If a Kindle book queued won’t download, then there are many things to attempt…
Queued books on Kindle should download sooner or later, but if it takes too long, it could become quite bothersome to wait indefinitely. Keep reading to download your book instantly!
When a book queued on Kindle refuses to download for too long, reboot your mobile device and cancel any other books that are downloaded right now.
It is mandatory to check your Kindle device/smartphone’s connectivity to WiFi too!
Let’s learn more about downloading problems on Kindle!
Why Is Kindle Queued But Won’t Download?
The “queued” label next to a book you’ve purchased on the standard Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite means that the book is in a queue for download.
If there are other books that are getting downloaded or the download conditions aren’t meant, the book will stay on “queued”.
Here are the causes preventing a book on Kindle book from downloading:
- There are other books that are downloading right now
- Your Kindle/Paperwhite is currently not connected to WiFi
- The signal of the WiFI reaching your Kindle is too weak
- There’s a software issue with the Kindle application
|Kindle eReader Vs. Kindle App
|Kindle on Kindle e-Reader
|Kindle on iOS/Android
|Needs connection to WiFi
|Needs firmware update
|Must clear app cache
|Can queue book downloads
|Has limited storage
Note: With the standard Kindle Paperwhite, you can have up to 8GB of book downloads, while the Paperwhite Signature Edition comes with a large 32GB book storage!
Kindle Book Won’t Download Queued – 7 Working Solutions!
Book downloading problems can both occur with the Kindle device itself or the Kindle app available for iOS and Android.
If you’re experiencing issues with the Kindle device or Kindle application specifically, view which of the solutions below are going to help the most!
1. Reboot your Device!
Regardless of whether you’re unable to download on your Kindle device or the Kindle mobile app, a restart should help!
There’s a high chance that this problem is temporary and by restarting your device, you will clear out the problem!
How to Reboot a Kindle Device?
- Press and hold the power button on your Kindle.
- Wait for the power menu to appear on the screen.
- Tap “Restart” from the on-screen power options.
- Wait for your Kindle device to perform the restart.
How to Reboot a Mobile Device?
- Head into the settings of your mobile device.
- Go to “Power” or “Power Options” next.
- Choose “Reboot/Restart” from the options.
- Wait for your mobile device to restart itself.
Note: Try closing and relaunching the Kindle app first (also removed it from your device’s temporal memory), before initiating a reboot!
2. Reconnect to the Internet
If either your mobile device or Kindle e-reader has lost connection to WiFi, you will be unable to download queued books.
The thing is that the book you’ve purchased and wish to read will stay “queued” until the connection with the WiFi on your device is restored.
How to Reconnect Kindle Device to WiFi?
- Swipe down from the top of the Kindle screen.
- Press the “All Settings” button on the top.
- Tap the “WiFi & Bluetooth” option next.
- Select “Wi-Fi Networks” from the icon.
- Choose your home WiFi network.
- Insert the WiFi password and press “Connect”.
How to Reconnect a Mobile Device to WiFi?
- Access the settings of your mobile device.
- Head into “Wireless” or directly tap “WiFi”.
- From “Available Networks”, choose your WiFi.
- Select the network and insert the password.
- Press the “Connect” button and wait.
Alert: Check if your network router is working before attempting to connect with the WiFi!
3. Remove Other Books from the Queue
To download your desired book without waiting for others, you must clean the queue from other downloads.
Now that we’ve inspected the WIFi on your device, it’s likely that you’ve put multiple books on the download queue, all of which have a high size and you must wait for longer.
- Viewing ongoing downloads tends to be possible on Kindle Fire HDX only!
Here’s how to remove the rest of the books:
- Swipe down from the top of your Kindle device screen.
- View the “notifications area” and check for ongoing downloads.
- Swipe left on the book you wish to cancel, to stop the download.
Alert: Once a book download is canceled, any megabytes that are already stored on your device may remain in the cache!
How to Cancel All Kindle Downloads?
To cancel Kindle books that are downloaded right now, you can either power your device ON/OFF, restart the App Store from your device’s settings (only for iOS), or from the download area.
Tip: if you remember which books you’ve included in the queue, use the search field on your Kindle device or Kindle app to locate the book and cancel its installation!
4. Clear Kindle Cache (iOS & Android Only)
Using Kindle on iOS and Android generates app cache more significantly than on a Kindle e-reader tablet.
Too many built-up cache files could cause Kindle to work slowly, not respond or Kindle book queued won’t download.
How to Clear Kindle App Cache (iOS)?
- Launch the Settings on your iOS device.
- Scroll down and locate the Kindle app.
- Select the app and go to the bottom of the page.
- Tap “Clear temp data on next start” and exit.
- Launch the Kindle app and test the download.
How to Clear Kindle App Cache (Android)?
- Go to Settings on your Android device.
- Choose “Apps” > “Kindle” > “Storage”.
- Select the “Clear Data” button.
- Exit the settings on your Android device.
- Launch the Kindle app and test.
Tip: On some Android devices, you’re able to activate “Automatic Updates” for the Kindle app, in the same settings tab you’ve accessed!
5. Update your Kindle! (Kindle Tablet Only)
Perhaps, your Kindle could be running too far behind on software versions and this is causing some type of conflict with the book downloads.
Users repeatedly reported that downloading books on an outdated Kindle Paperwhite is highly likely to not work/experience issues!
Here’s how to update the version of your Kindle tablet in easy steps:
- Launch the “All Settings” tab on your Kindle tablet.
- Go to Settings > Device Options next.
- Scroll down and access “System Updates”.
- Press the “Check Now” button and wait.
- (Optional) if an update is available, press “Update”.
Alert: To update your Kindle e-reader to the latest version, you must be synced with your Amazon account (Settings > Device Options > Sync Device)
6. Reinstall the Kindle App (iOS & Android Only)
To solve issues with the Kindle platform on iOS and Android, you must reinstall the app.
Assuming there’s a critical software glitch with the platform, this is the only reasonable solution as reinstallation will flush all of the configured software settings of the Kindle application.
Follow these instructions to reinstall the Kindle app in easy steps:
How to Reinstall Kindle On iOS?
- Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
- Scroll down and locate the applications section.
- Find the “Kindle” app from the list of platforms.
- Press on the app and choose “Uninstall” at the bottom.
- Download Kindle from your iOS device’s App Store.
How to Reinstall Kindle On Android?
- Get into the Settings of your Android.
- Go to “Storage” or find the “Apps” tab.
- Locate the Kindle app from the apps list.
- Highlight the app and press “Go to Settings”.
- Choose “Remove this App” or “Uninstall”.
Tip: Try to update the Kindle app to the latest version before uninstalling it.
7. Wait for the Downloading!
If nothing seems to help, wait until your Kindle has downloaded all of the queued books.
If you’re certain that the device is connected to a network (WiFi), then there is nothing to worry about and all of your queued books should download sooner or later.
- The average Kindle book is about 2.6 up to 3 MB and takes about 30 seconds to download!
Tip: Leave your Kindle overnight and by the morning all of the books should have been installed.
Still Can’t Download?
If your Kindle book still won’t download, it’s time to reach out to Amazon. If the problem is on their end, a quick chat with a support agent will resolve the problem for you. You can view the customer service options and report your issue at Kindle E-Reader Help.
Thus, the best solution when a Kindle book queued won’t download is to reboot your Kindle or smartphone device and reconnect it to the WiFi.
If the issue persists, we strongly recommend canceling all other book downloads and resetting your device!
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.