Kindle App on iPad (Not Opening, HotSpot & Charging Issues)

Amazon’s Kindle allows you to access a massive library from the device, and you can now download it as an app on your phone, iPad, or tablet. Like any other application, the Kindle app is also subject to issues with failure to load, crashing, and internet connection problems, all of which this write-up will address. 

So, why won’t the Kindle app open on iPad? Your Kindle may have loading issues on your iPad due to insufficient space, challenges with updating, or malware and viruses. If your iDevice is running out of storage space to accommodate the app and other functions, you can start by clearing the cache, then uninstall and install Kindle again. You can also restart the iPad and update the drivers. Lastly, for the case of viruses, you will need to scan using antivirus software.

It is unfortunate when the Kindle app freezes when you open it, and you cannot load your favorite book when you urgently need it. Thankfully, such problems are easy to fix.

The Kindle is a gadget from Amazon that lets you read a vast library of books with a small subscription. You can also find it on your iPad via an application that is user-friendly and convenient for use on any device. On the downside, some users report issues with it failing to load or crashing unexpectedly.

Your Kindle app may not load or open on your iPad due to device or application issues. In most cases, it acts up if you run out of storage space or when updating problems occur. You can try clearing the cache or uninstalling and reinstalling the app to fix this.

Kindle may also fail to load if there is a malware attack, for which you will need to scan the app using an antivirus. It may also help update the drivers or the application and restart your iPad.

Lack of Storage

Lack of storage is one of the most common reasons for device app issues. If you use your iPad for several other tasks, chances are high that you have stored other files inside, and it may be running low on space.

Kindle can hold a huge library of books (at least a thousand), and if you are an avid reader storing several of them at a go, the app will need sufficient space to function normally. If you have received the “lack of storage” alert or think it may be the problem, you need to free up some space.

It would help to clear the cache and leave room for the app. You may also have problems with the system crashing due to insufficient space. When this happens, Kindle will have trouble loading due to several reasons.

For one, it will be because the system will fail to load updates. Therefore, Kindle will find it challenging to receive anything new from Amazon, and it will be impossible to update other apps.

Reinstalling the Kindle App

Another effective solution involves uninstalling the Kindle app from your device and installing it later. Doing this may eliminate any bugs present in the system. Downloading it afresh restarts everything on a clean slate, and it will function without hitches.

If you have never uninstalled it, you will find it pretty simple. From the Settings, navigate to the application’s icon and scroll to find the manage option.

Next, look for the Kindle app, click on it, and tap uninstall. If you succeed, you can restart your iPad and then find the app again. Go to the app store, search for Kindle, click download, and then open it to check whether it works perfectly. It is the same principle you can use by restarting the iDevice. Closing it down helps the system deal with any existing bugs.

Virus or malware

Another related reason behind the failure to open occurs due to viruses or malware. If your device or application is under attack, it can easily refuse to open or suffer from performance issues. The first step is to download an antivirus and scan Kindle, which should identify whether there are malicious activities in the system. You can try alternative fixes if it doesn’t show any signs of malware.

Many users overlook an aspect of their devices, the drivers. They may interfere with the normal running of applications if they are outdated and cause failure to load whenever you switch on the device.

The best way out is to search for the latest Kindle drivers and update them. It is common for Kindle or any other application to act up when it is out of date because it may have bugs in the system affecting the operations. 

Why won’t my Kindle connect to my hotspot?

The internet allows you access tons of information, and the best way to find thousands of books is through the Kindle app. The E-reader tablet requires a network connection to download content into your library, but sometimes you may experience glitches trying to link the device to a hotspot, but there are fixes to try.

Kindle may fail to connect to your hotspot because of improper settings on the device providing internet. One remedy is to adjust every hotspot set-up accordingly on the E-reader and the internet source.

Also, unresponsive software in the Kindle may interfere with the connection, but in most cases, the issue may be due to sluggish internet or other internet problems. Luckily, these hitches are simple to fix, and you don’t need an expert to help.

Kindle is specially designed to effortlessly link to any hotspot or Wi-Fi whenever you run out of Amazon’s data plan. However, sometimes you may encounter challenges while linking the E-reader to a mobile hotspot or modern hotspot-capable routers that use carriers.

The most common hitches that usually affect users’ internet connections are settings related. For instance, if you tried to save power on the E-reader by turning on Airplane mode, the device won’t link unless you adjust the settings.

Similarly, if you blocked the Kindle from using the hotspot from your handset and forgot to reset the settings, you may find it tedious to pair the two for an internet connection. Furthermore, the software responsible for hotspot pairing on either the tablet or your handset may develop certain glitches that interfere with sending radio signals responsible for the internet. Moreover, if you are using a hotspot router, it is a great idea to check it first.

Thankfully, simple fixes can help any user maneuver and tweak the link even when they are not tech-savvy. Before doing anything drastic, you can start by confirming whether the hotpot settings are well-set, and the gadget is not in-flight mode. Next, you can restart the device to ensure that non-responding applications become more active.

Hotspot disconnection/reconnection

Another troubleshooting method involves disconnecting and reconnecting the hotspot several times, where you forget and manually relink the gadgets. If using a cellphone as your internet source, you can replicate the same procedures on it. You can try to connect other devices to the hotspot network; this way, you can tell whether the fault is with the Kindle or the internet source.

The problem may be with your router or cellphone if it doesn’t work with other gadgets. On the other hand, if the hotspot works fine and operates on other devices, you may want to upgrade the tablet’s firmware to the latest version.

Finally, if the problem persists, you can revert it to factory settings and start afresh, and if all these fixes don’t seem to do the trick, your last resort may be to contact Amazon or an expert for help. 

Will Kindle turn on while charging?

Sometimes you need to power up your Kindle, but you may want to use it simultaneously to catch up with some new books. It is understandable if you are an ardent reader and don’t want to miss out on anything. The only question is, can the device turn on when charging?

A Kindle can turn on when charging like any other electric gadget unless the battery dies. In such instances, you should give it about five or ten minutes to gather some power to facilitate rebooting.

You can use your Kindle when it is plugged in without issues and read as you normally do. The only thing to deal with is that your Kindle will not power up fast since it will be discharging simultaneously.

The E-reader may take longer than usual to fully charge if you use it when plugged in. Generally, most power for about 4-5hours, but turning it on and using it will extend the time. The Kindle has no problems turning on while charging, provided it has adequate power to boot. However, it may be impossible to switch it on when the battery is dead, and you will have to wait for some time before booting it.

After a few minutes of powering, you can start the gadget without hiccups. Since charging doesn’t affect the device’s ability to switch on or work, you can always use your Kindle even when connected to a wall outlet.

The only aspect to look out for is the slow charging speed, given that the gadget will be discharging more. If your tablet fails to turn on while plugged into a power source, the only explanation is that the battery has completely drained, and the system doesn’t have enough juice to boot.

Out of the box Kindle charging

An out-of-the-box Kindle tablet may also be problematic to power when charging. If it is a case of the battery lacking the power to boot, the only remedy is to practice patience. On the other hand, it may be an issue with battery degeneration.

It means that your gadget’s battery cannot hold enough power to run the device no matter how much you charge it. Alternatively, firmware issues may also hinder the Kindle from switching on while powering.

A reboot may help refresh the system and allow the device to function normally. Detach the cable from the device and unplug the charger from the wall socket, press the power button for about thirty seconds, and stop when the tablet reboots.

Next, plug the devices back into the charging cable and adapter to the socket, and monitor for any changes. If it doesn’t work, the problem may be hardware-related, where you will need professional assistance.

Kindle charging indicators

Knowing if your Kindle is charging may also come in handy because you may struggle to start a device that does not accept power. An orange light adjacent to the charging port indicates that the gadget is charging, but if the battery is dead, it may take a little while for the light to appear, or you may notice it blinking. You can wait for a few minutes and confirm that it becomes stable before trying to switch on the Kindle.

Alternatively, you can check for a charging sign on the Kindle screen. It could be lightning or an electric symbol. The charging signs will help you know that the gadget is powering, and it is safe to turn it on.

However, ensure that you use an official Amazon Kindle charger for efficient and effective charging. The procedures involved in turning on the device while charging are similar to the steps you follow for a normal booting process.

Hold the power button for three seconds and release it to turn it on. On the downside, note that using your Kindle while charging also has some adverse effects. First, operating the tablet with the backlights is a major power consumer that will immensely reduce the device’s overall charging time. When plugged in, continuous use of the E-reader can also affect the battery over time, and you may have to replace it.

If you try to conserve the Kindle’s battery, you can enjoy using the gadget before you experience any issues with the charging system. The battery’s lifespan and battery life are quite crucial to any E-book user because it means more reading time. It is best to let the device charge fully while off; this way, you reduce the chances of cell degradation hence a longer service life.


The Kindle and Kindle apps may be some of the best sites where you can find thousands of books to read, but they are still susceptible to issues like failure to load and problems with connecting to the internet.

If your iPad cannot open the app, maybe there is insufficient space, updating challenges, or system viruses. You can solve them by clearing cache, checking for new drivers, or using antiviruses.

For problems with the hotspot connection, it is best to check that the internet source is working perfectly, and you have made the right settings. Luckily, most of these issues are easy to troubleshoot, and you don’t need professional help.

Bal Kang

Bal Kang is a technology expert based in the UK, with experience across a number of technology areas from phones, tablets, computers to gaming.

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