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Amazon Silk Browser : Everything You Need To Know

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This post is an exhaustive review of the Amazon Silk Browser. It will provide you with everything you need to know about this popular web browser on Firestick and fire TV

If you buy an Amazon Fire TV product, you may be surprised to discover that it has access to a web browser, the Amazon Silk browser.

Silk is Amazon’s native web browser. It does everything you need a web browser to do, including bookmarks, fast web browsing and a modern interface.

However, it’s also deeply integrated with Amazon products and services, just like almost everything else on an Amazon Fire TV device itself.

In this article we’ll explore all the specifics of the Amazon Silk browser. If you’re new to the Amazon Fire TV, you’ll know what to expect from the web browsing experience.

Amazon Silk browser full user guide

The Silk Browser is designed for Amazon devices, including theĀ Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cubes, Fire HD tablets, Echo Dots, and more.

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Like most browsers, you will see tabs at the top, a URL field below and a search field above eight quick access links.

  • These include:
  • Bookmarks
  • History
  • Shopping
  • News
  • Four most recently accessed websites

You will see a Page Settings link at the bottom of this page. If you select it, you will see a menu where you can enable or disable the search field above the quick links on the page.

This is a useful customization as you can always use the URL field at the top as a web search field, making the second search field on the page somewhat redundant.

The right menu of the Silk browser

You will find mostly the same options if you tap the three dots at the top right of the browser (for the right menu) or the three lines at the top of the top left corner (for the left menu).

The menu on the right has a grid configuration with icons for each area you can explore.

Instant recommendations

The first thing you may notice is a large Start button at the bottom of the menu without much description.

If you tap Get Started , you will see an option to enable Instant Recommendations.

This feature monitors information about the web pages you visit so that the Silk browser can provide recommendations. These recommendations include other relevant articles on the web related to the topic you are reading about or related searches.

Obviously, there are some privacy concerns associated with this, as your browsing information must be passed to Amazon’s servers so that Amazon can develop suggestions for you.

If this doesn’t bother you, go ahead and select Enable . If you prefer not to send all of your browsing activity across the web any more than necessary, select Close .

Bookmarks

Select the Bookmarks icon from the menu to visit your list of bookmarks, which you can organize into subfolders if you wish.

If this is your first time using the Amazon Silk browser and opening bookmarks, you will see the option to import your bookmarks from Chrome.

This requires a few steps that you will need to perform on another computer or mobile device.

You will need to open Chrome in another location and install the Silk Bookmarks browser extension.

  • Open the Silk Bookmarks extension
  • Sign in with your Amazon credentials.
  • Close and then open the extension again and select Import
  • Finally, open the Silk browser on your Fire TV and return to the bookmarks page. Select the three dots at the top right to open the menu and select Import from Chrome .

This process transfers all the bookmarks from your Chrome browser to the cloud via the Silk extension, and then to your Silk browser on your Fire TV.

It’s a bit of a complicated process, but at least it saves you the time of having to rebuild your entire bookmark library.

Of course, to save any site you are visiting with your Silk browser, select the bookmark icon in the URL field.

You will see two options when you do this:

Add Bookmark : this will be saved to your bookmark library.
Pin to My Favorites : this will set an icon for this site in the Quick Links section of the new tab page.

Silk Browser Reading List

In the menu on the right you will also see the Reading List . If you tap this, you will see two options:

Save to Reading List : add the URL to your list of articles you want to read later.
View reading list : view your list of articles you want to read.

If you select View reading list , you will see all the pages you have added. They are color-coded so you know which ones you have already read.

If not read, the title will be orange.

As you read each title, they will turn black.

As you read them, you can delete them individually or simply select the trash can in the upper right corner to clear them all.

The Reading List is a useful feature for saving things you want to quickly read later, but don’t really want to clutter up your browser’s bookmark list.

Save bookmarks for things you want to revisit frequently and use your Reading List for things you’d like to read later and then move on.

Of course, since the Amazon Fire TV device is an Amazon product and the Silk browser is an Amazon app, it should come as no surprise that there are also Amazon-specific links in the menu on the right.

The first of these is Your Lists . This just takes you directly to your wish lists in your Amazon account.

You’ll also see a Shopping link that takes you directly to Amazon . Because where else would you want to shop besides Amazon, right?

You will also see the following links in the right menu of the Silk browser.

News : visit a page selected from a long list of news sources (which you can customize).
Downloads : see all your downloaded files
New private tab : analogous to Chrome’s “Incognito” tab.
Desktop site : force websites to display the desktop version of the site
Print : print to a page on your printer.
Dark / light theme : switch the browser between dark mode or light mode

Amazon Silk browser left menu

If you select the left menu icon, you will notice all the exact same options that were available in the right menu.

There is one exception. This is where you will find Settings .

The main settings menu is where you will find all the things you can customize about the Silk Browser.

These include:

Payment methods : save cards in your browser for one-click payments while shopping.
Passwords : enable automatic password saving and automatic login for websites.

Addresses – save addresses in your browser that you can use to autocomplete web forms
Accessibility – adjust browser text size and zoom if you have difficulty reading small text
Silk Home : customize your Home, Amazon and News tabs.

An important area is the ability to customize the News tab. You can customize the type of articles and current news you see by managing your news providers and sources.

On the Sources page, you will see a list of all available news sources. You can select Block to remove all those you do not want to include.

The Privacy menu is where you can enable Do Not Track or Use Secure DNS for added privacy and security.

If you choose to use secure DNS, you must have a provider available and enable this option in the Silk browser.

The Advanced settings menu is where you can change the default search engine that the Silk browser will use.

Choose Search Engine from the Advanced Settings menu and then select the search engine you want as the default.

Reading view and sharing

One more feature available in the Silk browser is the Reading View.

This is a full screen view intended to eliminate all distractions and allow you to fully concentrate on the article you are reading.

If you have Reading View enabled in Settings (it is enabled by default), you will see Show in Reading View at the bottom of the browser page.

Simply tap this to enter read mode.

When you do this, you will see the screen change completely and the article will reformat more like a standard magazine article format.

Some people love this feature, so they can really concentrate on what they are reading. Other people find the view redundant and unnecessary.

If you wish, you can turn it off in your browser settings.

Another useful feature that is embedded in the browser is the Share icon in the right browser menu. With this, you can share the page with others via Facebook, Twitter, email or even to another device via Bluetooth.

It’s a convenient feature that allows you to quickly share pages even on sites that don’t have social sharing icons embedded in the page.

Download Amazon Silk Browser

Amazon Silk Web Browser is available for download in the official Amazon App Store for every Fire TV device. Users with different Android TV Boxes can also use this browser by pressing the button below

How good is the Amazon Silk browser on Fire TV?

The Silk web browser has some pros and cons. It’s a fast and efficient browser, and it works as well as any browser I’ve used in the past.

Since it is integrated as a default app with the Amazon Fire TV devices, you can be sure that it will stay up to date along with all the other major apps. However, it lacks many of the conveniences of other major browsers.

There are no extensions or add-ons , so you’re really stuck with what you have. And since it’s built by Amazon, you’ll have to deal with all the links and other features that are meant to encourage you to use Amazon’s services.


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