Can You Mirror Your Amazon Fire Tablet to Your Television?

While Amazon Fire tablets may not be the most powerful devices on the market today, they can now handle media consumption, browsing the internet, playing games, and of course, shopping. As a result, they are a great alternative to pricey tablets for the consumer on a budget.

Can You Mirror Your Amazon Fire Tablet to Your Television?

Suppose you managed to pick up one of Amazon’s latest Fire devices recently—the 2019 Fire HD 10 (Ninth Generation), 2020 Fire HD 8 (Tenth Generation), or the 2020 Fire HD 8 Plus (Tenth Generation). In that case, you’re probably enjoying watching some of your favorite Netflix or Amazon shows around the house or on a long car ride.

The larger device has dual-stereo speakers that make watching movies, or TV shows, an absolute joy. Of course, crowding around a 10″ tablet doesn’t make for the best of experiences—that’s where mirroring your tablet comes into play. Mirroring makes it possible for you to pull something up on your Fire tablet and have it show up on your TV.

There are two types of mirroring, and both have their potential uses. Whether you’re looking to stream a movie from your tablet to your television, or you want to display the entire tablet interface in your living room, here’s how to mirror your Fire tablet directly to your TV.

Two Types of Mirroring

Your Fire tablet runs Fire OS, an operating system built using the Android OS that functions similarly to the original.

This structure means that your tablet is complete with many of the features that you’d find on Android, but they are customized to fit Amazon’s ecosystem properly.

On a standard Android device, you typically have the option to stream your content to a Chromecast-enabled device along with several other devices, depending on the app you’re using. Netflix and YouTube, for example, can both stream directly to Roku or smart TV apps despite not being directly built for Google Cast.

Amazon has developed its own form of screen mirroring.

The company offers two distinct versions of display mirroring on their devices:

  • Second Screen: Second Screen allows you to push your content to a Fire TV or Fire Stick device. Some apps, including Netflix, also allow you to push your content directly to non-Amazon devices.
  • Display Mirroring: Display Mirroring allows you to stream anything displayed on your device, from your Facebook feed to a displayed recipe. Essentially, this turns your television into a wireless computer monitor, controlled through your tablet.

Which of these options is best for you?

Well, it depends both on your device and your use case. Most tablet owners will probably be looking at using the Second Screen options on their devices, though if you own an older tablet, you may be able to mirror your device on your screen.

What Devices Can You Stream to?

The only device you can directly mirror your Fire tablet display to is the Fire TV or Fire Stick.

Without one of these devices, you won’t be able to mirror your tablet, stream video through Amazon Prime Video, or push your music to your smart TV unless your television itself is running Fire OS.

There is a fair amount of devices that certain apps can share their content through, depending on which app you’re using to stream.

Netflix, as mentioned, is the big one. Netflix allows you to mirror the video on a Fire TV, Roku Express, Vizio smart TV, and more. Netflix tries hard to make themselves available on every platform in the world, and it’s clear that they also work to make sure their apps work with as many devices as possible.

YouTube, on the other hand, didn’t seem to want to work with any of our devices, including Fire TV.

The YouTube app on the Amazon Appstore is a portal for the mobile website, and not the official app, so needless to say, this was a bit unsurprising. There is a workaround available to install the official YouTube app on your tablet through Google Play, and that app did allow us to stream to any of the platforms mentioned above (as long as there was a YouTube application on the device, we were able to stream).

What you can and can’t stream to your smart devices seems to depend on the platform you’re using, and the app developer implementing the ability to stream content over the web.

Device Requirements and Limitations

Not every Fire tablet can properly mirror content on another device. If you aren’t sure whether your Fire tablet, you’ll need to dive into the settings of your tablet and select “Display.” Look for the option labeled “Display Mirroring” in the settings menu.

If you see the option to mirror, congratulations—you can use device mirroring. However, you need an Amazon Firestick or TV in order to mirror your tablet, unless your Fire tablet supports Play Store sideloading. Then, the device can install third-party apps that support Google casting to Chromecast, Android TV, etc.

How to Stream Content to Your TV

So, if you’re ready to start streaming content to your television, you’ll want to grab your tablet and make sure you have an internet-ready device.

If you want to get the most out of your tablet, purchase a Fire TV or Fire Stick device; they’re cheap and small enough that adding it to your existing technology should be rather easy.

For this example, we’ll be primarily looking at how to stream content to a Fire OS-branded device.

Using the Second Screen or Cast Experience

Whether you own an older tablet or one of Amazon’s newer models, you’ll be happy to know that streaming your favorite Amazon videos to your Fire TV or Fire Stick is easy to do.

Grab your Fire tablet and make sure your Fire TV device is on and active, and, unlike a Chromecast, ensure that both devices are connected to the same Amazon account.

If both of your devices are not connected to the same Amazon account, you will not be able to make this work. Therefore, don’t skip this step!

Head to the home screen on your device and swipe along with the menu until you reach the “Videos” tab. Then, select the “Store.” This will load your rented, purchased, and Prime-capable films (assuming, of course, that you’re a Prime subscriber) that can be automatically streamed from your device. Select any title on your device, and you’ll see the typical options to watch your movie.

Your device will list both the “Watch Now” option, which will play the film or TV show on your tablet, and the “Download” option that stores the film for offline watching.

Between both of these options, you’ll see an icon that reads “Watch on Fire TV/Fire TV Stick,” depending on the device you have plugged into your television.

If you aren’t using a Fire TV, and you don’t have the same account linked to both devices, you won’t see this option. Unlike Airplay or Chromecast, Amazon’s Second Screen requires you to share an account between both devices. When you tap on this option, your tablet will load a Second Screen interface that provides additional information on the movie. You can scroll through the cast, jump to scenes like a DVD, view trivia about the scene, and more. You can also turn off the screen on your tablet once the video has begun playing.

As we mentioned above, some apps—including the Netflix app and the YouTube app available in the sideloaded Google Play Store—have the ability to stream not just to the Fire TV, but to any device with their apps installed.

To do this, load the application and select the Cast icon in the top-right corner of your display. A menu to select your streaming device will appear in the corner of the app, and you can use your device to select a specific playback device, like a smart TV or a Roku player.

This is on an app-by-app basis and depends entirely on who developed the app you’re using.

Mirroring Your Device

If your device matches one of the device models mentioned above, mirroring your device to your television can be done quickly and on a system level.

Simply select the option, ensure that your Fire TV or Fire Stick is on and enabled, and select your Fire TV from the device list that appears on your display. Amazon states it may take up to 20 seconds for your device image to appear on your display, but once it does, you’ll be able to view the image on your tablet from your television directly.

Of course, anyone who’s picked up a Fire tablet since 2017 will be unable to access this option since it’s been removed from recent generations of the devices.

Fortunately, we have a bit of a workaround for this — AllCast, which has an app on both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore. Upon opening the app, you’ll be able to view a list of players you can use on your network.

In our tests, Allcast managed to pick up both Roku devices on the network, as well as the Fire Stick also connected to the device. Using the app depends on you having the Allcast app also installed to your device, though some players (including Roku) can use AllCast without having a separate install.

There are a few notes for AllCast. First, you shouldn’t expect AllCast to directly mirror your device. Instead, AllCast will allow you to stream photos, videos, music, and more directly to your player, as opposed to just being able to mirror your display.

Most users looking to mirror their tablet will be doing so to display content like photos or personal videos, and in that sense, AllCast does the same.

Second, the device on the receiving end and your Fire tablet must be connected to the same network. If it’s not connected, you won’t be able to use AllCast as intended.

Third, the free version of AllCast is limited. You’ll only be able to stream content for five minutes at a time. To get the most out of AllCast, you’ll need to purchase the app.

The AllCast listing on the Amazon Appstore has a wide range of one-star reviews, with users complaining the app wouldn’t connect to their Fire Stick or Roku.

In our experience, we were able to stream to both platforms, so we can give this app the thumbs-up. Before paying for the full version, make sure you test the free version out on your tablet to make sure the app does what you need it to do.

We have one final workaround for those willing to get their hands dirty with installing the Play Store on their device. This last solution installing the classic Google Home application on your tablet to properly mirror the tablet.

You’ll need a Chromecast for this, so if you’re using a Roku or Fire Stick, you can probably forget it. But since the Fire tablet line is running a forked version of Android 5.0, installing the Google Home app on your tablet is as easy as finding its listing in the Play Store.

You cannot directly download this app from the Amazon Appstore, so you’ll have to download the Play Store. If you need help figuring this out, make sure to check out our post on How To Install the Google Play Store on an Amazon Fire Tablet.

You can also view more information about mirroring your device with the Google Home workaround here since the app follows the same procedures it would on any other device.

Just note that you may receive a warning stating that mirroring is not designed for this device. That is to be expected as the Fire tablet is not a proper Google-approved Android device.

You may experience problems when mirroring your display with this method, but it is available to any users willing to put in the work.

Final Thoughts

Amazon Fire tablets are great, affordable alternatives to some of the more expensive tablets currently on the market.

However, it’s unfortunate that Amazon made the decision to remove the ability to directly mirror their devices to the Fire Stick or Fire TV from newer devices.

While their tablet line has become more and more focused on the budget-focused shopper, the 2015 Fire HD 8 was no more powerful than the 2017 lineup of devices. With Fire OS 6, based on Android Nougat, coming to tablets sometime over the next few months, we’ll have to wait and see if Amazon adds back the ability to mirror your screen to a Fire TV device.

Still, with Allcast and Google Home both existing as workarounds, not to mention the general second screen experience, it’s not too difficult to find a middle ground capable of streaming exactly what you want when you want it.

22 thoughts on “Can You Mirror Your Amazon Fire Tablet to Your Television?”

Richard Birth says:
I cannot get on my gmail account,download crime or Firefox on my Amazon fire tablet.
John Maul says:
Does any body have a 5th generation tablet and does it mirror to a smart tv
Karl says:
Dear Cassandra,

It is now my fourth day tethered to your article on mirroring my Amazon Fire Tablet to my television, entitled “Can You Mirror Your Amazon Fire Tablet To Your Television?”

I would like to ask you to elaborate on an eloquently posited claim you made that read thusly:

“Without one of these devices, (the Fire TV or Fire Stick) you won’t be able to mirror your tablet, stream video through Amazon Instant Video or Amazon Prime Video, or push your music to your smart TV unless your television itself is running Fire OS.”

Whenever you came back to that premise later in your article, I am much too dimwitted to have gleaned from your text. Please reprehend me for my witlessness by giving me a proper explanation of those words I quoted. In other words, ‘How do you mirror a (ninth generation Amazon Fire HD 10) tablet to a (32″ Toshiba brand) smart television running on Fire OS (v6.2.7.6) technology?”

Thank you so much,


Karl says:
Dear Cassandra,

I’m on my third night with your article, trying to find out if I can mirror my brand new 9th gen 10″ Fire Tablet to my brand new Toshiba 32″ Fire TV edition television, so that I can play Amazon App Store games and / or Google Play Store games on my tablet while viewing them on my much larger TV screen. That’s as simple as I can formulate that thought and I don’t know where you or any other author I paste this comment to will stumble on my request and need a 3,000 word essay explaining those intentions.

So I have to take a paragraph from one section and two paragraphs from another section and keep track of whether the subject is Second Screen or Chromecast or whatever train of thought you’re going to pick back up on four paragraphs down the line that I can’t keep track of, because the endlessly revolving ads keep shifting the information up and down and over again.

It’s sad that getting a simple “No you can’t” or “Yes you can and here’s how… Step one… ” is so daunting from you or anyone else whose tech tumbleweeds I’ve scoured through on this or several other subjects.

There’s a very nice lady named Ginette who’s much nicer than me who is having similar problems sussing out answers. I’m about to crash due to my meds and I’ll have to pick up on this impossible dream tomorrow.

Thank you for your time,


Elizabeth Blunt says:
Karl, I have a Fire tablet and a Chromecast dongle. It casts very well, so I use my tablet to hook up Netflix, YouTube, BBC Sounds and iPlayer etc to the TV. And it mirrors the screen. But when you do that, only the screen transfers to the TV, not the sound. So it depends whether you want sound with your games.
The one thing to note is that I couldn’t do the setup on the tablet, but I did that on an android phone, and once everything was on the same wireless network, then it mirrored the tablet as well.
Karl says:
Thank you Elizabeth, that gets me closer and those are the next steps I’ll try.

You said you had to do the set up from an Android phone. I have one and again I assume that part of the set up process is within the article. You didn’t mention whether or not your TV had Fire OS, in case that adds or subtracts steps. At this point, I just want this to happen, then I’ll see if I can simplify anything, because of my TV’s OS. Thanks again!

Elizabeth Blunt says:
No, it’s just an ordinary TV. Not even a smart TV.
From Reaper says:
Very informative. I bought a 2020 Fire HD 8 and, although it is reasonably priced for what it does and has most Android functions, I am returning it because it cannot mirror it’s display like a fully Android tablet can.
ginette says:
Hi, thanks for the article.

I am not the most tech savvy person, it means that I don’t fully understand the things you mentioned.

I have purchased a fire table 10.1 (2019 version) and I would REALLY like to know if I am only able to connect it to a tv or my monitor (I am most interested to connect it to my monitor with HDMI) using a fire tv stick. I will be using it pretty much for working so I am not sure if screaming or mirroring will be options for me. I am still waiting for the tablet to be delivered but I want to have everything ready before it arrives.

I have read so many times that it can’t be connected to tv or monitors that now I am very confused.
Please please help.

Karl says:
Hi Ginette,

I’m on my second night with the article, myself. I’m only slightly tech-minded, but I’ll debate the author about the scattered focus of this piece.

In the past few weeks, I’ve bought a 9th gen Fire HD 10 and a Toshiba Fire Edition TV. I REALLY don’t want to buy a Fire Stick or Fire TV (the absolute worst name Amazon could have called it). Fire Box, Fire Cube, Fire Station, Fire Place… would have been infinitely better.

I’m going to start with the Google Home app, as I think the author is saying that’s our only hope.

I will let you know if I make any headway.

Marina says:
I have a 3rd gen Kindle Fire, no internet/wi-fi at home and Amazon no longer has HDMI adapters available to connect my old Fire directly to the TV to mirror downloaded Netflix or Amazon Prime movies. What’s the workaround to the HDMI adapter? I noticed a lot of hubs available on Amazon, was wondering if any of the 8-in-1 to 13-in-1 hubs can be used instead? Thanks in advance.
Rick says:
I have a Fire HDX 8.9 (gen 4) and bought a 4k Fire Stick based on this article for the mirroring ability. It will mirror my tablet screen, but will not mirror a downloaded movie to the TV. When trying to mirror a movie the audio comes through, but the screen is black. Tried this on multiple TVs and got the same result. Tried mirroring the HDX with an older Fire TV (2 gen) and it worked fine.
Geary Johnson says:
Did you ever go to the grocery store and buy your favorite item and get it home and realize the box is smaller, the contents are less, and the price has increased, all without warning? That is the way I feel about the Kindle Fire 10 “not as advertised”. They add a few new features, and take off a few features, but never mention it in the ad. Thank God I still have a few older Kindle Fire’s that I can still do screen mirroring. The other feature I found missing is the “new Items” (formerly “carousel”.) It works if you purchase an e-book. But if you email by send to kindle email, the item shows up in “documents” but not in “new items”. I have reported this to Amazon months ago. False advertising.
Valerie patton says:
hello just incase you had not found it yet you go to utilities then docs. then just download the book. Not sure if you knew where to find them. I had a hell of time finding where the books had went. If i had know it was this hard to watch my netflix on the tv I would not have got the fire 10.
Gary Dime says:
Thank you for the in depth article. I was able to somewhat mirror my Fire 7 (7th gen)
through my old HP desktop PC Pavilion. Then to my non smart VIZIO tv. The ultimate goal was to operate the tablet from the PC and it failed. I was able to view my tablet screen though the PC and VIZIO. Although it took some time, the mirroring was accomplished using the following: Google Chrome store, Chrome browser and AirDroid application. One for the PC and one for the tablet. Must use the Chrome browser. Further I utilized a USB cord from the tablet to the PC. But used WIFI on the tablet. After several attempts there was some success. All three Google items were installed on the tablet. Continuing these efforts. Will update if able to completely mirror and run the tablet from the PC. The only item that I could not get to function, included in the application, was remote control. All had the green check-mark except remote.
Courtney says:
So where is the guide to get the Google Play store?
Elizabeth Blunt says:
Thank you for this. I have the ‘wrong’ edition of the Fire tablet, but even so I managed to mirror it to a Chromecast dongle.
The one thing to note is that I couldn’t do the setup on the tablet, but I did that on an android phone, and once everything was on the same wireless network, then it mirrored the tablet as well.
Martin Zimberoff says:
Having read about the inadequacies of the 7tg gen Fire HD 10, I’d like to know what content you cant watch on the firestick without having to mirror it from the Fire hd?
Holly Byrne says:
I can’t access Comcast XFinity’s Stream app. So if we go to our house in Maine and bring the firestick and want to access what we PAY for at home (Comcast Xfinity), I can watch/access it on my tablet but not my firestick. Why I can access it on one Amazon device but not the other is beyond me. It’s a service I pay for and have access to. So frustrating.
Bill says:
Amazon is being greedy, no point in buying these cheap useless fire devices.
Brian says:
Hopefully they will add screen mirroring back. I am not holding my breath. I want to use MS Teams on a projector. The only option I have that works for HD 8, HD 10 is Google Home mirroring to a Chromecast, and Google went to great lengths to hide the mirroring function there as well. Probably the only reason mirroring exists in Android is so Alphabet can capture your display. The allcast app doesn’t mirror or find my roku tv display.
Dennis Andrews says:
Hi William,

Thank you, for graciously writing this informative helpful guide for all of us, who want to use our Amazon Fire HD Tablets to mirror or display on our televisions. After reading this guide for the second time. I wanted to ask you, if I could display or mirror with a ( Actiontec Screenbean Mini 2 ) HDMI device with my HD 8 (7 Gen)?

Tessa Jordan says:
Amazon messed up and took off mirroring on their newest model. I now feel this is WHY Fire 10 7th Gens are so inexpensive. I bought 2 on Prime Day with the specific plan to mirror Show Box but now I find out I can’t! I may be returning the Fire 10’s and waiting to see if Amazon corrects this problem with the next model. We have been an Amazon Family, kitting our house out in Prime membership, Fire Sticks, Echos & Fire tablets. We feel let down by Amazon with the Fire 10, 7th Gen. Bad move Amazon, bad move.
Geary Johnson says:
I agree!
Brandi says:
Thank you for this article, I have spent weeks trying to find an HDMI cable for my Amazon Fire 10 7th generation ( preferably one that charges at the same time, since there is only 1 micro port ) and I now know that I have been wasting my time . Since I can not stream video from my tablet to my tv is very disappointing. If a solution ever comes available please let me know .
Ken says:
Thank you, Wm. Sattelberg. for posting such a clear, concise article. It let me know that trying to mirror my Fire 10 probably wasn’t worth the hassle. You saved me time that I would have spend flailing around in the vast thicket of info. Mille grazie!
Dean says:
This is a good article about a very disappointing topic. Thank you. I, like many, made the mistake of assuming I could mirror the content of an app on my Kindle Fire HD 8 and ordered a Fire Stick to do it. I just returned it. Now I’m trying to figure out if I can do it with a cable.
Dale Anderson says:
A very informative article. I have been back and forth with Amazon “Tech Reps” about this issue. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion they really don’t have a clue. What I understand from your information is with my Kindle Fire 10 7th generation, using the Fire Stick, I can stream movies from the internet to my TV. My big question is: If I download movies to my kindle and want to play them on my TV through the Fire Stick, I will need an app called Allcast. I will buy a Fire Stick and try this process. Thank You.
Rob says:
Dale, you can also buy an android streaming device, that supports an SD card. You can download from your tablet to SD card, then insert the SD card into the device. I use a very inexpensive device (around $40 on Amazon,) just make sure it has at least 2gb of ram, and supports the SD card.
Leo says:
Rob, addittionally and easy you can buy simple and cheap OTG USB2 cable for like $2, connect it between your Fire TV and its power USB cable. Insert USB flesh drive with video file in OTG cable to access and watch it on the device.

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