When you buy books on Amazon, your Kindle should automatically add them to your Library. Sometimes, though, books don’t show up straight away. Here’s what to do when that happens.
Make Sure Your Kindle Is Connected to WiFi or Cellular Data
When your Kindle is connected to your Wi-Fi network you will see a little Wi-Fi symbol in the top-right of your screen. For Kindles with cellular data, there’s also a 3G or 4G symbol.
If you don’t see one, or you see an Airplane symbol instead, your Kindle isn’t connected to the internet.
If you see an Airplane symbol it means your Kindle is in Airplane mode. Tap the arrow at the top of the screen to open the menu.
Then tap the Airplane icon to turn it off. This will allow your Kindle to connect to your Wi-Fi network.
Otherwise, tap the arrow at the top of the screen to open the menu then tap “All Settings” to open the Settings menu.
Next, tap “Wi-Fi & Bluetooth” then “Wi-Fi Networks” to see a list of all the available Wi-Fi networks.
How to Make Your Kindle to Sync
From the Home screen, tap the arrow at the top of the screen to open the menu.
Next, tap “Sync.” This will force your Kindle to check in with Amazon’s servers.
Next, tap “Library.”
And then “All.”
This will show you all the Kindle books in your Amazon account, not just the ones downloaded to your Kindle. Any new books should show up first.
Tap the one you want to read. If it’s not already on your device, it will download straight away.
If you still can’t find the new book you’re looking for after forcing your Kindle to sync, there are a couple of things you can do:
- Restart your Kindle. Turning things off and on again really can work.
- Update your Kindle to the latest software version.
- Check your Amazon orders to see if your purchase went through. I’ve had an out-of-date credit card stop a preordered book from downloading more than once.