In This Short Tutorial I will Show You How To Access & Change Fire Phone Browser Settings
Even though Fire OS is Android-based, Fire phone differs a lot from standard Android phones in many respects.
One of the most obvious differences is that settings of different apps (especially stock apps) are usually in different “places” than you would expect in an Android device.
Silk Browser, the default Fire phone browser, is one of such apps. I noticed that many Fire phone users have problems finding and changing Silk Browser settings.
That’s why in this tutorial we will deal only with the default Fire phone browser and how you can manage & customize it. Let’s start!
Fire Phone Silk Browser: Simplicity At First Glance
When you open Silk Browser for the first time, you will notice its simplicity and almost no settings available at hand. Here’s how Silk Browser looks like.
All you can see on its main screen is the address bar on top, and, on the bottom back & forward arrows and a number of tabs open.
When you click on the three dots next to the address bar, a small menu will popup.
You will have 5 different options available:
- Share page, which lets you share the page in many different ways (via Bluetooth, Email, Facebook, SMS, Twitter, and so on),
- Add bookmark, which lets you bookmark web pages
- Save to Reading List, which lets you add the page to the reading list to access it later
- Find in page, which lets you search the page for certain keywords
- Request another view, which lets you request another view (Desktop or Mobile)
When I started using Fire phone (for the first time), I thought that these are all the settings and customizations available from the level of the app. I was wrong! Let’s dig deeper!
Fire Phone Silk Browser Settings
At first I thought that you can only access silk settings by going to Settings > Applications & Parental Controls > Configure Amazon applications settings and then choosing Silk Browser.
You can in fact access all the settings from Silk Browser itself. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Swipe right or tilt the left edge of your Fire phone towards you.
You will see a number of settings available: Most Visited, Bookmarks, Reading List, Trending Now, Downloads, History, Settings, Help, and Send Feedback.
In Most Visited, you can see the list of the most visited websites. It came in very handy when I first “discovered” this option.
In Bookmarks, you can manage, add new and view your bookmarks. Another extra useful option!
In Reading List, you will see the pages you added to the reading list for later.
In Trending Now, you will see trending articles, mostly from news websites, such as, Fox News, ABC News, and so on.
In Downloads, you can view all the files you’ve downloaded with the use of Silk Browser.
In History you can view and manage your history. Many of you asked how to clear browser history in Fire phone. You can do that here. All you have to do is click on Edit, check the items you want to delete and tap on the dust bin icon on the bottom.
It’s probably in Settings where you will find the Fire phone browser settings everyone is looking for.
Here you can edit the following settings:
- Search Engine. Fire phone default search engine is Bing, so if you want Google, you can change it here.
- Pop-up Windows. You can allow or forbid pop ups to appear before opening.
- Auto-scroll. Fire phone as a built-in auto-scroll feature which helps you browse web pages or read books as it follows your head movement. If you don’t like this feature, you can disable it here.
- Your Data. Here Silk Browser lets you easily manage your saved data, clear browser data, turn on and off form autofill, adjust settings, such as, remembering passwords, download prompts, accepting cookies, and more. This is probably the second most useful feature in Fire phone browser settings.
- Cloud Features. Here you can allow or forbid Silk Browser from using the Amazon Could for faster web page loading, enable Encryption, or Instant Page Load. Basically, all of these features are supposed to increase page load speed.
2. Swipe left or tilt the right edge of your Fire phone towards you.
On the right side a different panel will appear.
Here you will be able to browse site links for the page you are browsing. Not all pages have this feature, but many of them do
If you change the orientation of your Fire phone, you will be able to use Silk Browser in portrait mode.
I hope this tutorial explained everything there is to Silk Browser. If you still don’t know something, feel free to ask me!