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.
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 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.
It also shows your bookmarks.
Silk 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.
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.
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:
You will get a list of many search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, etc. Select the one you prefer.
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.
Let’s list down some pros and cons of using Silk Browser on Firestick:
Let’s move to our next choice – Downloader.
If 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.
Let’s compare the pros and cons now.
The 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.
The 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.
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:
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.
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.
That’s all. You can now have quick access to your favorite website.
You 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.
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:
You can either use your remote or voice command to avoid typing all of it.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Now, you’ve allowed the Downloader app to sideload third-party apps on your Firestick. Don’t worry; it is completely safe.
Your Firestick is all set to download and install third-party applications. Follow these steps:
Well done! You can now install any web browser or a third-party app that isn’t available on your Firestick.
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.