How to Send a PDF to Kindle (in 8 Easy Steps, with Pictures)

Ever download a PDF on your computer, only to wish you could transfer it and read it on a mobile device – like your Kindle?

This is your guide. 📖

After all, sending a PDF to Kindle is a great idea for tons of other reasons beyond portability. These scenarios are pretty common:

  • You have a course PDF you’d like to read on the go (for example, in my Content Transformation System, we have supplementary PDFs – course homework and downloadables that would be perfect to read on your Kindle)
  • You have a PDF ebook that would be much easier to read on Kindle
  • You’re traveling and want an easier way to read/study your PDFs
  • An ebook you want isn’t available to download in Kindle format but exists in PDF format

For all these cases and more, wouldn’t it be great if you could access all your PDFs from your Kindle device library?

You can. Let’s discuss the simplest way to send a PDF to Kindle, in 8 steps. (Figuring this out a year ago saved my life when it came to reading PDFs in easier ways!)

Send a PDF to Kindle in 8 Steps: Breakdown

Part 1: Find Your “Send to Kindle” Email

  1. Log in to Your Amazon Account on a Computer
  2. Navigate to “Manage Your Content and Devices”
  3. Select the Kindle You Want to Send PDFs To
  4. Save Your “Send to Kindle” Email Address

Part 2: Send Your PDF to Your “Send to Kindle” Email

  1. Create a New Email in Your Email Application
  2. Copy and Paste Your Kindle Email Address into the Recipient Box
  3. Attach Your PDF to the Email
  4. Send Your PDF to Kindle!

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How to Send a PDF to Your Kindle

The easiest way to send a PDF to your Kindle?

Email it to yourself.

Nope, I’m not kidding. 😬

This is the fastest and easiest method I’ve found that works seamlessly. Let me show you how to do it.

Note: For this how-to, I’m using Gmail, but the steps should transfer similarly to other email applications.

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Part 1: Find Your “Send to Kindle” Email

Did you know that every Kindle device automatically is associated with a unique email address? This email is linked to your device for the express purpose of sending documents and PDFs to your Kindle.

Here’s how to find your Kindle email (already know it? Skip to Part 2).

1. Log in to Your Amazon Account on a Computer

If you have multiple accounts, choose the one you used to purchase/set up your Kindle.

2. Navigate to “Manage Your Content and Devices”

After logging in, find your Content and Devices page. On a desktop, this should be under “Account and Lists” (top navigation, directly to the right of the search box).

amazon content and devices

Click it, and you’ll be taken to your digital content page by default. Switch to the “Devices” view (at the top of the page) to find a complete list of the Amazon devices you own, including your Kindle(s).

amazon manage devices page

3. Select the Kindle You Want to Send PDFs To

Next, click the Kindle device to which you’d like to send PDFs.

A “device summary” should pop up with lots of information, but we’re only interested in the email associated with your device.

  • It should be located on the first line underneath your device name.
  • It should include a string of numbers and letters followed by “@kindle.com”.

kindle email address

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4. Save Your “Send to Kindle” Email Address

At this point, copy and paste your Kindle email to a safe place so you always have it handy. I recommend adding your Kindle email to your contacts so you can easily find it right where/when you need it.

Here’s how that may look in Google Contacts:

save your kindle email as a contact

Part 2: Send Your PDF to Your “Send to Kindle” Email

Once you know your Kindle email and have it saved, it’s time to send your PDF to Kindle via email.

1. Create a New Email in Your Email Application

First, head to your email application and create a new message.

create new email message

Note: To prevent spam, Amazon limits the email addresses you can use to send files to your Kindle. That means you must send your PDF to Kindle from an email address you authorize on Amazon.

To check your approved personal document email list or add a new authorized email, follow the same steps from earlier to navigate to “Manage Your Content and Devices.”

From there, choose “Preferences” from the top menu.

manage content and devices - preferences

Scroll down to “Personal Document Settings” and click it.

personal document settings

Scroll further down to “Approved Personal Document Email List.” Check that the email you want to use to send PDFs is there. If not, you can add it by clicking “Add a new approved email address.”

approved personal document email list for kindle

2. Copy and Paste Your Kindle Email Address into the Recipient Box

The next steps are easy-peasy. 👌

Return to the new email message you just created. Paste your Kindle email (you should have it saved from the previous steps!) into the “To” field.

Or, if you saved it to your contacts, click on “To” and select it from your list of saved entries.

There’s no need to fill in any other field, including the subject or message. Just leave them blank!

kindle email as recipient

3. Attach Your PDF to the Email

Next, attach the PDF you’d like to send to your Kindle.

Click on the paperclip icon in the bottom toolbar (to the right of the “Send” button).

pdf to kindle - attach to email

Your computer’s file browser should pop up. Navigate to where you saved your PDF and select it.

The successfully attached file should appear at the bottom of the email message.

Here’s how that looks in Gmail:

pdf attached to email to send to kindle

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4. Send Your PDF to Kindle!

Now, all that’s left to do is click “Send” and…

Et voilà! ✨

You just successfully sent your PDF to Kindle. It should now appear in your content library, under “Docs.”

kindle library - docs

It should also automatically appear on your Kindle device, in your Library.

If, for some reason, it doesn’t show up, try manually delivering it directly to your device from the Digital Content page on Amazon:

kindle digital content - deliver to device

On your Kindle, you can also filter your Library by type (“Documents”) or status (“Downloaded”) if you’re still not seeing your PDF.

kindle library with pdf

PDF to Kindle? Done. What Other Skills Will Serve You Moving Forward?

To you out there reading this…

Yes, you. 👈

I think I know who you are.

You’re somebody who’s not afraid to go out and get the skills you’re missing.

You wanted a better, easier way to read PDFs, so you found this guide on sending PDFs to Kindle.

And that’s awesome. 👏

The question remains:

What other skills might serve you moving forward?

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About Julia McCoy

Julia McCoy is an entrepreneur, 6x author, and a leading strategist around creating exceptional content and brand presence that lasts online. At 19 years old, in 2011, she used her last $75 to build a 7-figure agency, Express Writers, which she grew to $5M and sold ten years later. In the 2020s, she's devoted to running The Content Hacker, where she teaches creative entrepreneurs the strategy, skills, and systems they need to build a self-sustaining business, so they are finally freed up to create lasting legacy and generational impact.