How to Back up Your Kindle Files and Books 

How to Back up Your Kindle Files and Books

Whether you’ve purchased a new tablet, have to reset your Kindle, or otherwise just want another copy of your Kindle files, there are a few ways to go about it. We’ll discuss Amazon’s option, which is a cloud backup and which requires you to connect to WiFi, as well as an easy way to store copies of your files on your computer.  

Let’s get started.  

Using Kindle’s Cloud Backup

Amazon allows you to back most of your files and settings directly to the cloud. However, you cannot directly back up any files. Instead Amazon automatically backs up any media you purchase through and allows you to re-access it through your media library by tapping the Cloud section of the library. You can easily restore your files from here by tapping cloud and downloading the eBooks, music, and pictures you want on your device. You can find your personal photos and videos under Amazon Drive, where you can redownload them to your device.  

You can also turn on basic Cloud backup to store personal settings, Silk bookmarks, and your home screen and app layout.  

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access the device menu. Tap Settings 
  2. Tap Device Options 
  3. Tap Backup and Restore 
  4. Slide the “Backup Device” toggle to “on”.  
  5. Your tablet will auto-backup when it’s in sleep mode, and connected to WiFi.  

This will not save any third-party data such as game or app progress, side-loaded books, etc.  

Creating a Computer Backup of your Files

Whether you’re reading books that aren’t from Amazon, don’t want to go through the hassle of re-downloading individual files, or are planning to move to a non-Amazon device, you may want to have a computer backup of your books and files.  

This is actually fairly easy to do, providing you have a working computer.  

Kindle App

The Kindle app is available for Windows and Mac personal computers and allows you to back up your books to your computer. To get started, install the Kindle app from your device app store and sign into your Amazon account.  

  1. Download the Kindle App  
  2. Sign into your account  
  3. Your books should appear in your cloud  
  4. Find the folder on your computer and copy it to disc 

Copying the Drive 

You can also choose to simply open your Kindle Fire as a folder and copy files and folders over to your computer. However, it is important to remember that any books and files you purchased from Amazon come with a DRM. You cannot read them on any other device, you cannot share them, and you cannot access them with any other Amazon account. This DRM is to prevent piracy, but if you were hoping to move Amazon files to an iPad or Android tablet, you’re out of luck.  

  1. Plug your Kindle into your computer via USB 
  2. Go to “Computer” on Windows or to Folder on Mac and look for the Kindle folder. Click on it 
  3. Drag and drop the desired folders to a new location on your computer. Documents contains books. You may also have media files you want to save.  

This only works for books and files actually stored on your device, not on those in the cloud.  

Using a Third-Party Device

If you’re using your Fire tablet to read books you purchased elsewhere, you can back them up and read them on another device. If not, you can still back them up using an app, which is a little simpler than copying the drive, and still gives you more control over the files than leaving them in cloud.  

In this case, I strongly recommend Calibre, a free eBook library management tool available for nearly every device. (Check my review here 

  1. Install Calibre 
  2. Plug your Kindle into your computer via USB 
  3. Wait for the Kindle to appear on the menu 
  4. Click on it.  
  5. Highlight Files you want to move and drag and drop them from the Kindle to your Library  
  6. That’s it. Calibre will copy your files across to your computer, and you can access them at any time (unless Amazon’s DRM prevents you)  

Now that your files are backed up, you know where they are, can easily restore them, and might be able to read them on your computer instead of just your kindle.  


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