Use a Micro USB Cable to Transfer Data to Your Fire Tablet

By Nancy C. Muir

It’s easy to purchase or rent content from Amazon, which you can choose to download directly to your Fire tablet or stream from the Amazon Cloud. However, you may want to get content from other places, such as iTunes or your Pictures folder on your computer, and play or view it on your Fire tablet.

To transfer content to your Fire tablet, you use the micro USB cable that came with your tablet. This cable has a USB connector on one end that you can plug into your PC or Mac, and a micro USB connector on the other that fits into the micro USB port on your Fire tablet (which is located on the top near the Power button when holding a Fire tablet in portrait orientation).

Attach the micro USB end to your Fire tablet and the USB end to your computer.

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Your Fire tablet should then appear as a drive in File Explorer in Windows 8 or later or the Mac Finder. You can now click and drag files from your hard drive to the Fire tablet or use the copy and paste functions to accomplish the same thing.

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Using this process, you can transfer apps, photos, docs, music, ebooks, audiobooks, and videos from your computer to your Fire tablet. Then, just tap the relevant library (such as Books for ebooks and Music for songs) to read or play the content on your Fire tablet.

If you want to transfer content from your Fire tablet to your computer, you have two options: Share the content via email, or access the content through the Amazon Cloud Drive using your computer’s browser.

You can also upload content to your Amazon Cloud Drive using your computer, and that content will then be available on your Fire tablet. Go to Amazon.com, search for Cloud Drive Installer, download the app, and then use the app to access your Cloud Drive on your computer and manage the drive’s contents.

You can share photos via Email, Facebook, or Twitter. Tap Photos on the Home screen, locate a photo, and press and hold it. On the menu that appears at the top right of the screen, tap Share and then choose the method of sharing. Fill out the email, Facebook, or Twitter form that appears and tap Send or Post.

Using this method, you can share with yourself or others. You will find Share features in several apps; for example, in the Silk browser, tap the menu on the Options bar and tap Share Page to share the current page’s URL.