Can you go to websites on firestick?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

can you go to websites on firestick? Now you can browse websites on your firestick. Amazon has allowed its firestick and fire TV users to go to websites from their fire devices. Amazon Silk browser is the only browser available now on Amazon store. You can install this browser directly from Amazon to browse websites. 

Can you go to websites on firestick? 

Amazon now allows its firestick users to install web browsers on their devices. As a result, now they can surf websites from firestick. It uses your home network to connect to the internet- you can control it using your remote or voice command. 

As a firestick user, you can browse all your favorite sites on this device like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Yahoo, etc. You can also visit all the local and international news sites from firestick. The list contains various entertainment sites as well. 

Amazon has Silk browser on its Store. You can install one of them to browse websites. I will show you how to install both browsers on your firestick device. 

Is There a Web Browser on Amazon Fire Stick? 

Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV are famous for their streaming abilities. But, now they offer more than that. You can now browse websites from your Amazon Fire Stick device. You can go to your favorite sites directly from your fire device. 

Though Amazon offers a limited browser option on its Store, the browser experience is better than Android TV devices. Because Google has removed all the browsers from Play Store on Android TV devices, you cannot directly install any browser on these devices. 

Coming back to Fire Stick, you have to install a web browser on your Fire Stick to surf websites. You can directly install Amazon’s Silk browser on your device. In this part, I will discuss how you can generally install any browser. 

Since here I’m talking about official browsers, you do not have to sideload them. You can directly install them from Amazon Store. Follow these processes to download any official browser from the Store:

Step 1- Go to Amazon Store: Firstly, go to Amazon store. To do that, Go to Fire Stick Home and click Find. Next, tap on the Search button. Here you have to type the browser name you want to install. When the search result appears- click on it.

When you see a Download button- click on it. The browser will start downloading. Wait until Fire Stick installs it. 

Step 2- Open Browser: Now your browser is ready on your Fire Stick to using. Click Open button to run it. You can make it your default browser. 

Step 3- Change Search Engine: You can use the existing default search engine or switch to your preferred one. Click on Menu and go down to Settings and click on it. Now select Advanced Settings, you’ll see an option Search Engines. Click on it and switch to your preferred one. 

How to Download Web Browsers on Amazon Fire TV Sticks

As you already know, you can browse websites from your Fire Stick device. Amazon offers a few browsers on its Store. You can download them directly from Amazon store. Download them in some easy steps. 

I’ve already discussed how you can download any web browser from your Amazon store. Here, I will specifically show you how to download Mozilla Firefox on your Fire Stick. Since Mozilla Firefox is no longer an official browser on Amazon store, you have to side load this app. 

However, you can install Firefox on your Fire TV Sticks using APK. You cannot directly download it from Amazon store. You have to follow some easy processes step by step. 

Download Mozilla Firefox Using Downloader App

You can no longer directly download Mozilla Firefox on your Fire TV Stick from Amazon store. It is not available there anymore! But your firestick supports the app. You have to install it using the Downloader app.  Follow these steps to do it: 

Step 1 – Enable File Downloading from Unknown Sources: Firstly, Go to your firestick home and select Settings. Next, click on My Fire TV button and select Developer options. Now, enable Apps from Unknown Sources. Now your device is ready to side load Firefox APK.  

Step 2- Install Downloader App: Now, click on Find Menu from your firestick Home and type Downloader. A list of search result will pop up. Then click on Downloader. Now hit the Download button and wait for installation. 

Step 3- Download Chrome APK: Open Downloader app and click allow all file and media permissions. Now put the source file URL on the URL bar and hit Go. Now, wait for a few seconds till your browser starts downloading. Your Firefox browser will be downloaded and installed on your firestick device. 

Step 4- Run Firefox: Now, you will find an Open button, tap on it. You are now on your Firefox app. It is ready for you to start using. Make this your default browser if you want. 

Step 4- Change Search Engine: Bing! is the default search engine on Mozilla Firefox. You can change it to Google. Click on Menu and select Settings. Now select Advanced Settings and click on Search Engines. Select Google from the options. Your search engine has now changed to Google. 

Watch this video to see the whole process. It will take only about 5 minutes! 

How do I install silk browser on firestick?

Silk browser is an official website browser on firestick. You can download this app in two ways. Download it from Amazon App Store or install it from Amazon website. I will show you both ways to get this browser. 

Download Amazon Silk Browser from Amazon Store

Follow these processes step by step to download Silk browser directly from Amazon Store:

Step 1- Go to Silk Browser: Firstly, go to your firestick home and click on Find button. Then type Amazon Silk browser on the search bar. When result appears, you will find Silk browser on top of the results. Now click on it. 

Step 2- Download Silk Browser: You will see a Download button in the app. Click on it. Silk browser will start downloading. Wait until firestick completes the installation. Now, this browser is ready for running. 

Step 3 – Open Silk Browser: It is time to run your Silk browser. Click on Open button. It will start running. Make it your default browser if you want. 

Step 4 – Change Search Engine: You can change its existing search engine. Bing! is the default one. To change it, select Menu and navigate to Settings. Now, click on Advanced Settings and select Search Engine. Here you have all search engine options. You can choose Google from there.  

Install Silk Browser from Amazon Website

You can install Silk browser from Amazon website too. Follow these steps to do so:

Step 1- Visit Amazon Website: For downloading from Amazon website; first go to Amazon website and select your location. Then open Firestick TV apps directory.

Step 2- Install the App: You will find Silk browser there- click on it. On the next page, you will find a dropdown option on the upper right of your screen. Select your firestick device name from there. Then click on the deliver button. Your silk browser will install itself on your firestick. 

Can I install chrome browser on firestick?

Chrome browser is not an official browser on firestick devices. However, it is compatible but, you have to sideload its APK to install it. Follow these steps to install chrome on firestick. 

Step 1- Enable File Downloading from Unknown Source: Go to your firestick home and select Settings. Then click on My Fire TV and select Developer options. Finally, enable Apps from Unknown Sources. 

Step 2- Install Downloader App: Click on Find Menu from firestick home and type Downloader. Then click on it. Now hit the Download button and wait for installation. 

Step 3- Sideload Chrome APK: Open Downloader app and click allow all permissions. Now put the source file URL on the URL bar and hit Go. Now you’ll be on a new page where you will find Download button- click on it. Your browser will be downloaded and installed. 

Check this video to see the process yourself. It contains the APK URL too! 

Final Word

Firestick has turned your TV into a computer. You can now browse websites from your TV! How amazing is that! I hope after reading my article- now you can install your favorite web browser easily on your firestick TV.

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