Mac Not Recognizing Kindle

For various reasons, we need to connect kindle to Mac. But the most common problem when you are trying to connect kindle to your Mac OS is that MacOS won’t show kindle in the finder. Here I will guide you through how to connect kindle to Mac, and share some solutions that when kindle is not showing up on Mac.

  1. Why Is My Kindle Not Showing Up On My Mac
  2. Mac Not Recognizing Kindle
  1. Press and hold the Power button for 40 seconds or until the device restarts automatically. If your device restarts automatically before 40 seconds has passed, release the Power button. If your device does not automatically restart after 40 seconds, press the Power button to turn it on.
  2. Make sure that Airplane mode is off. Confirm that your device has the latest software version available. Restart your Kindle and any network devices like modems or routers. Attempt to connect your Kindle to Wi-Fi again or add a network manually.
  3. Problem: Massive battery drain. Some Fire tablet owners have run into issues with sudden.

Part 1. How to Connect Kindle to Mac OS

Try using a different cable with the drive to see if that fixes the problem. Similarly, if you are using a USB port via a hub check that’s not what’s causing the problem. Also check that the port.

Step 1. Plug the USB cable into an empty port on your Mac. The Kindle icon appears on your MAC desktop.

Step 2. To transfer files to Kindle device, you can drag content to the kindle. For more ways to transfer kindle file to Mac, please read 3 Best Ways to Send Books to Kindle from Mac.

Step 3. To disconnect kindle to Mac, just right click the Kindle icon, and then choose 'Eject Kindle'. After disconnected kindle from your Mac, its icon will not showing on your Mac desktop anymore.


If you are using newer app, you may only find Type-C port but not the regular USB-A.

Then in this way, you'll need USB-C to USB Adapter to connect your Kindle to Mac.

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Part 2. Troubleshooting: Kindle not Showing up on Mac

I have connected kindle PaperWhite to my Mac via USB, but the Kindle is not showing in Finder.
I can't connect my kindle with an USB cable to my Mac. The Kindle doesn't appear as a device. Chargeing works, but just that. Anybody with the same problem?

Solution : Change the usb cable to kindle original USB cable.

Do you know that there are two kinds of micro USB cable?

♦ Regular or data cables, which can be used for transferring data and charging.

♦ Charge-only cables, which use only to provide just power.

Kindle seems to require specific cables for data transfer. Sometimes, the cable you use maybe enough to charge the device, but not for it to appear in Finder. That's why you need to use the original kindle usb cable because it is data cable.

Part 3. Pro Tip: How to Connect Kindle Fire to Mac OS

I can't connect my Kindle Fire 7, just got it yesterday, to my Mac computer. Mac does not recognize it. I want to transfer some stuff from Mac to Kindle. Any ideas?

Mac not recognizing kindle

Connect your Kindle Fire to Mac computer will need the help with Android File Transfer.

Step 1. Download and install Android File Transfer to your Mac.

Step 2. Connect your Kindle fire to Mac with USB cable. Run Android file transfer and you'll connect your kindle fire to Mac successfully.

Note: If you've set a lock screen passwords for your Kindle fire, you may need to unlock your device before it can be opened on your computer.

Why Is My Kindle Not Showing Up On My Mac

Not you can connect your kindle or kindle fire to your Mac for file transfer.

Mac Not Recognizing Kindle

Iris Yan joined Epubor since 2017. She always wants to share everything related to ebook reading and improve your reading journey.

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