How to Surf the Web on a Kindle Fire

By Julius Vandersteen’s Kindle Fire is suitable for reading books and surfing the Web.
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The Kindle Fire, a tablet with a touch-sensitive color display, is not just for reading e-books and magazines that you download from You can also use it to surf the Web using the device’s Amazon Silk Web browser. The Kindle Fire accesses the Internet via Wi-Fi, enabling you to surf the Web and do research for your company while you’re on the go. To increase page-loading speed, the Silk Web browser takes advantage of’s cloud computing services to render websites before sending them to your device, which is especially useful when your Wi-Fi connection is weak.

Power on your Kindle Fire when you are in a location with Wi-Fi access, such as in your office, at a cafe or in a public library.

Swipe from the top of the screen down and then tap “Wireless.”

Tap the “Airplane Mode” option to “Off.”

Tap the “Wi-Fi” option to “On.” A list of Wi-Fi hotspots will appear. Tap the name of a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect with it. Type in the hotspot’s password if prompted.

Tap the “Home” icon to go to the device’s home screen.

Tap “Web” on the device’s home screen. The Starter page will appear, with thumbnail images of Trending Now sites, Selected Sites that determines may be of interest to Kindle Fire users and the most visited sites for people who have already been using the device to surf the Web. The Starter page has “Bookmarks” and “History" tabs at the top, which you can use to revisit sites after you’ve been browsing for a while with the device.

Tap a thumbnail of one of the sites listed in the Starter page to load the website.

Tap the search bar at the top of the Kindle Fire if you want to visit a site not listed on the Starter page. Type in the URL, and then tap “Go” to visit the site. For example, type in the URL of your company’s website or the URL of your favorite news site. Tap links on sites you visit to continue surfing the Web.

Tap “Add Bookmark” at the bottom of a page if you want to save a page in your Kindle Fire’s bookmarks.