Your Kindle account lets you hold thousands of books without having a library at your house. However, many customers are curious if they can switch accounts to share books, separate their libraries, or transfer their devices to a new owner. The good news is that Amazon lets its customers switch accounts quite easily.
You can switch accounts on Kindle by going to Amazon and registering your Kindle device in your Family Library. Open your library from your Kindle, then choose which account you want to use. You can have up to two adult accounts and four children accounts on one Kindle device.
In this post, we’ll explain how you can switch accounts on your Kindle devices, whether or not you can have multiple accounts on one Kindle, and what happens to your books when you switch accounts.
How to Switch Accounts on Kindle?
To switch accounts on Kindle, follow these steps:
- Open your Family Library account on Amazon. You can set up a family account on any Amazon profile. This will let you manage multiple accounts from several devices, including your Kindle tablet (and other Kindle apps). This family account will let you have multiple accounts on one Kindle.
- Choose which accounts you want to activate (between four children accounts and two adult accounts, as mentioned above). While every Family Library can have up to four accounts, you can stick with one or two if desired. It’s important to activate these accounts on a computer before trying to switch accounts on your Kindle device.
- Share your books between accounts and manage which ones are exclusive to your account. Every account (including the children’s accounts) can choose to keep their books to themselves. You can buy, cancel, rent, and share books between accounts from the primary profile.
- Deactivate any account or portions of the account if you want to only have one or two accounts per Kindle device. You might want to do this if someone else on the account gets another Kindle with their own Amazon profile. You could also follow this step if you want to minimize the accounts that are accessible by the device.
If you’re looking to transfer books from one Kindle to another, you can log in on another device or choose to share it with someone for a limited time. Amazon lets its customers share books between accounts for a few days (sometimes longer). This option will let you keep your account on one device without registering a new one.
Can You Have Two Amazon Accounts on One Kindle?
You can have two Amazon accounts on one Kindle by creating a Family Library account. This will let you have up to six accounts per Kindle device. However, you can also log out of an account or deregister it from a Kindle device. This method allows you to log into a brand-new account to give your Kindle to another person.
As Time explains, Amazon lets its Kindle users make unique annotations and sharing options on each portion of the account. This means Kindle customers can keep their library separate from everyone else using the device. While they’re considered to be multiple accounts, each of the six accounts is a sub-account of the primary customer.
Here’s what you should know about having two or more accounts on a Kindle device:
- Deregistering an account can take a little while, which means it’s difficult to swap back and forth on the same day. Amazon doesn’t want its customers bouncing between devices and accounts because it prevents people from buying devices. You shouldn’t deregister a device unless you want to give it away or store it for a while.
- The primary account holder can control the other accounts from their Amazon profile. If you want to have a Kindle device with multiple accounts under the same profile, you might not be in control of your device. However, this isn’t much of an issue since you likely won’t manage a device with someone who could ruin your account.
- You can set parental controls on the child accounts on your Amazon account. Although the sub-account will be able to read and annotate various books without external assistance, you can choose what they view. You can also decide how long the sub-account can use the Kindle device.
- You can log out of a Kindle account and log into a new one on another device. Switching to a new Kindle device with an old account is quite easy. All you have to do is go to Amazon, deregister the old Kindle device from the profile, and register the new one to the profile. You can do this if you want to create a new account, too.
Keep in mind that changing your account can have many different effects on your Kindle library. If you want to switch to a new account that you own on the same Kindle device, you’ll have a completely different profile setup. Read on to learn more about what happens if you want to keep your books when changing accounts on a Kindle device.
Can You Change Your Kindle Account and Keep Your Books?
You can’t change your Kindle account and keep your books because your Kindle account is linked to your email address. Since your Kindle library goes with the email address, making a new Amazon account with a different email address will start a brand-new library. Deleting a Kindle account will also get rid of the library (including books, music, and podcasts).
Bruce B states every book you buy on Amazon (aka your Kindle account) is locked to the account. While you can share books between accounts, switching to a new Amazon profile will prevent you from accessing those books. Don’t delete a Kindle account until you’re sure you don’t want to access the library anymore.
The good news is that you can keep your library and switch to a new account. You can make a lot of changes to your Kindle account or Amazon profile to make it like-new. This will prevent you from having to create a new Kindle account, which could delete your library.
How Many Devices Can You Have on One Kindle Account?
You can have up to six devices per Kindle account. This means you can read the same book on several devices simultaneously, including Kindle tablets, smartphones, computers, and so on. However, once the limit is reached, Amazon will block additional devices from accessing the same books from multiple devices until one of the six people closes the book.
According to Telegraph, you can open your Kindle account via apps and multiple smart devices at the same time. Keep in mind that any adjustments you make to your library will also happen on the library across each device. Every annotation, book rental, deletion, and edit will change the account for everyone.
Note: If you want to have the same account on several devices, we suggest switching your Amazon account to the aforementioned Family Library. This will let you share your books between devices without sending your edits to each other. That being said, this step isn’t necessary if you simply want to use your Kindle account without sharing the devices.