What is a .AZW File And How To Open It – Amazon (Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .azw extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .azw file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .AZW file?

The .AZW file extension stands for Amazon Kindle eBook File. The development of this file was done by Amazon. The format of this eBook related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .azw file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .AZW file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .AZW file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .AZW file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .azw file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Sumatra PDF software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Amazon Kindle for PC, Cool Reader and Sumatra PDF.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .AZW file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Sumatra PDF software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .AZW file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .azw file on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the Cool Reader software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Cool Reader.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .AZW file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Cool Reader software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .AZW file on Android

The .azw file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .AZW file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Cool Reader software and install it. The other software that opens the .azw file on Android is Amazon Kindle and Cool Reader. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .AZW file on iOS

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .azw file on iOS in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Amazon Kindle software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. The other software that opens the .azw file on iOS is Amazon Kindle. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .AZW file?

If you cannot open the .AZW file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .AZW file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .azw1 – Amazon, .azw2 – Amazon, .azw3 – Amazon, .azw3f – Amazon, .azw4 – Amazon. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .AZW file with the Sumatra PDF, Amazon Kindle for PC, Cool Reader programs on Windows, Cool Reader software on Linux, Cool Reader, Amazon Kindle software on Android and Amazon Kindle software on iOS.