Putting Your Mobi File Book on Your Kindle or Phone or Tablet

Once you have a Mobi file, what do you do with it?

Perhaps you have created a Mobi file from your own manuscript (using our formatting service, of course!).

Perhaps someone has emailed you a Mobi file.

Perhaps you have downloaded a Mobi file.

How do you get it onto your Kindle or Kindle App?

Email to Your Kindle

Each Kindle or Kindle App for a phone or tablet has its own email address. Go to your account at Amazon to find it. Go to http://amazon.com, sign in, then hover the mouse over “Hello, Samantha (use your own account name), Your Account” then click on “Manage Your Content and Devices”. Next, click on the “Your Devices” tab. Finally, click on your device to see its email address.

For example, the email address for one of my gray-scale Kindles might be frank_1234@kindle.com.

Write down the address of your Kindle. Perhaps even add it to your email address book.

Then, from your computer, email the Mobi file as an attachment to your Kindle.

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac, and Kindle Cloud Reader do not have email addresses.

Android Phone or Tablet Using Email

To get the Mobi file to an Android phone (or tablet), one of the simplest ways is to email the file to yourself, at an email address you can check on your phone, as described above.

If you don’t have the Amazon Kindle app installed on your phone (or tablet), go to the Google Play Store (on your phone), search for “Kindle”, and install it. Then (still on your phone or tablet), sign in to your Amazon account, or create an Amazon account if you don’t have one yet.

Now that you have the Kindle app on your phone or tablet, follow the instructions in the Email section above.

Android Phone or Tablet Without Using Email

I’m not sure you would ever want to use this method because you could simply email the Mobi file to your Kindle app on the phone or tablet as described in the previous sections.

Still, I’ll make a note of how to do it just in case.

Instead of emailing the Mobi file directly to your Kindle app on the phone or tablet, you could email the Mobi file to yourself (at your Gmail address), then access you email from the phone or tablet, save the attachment, then move the Mobi file to where your Kindle app expects to find it. See? That makes no sense. Why would you do that when you could have simply emailed it directly to the Kindle app as described in the previous sections.

If you insist on going forward with this method, read on.

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you have a Google account and a Gmail address, right? Email the Mobi file to your gmail address.

For example, if my gmail address is nepopress@gmail.com and I want to get Rebecca Radley’s Sombras del Pasado Mobi file to my phone, I would compose an email to nepopress@gmail.com and attach the Mobi file (named, in this example, sombras.mobi) to the email, then send it.

Next, I would check my email on my phone (using the Gmail app) and find the new email with the attached Mobi file and save it (by tapping the Download button next to the attachment). This saves it to my download directory.

The next step is to move the the Mobi file from the phone’s download directory to the kindle directory. If you already have a file manager on your phone, go ahead and move the file.

If you don’t have a file manager on your phone, go to the Google Play Store (on your phone) and search for and install the OI File Manager app. Once it is installed, open it and navigate to your download directory.

Here are the specific steps I would take. First, I would open the OI File Manager app and look for the download directory and tap it. Notice that the OI File Manager shows the current path near the top of the screen. Let’s call this the “path bar”. The initial path will vary between phones. It shows a “house” symbol for the home directory, an image of an SD card for the top level of the SD card, and the name of any other directories I select. I can move “up” one or more levels by tapping a directory in the path bar. On this phone, it opens on the SD card and shows a list of files and directories. There it is! I see the download directory and tap it. Now the path bar shows a house on the left, then an SD card image, then the word “download”. The list below the path bar shows the files in the download directory. Yes! (this is exciting, isn’t it?), I see the Mobi file named sombras.mobi.

Next, I select the sombras.mobi file by holding my finger on it for a second or two. This brings up a menu. I tap on “Copy”. This copies the file to the clipboard.

Next, I navigate to the kindle directory. I do this (on this phone) by selecting (by tapping on) the SD card directory in the path bar (the parent directory of the download directory). This moves up a level. I see the kindle directory in the list, so I tap on it. This moves down a level (into the kindle directory) and the path bar changes appropriately.

The next step is to “paste” the clipboard (i.e., the sombras.mobi file I previously copied to the clipboard) into the kindle directory. Exactly how this is done depends on the phone (the Android version the phone is running). On some phones, there is a clipboard symbol, near the top of the screen. Just tap on the clipboard symbol to copy the file to the current directory. On my phone, there is no clipboard symbol. Instead, I press a menu key and then tap on “More” and then on “Paste”. Presto, sombras.mobi is now where I want it: in the kindle directory.

To be neat, I could navigate back to the download directory and delete the copy of sombras.mobi there. If I trusted the phone more, I could have chosen “Cut” instead of “Copy” in the earlier step and not needed to go back to delete sombras.mobi in the download directory.

Now that I have sombras.mobi in the kindle directory, I exit back to the home screen and open the Kindle app, then tap on the Sombras del Pasado book to read it.

Note, some versions of the Gmail app don’t let you download certain file types. If you don’t see a Download button next to the attachment, you may need to install another app, such as Gmail Attachment Download.

If you use a downloader app, it may allow you to select the directory to save the file into, thus eliminating the need to copy the file from the download directory to the kindle directory.

Real Kindle With USB Cable

Without using email, if you have a real Kindle, just connect it to your computer via its USB cable and copy the Mobi file to the Kindle’s “documents” or “Documents” or “Internal Documents” directory. See our How to Copy a Mobi File from Disk to Kindle video at http://nepotism.net/videos/.

This process is often called “side loading” (in contrast to “downloading” when buying a book directly from Amazon).