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Kindles have enough storage space for hundreds or thousands of ebooks, but it’s still possible to occasionally run into space issues—especially if you download a lot of audiobooks from Audible. Here’s how to free up space on your Kindle when you need to.

Managing Storage Space on Your Kindle

From your Kindle’s Home Screen, tap the three little dots in the top-right corner.

kindle menu button

Then, tap “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

kindle settings menu

Next tap “Device Options”.

kindle device options

Then “Advanced Options”.

kindle advanced options

And, finally, “Storage Management”.

kindle storage management

Here you’ll see an overview of how much space is available on your Kindle. There are also two options: Manual Removal and Quick Archive. We’ll take them each in turn.

kindle storage management settings

Manually Removing Content from Your Kindle

kindle manual removal menu

The Manual Removal option enables you to select exactly what content gets removed from your Kindle.

Tap into it and you’ll see a breakdown of how much space all the different kinds of Kindle content are taking up.

kindle manual removal options

You can then tap into the different categories to see a list of all the items sorted by size. Select any you want to delete and tap “Remove”.

manually removing kindle content

Automatically Archiving Old Content

kindle quick archive options

The Quick Archive option enables you to sort out any space issues in a few seconds. Tap into it and you have the option to remove any content you haven’t opened in the past 1 Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, or 1 Year or More.

The screenshot above is of a Kindle that’s just been reset. Your screen will look a little different if you have content saved on it.

Select the option you want and then tap “Remove”.

What Happens to Content You Remove?

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Any content you remove that’s in your Kindle or Audible library gets removed from your device only. You can re-downloaded it at any time from the All menu on the Home Screen.

Beware, however, that any content you’ve added over USB will be removed from your device. As it’s not in your Kindle library, you won’t be able to re-download it and will need to transfer it manually again.

If your device is crashing or running slow and it isn’t space problems, check out our Kindle troubleshooting guide.

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