How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Your TV With Chromecast
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Not all apps and services are compatible with Google’s Chromecast. One of those apps is Amazon Prime Video.

While Netflix, Prime Video’s biggest rival, has been Chromecast-compatible from the start, Amazon Prime Video still lives in the dark ages.

But there are a couple of ways around this lack of compatibility. In this article we show you how to watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV with Chromecast.

Why Is There No Cast Button on Amazon Prime Video?

These days, it’s hard to find any mainstream video or audio streaming app on Android that doesn’t have the cast button available.

So why doesn’t Amazon Prime Video offer the feature?

Well, as is so often the case, it’s due to bickering between the two companies. Amazon doesn’t offer a YouTube app on any of its many Fire TV devices; Google doesn’t sell its products on Amazon; Amazon doesn’t make Prime Video available on Chromecast. Childish tit-for-tat, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Note: If you’d like to discover apps that natively support the dongle, we’ve previously rounded up the best video apps for Chromecast 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV The Chromecast is arguably the best device currently on the market for anyone looking to cut the cord. And you'll definitely need these 10 apps to get you started. Read More and the best Audio apps for Chromecast 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Listening to Music 10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Listening to Music Chromecasts are about more than just video content; they can also stream music. In this article we list 10 must-have Chromecast apps to help you get started listening to music. Read More .

Okay, let’s move on. Here’s how to watch Amazon Prime Video on your Chromecast.

Method 1: Use Chrome

If you run Google Chrome on any of your computers, you can play the video you want to watch in your browser and cast it directly to your Chromecast.

In the olden days (!), you needed to install a separate extension to be able to cast content directly from your browser. In the newer versions of Chrome, that’s no longer the case. Google has built the functionality directly into the browser.

Before proceeding, make sure your TV is turned on, and it’s displaying the correct input channel.

To begin the process of casting Amazon Prime Video to your Chromecast via Chrome, open your Chrome browser, head to the Amazon Prime Video website, and enter your login credentials. You need to find the video you want to watch, and press Play as normal.

Next, click on the More menu (three vertical dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the browser’s window. Select Cast from the pop-up menu.

chromecast select screen output from chrome

You should now see a new window with all the compatible devices that are on your network. Click on the name of the Chromecast you want to use. The connection should occur automatically.

Before resuming playback, it’s worth choosing Remote screen from the drop-down menu next to Show fullscreen videos on. It will prevent your film or TV series from playing on your laptop and your Chromecast at the same time.

The obvious drawback of using the desktop version of Chrome to cast Amazon Prime Video to your Chromecast is the lack of controls. You won’t be able to pause, fast-forward, rewind, or adjust other playback settings from the comfort of your sofa. Instead, you will need to make any changes on the computer you’re casting from.

Method 2: Cast Your Android’s Screen

Warning: This method might not work on newer phones. Contrary to popular belief, Amazon has not blocked the feature. Instead, it seems the issue is linked to HDR and 4K support. If you have an older device, the method still works perfectly.

Google and Amazon might be at war, but Amazon isn’t stupid enough not to offer a Prime Video app in the Play Store. And, because the app is there, you can use Android’s Cast Screen feature to display it on your TV.

Note: You cannot use Android Cast Screen with every site’s and app’s videos. If they use Silverlight, Flash, QuickTime, or VLC, it will not work. Luckily, Amazon Prime Video doesn’t use any of those technologies.

Using the Cast Screen feature is easy. Swipe down on your device’s notification bar and tap the Cast icon (it looks like a TV). You will see a list of all the compatible devices on your screen. Tap on the correct one, and a few seconds later you’ll see your phone’s screen displayed on your TV.

From this point, it’s just a case of using your phone to navigate to the Prime Video content you want to watch in the usual way. Just make sure you flip your phone into landscape mode and make the video full screen before you get comfortable.

The obvious benefit to this method compared to the previous approach is that you can control the video from your phone. However, there are three serious downsides you need to think about.

The first issue is privacy. You’re casting your entire Android’s screen rather than just content from a specific app. Whenever you receive a message, email, phone call, or notification, it’ll pop up on the screen for all to see. Depending on where you are or who you’re with, that might not be desirable behavior.

The second consideration is your battery. If you cast your entire phone’s screen, the video will play on both devices at the same time. If you turn off your phone’s screen, the TV will also go blank. Therefore, you realistically need to have a charger nearby if you’re planning a binge session (we’ve covered other ways to save battery on Android 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More if you need further guidance)

The final problem is processing power. Because Amazon Prime Video is not Chromecast-enabled, your Android phone is doing all the background processing. Depending on your phone’s internal hardware, that can easily lead to stuttering, lagging, and poor resolution.

You can remedy the issue slightly by killing as many background processes as possible on your phone (Settings > Apps and Notifications > See all apps, click on an app’s name, and select Force stop), but it’s a far-from-ideal situation.

Should You Buy an Amazon Fire TV Device?

Of course, all these workarounds can be rendered moot if you buy an Amazon Fire TV device. Unsurprisingly, Amazon Prime Video is well integrated into the hardware. You’ll also get access to Alexa, Prime Photos, and plenty of third-party apps.

We’ve explained which Amazon Fire TV device is right for you Which Fire TV Device Should You Buy? Stick vs. TV vs. Cube, Compared Which Fire TV Device Should You Buy? Stick vs. TV vs. Cube, Compared Amazon now has four different options for people looking to buy a Fire TV device. But which one is right for you? Read More if you’re not sure which one to buy.

Amazon and Google Need to Call a Truce

Listen, Amazon. We’re paying you good money every year. So we don’t expect you to intentionally restrict compatibility with one of the most popular cord-cutting devices in the world just because you have beef with Google.

Sort it out, or we’ll all collectively take our business to one of the many other streaming services 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix Mainstream streaming services carry mainstream content. What can you do if you want to watch something a little less conventional? You're better off checking out these alternative streaming services packed full of niche content. Read More available. We’ve compared the Roku and Chromecast Chromecast vs. Roku: Which One Is Best for You? Chromecast vs. Roku: Which One Is Best for You? There are many streaming media devices to choose between. In this article, we compare the heaviest hitters: Chromecast vs Roku. Read More if you’re thinking about switching.

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  1. 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.

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.