Last Updated on September 17, 2020
What is the best browser for Firestick? In this article, we will share a list of Top 4 Best Web Browsers for Firestick. It will also work on other Amazon Fire TV devices including Firestick 4k & Fire TV Cube.
Although Fire TV devices are generally used for streaming and media consumption, not every streaming service is available as a standalone app for the Fire TV platform. In such cases where you want to access a streaming service, or just use your Fire TV device to browse the web, you will have to install a decent web browser.
Now, Fire TV or other Android-powered streaming devices have very limited options when it comes to modern web browsers with a ten-foot user interface. However, the demand for such web browsers is quite strong in the smart TV community since not everyone can have access to a particular streaming service.
Since many of you are in search of a web browser for Fire TV devices, especially for the affordable Amazon Firestick, we have shortlisted some of the best browsers you can get for your Firestick.
Last Updated on September 17, 2020
List of Best Web Browsers for Firestick
Millions of cord-cutters use Firestick or other Fire TV devices worldwide. But as of now, only a few web browser passes the requirements of being fast, reliable, and secure on the Fire TV platform. Here are all the browsers that work flawlessly on Firestick in detail:
As the name suggests, the Amazon Silk is a web browser developed by Amazon. Since its launch way back in 2011, it underwent a long-term development cycle. The Fire TV port rolled out in 2017 with new features.
Amazon Silk is actually an open-source, Chromium-based browser that uses the Blink web engine. It is the same web engine used by Google Chrome. Having said that, it is not the same web browser as Chrome, as it comes with some unique features.
Using the “Split Browser Architecture” technology, Amazon Silk intelligently routes your web packet requests through Amazon’s EC2 or Elastic Compute Cloud servers to reduce networking and rendering page load on the local device. In simple words, most of the page processing is done on Amazon’s remote cloud servers, which not only makes webpages load faster than your typical web browser but also pre-load pages to save bandwidth.
Silk Firestick browser also comes pre-loaded with Firestick and other Fire TV devices, in case you haven’t noticed. The Fire TV version of Silk isn’t as feature-rich as the regular one, but it gets the job done.
You can either search the web or go directly to an URL from the search bar. Bookmarking your favorite webpages can also be done quickly from the top navigation bar. Silk also features a private browsing option, which won’t track your activities or save browsing history until you manually toggle it off.
One of the best features of Silk is auto-fill, which automatically fills the required login fields with credentials that you choose to save. It also comes with Alexa integration, so you can activate Alexa and search for your favorite website with your voice. Parental controls are also built into Silk so that you can restrict access to specific sites.
Navigation with the Fire TV Remote is also excellent, considering that the Silk browser is built from scratch for Fire TV. In case you decide to use Silk for web browsing, make sure to update the app to the latest version from the Amazon Appstore.
Puffin TV Browser
Puffin is one of the most optimized web browsers for Android TV and Android-powered streaming set-top boxes. It has a familiar Android Leanback user layout, which is visually appealing and offers intuitive navigation.
One of the killer features of the Puffin Firestick browser is its support for Adobe Flash, which is still used by a few streaming services running on legacy technology.
The all-in-one homepage of the Puffin TV browser consists of the search bar, recently viewed webpages, as well as dozens of popular news, infotainment, sports, social, education, and search engine websites. During your browsing session, you can also toggle the pop-up navigation bar to go back and forward, refresh, search, or return to the homepage. Puffin even allows you to bookmark websites, enable scroll mode, zoom, or manually open up the virtual keyboard while you are browsing.
Despite the fact that the Puffin TV browser is unavailable in the Amazon Appstore for unknown reasons, you can sideload the Android TV version on your Firestick and use it. Here’s the download link for the latest APK version of Puffin TV browser: https://bit.ly/37hvmdU
Google Chrome is currently the widely accepted web browser for modern PCs and mobile platforms. As of the second quarter of this year, Chrome is dominating 68% of the browser market share worldwide.
Of course, Google Chrome is a Chromium-based browser. As a result, the Android version shares a lot of similarities with the PC version of Chrome. However, it adds a Data Saver feature that optimizes texts and assets of a webpage to save bandwidth and load webpages significantly faster than usual. Unlike other Firestick web browsers mentioned in this list, Chrome for Android lets you download files from different websites.
Chrome also includes a few privacy features, such as the incognito window and the ‘Do Not Track’ option. When you end your incognito session, the browser wipes your generated browsing history, along with stored cookies and cache.
The browser homepage is also pretty basic, with the URL bar powered by Google search engine and quick access links to the websites you visit on a regular basis. And yes, it does have a dark mode.
Similar to the Puffin TV browser, you will have to sideload the Android version of Google Chrome on your Firestick. However, it isn’t optimized for Android TV devices, so you will have to use the Mouse Toggle app to navigate through websites and Chrome’s general user interface properly.
Firefox for Fire TV
Mozilla Corporation’s Firefox is an open-source web browser that runs on Mozilla’s proprietary Gecko web engine. When Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dominated the market share, Firefox quickly became the spiritual successor, and then it was again overshadowed by the mighty Google Chrome browser.
Many people still use Firefox across several platforms, mainly due to its privacy features and exceptional reliability as a browser. It has gained the trust of privacy organizations and the title of the most secure browser. Considering that Chromium-based browsers are massive performance hogs, Firefox can work smoothly even on devices with limited CPU and memory resources.
The same goes for the Fire TV version of Firefox, which is also available for Firestick. Although it doesn’t offer the latest privacy features or the fastest webpage loading times, Firefox for Fire TV is a browser only with the essentials.
The home screen of Firefox gives you quick access to a dozen of popular website links, as well as the ones you choose to pin during your browsing session. By default, the Firefox search bar is powered by Google, and it can intelligently detect the website you are looking for.
While it isn’t the most feature-rich web browser for Firestick, it still holds the second place in Amazon Appstore’s ‘Web Browsers’ category. Also, Firefox for Fire TV uses fewer hardware resources, and it might be an excellent browser for your streaming needs.
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These are our picks for the Best Browsers For Firestick. One common annoyance across all the web browsers we have mentioned in this list is the finicky cursor-based navigation. The Fire TV Remote is certainly not capable of providing non-linear cursor movements, so you might have to invest in a wireless keyboard+touchpad combo device for an optimal web browsing experience on Firestick.