Transferring files to and from your Kindle Fire HD will allow you to read, listen, or watch on the go. Kindle Fire HD File Transfer is not difficult to do once you have it set up and working. At that point it’s just a matter of copying the media that you desire to the device or simply dragging it to the Kindle. There is more than one way to do this, however, so it’s important you know the difference. Knowing the different ways to transfer your media between your Kindle and your computer will give you options – you may prefer one over the other or you may find that a particular transfer method is suited to a certain type of media.
Method 1: Drag & Drop — USB Wired Transfer
You can transfer content files from a Windows or Mac computer to your Kindle Fire HD device, including books, music, video, photos, and documents, using the USB cable that came with your Kindle. If you don’t have the original USB cable, any standard USB cable will suffice. This is the method I recommend because it’s very straightforward (or should be). When you plug your Kindle Fire HD into your Windows based PC or your OSX based Mac, the computer should automatically recognize it as a removable mass-storage device. Once it does, you will simply have to copy the media from one to the other.
- Windows-based: Windows Vista or later. Windows XP users may be required to update their copy of Windows Media Player if using an MTP Transfer.
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Note: Mac users need to install a free app, Android File Transfer, to complete a USB transfer. Visit android.com/file transfer and follow the onscreen instructions.
- USB port: An available port on the computer or on a hub connected to the computer.
How to do it:
- Connect Kindle Fire HD to your PC via USB.
- Once you’ve connected your Kindle Fire HD to a computer with a USB cable, your Kindle Fire HD will appear under “Computer” or “My Computer” in File Explorer (where you normally explore the hard drives on your system). It should appear as an additional hard drive with a letter, like “G:”.
- Right click on “Computer” or “My Computer” and select Explore, or just double click on the desktop icon to open your file explorer. When you do this, you will see your drives, including the connected Kindle Drive.
- Open the Kindle drive; you will see several folders inside. If you normally secure your Kindle by locking it, you will have to unlock it before it will become available. If it is unlocked, but you still don’t see it, try connecting it to the computer before unlocking it and then unlocking once connected. This can sometimes be necessary the first time you connect the Kindle.
- Locate the downloaded file and drag and drop it into the applicable content folder, such as Video, Music, or Pictures.
- Safely eject your Kindle Fire HD from your computer and unplug the USB cable.
Your content will appear within the corresponding content library on your device:
- Books will appear in the Books library.
- Personal documents will appear in the Docs library.
- Music will appear in the Music library.
- Pictures will appear in the Gallery app.
- Videos will appear in the Gallery app. Note that videos transferred via USB will only be available in the Gallery app. Only videos from the Amazon Video store are shown in the Video library.
Method 2: Downloading Content from the Cloud – Wireless cloud service
Your content libraries — like Apps, Books, and Games — include content that’s available both in the Amazon Cloud and content you’ve downloaded to your device. You can choose to access your content through the Cloud while your Kindle Fire HD is connected via Wi-Fi, or to download your content to your device for easy access even when your device isn’t connected wirelessly.
How to do it:
To download content from the Cloud to your device:
Confirm that your Kindle Fire HD is connected to Wi-Fi.
- Tap the Cloud tab within the Games, Apps, Books, Music, Videos, Newsstand, Audiobooks, Photos, or Docs libraries.
- Tap an item in the Cloud to download it to your Device tab.
Method 3: DoubleTwist—USB Wired Transfer
Manage and sync your iTunes music, photos and videos with this popular and lightweight software. It’s easy to use and completely free. Also supports wireless sync with the Air Sync client ($4.99 on Google Play). This method not only syncs your media, but also your playlists and track ratings.
Visit doubletwist.com for additional details.
How to do it:
- Download DoubleTwist from Google Play on your Kindle Fire HD.
- On your computer (PC or Mac), use your browser to go to doubletwist.com, and use the link to download DoubleTwist. Follow the installation instructions.
- Follow the instructions on the app on your device and the computer to set up synchronization between DoubleTwist on your computer and Amazon Tablet.
NOTE: You can visit Amazon Help – Transferring & Downloading Content to Your Kindle Fire HD to learn more transferring methods.
Tips for synchronizing videos/movies to Kindle Fire HD
File formats that are directly compatible with the Kindle are limited. They include MP4, 3GP, and VP8(.webm). For a complete list of currently compatible formats, refer to the Amazon web page. if you want to copy videos to Kindle Fire HD in other formats like MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MTS, M2TS, MOV, MPEG, MPG, MOD, TiVo, VOB, etc, you will need transcode these video files first.
Don’t put copy-protected contents onto the Kindle Fire HD Tablet. Movies purchased or downloaded from online (e.g. iTunes, BBC iPlayer) are generally restricted to the device for which they were downloaded. If you want to play them on your Kindle, you will first have to remove the DRM. This is an entirely separate subject and can be somewhat complicated, so it’s not covered here.
Compress/convert your HD videos when necessary.