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Kindle Fire: Put Your Pictures On Your Tablet via USB

Although the Kindle Fire doesn’t have a camera, you can use it to view and organize your pictures and photos.Here’s how to transfer them to be stored locally on the tablet.

By default, the Kindle Fire supports JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP image file types. The process is similar to putting your own videos on your Fire.

Fist, plug the Micro USB cable into your Mac or PC.

attach USB

If you have AutoPlay enabled on Windows, you’ll see the following screen. Click Open Folder to View Files.

If you don’t have AutoPlay enabled, go into My Computer and you’ll see the drive listed there. Double click to open it.


Now, you would think you put the pictures from your computer in the Pictures folder. But you don’t.

Open the Download folder to transfer them there.


Open the the folder where you store your pictures on your computer or network location. Drag the pictures you want there. If you want to transfer them all, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A to select them all.


Disconnect the Kindle Fire from your computer. Then, from the main menu tap Apps >> Device then the Gallery icon.

App Gallery

Here you’ll see thumbnails of the pictures you transferred to your Kindle.

picture thumbs

Tap on one of them to get a full view. I find it best to view them in Landscape mode. Then you can swipe left or right to browse through them. It also lets you start a slide show too.

full size pictures

Tap the menu button at the bottom and tap More to bring up some basic photo editing tools. You can Rotate images, Zoom in, and crop them.

edit images

Tap the Share button to email or post your image on Twitter or other social networking apps you have installed. Here I am able to add it to share it via Seesmic.


Since you’re adding media to your Kindle Fire, check out how to add music files to your Kindle Fire.

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3 Responses to Kindle Fire: Put Your Pictures On Your Tablet via USB

  1. Newreader June 21, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    This is a good set of instructions on getting started. Is there a way to organize photos in an order other than the automatic ‘time’ order?

  2. Brian June 23, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    @Newreader: Not that I know of off hand — I suppose you could change the time stamp on the photos to get them in a different order…but that is a tedious process. Here’s a utility that will change timestamps…

  3. Melanie August 31, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    How can I make, title, and move folders for pics within my gallery on my kindle, not using the USB? I’ve done it before but can’t recall the steps.

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