Amazon Echo Show has a hidden Web Browser

The Amazon Echo Show has just been released and while playing around with it, I discovered that there is a hidden web browser. The device is clearly not meant to be used to browse the web, nor is it a good experience, but in a pinch, it’s absolutely possible. Here’s how to do it.

To get to the browser and load a web page, first open the device settings by either asking “Alexa, open settings” or by swiping down from the top and selecting the settings option.

Next, scroll down and select “Legal & Compliance” at the bottom and then select “Amazon.com Privacy Notice.”

Now scroll down and a few blue links up from the bottom is a link that says “Your Account.” Tap that and you’ll load Amazon.com in the hidden web browser.

Now you just need to find an external link to get you where you need to go and you’ll be having one of the most tedious browsing experiences in no time. To load AFTVnews.com I searched for my “Downloader” app and just clicked the link on the app page. To get to Google, I searched for “Google,” selected the Google Search app listing, clicked the “Privacy Notice” link, and then scrolled to the very bottom and clicked the Google link in the lower left corner.

The biggest issue with the hidden browser, other than the cumbersome way of launching it, is the lack of a URL field. Once you do it a few times, you’ll be able to load Google in no time at all, and from there you can get to nearly any website. Again, it’s one of the worst ways to browse the web, but if you need it, it’s there.

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6 comments
  1. drumst1x says:

    haha one of my favorite posts of yours in a while :) Probably my fav. line:

    Now you just need to find an external link to get you where you need to go and you’ll be having one of the most tedious browsing experiences in no time.

    haha keep the info coming, Elias!

    • AFTVnews says:

      :-D Glad you liked that line. I forgot to mention that if you stop touching the screen for more than just a few seconds, it goes back to the home screen and you have to start the process all over again. It’s very annoying and one of the reasons for that line. ;-P

  2. Seems to me that ‘showing recipes’ should be a very popular use of this device. Have you looked into that?

  3. This is a very familiar technique. Anytime you need to breakout of a kiosk or locked down desktop, exploit the help system.

    They can’t help but include an actual url link.

  4. susan dennis says:

    This reminds me of the web pages of links we used to build so we could get to stuff from our phones – feature phones, not smart phones – with a click. I may just do that.

    Thanks!

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