your text and documents files in the Documents folder on your Kindle Paperwhite.You can also use the Copy and Paste commands to move documents to the documents folder.
  4. Eject your Kindle Paperwhite from your computer:
    • To remove your Kindle, right-click on it and select Eject. A notification will appear saying that it’s safe to unplug the device from your computer
    • On a Windows Vista or 7 computer, go to Start → Computer and right-click the Kindle drive icon. Then select Eject. You can also left/right click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the lower-right corner of your taskbar.The files you transferred are displayed on your Home screen and are available for you to view on your Kindle Paperwhite.