How To Make the Most of Your Kindle Fire’s 8GB Storage

Christian Cawley 25-07-2012

kindle fire storageI almost ran out of space on my Kindle Fire last week. Sadly, I was away from my computer, which meant I couldn’t simply move data off the device – I would have to delete it!


Fortunately, this didn’t cause much of a problem as I was able to connect to my cloud storage account, upload some bulky data and then download the new book to my device. I should add here that not all of the storage on my Kindle Fire was taken up with eBooks!

If you are lucky enough to own an Amazon Kindle Fire, then you should already know that the tablet has just 8 GB of internal storage. While this might be seen by many to be a disadvantage, we should bear in mind two things:

  • Although a tablet computer, the Kindle Fire is designed to be a high-end e-reader.
  • Cloud storage negates storage restrictions.

So what cloud storage options are available for the Amazon Kindle Fire?

Kindle Cloud Storage

Initially, you should know that your Kindle will share data with the Amazon Cloud, where details of your book, music and video purchases are stored.

kindle fire storage


Should your device be stolen or you opt to wipe it, the Amazon Cloud will enable you to download favourite books, films and audio purchased through Amazon and the Kindle Store and rented through Amazon Prime.

Technically there is no physical limit to this storage, although of course you can’t use it for your day to day cloud storage requirements. For this, you will need to find the best cloud storage solutions for Android tablets (the operating system found “under the bonnet” on the Kindle Fire).

Where Can I Find Alternatives To Kindle Cloud Storage?

So, how was I able to move data around to allow the download of my latest book purchase?

By default, the Kindle Fire only has the Amazon Cloud storage; alternatives to this are not available through the Amazon App Store. As such, you will need to find another way to install the suggestions which we will go into shortly.


There are two alternatives.

  1. First, you will need to root your Kindle Fire What You Should Know About Rooting Your Kindle Fire & Getting Access To Google Play Like any Android-based tablet, the Amazon Kindle Fire can be rooted. This in turn offers several advantages to the user, such as an increase in functionality via previously restricted apps. Unfortunately, the process of rooting... Read More to afford access to the Google Play Store (the new name for the Android Market). This is straightforward, although forced updates can undo it.
  2. If this is not something you are prepared to do, your other choice is to download solutions from alternative app stores The Secret To Installing Apps On The Kindle Fire Both Inside & Outside The US Held firmly in your left hand, the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet that you might have received at Christmas or for your birthday is great for reading books, browsing the web, checking emails and enjoying... Read More , accessible via the Kindle Fire’s browser.

Either of these methods will allow you to install the following apps.

Storage Management & Cloud Apps For The Kindle Fire

Various cloud storage apps are available for Android-based devices, but with a device like the Kindle Fire you need more than just more storage – you need tools for managing your data as well.

kindle fire storage space


Google Drive – naturally once you have rooted your Kindle Fire, you will have access to Google Drive via the Play Store. This provides the ability to not only to create and edit documents that are then stored in the cloud, but also to upload photos and videos. Starting with 5GB of storage, an extra 25Gb to 16TB can be purchased with a monthly subscription.

kindle fire storage space

DropBox – the king of cloud storage, DropBox gives users 2GB of free storage, with more available when you pay a subscription. Like Google Drive, items uploaded to DropBox are available from any device, allowing you to easily share and swap files between computers and your Kindle Fire.

Astro File Manager – although not a cloud solution, this (or any similar file manager) is vital for browsing your rooted Kindle Fire so that you can find data that you might like to save to your chosen cloud storage service.


All of the above apps are free to access.

Conclusion – Don’t Be Limited by 8 GB!

When all is said and done, 8 GB is adequate for reading eBooks, but limiting to anyone who wants to store a good deal of music or video on their tablet.

kindle fire storage

While some cloud solutions don’t let you upload/download files of more than 100 MB, getting the most out of your Kindle Fire’s storage means being clever with the available applications.

Taking advantage of the various file manager applications that can be installed on Android tablets will help you to stay on top of any potential storage-filling downloads and delete unwanted files if necessary.

Related topics: Amazon Kindle Fire, Android Rooting.

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  1. Art
    February 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    My concern for the cloud is: I have no intention of storing any personal data on the cloud. So, what is my recourse with the kindle fire? You need to know that the cloud is only as safe and secure as those that have access to it. That means those that control the storage device being used to store your cloud info has access to all your data stored there. NOT a very good solution for personal info, cheapish? One of the employees might just get peeved off and decide to do some harm, if you get my drift.

  2. dr death
    February 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Storage sucks donkey balls

  3. Diane
    July 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm is another good service, similar to but seemingly more reliable than DropBox. There is also a free app for the Fire. When the DropBox "fiasco" occurred, emerged as the best replacement.

  4. Eric
    July 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    FYI, you don't need to root your kindle fire in order to install DropBox or application.
    Also, some file manager tools like ES File Explorer give you the ability to connect directly to your DropBox folders, or folders, or any remote folder you could have on a shared drive on your network.

  5. James Johnston
    July 26, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I do not know own a Kindle Fire, but have been thinking about getting one since iPads aren't in the budget right now. My concern was the limited storage issues. But adding additional storage through cloud storage services is a great idea. Now you only have to be connect to WiFi to access those files.

  6. Doc
    July 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    "not all of the storage on my Kindle Fire was taken up with eBooks!"

    Well, that's all that Amazon wants you to put on a Kindle, anyway.

    "Cloud storage negates storage restrictions."

    As long as you can get to Wi-Fi, or can get a cellular signal (not that easy if you're where I live), yes, I guess so. If you're burning through your 3G or 4G data plan, that's another story altogether.

    That's why I won't buy a locked-down device (yes, Apple, I'm talking to you, too, and Google's own devices that don't have an SD slot are among those who will feel my wrath!).

    Seriously, how hard is it to put an SD slot in a device? The Nook Color and Nook Tablet managed it, as well as hundreds of other Android phones and tablets.

  7. Ryan Moore
    July 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Yeah, those are some great ways to get around the 8GB limits. I personally am going to use google drive, I use mine for just comics, and I like having my collection of ones I can read any time like Scott Pilgrim, but also like having my top 25 Batman graphic novels as well, so I can show my friends them whenever I feel like without dragging them with me where ever I go. Great idea, thanks!

  8. Bumferry
    July 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    A very interesting article. Although I dont have a Kindle (or e-reader) Im always keen to find any hints and tips that might be transferable to my smartphone (only 500mb of storage - haha). I use the cloud quite a lot for my docs and pictures and the like between the phone and my laptop. I was always sceptical about online storage, but I find i'm using it more and more.