With the release of the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has partnered with Microsoft and made Bing the default search engine for it’s Silk browser. Here’s how to change it back to Google.
When the first Kindle Fire came out, the default search provider for its Silk web browser was Google. After that, Amazon partnered with Microsoft and made Bing the default on the Kindle Fire HD. But you can change it to something else if you want, like DuckDuckGo, for example. Here’s how to do it.
Change Kindle Fire HD Search Engine
To change the default search engine for the Silk browser on your Fire HD, start by launching the browser from the home screen.
When the browser launches, tap the Options (three dots) button on the screen’s upper-right corner and then tap Settings.
Next, tap on Advanced Settings from the menu’s list of options.
Now, tap on Search Engine from the menu. For example, here, it is currently set to Bing as the default.
A new menu will pop up, and you can choose the search engine you want to use. Currently, it offers Bing, Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, and Ecosia. Just select the one you want, and the menu of search engines will disappear.
You’ll then see the change reflected on the Search Engine menu. For example, here, I made DuckDuckGo my default search engine for the Silk Browser.
That’s all there is to it. If you want to change the search engine again, follow the same instructions but choose a different one from the list. And for more on the Kindle Fire HD, check out our article on how to remove ads from the lock screen on Fire HD. Or, take a look at how to pair a set of Bluetooth speakers to the tablet.
If you don’t have one yet, it’s never too late to pick one up. The company recently released new models of the Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire HD 10 Plus, and there’s now even a kids version:
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