How to Install Apps on Kindle Paperwhite Touch

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Many people love playing games and apps on tablet like Kindle Fire, but have you ever thought that you can also play games and apps on e-ink device like Kindle Paperwhite?

For e-ink device like Kindle Paperwhite, the apps and games are called "Active Content". In one sense, "Active Content" equals "apps" for Kindle.

install apps on kindle paperwhite

Where to find the active contents (apps&games)?

Just search "active content" on amazon.com where you can get them. Or you can also visit this post on our blog, which collects top 5 free Kindle apps and games.

search active content

How to install the active contents on Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch

1 Get apps&games to Kindle Paperwhite with 1-click purchase

The simplest way is like delivering purchased books to Kindle. On the right side of the product page, choose which device you want to deliver this app to, then click "Buy now with 1-Click". Connect your Kindle Paperwhite to internet, then the app will be pushed to your device.

buy active content with 1 click

2 Download apps to computer then transfer via USB

If you have problem in receiving the app on Kindle Paperwhite, you can also download the app to your computer then transfer it to your Kindle device.

First please go to "Manage Your Kindle" page, and you will see the most recently purchased items, where the app should be displayed.

Then look at the right side, and you will find there is an "Action" button, click which then choose "Download & transfer via USB".

download active content to computer

Choose which Kindle will you transfer this item to. At this list your non-eink-Kindle will be not choosable. Then click "Download", you will get an ".azw2" file.

choose device to send item

Now plug your Kindle Paperwhite to computer, there will be a removable disk called "Kindle" showing up in your local computer. Open it and transfer those .azw2 files into the "document" folder.

kindle document folder

Now eject Kindle from your computer, and choose "Active Content" (which equals to "app" for e-ink Kindle) in the list below the cart icon. In this collection you can see all the apps which are installed on your Kindle.

How does it look like when playing games on e-ink device? Here it is.

play games on kindle paperwhite

Why my Kindle doesn't accept the active content?

First you should make sure it is "active content", not an "app". If it is indeed an active content but you can't install it on Kindle, then you should check if this active content is supported by your Kindle.

In the active content information page, you can see "Available on these devices" below the price, click it you can get the list containing all the Kindles it supports.

check what device does the active content support

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08/13/2015 06:24:35
Great info. It seems I cannot download the Cleveland Plain Dealer to my new paperwhite without getting a second subscription through the amazon store. They apparently have no active content apps available for newspapers. It seems there is no easy way. Any ideas?
Thanks, Ron
04/2/2016 08:16:57
Looking to install Minecraft and other games on my sons kindle paper white - how do I do it step by step
04/5/2016 17:59:41
First of all, you'd better make sure whether the game is available on Kindle.
04/21/2016 19:36:28
You can't.
05/3/2019 14:38:42
You cannot download games like that on the Paperwhite. These games only work on Kindle Fire. However, you can download it on your computer, connect it to your kindle and transfer it via a USB cable. Hope that helps!
05/15/2016 23:03:53
wow man. derpy derp derp
12/27/2017 07:09:54
Just want a sign making app for the airport! Would buy a Kindles in bulk if they would make this ONE simple (and obviously needed?) app! The whole Premium sedan/Chauffeur industry would buy in bulk if SOMEONE would do this.
Is there a workaround or an app I'm not seeing that would enable this?
E.G. "XYZ Limousines Welcomes Mr. Smith"
02/9/2018 10:21:56
I am trying to access the Chegg eReader so I can view my digital texbooks on my kindle... I am really struggling! Please Help
12/6/2018 02:41:04

Can I install APPS on kindle ereader/kindle 8th generation or kindle paperwhite???

Apps like "moon+reader". This is the best app for reading on android. I'm traying to read in my smartphone with the "amazon kindle app" but it doesn't have all the features "moon+reader app" has.

So, is it possible to install moon+reader app"  .apk  on kindle paperwhite/ereader???

12/6/2018 11:25:58
It seems like we can't install Moon+Reader on our Kindle paperwhite and Kindle fire. It's for android devices. Though we can download it from amazon app store, but I can't understand why amazon put it here!
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