How to Connect the Kindle Fire to a Computer

Two Methods:Connecting the Kindle Fire to a Windows ComputerConnecting the Kindle Fire to Mac OS X

The Kindle Fire can be connected to a computer for the purpose of downloading and transferring content between the devices such as ebooks, videos, photos, and other types of media. Follow the steps outlined in this article to learn how to connect your Kindle Fire to a computer.

Method 1
Connecting the Kindle Fire to a Windows Computer

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    Connect the Kindle Fire to your computer using a micro-USB cable. Micro-USB cables are sold separately, and not packaged with the Kindle Fire.
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    Unlock your Kindle Fire by sliding the arrow on the touch screen from right to left.
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    Wait for your Windows computer to recognize the Kindle Fire. A pop-up window will display providing you with options for managing the Kindle device.
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    Click on “Open folder to view files. A new Windows Explorer folder will open to show you the data and content that currently resides on your Kindle Fire.
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    Drag and drop files from other locations on your computer to the Kindle Fire using Windows Explorer.
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    Touch the button labeled “Disconnect” at the bottom of your Kindle Fire screen when you are done transferring files to your Kindle Fire.
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    Remove the micro-USB cable from your Kindle Fire. The home screen of your Kindle Fire will display after exiting USB drive mode and be ready for use[1].

Method 2
Connecting the Kindle Fire to Mac OS X

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    Connect the Kindle Fire to your Mac computer using a micro-USB cable. The micro-USB cable is a device you must purchase separately, and is not included with the Kindle Fire.
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    Slide the arrow on the Kindle Fire screen from right to left. The device will now be unlocked.
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    Wait for your Mac computer to recognize the Kindle Fire as an external device. An icon labeled “Kindle” will appear on the desktop of your Mac.
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    Click on the “Kindle” icon to display its folders and files in Finder.
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    Drag and drop the media files of your choice from your computer to the Kindle Fire using Finder.
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    Close Finder when you are done moving files over to your Kindle Fire.
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    Hold down the “Control” button on the keyboard of your Mac, then click on the Kindle icon on your desktop.
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    Select “Eject” from the options displayed in the floating menu.
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    Disconnect your Kindle Fire from the micro-USB cable. Your Kindle Fire will be ready for use when it displays the home screen[2].

Warnings

  • You will not have the ability to access data on the Kindle Fire device itself while it is connected to the computer through the micro-USB cable. If you want to access data on your device, you must first disconnect the Kindle Fire from your computer.

Things You’ll Need

  • Micro-USB cable
  • Kindle Fire device
  • Computer

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