How to turn off cloud-accelerated browsing on the Kindle Fire

If you have privacy concerns over Amazon's Silk browser on the Kindle Fire, we'll show you how to disable it in two easy steps.

Amazon Silk Web browser
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

When the Amazon Silk browser was revealed during the Kindle Fire announcement, digital privacy groups went into overdrive with concerns.

The idea that Amazon's servers would store users' browsing data was disconcerting. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation signed off on Silk, in part, because you can turn off the cloud-accelerated browsing feature. Here's how, in two easy steps:

Step 1: With the browser open, tap the menu button and select "Settings."

Silk settings
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: Scroll down to the Advanced section at the bottom and uncheck "Accelerate page loading."

Uncheck accelerated browsing
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. Keep in mind that disabling cloud-accelerated browsing may slow down your browsing experience. If you're concerned about your privacy, however, it's a small price to pay to ensure your browsing history stays off of Amazon's servers.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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