How to Transfer Files from Your Computer to Your Kindle Paperwhite

Sometimes you may have files on your computer and would like to transfer them to your Kindle Paperwhite. You can do this very easily. Here’s how to: Although e-mailing or sending a document to your Kindle Paperwhite is fast and easy, connecting your Kindle via USB cable and transferring books via drag-and-drop is simple too.

If you are Mac or Window users you can download and transfer Kindle content and personal documents from your computer to your Kindle through the USB connection. When the Kindle is plugged into a computer, it appears as a removable mass-storage device.

Please note the systems requirements for transferring files via USB cable:

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

To connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer:

  1. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer, and connect the other end of the USB cable to the micro-USB port on the bottom of the Kindle Paperwhite.

When connected to the PC, the Kindle Paperwhite goes into USB drive mode and its battery is recharged by the computer. Wireless service is temporarily shut off. The Kindle is not usable as a reading device while in USB drive mode but returns to your reading location when you eject the device from your computer.

  1. When your Kindle Paperwhite is connected, simply drag and drop (or copy and paste) the file from your computer’s hard drive to the Kindle Paperwhite.

For e-books, make sure to place the file in the Documents folder on the Kindle Paperwhite. If you put the file in the root drive, it won’t appear on the Home screen of your Kindle Paperwhite.

If your file is in a Kindle-compatible formats, you can transfer it directly from your computer to your Kindle Paperwhite via USB. To transfer the files, follow these easy steps:

  1. Connect your Kindle Paperwhite to your computer using the USB cable.

Your computer recognizes your Kindle Paperwhite when it’s plugged in and displays the Kindle Paperwhite as a removable drive. If you go to my Computer (PC) or Finder (Mac), your Kindle Paperwhite appears as a drive.

  1. Double-click the drive to open it and view the folders on your Kindle Paperwhite.
  2. Open another window and navigate to the file(s) you want to transfer to your Kindle Paperwhite.
  3. Drag the file(s) to the appropriate folder on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Place 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.

  1. Eject your Kindle Paperwhite from your computer:
    • On a Windows 8 PC: Right-click the Kindle drive icon and choose Eject. A notification that it is safe to remove the device from the computer appears.
    • On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC,choose Start then Computer, and then right-click the Kindle drive icon and choose Eject. You can also left- or right-click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in the lower-right corner of the taskbar.
    • On a Mac, Control-click the Kindle device icon and choose Eject.

The files you transferred are displayed on your Home screen and are available for you to view on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Your Kindle Paperwhite cannot read files that are protected with DRM. If this is the case, you see an error message when you try to open the e-book. Before buying books from sources other than Amazon, make sure that the file is compatible with your Kindle Paperwhite. All the best.

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6 thoughts on “How to Transfer Files from Your Computer to Your Kindle Paperwhite”

  1. I had no idea you could transfer files off your computer to the kindle paper white. Thanks for the article, I’ve always wondered about how to move files from my computer onto the kindle, now I know that I can do the transfer with a USB. Good to know. If you wanted to transfer from kindle back to the computer, would you do it the same way?

    1. Hi Terry,

      With technology everyday we are learning new things. Here’s how you can transfer files from Kindle back to a computer:

      After you purchase content from the Kindle Store, it’s stored in the Cloud and is available for transfer from Manage Your Content and Devices. To transfer content from a computer to your Kindle, use the USB cable you received with your device.

      Visit Manage Your Content and Devices and locate the Kindle content you want to transfer to your Kindle.

      Select the Actions button next to the title, and click Download & Transfer via USB.

      From the drop-down menu, select your Kindle, and then click Download.

      Be sure you remember which folder you download your content file to. You will transfer your Kindle content from this folder to your Kindle.

      Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

      Your Kindle appears in the same location on your computer that external USB drives appear.

      Windows: Your Kindle will appear in the Computer or My Computer folder.

      Mac: Your Kindle will appear on the desktop.

      Open the Kindle folder, and then open the documents folder.

      Locate the downloaded file on your computer, and then drag and drop the compatible file into the documents folder in the Kindle folder.

      Safely eject your Kindle from your computer.

      For touch-screen devices, make sure you are on the On Device tab to view your downloaded Kindle content.

      Thanks again for your comments and I hope this was helpful!

  2. Hey there Rodney, I see according to your vocations why you would have many books and even require a reader for storage and quick access. It is like walking around with your own personal library on a constant basis, information and reference at your finger tips. Transferring files between devices and knowing how to do so correctly is a must

    1. Hi Elliedan,

      You are right about that. The Kindle makes life easy and to have access to your texts is really cool! Thank you for your comments.

  3. Because I specialize in technology, I already knew how to do this. However, your pristine style and concise wording leads mt to believe that those less savvy in technology would understand this topic thanks to you. I also liked the way you constructed the steps to make it easier for newcomers. Great job on the article, Rod!

    1. Hi Christopher,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope that those who are not so tech savvy will benefit from this article. All the best!

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