The Best Firestick Browsers in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 2 Mar 2022

Browsers on Firestick: An Introduction

Having a good browser is the first step in enabling all the features of Fire TV and downloading the best Firestick apps, making it enjoyable to browse through them. Apart from streaming content on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Kodi, you can also play video games and browse the web via browsers. But you need a good, intuitive, and friendly one.

This article will take you through some of the best Firestick browsers available right now. These browsers support Firestick 2nd Gen, Firestick 4K, Firestick Lite, Fire TV Cube, and older models, too, and they will help you stream content directly through them. 

However, you should know that Amazon doesn’t offer many choices. That said, it isn’t like Android TV that doesn’t have any browsers in its Play Store at all. 

In this article, we’ve picked the best Firestick browsers that are officially available on the Amazon Store. That’s because sideloading unsupported browsers on Firestick isn’t a great experience. You might also need a mouse toggle to operate Google Chrome

So let’s get started.

Best Firestick Browsers in 2022

Whether you’re watching movies on the Internet or just checking social media, web browsers can help you do everything on Firestick. Some web browsers are highly compatible with Firestick, while others may require minor touch assistance. Nevertheless, web browsers allow users to do a whole new range of activities that they could only do on a PC or laptop.

Silk Browser - Our Top Firestick Browser Choice

Silk BowserSilk browser is one of the most compatible browsers for any Firestick device because Amazon designed it, especially for Firestick devices. Silk browser has a super-friendly user interface. The Silk browser wasn’t officially available on the Amazon store until recently, but you won’t have to sideload it not, as it can be found on the official Firestick app store.

Much like any other browser, it allows you to browse the internet and watch content on web-streaming services. You can save passwords add bookmarks. Firestick users can access all their bookmarks by clicking the star-like button on the home page. If you don’t find the button, press the menu button on your Firestick remote. 

Firestick bookmarks click the star-like button on the home pageIt also shows your bookmarks. 

Firestick bookmarksSilk browsers also save your browsing history, but you can delete it anytime or opt for private browsing. Click on clear history and data on the home screen if you want to delete your browsing history on Silk Browser. Delete your browsing history on Silk Browser

It also allows users to load the desktop versions of websites, which can sometimes be a better experience. If you want to use the desktop version of a website, simply click the TV icon located on the top-right corner of your screen. Silk Bowser to use the desktop version of a website, simply click the TV icon

You can also use voice commands to search for anything. In fact, it also supports Alexa. So you don’t need to press a button at times to use it. Moreover, its parental control settings allow users to block any site.

Silk Browser has Bing as its default search engine. However, you can always select a new default search engine as per your preference. Follow these steps: 

  1. Click on Settings at the bottom of your screen and go to Advanced screen. Silk Browser setting
  2. Silk Browser Advance settingGo to Seach engine.Silk Browser Search deafult engine option 

You will get a list of many search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, etc. Select the one you prefer. Silk Browser Search engines list pop-up

There are many other settings that you can change and make your experience better. For instance, you can manage passwords, addresses, and personal information. You can change privacy settings, accessibility tools, cursor and scrolling speed, Parental controls, and more. You can also get private browsing. Silk Browser on Firestick

Let’s list down some pros and cons of using Silk Browser on Firestick: 

Pros: 

  1. Friendly User Interface. 
  2. Voice command available. 
  3. Website desktop view available. 
  4. Allows changing default search engine. 
  5. Parental Control. 
  6. Officially available on Amazon app store. 

Cons: 

  • Doesn’t allow syncing browser settings across devices. 
  • Users cannot cast tabs from other devices. 

Let’s move to our next choice – Downloader.

Downloader - an Unofficial but Useful Firestick Browser

Downloader for FirestickIf you have ever downloaded any third-party app on Firestick, you probably already know Downloader. It’s one of the most popular third-party apps used to sideload apps that aren’t officially available on Firestick. However, a lesser-known feature of Downloader is that it also has a built-in browser function. It is best for users who aren’t looking for many features in web browsers. 

Downloader is very different from all the web browsers in the list. It is primarily used to sideload apps. So Firestick users can download APK files directly from the web. This unique feature isn’t available in any web browsers that we know. 

Downloader doesn’t have any default search engine, which means Firestick users cannot search using keywords or having suggestions. You will have to type the whole URL to go to any website. For instance, type https://mail.google.com/ if you have to use Gmail. 

Downloader users can bookmark web pages by using the “Favorites” options. You will also see other options available on Downloader with Favorites. These include Fullscreen Mode, Zoom in & Zoom out, and Disable JavaScript and Reload Page. The latter can be used when the page doesn’t function properly.Downloader Favorites options for bookmarking webpages

Downloader also allows users to disable JavaScript and load pages, which is helpful when webpages are not loading. Downloader Browser Controls popup

Let’s compare the pros and cons now.

Pros: 

  • Allows users to download APK files or sideload third-party apps. 
  • Users can zoom in and zoom out on a specific page.
  • Allows bookmarking. 

Cons: 

  • No search engine is available 
  • Doesn’t support keyword search.
  • Doesn’t save browser history.

Opera - a User-Friendly Interface on a Safe Browser

Opera BrowserThe third Firestick browser in our list is Opera. It’s a popular browser used across multiple devices, including laptops, PCs, and mobile devices. Opera supports Linux and iOS and is, of course, compatible with FireTV. Unfortunately, it isn’t available on the Amazon app, but you can sideload it using the Downloader app (We know we weren’t going to suggest unofficial browsers, but Opera is good!) 

Opera is famous for its anti-phishing filters. Any Firestick user can enjoy an ad-free browsing experience using its ad-blocking features. Opera is the perfect browser for those looking to stream content on the web. It can compress video and save internet bandwidth. So users can watch videos uninterrupted without compromising on quality. 

The browser has a sophisticated interface. Since it is lightweight, it doesn’t take up much space on your device. Opera runs on the Google Chromium System, which allows users to leverage the extensive library of Google. These extensions also constitute some of the most popular VPN extensions necessary to stream content. 

The best thing about Opera is its Facebook mode, which allows you to watch live TV while you stay connected with your friends. You can also check important Facebook notifications from the Facebook messenger sidebar. The home page has a smart news feed that keeps users up to date. So, let’s summarize some of its pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • Sophisticated interface 
  • Lightweight browser – doesn’t take much space. 
  • Strong anti-phishing, ad-blocking features. 
  • Facebook-mode available. 
  • Offers built-in VPN. 

Cons:

  • Not available on the Amazon app store.

Chrome - an Experience without Ads

Google Crome BrowserThe next on our list is Google Chrome. You might have used Chrome on Android devices or your laptop. It is a super-fast, lightweight browser with a built-in ad-block feature. A Google-enabled address bar allows search, calculation, and translation. Just like its web version, users can sync chrome across all devices. 

Unfortunately, just like Opera, Google Chrome is also unavailable on the Amazon app store. However, you can sideload it using the Downloader app. Moreover, you also need a mouse toggle to operate Google Chrome. 

Pros:

  • Allows ad-blocking 
  • Built-in address bar 
  • Sync across all devices 
  • Super fast and doesn’t take up much space

Cons: 

  • It isn’t available on the Amazon app store. 
  • Requires mouse toggle.

The Bookmarker App - an Extra Option for Convenience

So you are probably wondering why the Bookmarker app is on our list? First things first, Bookmarker isn’t a web browser. Well, it is a fantastic bookmark app. It allows you to save or bookmark your favorite websites for quick and easy access. 

It is very similar to how you usually bookmark websites on any web browser. However, you won’t need to go to a browser to access those bookmarks due to the bookmark app. 

With the Bookmarker app, your favorite website is just a click away. It is designed to load certain URLs on Firestick and Fire TV using Silk or other web browsers. You can install up to 9 apps on a device. Let’s understand how to install the bookmarker app on Firestick: 

  1. Launch Firestick, click on find and go to the search option.Search Function on Screen
  2. Search for “the bookmark app”. Select the first suggestion that pops up.Search for “the bookmarker app”
  3. On the next page, you will see many Bookmarker apps labeled as 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on. You can install up to 9 Bookmarker apps as per your requirements. Apps and Games window, Bookmarker apps highlighted

You don’t have to go through the installation process every time. You can choose to install 4 first and then 1 later. It doesn’t matter. 

Remember: you will have to note down which bookmark number you used to save which URL. 

  1. Select Get and click Open after completing the installation.Apps and Games window, select Get to download Bookmarker apps

Let’s explore the app and set some bookmarks. 

The first thing you have to do is choose the browser you want to sync with the app. Say, Silk browser. If you don’t want to stick with one browser only, that’s ok. The Bookmarker app will ask you to select a browser every time you open it.

The next step is to enter the URL and select the browser option. Then, click save settings. 

  1. The Bookmarker app asking to select a browserClick detect browser.The Bookmarker app steps to set up browser 

That’s all. You can now have quick access to your favorite website. 

Firestick Your Apps and Games window, the Bookmarker app highlightedYou don’t have to use the Bookmarker app instead of a web browser, but it is helpful when you want to save some pages you use daily. You can also move it to the front.

How to Install Web Browsers on Firestick

Now that we know about the different browsers available let’s quickly understand how to install web browsers that are officially available on the Amazon app store. Not many web browsers are available, but you might find these steps handy when installing any application. We’ve also written a step-by-step guide on sideloading third-party web browsers, which you can see below. 

However, we stick to our recommendation from the beginning, and, in our opinion, Silk Browser is the best choice from all the browsers described in this article.

When you’re installing official browsers, the steps are similar for most of them:

  1. Go to your Firestick home, and click on find. Amazon Firestick Find menu with Search highlighted
  2. Select the search option located underneath the find option. 
  3. Enter the name of the web browser. Let’s take the Silk browser, for example. 

You can either use your remote or voice command to avoid typing all of it. 

  1. Now select the first option from the suggestions and click on download.Firestick Search menu showing Silk Browser in the search results Let’s wait for the download to finish.
  1. The Download icon for Amazon Silk Web Browser highlightedNow, click on open.The Open icon for Amazon Silk Web Browser highlighted

That’s it! You can download any browser within 5 minutes. Now, you already have dozens of apps installed on Firestick. Hence, finding a browser among all of them can be challenging. Here’s an easy guide on how to move web browsers or any newly installed app to the front. 

  1. Press and hold the home button for 10 seconds or go to your apps & channels and click on see all. 
  2. Now, scroll down and click on Move. 
  3. Next, drag your desired app in one of the first two rows. 

Thus, the next time you open the app, you will easily access your favorite apps. Now, let’s get down to business. 

Let’s now understand how to sideload any app that isn’t available on the official store. Please remember to avoid malicious links while downloading third-party APKs.

How to Install an Unofficial Web Browser

Some of the browsers we have listed aren’t available on the Amazon app store, despite being safe browsers. You can install these browsers using two additional apps and some simple steps. 

First, we will install the app Downloader. This will help us sideload any third-party app. Downloader is available on Amazon Store. Let’s get started: 

  1. Open Firestick and go to the find option on your home screen.Amazon Firestick with Find highlighted, Navigate to the Find menu 
  2. Click on  Search. Amazon Firestick Find menu with Search highlighted
  3. Now, enter Downloader using the virtual keyboard.Amazon Firestick search function with Downloader highlighted (Tip: You don’t have to type it all, you can press and hold your remote button to use voice commands)
  4. Next, select the Downloader app.Amazon app menu with Downloader highlighted
  5. Click Get.Clickable option to install Downloader on Firestick 

These are the simple steps you have to follow to download the app. Now, let’s make some changes in your Fire TV setting so we can sideload any third-party app.

Enable Unknown Sources

You won’t be able to sideload a browser not available on the Firestick app store unless you enable installation from Unknown Sources. Here are the steps: 

  1. Go to Settings on your Firestick.Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted
  2. Scroll down and click on My Fire TVAmazon Firestick Settings menu with My Fire TV highlighted
  3. Click on Developer Option.Developer options highlighted in the My Fire TV menu, find Developer options.
  4. Select Install Unknown apps. 
  5. Find the Downloader app on the next page. Turn it on. 

Now, you’ve allowed the Downloader app to sideload third-party apps on your Firestick. Don’t worry; it is completely safe.

Steps to Download and Install Unofficial Web Browsers on Firestick

Your Firestick is all set to download and install third-party applications. Follow these steps: 

  1. Grab your Firestick remote and press the home button. Click on Apps.Select Apps 
  2. Select the Downloader app from the list. The Downloader app tile highlighted in the tile menu under Your Apps & Channels category
  3. Allow Downloader app to access media from your Firestick.Permission dialog asking to allow Downloader to access photos, media and files on your device with Allow and Deny options 
  4. You might see a quick start guide if you use it for the first time. Click OK. Download Quick Start Guide read and select the OK button
  5. Now, you will see an option to enter a URL. Downloader Home menu
  6. Here, you can enter the URL of the app you want to download. 
  7. Download the app and finish the installation process by clicking Next. 

Well done! You can now install any web browser or a third-party app that isn’t available on your Firestick.

That’s a Wrap!

The Silk Browser is undoubtedly the best Firestick browser available right now. It has a super-friendly interface. The Silk Browser has all the features of a smart web browser. It also syncs with all of your Firestick devices and is even compatible with Alexa. 

With Firefox’s support gone, the Silk browser is one of the few browsers officially available on the Amazon app. While other browsers, such as Google Chrome or Opera, are also available, they don’t offer such a seamless experience as Silk browser does.

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