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How to Transfer a PDF to a Kindle Fire

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Whether you want to use your Kindle Fire to read e-books or review documents, the content you download could be in PDF format. The good news is that you can read PDF files on the Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, the Kindle Fire HD 7″ 2nd Generation, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 2nd Generation. You just need to know how to transfer PDF files to your Kindle.


How to Transfer a PDF to a Kindle Fire


In this article, we’ll show you the two main ways to transfer PDF files from your PC or laptop to your Kindle Fire. In addition, we’ll answer some common questions regarding this topic.


How to Transfer a PDF to a Kindle Fire?


Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a great portable device that’s ideal for downloading e-books and reading them on the go. It’s also convenient when you’re on vacation and don’t want to carry all those books with you. In order to read e-books on your Kindle Fire, you’ll need to download them to your computer beforehand.


The two main ways to transfer PDF files to a Kindle Fire are with a USB connection or via email. Fortunately, both of these methods are relatively straightforward.


Using USB Connection


The USB method is quick and simple. We’ll show you how to do it on both Windows 10 and Mac. As mentioned earlier, before you transfer the file, make sure you download it and store it in a folder that you can find and access easily.


To transfer a PDF from Windows 10 to a Kindle Fire using a USB cable, follow the steps below:



  1. Plug in the USB cable connected to your Kindle Fire.

  2. Go to “My Computer” or “Computer.”

  3. Locate and double-click on the Kindle folder.

  4. Proceed to “Internal storage.”

  5. Navigate to the folder where you want to transfer the PDF file.

  6. Open the folder that contains the PDF file.

  7. Click on the PDF file and drag it towards the right Kindle folder.
    Note: If you are transferring an e-book, you can drop the file in the “Books” folder. On the other hand, if you are transferring a document, you can place it in the “Documents” folder.

  8. Remove the USB cable from your PC or laptop.


The drag-and-drop method is the quickest, but you can use the “copy + paste” method as well. Both work on all versions of Windows, except for Windows XP. If you have the Windows XP operating system, then you need to download Windows Media Player 11 before making any type of transfer.


Another way you can transfer PDF files from your Windows to a Kindle Fire is by right-clicking on the file. You’ll find the “Move to” option at the top of the file folder. Simply choose the folder where you want to transfer the file, and that’s it.


If you want to transfer PDF files from your Mac, you will need to install the Android File Transfer app beforehand. Once the app is installed, and you’ve downloaded the PDF file, this is what you need to do next:



  1. Connect your Kindle and your Mac via USB cable.

  2. Open the folder that contains the PDF file.

  3. Go to “Finder” on your dock.

  4. Locate “Kindle” or “Fire,” and double-click on it.

  5. Select “Internal Storage” and proceed to the folder where you want to store the PDF.

  6. Click on the PDF file and drag it towards the Kindle folder.

  7. Drop it and wait for a couple of seconds.

  8. Unplug the USB cable.


That’s about it. If you’re wondering how to find the PDF file you have just transferred on your Kindle Fire, this is how it’s done:



  1. Turn on and unlock your Kindle Fire.

  2. Tap on the “Books” folder.

  3. Locate the PDF file you have just transferred and tap on it.


Note: If the PDF file is not in the “Books” folder, then go to the “Docs” folder on your display.


Another way you can transfer PDF files from your Mac to your Kindle Fire is by installing a Google Chrome extension called “Send to Kindle.” This extension doesn’t only allow you to open e-books on your Kindle Fire, but blog posts, websites, and news articles as well.


After you install it, all you need to do is open the PDF file on Google Chrome on your PC, and click on the “Send to Kindle” icon in the upper-right corner of your screen. The next time you turn on your Kindle Fire, go to the “Docs” folder. The PDF file should be in the “Send-to-Kindle” tab. Be aware that the latest file you transferred should be at the top of the list.


Using Email


If you don’t have a USB cable with you at the moment, you can use the email method. All you need is the downloaded PDF file and an internet connection. It doesn’t matter which OS you have, this process looks the same on all devices. Here’s how you can transfer a PDF file to a Kindle Fire via email:



  1. Open your email.

  2. Compose a new mail.

  3. In the recipient’s section, type in the email address that you used to register for the Kindle.

  4. Go to “Attach files.”

  5. Find the file folder that contains the PDF file.

  6. Click on the PDF and select “Open.”

  7. Send the email.


You should wait a couple of minutes until the device syncs. Your PDF file should be located in the “Docs” folder on your home screen. Furthermore, the PDF file should be at the top of the list. If you don’t see it, then that means that the file hasn’t been transferred yet.


If you want to send a PDF file from a Mac, then there is another way you can mail the e-book. Simply open the file, and go to “File” on the top toolbar. Find “Share” on the drop-down menu, and select “Mail.” Repeat the same steps from that point on.


Additional FAQs


What’s the Best E-book Format for Kindle?


The two best e-book formats for Kindle are ePUB and MOBI, which are also the two most common e-book formats. Out of these two, MOBI is considered the preferred format for e-books on Kindle Fire. In fact, if you want to download e-books on the Kindle Browser, you will notice that the majority of e-books have MOBI formats.


When you download e-books from the Kindle Browser, you will find them in the “Docs” app. Apart from ePUB and MOBI files, Kindle Fire also accepts AZW (.azw3) and KF8 formats. For documents, TXT, PDF, PRC, DOC, and DOCX are also acceptable.


The PDF File Is on My Kindle Fire. Why Is It Not Showing Up Under “Docs?”


Your Kindle Fire may not register the PDF file you’ve just transferred, even though you can clearly see it on your PC. This can happen if you decided to place the PDF file in the “Books” folder.


If that’s the case, all you need to do is connect your Kindle Fire to your PC again with the USB cable. Next, locate the PDF file in the “Books” folder and move it to the “Documents” folder.


If you sent the PDF file via email, and you can’t seem to locate it in the “Docs” folder, then the file might not have been transferred yet. Check if you typed in the right email address when you sent the PDF file. If nothing happens, try to send it again.


Why Can’t I See the File and I Receive an Error?


If you can’t see the file, or you can’t open it, the file could be corrupted in some way. Make sure that the file in question has a .pdf extension. Another reason could be that the file is encrypted. If that’s the case, you won’t be able to find the file in the “Docs” folder. One way you can open this file is by installing a third-party app.


How Can I Read a Word Document on Kindle?


Just like PDF files, you can also read Word documents on Kindle Fire. You can transfer them from your PC using any of the methods we explained above. You can even use the “Send to Kindle” Google Chrome extension.


Just make sure to place your Word document in the “Documents” folder in “Internal storage.” When you turn on your Kindle the next time, you will find the Word file in “Docs.”


Read All Your Favorite Books on Kindle Fire


Now you know how to transfer PDF files to a Kindle Fire using a USB cable and email. You also know how to send PDF files and Word documents with the “Send to Kindle” Google Chrome extension. Once you transfer all the e-books you plan to read, you can kick back, relax, and start reading.


Have you ever transferred a PDF file to a Kindle Fire? Did you use any of the methods outlined in this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.

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