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How To Fix Kindle For Mac Won’t Open Errors

If you’re finding that the Kindle For Mac app won’t open anymore, the solution is usually a case of reinstalling it via the Mac App Store. Sometimes after an update to macOS, you may find that the Kindle app bounces in the Dock for a few seconds and then disappears without opening. Or you may get the following “Kindle quit unexpectedly” error message:

kindle for mac won't open error

The solution is simply to fully delete the Kindle app from your Dock and then reinstall Kindle for Mac from the Mac App Store. Don’t worry – you won’t lose your library of books or documents as they will be re-synced as soon as you sign-in again with your Amazon account.

Just follow these instructions to fix Kindle For Mac if it’s stopped opening or not working:

1. Drag the Kindle icon in your Dock to the Trash bin situated on the far right of the Dock. Hold down the Ctrl key, click on the Trash and select Empty Trash.

kindle for mac won't open


2. Then simply re-download Kindle For Mac from the Mac App Store.

kindle not opening on mac

If for any reason you can’t access the App Store, you can also download Kindle directly from Amazon. You just have to enter your email address on the Amazon Kindle Download Page and Amazon will send you link so you can directly download the latest version of Kindle on your Mac.kindle for mac download

If the Kindle app still isn’t working on your Mac, remember that you can always use Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader instead. The Cloud Reader is the Kindle Web App and allows you to access your Amazon Kindle books from any device with a web browser including your Mac. All you need is you Amazon.com email address and password.

kindle cloud reader on mac

If you’re still struggling with any other issues such as finding page numbers on Kindle for Mac or sending documents to your Kindle, let us know in the comments below.

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6 Responses

  1. MacHow2
    Neil Howarth

    Hi, I have a MacBook Pro running the latest version MacOS. My Kindle App for MAC will no longer download Amazon ebooks. I have tried to send from Manage My Kindle, which thinks it has been successful but still no download. I have removed my Kindle App and reloaded it from the App Store but still same problem. I know this used to work. Any ideas???
    Thanks and Regards

    • MacHow2

      Hi, First of all try completely shutting down your Kindle and restarting it. If that doesn’t work, go to the device management page on Amazon and check in “Actions” which books have been received and select “Deliver” to those that haven’t. If none of this works, try using an app like AppCleaner to fully remove the Kindle app and reinstall it.

  2. MacHow2

    Hi, I used AppCleaner as you suggested, to remove my Kindle App then reinstalled it from the AppStore and everything worked perfectly. 🙂 🙂
    Thanks for all your help.

  3. MacHow2

    Hi, not sure if my previous reply made it. But AppCleaner worked and my Kindle App is now working fine.
    Thanks Again


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