Kindle not showing up on PC? Here’s how to fix it

    Amazon’s Kindle has evolved over time from a simple e-book reader to a practical and functional product that many consumers adore. It allows users to search for, buy, and download a variety of e-books, magazines, and other reading materials. Despite the fact that this is a reliable device, it is not without flaws. Many users have reported that Kindle is not showing up on PC and if you are also experiencing the same problem then worry no more because we got you covered.

    In this article, We’ll show you what to do if your computer doesn’t recognize your Kindle. The solutions to this problem are simple to implement. Make sure you go through all of the options until you discover one that properly works for you.

    Fix 1 – Check USB Cable and Port

    Kindle not showing up on PC

    Before you move on to any other fix make sure that your USB and Ports are working and in optimal condition. To check if you’re Cable is working or not, you can connect a different device with the cable and if it also does not connect with the computer then there is a chance that your USB cable is faulty. To connect to your PC, try alternative USB cables. Other USB cables that come with your smartphone can also be used.

    Fix 2 – Connect Kindle via Calibre

    If your Kindle does not appear on your PC when connected via a USB connection, you might try connecting it via Calibre. Calibre can be used after the PC and Kindle have been turned off. Then unplug all of the cables that are connected. Open Calibre and connect your Kindle to your PC once your computer has been switched back on. After that, turn on your Kindle to see whether the Kindle Fire not showing up on the PC problem still exists.

    Fix 3 – Perform a Hard Reset

    Kindle not showing up on PC

    Kindle, just like other mobile phones and tables also comes with a reset function. It allows users to clear the memory of the device and clean install the operating system. You’ll be able to address software issues that are preventing your PC from detecting your Kindle when you try to reset it. Follow the steps below to hard reset your Kindle:

    1. Connect your Kindle to your computer through USB.
    2. For around 40 seconds, press and hold the Power button.
    3. Allow your Kindle to restart on its own.
    4. Release the Power button after your smartphone has restarted.
    5. If your Kindle does not restart automatically, press the Power button to turn it on.

    Fix 4 – Reinstalling Kindle

    If it’s still not connecting, try to reinstall the latest Kindle software for Windows 10. Here’s how to do it.

    1. Press Windows Key+S.
    2. Type and Enter “settings” (without the quotations).
    3. Select Apps then select Apps & Features from the left-pane menu.
    4. Go to the right pane and type in Kindle.
    5. Select Uninstall after clicking it.
    6. Restart your PC
    7. Go to Amazon’s Downloads page and download the most recent Kindle software for Windows 10.

    Fix 5 – Install Kindle as an MTP device

    There is a possibility that Kindle isn’t installed correctly on your computer. When you connect to a device, Windows recognizes its kind and attempts to install the default drivers. However, sometimes Windows doesn’t perform this correctly and a Kindle connection error might occur. Here’s how to fix it.

    1. From the context menu, right-click the Start menu and select Device Manager.
    2. In the Device Manager window, expand the Portable device category, then right-click the Kindle driver and select Update Driver. Select the second option Browse my computer for driver software.
    3. In the pop-up window, select Let me pick from a list of available drivers for my computer.
    4. Click Next after selecting the Portable Devices option and selecting the MTP USB Device from the list of drivers.
    5. In the Update Driver Warning window, select Yes. The suitable device driver for your Kindle will then be installed by Windows.

    Fix 6 – Disable the USB Selective Suspend Feature

    The Selective Suspend feature is turned on by default in portable laptops to save power and extend battery life. It can, however, cause USB connectivity issues. As a result, you might try to disable it to resolve the problem. here’s how to do it.

    1. Go to your Control Panel and change the View by type to Category, then choose Hardware and Sound.
    2. Select Power Options, then select the Power Plan you want to change the settings for. Now click Change plan settings.
    3. Expand the USB Settings category after clicking on Change advanced power settings.
    4. Select the USB selective suspend setting and click Disabled from the drop-down menu.
    5. To complete the changes, click OK and Apply.

    Fix 7 – Charge your Kindle for a longer period

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    Users who encountered the same issue also reported that they attempted to charge their Kindle for more than 30 minutes. After that, they did a hard reset and were able to successfully connect their Kindle to their computer.

    That is all on how to resolve Kindle not showing up on PC issue. For more fixes and tech-related content, keep following Retrology.

    Rehan Muzammil
    Rehan Muzammil
    A gaming and film enthusiast who loves to guide, discuss and share his ideas/views on Retrology.
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