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Puffin TV Browser – How to Install on Firestick/Android (2022)

Looking for a fast, optimized web browser to enhance your streaming experience on Android TV and Fire devices? Then Puffin TV is an excellent option worth considering.

In this detailed guide, I‘ll explain exactly how to download and install Puffin TV on platforms like the Firestick 4K, NVIDIA Shield TV, and Chromecast with Google TV.

By the end, you‘ll have this speedy browser up and running so you can enjoy quick access to your favorite streaming sites right from your living room. Let‘s dive in!

An Overview of Puffin TV Browser

But first, what exactly is Puffin TV? It‘s a free web browser designed specifically for televisions and streaming devices. The interface is optimized for large screens with easy navigation using a remote control or air mouse.

Puffin TV offers several standout features:

  • Speedy performance – Uses cloud computing and video compression to load pages 2-3x faster than standard browsers. Web pages and videos start almost instantly.

  • Sleek TV interface – Large text and buttons make it easy to navigate on the big screen. Menu sidebar provides quick access.

  • Supports Flash – One of the only modern browsers that can still play Flash content and games.

  • Mobile mode – Option to display mobile sites properly on your TV. No more awkward horizontal scrolling.

  • Incognito browsing – Leaves no traces of history or cookies in private sessions.

  • Voice search – Use voice input to conveniently search the web.

  • Adobe Flash support – One of the few modern browsers that can still play legacy Adobe Flash content and games.

Puffin TV delivers a lean yet powerful browsing experience designed for streaming. The minimal interface lacks clutter without sacrificing functionality.

Now let‘s look at how to get Puffin TV installed on your device of choice.

Installing Puffin Browser on Android TV

For Android TV boxes like the NVIDIA Shield, MECOOL KM3, and others, the easiest installation method is directly through the Google Play Store:

  1. From your Android TV‘s home screen, launch the Google Play Store.

  2. Click the Search option at the top and type in "Puffin".

  3. Select the "Puffin TV Browser" from the search results.

  4. Click the Install button to begin the download.

  5. Once installed, the app will be added automatically to your apps list.

The entire process takes less than a minute thanks to the lightning-fast processor in modern Android TV boxes.

After installation, I recommend moving Puffin TV to the front of your app list for quick access:

  1. On the home screen, scroll down to the Puffin TV app icon.

  2. Press down on the remote control center button to bring up app options.

  3. Select Move to front option.

And that‘s it! The Puffin TV browser is now ready to start using on your Android TV device.

How to Install Puffin Browser on Chromecast with Google TV

Given the Chromecast with Google TV runs the Android TV operating system, installing Puffin here is a very similar process:

  1. From the Chromecast home screen, click on the Google Play Store icon.

  2. In the search bar, type in "Puffin" and select the Puffin TV Browser from the results.

  3. Click the Install button.

  4. Once the installation completes, go back to the Chromecast home screen.

  5. Scroll through your app list to find the Puffin TV icon.

  6. Long press on the Puffin TV icon and choose Move to front option.

After following these simple steps, you‘ll have Puffin TV downloaded and ready to use on your Chromecast device.

Downloading Puffin Browser for Firestick & Fire TV

Amazon‘s Fire TV devices use the Fire OS instead of Android TV. That means we can‘t install apps directly from the Google Play Store.

Not to worry – we can still easily sideload Puffin TV using the Downloader app. Here is the complete process:

  1. From your Firestick or Fire TV home screen, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options.

  2. Enable Apps from Unknown Sources.

  3. Go back to the home screen and use the search function to find and install Downloader.

  4. Open the Downloader app and enter the URL: http://bit.ly/puffintv

  5. Select the Puffin TV APK file to download.

  6. Once the download finishes, select Install.

  7. After installation completes, press the Home button to return to the main menu.

  8. Scroll down and move Puffin TV to the front of your app list for easy access.

That just about wraps it up for installing the Puffin TV browser on Firestick and Fire TV devices!

Comparing Puffin TV to Other Browsers

How does Puffin TV stack up against competitors like Silk, Firefox, and Opera? Here‘s a head-to-head comparison of the key features:

Feature Puffin TV Silk Firefox Opera TV
Page Load Speed Very Fast Average Slow Fast
Streaming Performance Excellent Good Average Excellent
Remote Control Navigation Intuitive Basic Difficult Good
Ad Blocking No Yes Yes Yes
Tabbed Browsing No Yes Yes Yes
Voice Search Yes No No Yes
Mobile Mode Yes No No Yes
Privacy Options Incognito Mode Delete History Private Browsing Off-Road Mode

As you can see, Puffin TV excels in the streaming-focused aspects like video performance, speed, and big screen navigation.

Silk, Firefox, and Opera have some additional features that may suit other use cases. But for cord-cutters looking to stream media directly on their TV, Puffin is tough to beat.

Browsing Tips and Tricks for Puffin TV

Once you have Puffin TV installed, here are some handy tips to get the most out of this speedy streaming browser:

Use Incognito Mode – To browse privately without leaving traces of history or cookies, click the 3-line menu and select New Incognito Tab.

Enable Mobile Mode – If a site isn‘t displaying properly on your TV, choose Mobile View from the menu for optimal formatting.

Customize the Home Page – Tailor the home screen to your needs by editing the category links under Settings.

Add Voice Search – Click on the microphone icon in the search bar to search hands-free using voice commands.

Update Browser Settings – Adjust options like page zoom, fonts, notifications and more under Browser Settings.

Use Downloader for Large Files – Puffin currently can‘t download files directly. Use Downloader app for large downloads instead.

Reset App to Defaults – If Puffin starts acting up, restart and reset to factory settings under App Settings.

And of course, be sure to use a VPN like Surfshark or NordVPN when accessing any streaming sites for privacy protection and bypassing geo-restrictions.

Now that you have Puffin TV installed and ready to go, what are you waiting for? Here are some of my top picks for sites to explore first:

  • Pluto TV – Free live TV channels
  • Tubi – Massive on-demand video library
  • PopcornFlix – Ad-supported free movies
  • Watch Series – Popular TV shows and episodes

I hope this detailed guide has equipped you to install Puffin TV on your streaming device of choice. Now enjoy faster browsing speeds and seamless streaming using this well-designed Android TV browser. Let me know if any questions come up!

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