Make Webpages On the Kindle Fire Silk Browser Easier to Read

Making text actually readable on the Silk Browser of the Kindle Fire HD can be tricky. Here’s all you need to do to make the text (and other items) on a page larger.

If you own a Kindle Fire, you’ve probably noticed while browsing webpages on the Silk browser are small and hard to read. Especially on the smaller 8-inch model. Here’s how easy it is to make text in the browser easier to read.

Make Text Larger on Kindle Fire (Updated)

The process to make text larger on the Silk browser on a Fire HD tablet is much easier than it used to be. This article was originally written in 2012, and things have changed a lot.

To make text larger, launch the Silk Browser from your home screen.

launch Silk Browser

Then pinch and zoom in or out to make the page’s text and other content larger or smaller. In the following example, I pinched and zoomed it closer to make it look larger.

Large Text Silk Browser

Then go the opposite way to return it to the regular size. And that’s all there is to it.

Normal sized text fire HD Silk Browser

Make Large Text Change Permanent

Another setting you can manage that will make text larger on a page all the time is in Accessibilities. To get to it, launch the Silk browser and tap the Options (three dots) button in the screen’s upper-right corner. Then tap on Settings from the menu.

Settings Silk Browser

From the Settings list, tap on Accessibility.

Fire HD Accessibility option

Next, you will see a slider with sample text under it. Use the slider to make the text larger or smaller based on what works best for you.

Slider to make text larger

You can slide it all the way up to 200%, and when you’re done, you can go back to a web page and notice the difference right away. Here is an example of sliding it all the way up to the max.

zoomed in text kindle fire HD

For more on the Kindle Fire, check out our articles on how to get rid of the lock screen ads. Or, if you want better audio, read our article on how to pair a set of Bluetooth speakers with Fire HD.

If you have a hard time viewing web pages with the default settings on the Kindle Fire Silk browser, changing the default zoom and text size will help you get it to a preferable size. It makes it much easier to read the text on websites.

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  1. Ronni

    Awesome! Thanks, Brian.

  2. Brittany

    I know this article is from 2012 but Silk no longer has those options, such as font size and minimum zoom level. How can I change the minimum font size now?

    • fredf

      Yes, same question.

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