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How do I set up my Kobo e-reader?

You've got a new e-reader and, of course, you want to start using it right away to spend some nice time reading. To do this, you'll first have to set it up. Below, you'll read how to do this in a number of steps. It's important to set up your e-reader properly. That way, you'll be able to download books and receive the latest software updates.

What do you need?

Kobo e-reader plus charger adapter
  • Charged e-reader (charge for 4 hours before use)
  • Included micro USB cable
  • Password for your WiFi network, when you want to go through setup without a computer and via WiFi.
  • The username and password for your current Kobo account. When you log in with this account, you'll be able to transfer previously bought e-books from the Kobo store. Don't have an account? Create one using the steps below.

Time indication: depending on the size of your library, roughly between ½ and 4 hours.

Setup

Kobo My Books

You'll set up your e-reader using your computer/laptop or via WiFi, providing your e-reader is equipped with it. Setting it up via WiFi is fastest, but if you already have a library on your PC or laptop, you'll be able to transfer it immediately when installing using your PC. You'll still be able to do this later on, too. Only got e-books from the Kobo shop in your library? In that case, you won't need to transfer any, this will happen automatically when logging into your Kobo account on your new e-reader.

Setup using a PC or laptop

1. Installing Kobo software

Installing Kobo software

Before connecting your e-reader to your computer or laptop, you should first install Kobo software. To do this, go to the Kobo site and download the "Kobo Desktop" program.

2. Connecting the e-reader to your computer

Kobo dekstop
  • Turn on your e-reader and connect it to your computer using a micro USB cable.
  • Select your preferred language.
  • Select Don't have a Wi-Fi network?.
  • Open "Kobo Desktop" on your computer.
  • Click Get started.

3. Log in to Kobo in one of the following 3 ways

Kobo login
  • Using your Kobo account – log in using your old account or create a new one.
  • Log in with Google
  • Sign in with Facebook. The advantage is that you won't have to remember an additional username and password when you already have a Facebook account. You'll also be able to easily share what you're reading and post quotes on your timeline.

4. Transferring Kobo books to your e-reader

 Transferring Kobo books to your e-reader

Click Get started. When you already have Kobo books on your Kobo account, they'll automatically appear in your new e-reader's library. Want to transfer other books, or is synchronization not working? Read the following advice article:

5. Finalizing setup

E-reader laptop PC tablet
  • Once you've signed in using Facebook, you can now choose to share your activity or to skip this.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Eject
  • Click OK
  • Remove the micro USB cable. Your e-reader will now finalize setup and the homepage will appear. You're done setting up!

Setup via WiFi

1. Prepare your e-reader

E-reader Kobo settings
  • Turn your e-reader on.
  • Select your preferred language.
  • Select the option Set up over WiFi.
  • Select the WiFi network you want to use and enter the password.
  • Tap Log in.
  • Adjust the date and time zone if necessary.
  • Tap Continue.
  • The e-reader will automatically install available updates. This may take up to 20 minutes.

2. Log in to Kobo in one of the following 3 ways:

Log in with Kobo
  • Using your Kobo account – log in using your old account or create a new one.
  • Log in with Google
  • Sign in with Facebook. The advantage is that you won't have to remember an additional username and password when you already have a Facebook account. You'll also be able to easily share what you're reading and post quotes on your timeline.

3. Transferring e-books to your e-reader:

Reading Kobo e-reader
  • Tap Get started. When all your Kobo books are in your Kobo account, they'll appear automatically. You're done with setup and you can now use your e-reader! Want to transfer other e-books, or is synchronization not working? Read how to transfer your books to your Kobo e-reader here.

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