How To Delete Items From Your Fire Or Your Amazon Cloud Account

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This is a cross-posting of an article I originally wrote for the Kindle Fire on Kindle Nation Daily site, and it’s reprinted here in its entirety with that site’s permission.

Many people reading this will already know how to remove items from their Kindle Fire’s carousel, and many will also know how to remove them from the Device screens (e.g., Apps > Device, Books > Device, etc.), but very few know how to prune apps, audiobooks, videos, music and Kindle ebooks from the Fire’s Cloud screens (e.g., Apps > Cloud, Books > Cloud, etc.). Here’s the scoop!


Removing Items From The Carousel

This is the easiest one. Simply long-tap the item you want to remove, and select “Remove From Carousel” from the pop-up menu. By the way, “long-tap” means tap and hold your fingertip or stylus on the screen until the pop-up menu appears.


Removing Items From The Fire Device

This section is about items you’ve downloaded to your device, and now want to delete from the device, but not necessarily delete entirely from your Amazon account.

If the thing you want to remove is currently displayed in your carousel, the process to remove it from your device is exactly the same as removing items from the carousel, but you select “Remove From Device” instead of “Remove From Carousel”. Long-tap and select “Remove From Device”.

If the thing you want to remove is not in the carousel, locate it on the applicable Device screen (e.g., Apps > Device, Music > Device, etc.). Again, long-tap and select “Remove From Device” from the pop-up menu.


Deleting Items From Your Amazon Cloud



Given that deleting from the Amazon Cloud is permanent, and there’s no fee to store your purchased / free download items in Amazon’s Cloud, you may be wondering why anyone would ever choose to delete anything from the Cloud. The main reason is simply to de-clutter your Fire’s Cloud screens.

For example, many Kindle and Fire owners have bought and free-downloaded hundreds or even thousands of Kindle books. When it comes time to download something new to read from their Books > Cloud screen, they have to scroll through all those hundreds or thousands of book covers to locate the book or books they’re looking for. Also, there may be many books they’ve finished reading and never intend to re-read, or that they started to read but decided never to finish for whatever reason.

The only way to remove them from the Books > Cloud screen is via the following method.

**UPDATE 11/14** The 4.5.1 operating system update for model year 2013 and 2014 Fire tablets seemed to implement “Delete From Cloud” functionality right on the tablet, but it appears this option doesn’t reliably show up for all types of content. Later in this post I describe how to use ‘Delete From Cloud’ on your Fire tablet for apps, but since the function does not consistently show up for other types of content I recommend following the steps below, on the Amazon site, to reliably remove other types of content from your Cloud library.

The same method can be used to delete any content from your Amazon Cloud account (e.g., videos, apps, music, etc.), but see the next section of this post for details on how apps can be deleted from your Cloud library right on your Fire. Again, DON’T DO THIS UNLESS YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO ACCESS THE ITEM AGAIN. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

1. Login to the Amazon site.

2. Mouse over the Your Account link, which appears in the upper right-hand corner of every screen on the Amazon site when you’re logged in, and select Manage Your Kindle.

Manage Your Kindle

An example of the Manage Your Kindle screen – note that your Manage Your Kindle screen will show your specific content. Click on the image to view an enlarged version in a new window.

3. On the Manage Your Kindle page, there are three ways to find the content you want to delete:

a) Use the search box at the top of the screen to enter a specific title, or –

b) Use the drop-down box at the top of the screen to narrow the listings to a specific type of content (e.g., Books, Instant Videos, Apps, etc.), then scroll through the list to locate the item you wish to delete, or –

c) Use the links along the left-hand column to narrow the listings to a specific type of content and scroll through the listings to locate the desired item, as above.

Note that if the item you want to delete is an MP3, you’ll have to select “Manage Your MP3s” from the Other Content area in the left-hand column to access your Amazon MP3s.

4. Click on the Actions button to the right of the item’s title, and select “Delete from library” from the drop-down list of options.


Deleting Apps From Your Cloud Account Using Your Fire

If you want to permanently remove an app from your Amazon Cloud digital content library while using your Kindle Fire—and permanently means permanently: if you ever want that app back, you’ll have to buy it again—here’s how:

1. Go to the Apps > Cloud menu on your Fire.

2. Tap and hold on the app you want to delete from the Cloud. Note that you’ll have to hold for 1-3 seconds to bring up the pop-up menu, tapping briefly will start a download of the app.

3. When the pop-up menu appears, tap on “Delete from Cloud” and confirm when prompted.

This pop-up menu option appears on the Apps > Cloud menu for all Fire models up to and including the 2014 line; it’s not available for Kindle books, Instant Videos or other types of content on Fires released prior to 2013.


And that’s all there is to it!

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  1. Comment by angie:

    Although you say that’s all there is to it I’ve done that and the books are still in my cloud. Very frustrated with trying to remove old books I’ve read.

    • Comment by Mom:

      To delete from the cloud, you must login to Amazon and delete the books on Amazon’s site, it’s not enough to delete them from your Kindle or Fire device. You must also wait a few seconds for your book listings to refresh before you’ll see the book is gone.

      To delete Kindle books on Amazon’s site, login to your Amazon account on the Amazon site and go to Your Account > Manage Your Kindle > Books. There’s an ‘Actions’ button to the far right of each book listed. Click it to open the Actions menu, select Delete From Library and confirm the deletion when prompted.

      Note that the page must refresh for the title to disappear from the listings, initially you’ll still see the title listed with a “Successfully Deleted” message printed in green above that title; wait a few seconds. When the first page of your Kindle books re-loads, try searching for the title you just deleted. It will be gone. I just re-did this myself with a Kindle book from my own library that I didn’t mind getting rid of, and it worked just fine.

    • Comment by Nancy Smith:

      Same with me! I have a lot of books on my Kindle Fire that I try to remove from my MYK page and they are not there. How do you delete them in that case?

      • Comment by Mom:

        If it’s already been downloaded to your Kindle or Fire, you must delete that copy, too. Just long-tap to open the pop-up menu and select “Remove From Device”.

    • Comment by Ken:

      Have the same problem – did you ever figure out how to delete from the cloud – can’t seem to get a straight answer anywhere.

      • Comment by Mom:

        As I stated in a reply above:

        “Note that the page must refresh for the title to disappear from the listings, initially you’ll still see the title listed with a “Successfully Deleted” message printed in green above that title; wait a few seconds. When the first page of your Kindle books re-loads, try searching for the title you just deleted. It will be gone. I just re-did this myself with a Kindle book from my own library that I didn’t mind getting rid of, and it worked just fine.”

  2. Comment by tukhesblossom:

    I did all this and my cloud library on my Kindle still has the deleted material even though it no longer shows my amazon account website. Any ideas how to make material go away for real?

    • Comment by Mom:

      Remember, anything you’ve already downloaded to your device has to be manually deleted from the device, regardless of whether or not you’ve deleted it from the Cloud. Also remember, “Remove from Carousel” is not the same thing as “Remove From Device”. The only way to delete content from your device entirely after it’s been downloaded is either to manually delete each item you want to remove, one by one, or do a factory reset to clear all downloaded content at once.

      If you believe you’ve deleted content from both the Cloud and your device but the content keeps showing up, contact Kindle Customer Support for further assistance from Amazon’s Kindle / Fire specialists.

  3. Comment by jmantz:

    wonderfully helpful! thanks!

  4. Comment by Billy:

    Deleting old books seems to work perfectly well. I have no problem with that. Deleting samples is another matter. Most are deleted simply enough from the Amazon website but some seem to be stuck on my Kindle Fire, mainly in the cloud although one is stuck on the device as well. There is no option to delete these from the device and they are not showing in my Amazon account so deletion from there is also not an option.

    Incidentally, these are samples that did not download properly in the first place and I was never able to open them. It suggests that these files may be corrupt in some way. Any ideas how to get rid?

    • Comment by Mom:

      I’ve never had any problems deleting samples from my Fires, and in fact I just sampled some stuff yesterday and deleted all the samples without incident. So I suspect you’re right, the problem is that the files didn’t completely download. If it were me, I’d go back to the product pages for the books in question and re-send the sample to the same Fire. Hopefully, the files will be complete on this second attempt and then you can delete them. If not, I’m afraid all I can suggest is that you contact Amazon Kindle/Fire tech support.

  5. Comment by Dan E:

    I’m trying to delete a game and start over. I’ve removed the app from the device and the cloud but when I go back and download the game to start over I am taken back to my original game. How does the app recognize me? and I am unable to start over from the very beginning.?

    • Comment by Mom:

      Dan – It depends on the app. If the app requires you to login to play, then your save file is being held on the developer’s servers. It’s also possible that you deleted, but did not uninstall, the app and its save file is still lurking on your device.

      If you’re using a Fire tablet or phone then selecting “delete from device” or “remove from device” is the same as uninstalling, there is no separate process for uninstalling on those devices. However, if you deleted your app from a Fire phone or tablet via a third-party app, or by browsing the file folders while the device was attached to your computer, then you did NOT uninstall the app, you only removed the main app program file.

      On other types of devices you have to be sure you’re uninstalling and not just deleting. If none of these suggestions points you in a direction, try contacting the app developer directly. Their contact information should be on the About page of their app, or you can Google for the developer website, where there should be a contact form or email address.

  6. Comment by Loretta Hibner:

    This is old content apparently because the “your account” option is on the left side of the Amazon page now and there is no “my content” option anymore apparently. I’m very frustrated at trying to get my books deleted.

    • Comment by Mom:

      Loretta – Here’s a screenshot I just took minutes ago and as you can see, the Your Account link is at the right and there’s still a Your Content link. Hope this helps.Amazon Home Page

  7. Comment by Bob:

    How do I delete videos and books from Amazon’s Recommended lists (books and instant videos) short of resetting my Kindle?

    • Comment by Mom:

      Resetting your Kindle won’t make a difference, the recommendations for your account are stored on Amazon’s servers. You can’t remove recommendations entirely, so far as I can tell, but you can change them.

      Log on to the Amazon site and go to Your Account > Your Recommendations > Improve Your Recommendations. You won’t find an option to remove recommended items there, but you can check a box for “don’t use for recommendations”, which should help. For example, if a friend borrowed your Fire or computer and browsed a bunch of camping equipment, and now you’re getting lots of camping-related recommendations, checking the “don’t use for recommendations” box for all camping items shown in your browsing history should make those recommendations go away.

  8. Comment by Shaun:

    I’ve deleted a game from my device, and when I attempted to delete from my Cloud account it resumed downloading. I’ve deleted it from my Amazon account yet it is still downloading (albeit slowly). Rebooting hasn’t helped either. Would restoring to Factory settings be my only other option?

    • Comment by Mom:

      It sounds as if the first time around, you tried to delete from the device first, then the Cloud. Ideally deletions should be done in the opposite order, Cloud first and then device, but I understand that’s not always convenient and logically, it seems like it should work either way. But it doesn’t always work when the device copy is deleted first.

      It may be that you accidentally made a selection or click for “deliver” when you meant to select “delete”, and since you don’t mention ever getting a confirmation pop-up for the delete I think that’s the most likely situation here. All you can do is let the download to the device finish (having a full battery and placing the device closer to your WiFi router should speed things up), then delete from the device, and finally delete from the Cloud.

      If I’m totally off base here, I’d suggest you contact Amazon Fire tablet support. To get past the general, front-line support and make sure you’re dealing with a Fire specialist, login to Amazon, go to Your Account > Manage Your Content & Devices, click the Devices tab, then click the Help link at the upper right-hand corner. On the Help page that loads slick the Amazon Devices link at the left, then click on the name of your Fire in the list that will appear at the right. You’ll be prompted to fill out a form, and will be able to provide your phone number so Fire tech support can call you immediately.

  9. Comment by Evelyn Hawkins:

    I have a Kindle Fire. How do I get a list of unread books only. The carousel shows some unread books but not all. It also shows books I have read and deleted from carousel but some keep wandering back on. It is very annoying!!

    • Comment by Mom:

      There is no function in any of the Kindle/Fire/Paperwhite/Voyage devices to exclude books you’ve already read from your searches or collections. I assume this is because the original idea was to mimic a real-life library, where books you’ve read don’t just vanish when you’re done with them, and are available to be re-read at any time. The way to accomplish what you’re trying to do is to create a Collection called “Unread” or similar, add each new book you buy to that Collection, then delete each book from that Collection after it’s read. Either that, or use the “shelves” feature on Goodreads, where there are already “Want To Read”, “Currently Reading” and “Read” shelves available.

      As for books showing up on the carousel, this will happen either because you’ve inadvertently tapped on a book while browsing your Collections—which will be a taken as a command to download the book in many cases—, the book has been updated by the author/publisher and you’ve signed up for automatic updates, or you’ve inadvertently sent a book to your device while browsing your Digital Media collection on the Amazon site.

  10. Comment by joshua salyers:

    Hey yall i need help on my kindle fire it says to hold down the app you wanna delete and hit delete but i hold down the app and all that pops up is it says add to favorites and install how do i get it to say delete i want to delete them from my kindle fire can some one help me i have a few apps i dont want i wanna get rid of them permanently

    • Comment by Mom:

      If all that comes up is “add to favorites” and “install”, then the app isn’t currently installed on your Fire. You must be looking at a Cloud library listing, which shows everything you’ve ever bought (or got at no charge) for your Fire, but that isn’t currently installed. The “install” option wouldn’t be there for items that are already installed on the tablet.

  11. Comment by Anne:

    How do I get rid of items that keep reappearing in my carousel? Amazon free time and shopping cart come back after I remove them. I never use these apps so why do I have to keep removing them?

    • Comment by Mom:

      Anne – You can never complete remove these two apps, they’re part of the operating system. As for them popping up on the carousel, it’s a bug. I’ve seen the same thing on my 2013 HDX and reported it, and I even worked with Amazon Fire tech support for weeks off and on (they’d work on it a while, then call me back) but eventually I told them it wasn’t worth all the time and bother it was taking to help them figure it out, and I’d just tolerate it.