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Change the Kindle Fire HD Search from Bing to Google

When the first Kindle Fire came out last year, the default search provider for its Silk web browser was Google. This time around, Amazon has partnered with Microsoft and made Bing the default on the Kindle Fire HD. Here’s how to change it back to Google.

Bing

To change it to Google, from the Home Screen tap on Web.

Web from Home Screen

Open a web page and click the menu icon then Settings.
Settings

On the next screen tap Search Engine.

Search Engine

Now tap Google on the Search Engine windows that pops up.

Switch to Google

Now when you go back to the web browser and type a search term into the address bar, the results will show up in Google. Also, if you’re heavily invested in Google services, you can sign in to your account and use them like normal.

Google Search Kindle Fire HD

If you haven’t used Bing much, since it’s the default, you might want to try it out for a while. I’ve found it a refreshing new way to search in Windows 8. But, if you’re all about Google search and services, switching to it is easy.

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15 Responses to Change the Kindle Fire HD Search from Bing to Google

  1. rosa kiser February 24, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I’m so glad I found your article!!! I was unhappy with Bing, I tried using it but I have difficulty finding what I need…it’s not as user friendly as google!! Really glad that I am able to switch it out. THANK YOU!!!

  2. www September 10, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    Wonderful, what a weblog it is! This website presents helpful data to us,
    keep it up.

  3. dawnelle November 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    When I click my menu button settings is not an option. 🙁 Is there another way…I HATE BING!!!

    • iynque December 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Figured it out: drag from the top, tap more in The top right corner. Go to Application settings and scroll to find Silk browser. From there you can change the default search engine.

      • Gail March 22, 2015 at 8:30 am #

        THIS IS HOW TO DO IT

  4. Jocelyn Roberts April 2, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Well I searched for Change the Kindle Fire HD Search from Bing
    to Google title and discovered this, never thought i’d
    find the answer

  5. john June 11, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I hate Bing and more than that I hate how it overrides your preference setting every time you change it to Goggle ! The main reason is the fact that they shove it down your throat ! If you follow your instructions above you may get 1 or two searches done then Bing overrides your choice and changes your setting back to Bing. Why does Kindle even give you the choice (Very temporarily as it is). I love the Kindle except for Bing and there obnoxious way of forcing you to use them. I will not purchase another Kindle due to this problem and the lack of respect that Microsoft and Kindle give to their customers preferences. I currently have 5 kindles for my family and will use another product in the future !

  6. Heather January 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Ahh!Thank you so much!! I couldnt figure this out and really dispise Bing!

  7. Jolie November 30, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    I CHANGED THE SEARCH TO GOOGLE IN SETTINGS BUT BING STILL SHOWS UP IN SILK BROWSER WHEN I SEARCH!!!!! Help….

    • Ashley December 30, 2015 at 4:51 am #

      I am having the same issue

      • Anon January 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

        Me too, really annoying and can’t find anyway to stop this. In the search engine settings it says Google but everything comes up in bullcrap Bing. I got mine for Xmas it looks like this is an issue with the new tablets this year.

        • John January 22, 2017 at 10:53 pm #

          You can’t change it. Until Amazon changes it themselves, Google “How to get Google Play Store on the Kindle”. I did it to mine , my wife’s and my four grandkids. Amazon doesn”t want you to know how because they want you to buy apps from them. Which I can understand, but really that type of thinking is along the Apple priority type of thinking. Google will allow Amazon in but Amazon doesn’t want Google in. Anyway, once you get Google Play Store downloaded, download the Chrome app like you would on your computer, and you won’t have to hit Silk anymore, just use Chrome.

  8. Googlefan February 14, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    This changes the search engine when you access the internet via the silk icon, but not if you type into the search bar at the top of the fire home screen.

    Anyone know how to change the default search bar please?

  9. Marita Nelson February 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Why is there even a place to change search engines. It’s a dummy button. Doesn’t change a thing. Is ipad a better choice next time I purchase?

  10. Lynelle May 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    I did this and it is still BING….HEEEEELP. I am debating on whether to return it or not….

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