Amazon has traditionally made it difficult to use two accounts on the same Kindle device.
This article gives you several workarounds to use different accounts with Kindle software. Some workaround doesn’t work with every scenario, so you may need to try different options to find your solution.
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Try To Link The Two Amazon Accounts
Amazon introduced the “family library” feature which allows two accounts to link as “family members”. The idea is that spouses can share content with each other, or adults can share content with their children.
The company doesn’t actually demand birth or marriage certificates to prove a family relationship. However, they do have eligibility rules.
This is why I headlined this section as “try to link” the accounts. When you start the process, you may find that Amazon won’t let you complete it.
Specifically, the company has some checks that the two accounts aren’t registered by the same person. You may find that you can’t share one account with the other.
You can read more about the feature here.
One of the checks that Amazon makes is that both accounts are within the same country.
In other words, you can’t have one account registered with the .com website and the other with the .co.uk website.
Using A Business And Personal Account On One Kindle
If you have an Amazon business account and a personal account, don’t give up if the system won’t let you automatically set up a link between the two.
Contact customer support and explain that one of your accounts is a business account.
Other customers have reported that customer support has helped them link the accounts in this situation.
Use An Android Emulator On Your Desktop Computer
When you’re using a desktop computer, you can install emulation software on it. This gives your computer a second operating system that can run a second version of the Kindle reader.
For example, you can install a free Android emulator. Bluestacks has been around a long time and is a good option.
Many people use this to play Android games on their laptops. But you can install and run any Android app, including the Kindle reader. Here are the simple steps:
- Download and install Bluestacks on your Windows or Mac machine
- Install the Kindle app for Android on your Bluestacks platform
- Log into the Android Kindle app with your second Amazon account
Does this work on a phone?
I mentioned that this workaround is for a desktop computer.
But you can also install an Android simulator on some smartphones. For example, if you have a Linux phone, you’ll be able to do this.
However, you probably need a bit more technical knowledge to set up the dual systems. I recommend that you use the next workaround instead.
Using Parallel Space On Your Android Phone
Parallel Space is a mobile app that lets you clone other apps and run them under different accounts. This is their page on the Google Play store.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Install the Kindle app on your Android phone
- Install Parallel Space on your phone
- Launch Parallel Space and use it to clone and run another instance of the Kindle app
- Log into the second instance of the Kindle app with your second account
Giving Up On Using Two Accounts On One Kindle
Because of my travel experience, I have a U.S. and a U.K account with Amazon.
When I finally settled back in the United Kingdom, I got really annoyed at missing out on books I had legitimately purchased when I was residing in the United States!
I used some of the workarounds mentioned above, but they can get a little cumbersome for frequent reading.
Eventually, I gave up and contacted Amazon customer support. The staffer helped with transferring purchased books from one account to the other and deregistering one of the accounts on my Kindle.
I was warned that this was a one-way street. I couldn’t go back to the way things were if I changed my mind!
This wasn’t my ideal scenario, but sometimes you’ve got to give up and accept the very customer-unfriendly practices of a behemoth like Amazon.
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