How to Read Kindle Books on an Android Phone/Tablet

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Reading Kindle books can be an excellent experience for all book lovers, especially when you consider the variety and prices of Kindle ebooks. Initially, Kindle books were only available on Kindle eReader devices, but nowadays, you can freely read Kindle books on any mobile device. Since more and more people are purchasing low-cost but powerful Android devices, this guide will tell you how to read Kindle books on an Android phone/tablet.

Before reading Kindle books on Android device, we should first install the Kindle reader app for Android.

Method 1. Read Kindle Books on Android with Kindle Android App

The Kindle app is the official app released by Amazon, available for free download for all users. Almost every app store on Android devices provides the Kindle app, including the Google Play Store. Simply search for "Kindle" on Google Play and tap the Kindle icon to install it on your Android phone/tablet.

install kindle app to android

When Kindle App has been installed to Android device, we can easily read Kindle books on our Android tablets and smartphones. The complete guide can be concluded as the following steps.

Step 1 Launch Kindle App for Android and register it with your Amazon Kindle account.

If you don't have an Amazon account yet, just create a new Amazon account.

register kindle app for android

Step 2 Purchase (free) Kindle books to an Android phone/tablet (Internet connection required).

If you don't have any Kindle book, you can find many free books or purchase some books on Amazon website. Just tap the "Store" button at the bottom to go to the Kindle ebook store.

Kindle store on android

Note: Amazon has disabled in-app book purchases as of June 1, 2022. But you can visit amazon.com in your device browser and purchase books, then the purchased books will be synced to your kindle library.

Step 3 Download (free) Kindle books to Android phone/tablet.

All your purchased Kindle books in your account will be synced to the "Library" automatically, together with the related notes, highlights and the latest reading page. Just tap any book cover and it will be downloaded to your Android device.

Kindle library on android

Step 4 Read Kindle books on Android phone/tablet.

All the downloaded books are displayed under the "downloaded" tab in the "Library". Tap a title to open and read it. Holding down a word enables users to note, highlight and do other operations (search in Book, search Wikipedia or search the Web).

read kindle on android app

Tips: Books downloaded via Kindle Android app are with KFX format, and they are stored here: \Internal storage\Android\data\com.amazon.kindlefc\files\

Method 2. Read Kindle Books on Android with Any eBook Reader for Android

Many people have complained about the Kindle app on Android frequently crashing and express a preference for using a better ebook reader to read Kindle books. Is it possible to read Kindle books with your favorite reading app on Android? Absolutely! However, before doing so, you need to take some additional steps to make your Kindle books compatible with your ebook reader. It is well known that Kindle books are DRM-protected and have their own format, which is not supported by other readers. Here is the solution.

Step 1 Remove DRM from Kindle books and convert Kindle books to EPUB or PDF with Epubor Ultimate.

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Step 2 Find and install an eBook reader to your Android phone/tablet.

VIP Tips: Can we read Kindle books on our Android phone without an app? Yes, you can also use Kindle Cloud Reader to access your kindle library.

Step 3 Transfer the DRM-free and converted (epub) Kindle books to Android.

Method 3. Read Kindle Books on Android Emulator

When discussing Android tablets, it's worth mentioning that you can install an Android emulator on your Windows or Mac system and then install the Kindle for Android app on the emulator. If you're interested in reading Kindle books on an Android emulator, follow the steps on How to read kindle books on Android emulator on Windows/Mac.

Furthermore, if you download Kindle books on the Android emulator, you can use Epubor Kindle Converter to remove Kindle DRM and convert kindle books to pdf, epub or other formats with ease.

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11/21/2013 10:28:26
Very handy info..thanks!
12/5/2013 11:05:22
Thanks. great review. But my galaxy note 10.1 2014 does not recognize the Kindle App. Would you have any suggestions how to fix it?
12/11/2013 23:37:26
Try directly download an .apk file and transfer it to your GN 10.1 and get it installed
12/6/2013 01:21:46
Only for the truly inexperienced. Told me nothing I hadn't figured out for myself, and I'm not so smart. (Just ask my wife ;))
12/11/2013 23:36:33

We write different articles from different angles to cover different readers.

And this post if for those pure tech rookies.

So what do you want to know about reading Kindle books on Android? Maybe we can answer your questions in private, or write another post.

12/29/2013 16:55:54
I cannot find my kindle library
01/21/2014 07:06:58
Well it it weren't for this article I would have thrown my G Tablet in the garbage.  Amazon kept telling me it didn't recognize my android.  I followed these instructions and Whammo  I got it into my G Tablet and downloaded a book and read some.  Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03/29/2014 10:39:14
Hi, thank you for you article, but I have a question, can you upload whole folders into your kindle app? Well, will the kindle app recognize it as series? Or it won't see it at all?
Thank you in advance for your answer
03/30/2014 18:58:30

Hi Ongakuka,

I am not sure if the Kindle app is able to recognize a serie of books.

However you can create colletion to organize your books in my experience.

09/30/2015 01:57:40
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05/15/2014 07:03:30
how do you remove the DMR?
05/23/2014 12:19:43
Bought a new android phone with Kindle app.  Downloaded four of my Kindle books from the cloud to the phone but when I open any of the books all I get is a white blank.  Slider bar for pages at the bottom works, but I can't get any pages to open.
06/9/2014 11:15:20
I used to do that with my other androids. They work fine, but I recently got my Samsung S5, I did the same thing but nothing appears under my "On Device" shelf. Do you know why?
07/1/2014 15:05:32
Last night, my daughter could read her Kindle book on her android tablet that she downloaded but she couldn't find it in her downloads or on the Kindle app this morning. Where would she find it on her tablet? She does not have internet access during the day.
07/10/2014 00:14:56
I think your daughter might archive the book by accident.
07/20/2014 14:36:38
i am on a limited data plan with my samsung s4  once i have purchased an e book
does it continue to use data when i read it or only when i purchase it
07/20/2014 20:28:32
Once the book is synced to your cellphone, you can raed it offline, it won't use your data.
07/29/2014 12:46:08
How do you copy and paste quotes from the book you are reading with the Kindle app on the nexus 7 tablet?
08/8/2014 19:51:17
I have the kindle app on my galaxy mega. Ive read tons of books on here...I just downloaded some more and when I try to read them the only thing that shows up is the title and that Im on page 2 but no words..at all! Why cant I read my book?!
08/8/2014 19:51:41
I have the kindle app on my galaxy mega. Ive read tons of books on here...I just downloaded some more and when I try to read them the only thing that shows up is the title and that Im on page 2 but no words..at all! Why cant I read my book?!
08/10/2014 20:13:42
If these books are bought from Amazon.com, please contact their customer service staff.
11/4/2014 23:15:59
I've been trying to download a version of the Kindle app. for my Impression i10-50 android tablet bought from the HSN.  Nothing seems to work.  2.3.1 os.  
What do you suggest?
11/17/2014 19:22:30
This app works with Android 4.0
11/17/2014 06:42:00
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12/28/2014 09:47:32
I used Calibre to convert my epub to Mobi, when that didn't work, I changed them AZW3 and the Kindle app read them just fine on a Nexus 10.
01/23/2015 10:37:24
Hi! This is an awesome article. Very useful. Thank you :)
01/31/2015 06:02:06
I have a Nexus 4 and my android was just updated. Now Kindle shows me my library and the book I am reading, bus when I get to my page, it is blank.  It give me the place where I am in the book, but nothing else. What is going on? Can it be fixed and how.  I am not tech savvy, so it has to be spelled out.
07/16/2015 07:36:53

Hi,I basically have 2 Questions?

1. Which format does the Kindle recognise, i mean .mobi, .epub or any other?
2. Can i read .pdf books in Kindle Android without saving any books in my amazon account and instead pointing to some folder in my Android device through Kindle app?


07/16/2015 19:33:47

Hi, Kiddy

Kindle recognise .mobi and .pdf format.

You'd better copy and paste your dowanloaded books to the "Kindle" folder.


07/19/2015 06:35:16
I connect my phone (HTC Desire 816g) to my computer to transfer a downloaded book to my Kindle app to read on my phone but can't find the Kindle folder to copy and paste it into even though I have the icon on my phone. It just doesn't show up under the phone storage on my computer. What can I do?
07/19/2015 06:49:02
Hi, How can I find the Kindle folder on my computer when I connect my phone (HTC Desire 816g) to my computer. It doesn't show up on the phone storage folder. I just want to transfer the books I downloaded from my computer to my kindle app on my phone so I could read them. They are in mobi format. What am I doing wrong please?
07/22/2015 08:05:24
Can you tell me where to find some help.  I have Kindle on my phone and always read from there.  Just recently, however, the kindle screen has lost its brightness.  The background is quite gray.  I've tried all the settings and cannot, for the life of me, figure out what has happened. The screen is fine (brightness) with all my other apps.
Thank you for any help you can provide.
09/10/2015 20:41:26
I find it hard to start a book I have downloaded to Samsung Galaxy Ace 3.
Recommended reads come up on the screen and wont move when I tap the screen.
I have to tap everything to finally get to read something, and half the time a book I have already read puts me on the final page.
It is all so damn annoying as it is not as easy as the Kindle for PC.
I wish there was a detailed walkthrough to guide me (and others) who have similar problems.
09/17/2015 18:42:32
When I try to open my book that I have all ready read, all I get is white pages. Can you help me
12/27/2015 17:54:06
I have a message from my Kindle App which advises me to "eliminate a book from my Device and then to remove and reload using ALL ITEMS" without advising how I remove from my device. The message is unable to be deleted. The message arose on my Tablet I do not know how or why.
Please assist me in getting back to using my Tablet.
12/27/2015 20:54:24


Maybe you can try to uninstall Kindle app on your tablet, then reinstall it to solve the problem.

12/28/2015 10:51:14
I just switched from an iPad to an eclippse10.  how do I keep the time on the page while reading on the on the kindle?  also, what is the strange number on the bottom right that changes and seems to have no relation to the book being read?
02/6/2016 00:51:30
Hi. I have a kindle app on my p900 tablet. Books I've bought are there. I can open them up and read for about 2 pages and then it goes to a black screen and back to kindle listing of books. When I open it again, it starts at beginning. Says something about syncing at bottom. Can you help me? Thank you. D
02/23/2016 01:17:03
I can use kindle app on phone but books do not appear on my kindle device. Any ideas why please? Thanks
04/23/2016 21:06:42
How can I get back to beginning of book other than hitting the left margin a hundred times.  Like sometimes I want to read a different book & can't figure out how to stop one & move onto a different book?  Very frustrating!!!  Thanks...hope you can help me!
07/1/2016 08:09:33
Very clear, easy to follow directions. Thanks.
12/15/2016 02:24:33
Very frustrated. I regularly read kindle books on the android. However, when I finish reading them, I get a review page from amazon. I cannot move on from this page to select another book. There is no library icon anywhere or anything else to remove me from the last page of the book or review page.
04/21/2017 00:31:25
What I need is more basic information. What do all these symbols mean? How do I use all of the functions?  When I am finished, can I delete the book? Where are the books?  In other words, just exactly how does this app work? I would like to be directed to this type of info if it exists. Thank you.
09/11/2017 02:50:41
How do l get back to my home screen after reading my kindle book. Cannot see any icons on  the screen to use    Thanks
03/18/2019 20:37:57
Useful reading for beginners to Kindle ebooks
06/28/2019 05:23:47
Is there any way to de-DRM books using only a mobile device? It's becoming more and more common to have a phone & tablet w/o a desktop system. Are there any alternatives to using Caibre or Epubor on a deskop system?
06/28/2019 08:44:34
For now, there is not any tool can remove drm directly from EBOOKS downloaded to Kindle for android or kindle ios.
10/20/2019 18:42:32

This is a great post and everything but LET'S FACE REALITY: Most people who publish Kindle books NEVER MAKE ANY MONEY!

There's no getting around this harsh truth.


They did not publish the RIGHT book.

It does not get any simpler than that.

Your book must be in a CATEGORY that SELLS! Just because you think a topic is 'hot' doesn't mean someone else will agree with you. Worse yet, just because you're excited about your
topic doesn't mean peoople will actually PAY HARD-EARNED CASH for your book.

Next, even if you did pick the right niche, you need to make sure it is well-written.

Sadly, very few Kindle authors know how to write... for KINDLE!  Fiverr or upwork are NOT great places for Kindle talent. You need tried and proven writers. Do a search on Google for "Gene Eugenio writer" to find an experienced writer who will write a full book for only $99 or some other similar affordable service.. There's a few of them. I only listed Ozki because of their relatively low pricing.

Third, you need to SELL an AUTHOR BRAND. Kindle books are not commodities. Best selling authors make BANK because they sell a whole SERIES of books to their fans. You can do the same by making sure your
writer writes your book to string them into a SERIES!

Keep the 3 tips above in mind if you're serious about getting a snowball's chance in hell of actually making money on Kindle.

The bottom line?  Kindle publishing IS NO JOKE

12/27/2019 19:33:26
Android was set up and working. Played some games. Turned back on and only page showing says Android Recovery no way to leave this page. Does not have the three settings I used to start. Help!
05/4/2020 05:31:21
I've googled this with no good result.  How do I find the equivalent of the Kindle back button on an Android phone running Kindle software?
01/16/2021 16:11:42
previously downloaded all my free books on my laptop.  how do i transfer all 6000+ files to my tablet
01/18/2021 09:50:38
Thank you for your comments. You can just transfer it via Usb cable.
08/10/2021 14:44:09
My China smartphone is Hisense A5 running on Android 9 os, but the phone does not have (and cannot install) Google Play Store. Hisense A5 is an e-ink smartphone running on its proprietary Hisense OS (version L1657. I searched and downloaded the Amazon Kindle app from Huawei's App Gallery, but the app directed me to the Amazon China Kindle store instead. Please help.
08/11/2021 08:54:44
Please change the marketplace to amazon.com and then register it with your amazon account.
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