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Change default search engine on your (Kindle) Fire tablet

1Change search engine on Kindle Fire - Step 1

The Silk web browser on your Amazon (Kindle) Fire tablet or Fire phone uses Bing as default search engine. This can change over time, because browser makers often tend to pick their default search engines for self-promotion (like Chrome with Google, and Internet Explorer with Bing), or financial deals (like Firefox with Yahoo). In the case of your Amazon tablet, the "default search engine" is the one that will be used when you search from the address bar.

2Change search engine on Kindle Fire - Step 2

To change the search engine Silk uses by default, tap on the menu button (top left corner). When the side pane opens to the left, tap on Settings.

3Change search engine on Kindle Fire - Step 3

When the Silk Settings screen opens, the first option shown will be Search engine, with the current default being shown below. Remember that this only affects searches you make from the address bar: you can still access other search engines by going to their website (google.com, bing.com, yahoo.com, aol.com, or even Amazon). To change your default, tap on that setting.

4Change search engine on Kindle Fire - Step 4

A Search engine popup will open on the screen: currently, the choices are pretty limited - Bing, Google, or Yahoo. It's possible that custom search engines might be supported later on, but that's not the case now. Select the engine you want to use: the popup will close, and the first option's text will be updated.

5Change search engine on Kindle Fire - Step 5

If you launch a search from the address bar, the results will now automatically come from the search engine you selected. As you type your query, the suggestions you see will now also come from that search engine. Tip: if you often switch between different search engines, including some not currently supported, you can bookmark them: that means that they will automatically appear on the new tab page. (If Home is selected, just tap on Bookmarks.)