Amazon is working on bringing their Silk web browser to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you simply sideload the Silk browser, it’s not useable due to missing components that will likely arrive in a future Fire TV software update. I’ve created a simple Opener app for the Fire TV that takes a URL you enter and opens it in the Silk browser. While this solution is not as good as the fully functional Silk browser, which is expected to support voice input, it does allow you to use the Silk browser today on the Fire TV, before it’s officially released.
Installing the Silk Browser and Opener app
- Sideload the Silk browser on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. The simplest way to do this is to install my Downloader app from the official Amazon appstore, enter
bit.ly/ftvsilkin the URL field, and select the download button. You will be asked to open the URL in the built-in browser, where you’ll need to move a cursor to click a download button.
- Sideload my Opener app on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. The simplest way is to head back to the home screen of my Downloader app and enter
bit.ly/ftvopenerin the URL field and select the download button.
Using the Silk Browser and Opener app
- To use the Silk browser, launch the Opener app, enter the URL you want to load, and select the Go button.
- The URL you entered will load in the Silk browser. Use the up and down buttons on the remote to scroll. To select a link, press the select button on the remote, followed by the up/down/left/right combination associated with the link you want to select.
- You can adjust the Silk browser’s settings in the Fire TV’s main Settings area under Applications > Silk Browser.