How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Your TV With Chromecast
Whatsapp Pinterest
Advertisement

For a long time, Amazon Prime Video was not compatible with your Google Chromecast. Now, however, Amazon fully supports Chromecasts.

With Amazon having added support for your Chromecast, you can now watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV with a Chromecast.

Why Did Chromecast Support Take So Long?

Amazon’s lack of support for Chromecasts was part of the broader tit-for-tat between Amazon and Google. This also saw YouTube pulled from the Amazon Appstore, and Google refuse to sell its devices on the Amazon website.

After more than three years of stalemate, the situation finally changed in the summer of 2019.

The year had already seen a thawing of the relationship; the companies’ services started to become available on each other’s hardware products from April 2019 onwards. And in July 2019, Amazon added Chromecast support to its Prime Video app You Can Now Watch YouTube on Your Fire TV You Can Now Watch YouTube on Your Fire TV You can now watch YouTube on Amazon Fire TV and watch Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV. All using official methods. Read More .

How to Watch Amazon Prime Video With a Chromecast

In this article, we look at what you need to get started, then explain how to watch Amazon Prime Video using your Chromecast.

What You Need to Watch Amazon Prime Video on a Chromecast

Before we look at how to watch Amazon Prime Video on a Chromecast, let’s first make sure you’ve got everything you need.

Obviously, you will require a subscription to Amazon Prime Video. Access is granted as part of an Amazon Prime subscription; you cannot buy standalone access. The price of Amazon Prime varies from country to country. In the United States, it costs $12.99/month or $119/year. In the UK, it’s £7.99/month or $79/year.

You’ll also need a Chromecast streaming dongle. Two versions are available—the 4K Chromecast Ultra and the standard, non-4K Chromecast.

The 4K model is more expensive. Amazon makes almost all its original series available in 4K, and plenty of movies also have a 4K option. Unlike Netflix, 4K access has no extra cost. Remember, you can only take advantage of 4K casting if you have a 4K TV.

If you have an Android TV box, there is a good chance it has Chromecast support built-in. Check with the manufacturer if you’re not sure.

Lastly, you will need a device from which to cast Amazon Prime Video. This could be a phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop. Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS are all supported.

Note: We’ve previously written about the best Amazon original shows The 15 Best Amazon Prime Original Series for True Geeks The 15 Best Amazon Prime Original Series for True Geeks There are lots of great original series on Amazon Prime, and these are the best Amazon Original Series you've probably never heard of. Read More if you’d like some inspiration on what to watch once you’ve got Amazon Prime Video up and running.

How to Cast Amazon Prime Video from Android and iOS

If you want to cast from a phone or tablet that runs either Android or iOS, it is easy to do so.

Note: The following guidance assumes you have already set up your Chromecast dongle and connected it to your Wi-Fi network.

amazon prime video chromecast

Before you begin, make sure that your phone/tablet and Chromecast are both on the same Wi-Fi network.

Next, download and install the Amazon Prime Video app on your device. Once the installation process is complete, you can fire up the app and enter your login details. They are the same as your Amazon account.

Now you can navigate to the TV show or movie that you want to cast. Start playing it in the usual way, and you will see a Cast button appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Tap on the icon, and you will see a list of all compatible devices on your network. Any Chromecast dongles, suitable Android TV devices, and supported products from other manufacturers will be displayed.

To start casting, simply tap on the name of the Chromecast dongle you want to connect to. Allow a few seconds for the connection to initiate, and playback will begin on your screen.

How to Cast Amazon Prime Video From Windows and Mac

Amazon has not released a standalone desktop app for either Windows or Mac. As such, the only way to cast Amazon Prime Video from a desktop or laptop computer to your Chromecast dongle is to use the Google Chrome web browser. These days, the casting functionality is built directly into the browser.

cast chrome amazon video

Once again, you need to make sure that your computer and Chromecast are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, ensure that your TV is showing the correct input channel.

When you’re ready, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Navigate to Amazon Prime Video and enter your login details.
  3. Find the video you want to watch.
  4. Begin playback in the usual way.
  5. In the upper right-hand corner of Chrome, click on the three vertical dots.
  6. Click Cast.
  7. In the Sources dropdown menu, click on Cast tab.
  8. Click on the name of the Chromecast dongle you want to connect to.

Keep in mind that the Chrome browser can only cast videos up to 1080p, even if you have a 4K video and a 4K Chromecast.

Other drawbacks include a lack of controls (you won’t be able to pause, fast-forward, rewind, or adjust other playback settings from the comfort of your sofa) and a lower bitrate than that to which you might be accustomed. A lower bitrate can lead to pixelation and lower-quality audio.

To stop casting, just click on the Cast icon in the Chrome toolbar, then click on the name of your Chromecast dongle for a second time.

Other Issues Watching Prime Video on a Chromecast

Aside from quality issues, there are some other things you need to be aware of when you cast Amazon Prime Video to a Chromecast.

For example, if you’re using a phone or tablet, you’re going to eat through your battery quickly. You might need a nearby plug socket if you’re planning an extended binge. You also need to consider processing power—casting from a low-power device might lead to signal drops).

And remember, if you cast your entire screen, you might encounter privacy issues. Do you really want other people in the room to see every notification you receive in real-time? That could prove embarrassing.

Is an Amazon Fire TV Stick a Better Choice?

If you’re merely considering buying a Chromecast, it’s also worth considering an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Unsurprisingly, Amazon Prime Video is well integrated into the Fire TV hardware. You’ll also get access to Alexa, Prime Photos, and plenty of third-party apps.

There is not a huge difference in price between the entry-level Amazon Fire TV Stick and entry-level Google Chromecast, so you should choose whichever device better suits your needs.

If you’d like to learn more about using a Chromecast, read our article explaining how to cast local media from a Mac to a Chromecast How to Cast Local Media From Your Mac to Chromecast How to Cast Local Media From Your Mac to Chromecast Here's all you need to know on how to stream to Chromecast from your Mac, whether you're casting videos, music, or photos. Read More .

Explore more about: Amazon Prime, Chromecast, Media Streaming, Television, Troubleshooting.

Enjoyed this article? Stay informed by joining our newsletter!

Enter your Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Graham Randle
    February 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    A better method to cast Amazon Prime is to open Google Home (assuming you have the app on your device) and go to Settings - from there select Mirror Device.
    Works OK - no idea how or why.
    One (of many) examples where I 'don't need to know'.

    Graham

    • Pssst3
      April 15, 2019 at 3:10 am

      The Google Home android app has no "mirror device " option

    • Pssst3
      April 15, 2019 at 3:14 am

      Method 1 doesn't work with my Chromebook. The sound gets through, the screen is blank, probably due to the encoding used.
      Method 2 works with my 2015 Android tablet running Lollipop.

  2. James Reynolds
    February 8, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I'll even purchase the fire tv stick. Just give me the option to cast from an app on my phone to the tv. I WANT THAT OPTION!

  3. James Reynolds
    February 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I'm even willing to purchase the fire tv stick. Just give me the ability to CAST from an app on my phone. If it's my money you want, then take it.

  4. robert schroeck
    January 27, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Thank you it worked as instructed, now so much better watching on big screen and makes low audio fixable.

  5. DANK
    November 26, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    "Show full screen videos as remote screen" has never worked for me on Prime. Do you have to toggle pause/play?

    Just weird.

  6. James
    October 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Doesn't work on my Samsung S8 / Chrome browser - Duh!

    • MY LORD
      June 30, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      All reads well EXCEOT, the “cast” option NEVER appears in that 3 dot more drop down menu. So what now? Mine either BUT I think it’s cuz the “cast” option never appears.

  7. Ted Contreras
    September 29, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Or you can buy an Nvidia shield TV that runs Android TV and had the Amazon video app and have the best of all worlds.

  8. J
    September 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Or you can just connect your laptop to your TV and use it for Amazon videos. Works great!

  9. Akhil
    September 29, 2018 at 7:01 am

    My version of Chrome does not have the cast option in the popup menu - Android 9.0 os- in the second option the cast screen plays until the actual video.

  10. Scott
    September 28, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Amazon will not sell the Chromecast on it's website so Google being the babies they are blocked amazing video, just like they pulled YouTube from the Fire TV. Don't like it don't buy one if their crappy devices in the first place.

  11. Dianna
    September 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I have a Vizio M series smart display with Chromecast built in, and it actually has Amazon prime video as a built in app. It even has a dedicated Amazon button on the remote. So why can't they get working on a cast button for those who don't have it built in. Cause it obviously works that way....wtf...

  12. Jason
    September 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Get an Nvidia Shield TV. It has native Amazon Prime app. Not to mention, it's an amazing AndroidTV STB.

  13. Mark
    September 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Out of curiosity, has anyone used a laptop or Chromebook with HDMI directly into the TV? I presume Assistant would enable you to use commands.

  14. Marc
    September 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    The Android screen casting no longer works.
    Amazon blocked it. When. You attempt it, only the audio will cast to your TV. The video will be blank.
    I casted Prime video via this method for years, but when I tried about three weeks ago to attempt to watch Jack Ryan, it no longer worked. Amazon blocked it.
    I haven't tried from the Chrome browser from my laptop yet.
    I wouldn't be surprised if it's blocked there as well. If not now, then soon...

  15. Dale
    September 28, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Casting the whole screen never really works with video. Sure, you can see the screen but the laggy video is impossible to watch. This is NOT really an option! The only real option is to add a cheap Roku or Fire TV device.

    • Fifth313ment
      September 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      You must have an older OG Chromecast as it works great on my Samsung Note 3 and the newer round Chromecast with 5GHz wifi.

  16. Bill
    September 27, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    It comes down to the Google Play Services Amazon won't incorporate or comply with in fireOS or prime video. Both parties are being greedy and punishing customers in the long run. Over simplified but shows the petty squabbling.

  17. Kirk
    September 27, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    "Google doesn’t sell its products on Amazon"

    As I recall, Amazon pulled Google's product from their website because Chromecast for instance did not support Prime Video. Ironic since the only company that can make Chromecast support Prime Video is Amazon themselves. The only culprit here is Amazon. There is zero reason they should be this child-like by trying to assert dominance over Google (which is laughable since Google is way better) instead of caring about their consumers.

    • Matt
      September 28, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Yep. That's how I heard it too.

  18. Susanna W
    September 27, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Yes. Same issue as Adam on Samsung S8+. The screen casts fine for everything, except when trying to cast Prime Video we only hear the audio and see a black screen. On my older Moto x Pure I cast Prime and it works as it should. I totally agree with the "sort it out" sentiment.

    • Fifth313ment
      September 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      They didn't block it, as it works fine on my older Samsung Note 3. On my Samsung S8+ the sound, GUI and captions show but the video does not. I have tried this o teo S8+ devices. So Amazon did not block it but I think it has to do with HDR and 4K support. On the S8+ we have the ability to watch in 2k (4k) and HDR which has higher security features which is why I'm guessing it doesnt transfer over but works on older phones that are only capable of 1080p. I've also heard it doesn't work on anything above the Samsung S7. So if you have an older phone lying around you are good to go. I use my old Samsung Note 3 as a media device for my Chromecast.

  19. Adam Center
    September 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I actually tried to cast my Pixel 2 XL's screen while running an Amazon Prime Video movie and it would not display on the Chromecast. It would only show a black screen. So the second option may not actually be a true option for all people.