How to Stream Amazon Prime Video to a Chromecast
If you are a long-term Amazon Prime Video user, you are probably aware of the complete lack of support for most things Google-related. This includes Chromecasts, whether built-in or plug-in dongles. The Chromecast offers streaming freedom to those who enjoy online content such as movies, tv shows, and more.
The Chromecast device is a low-cost solution to casting content from your phone or computer to your television. The compatibility of devices has been an issue for many users for a long time.
Fortunately, in 2019, Amazon and Google struck up a friendlier relationship, and support for Chromecast quickly followed.
It’s Easier Than You Think
There is nothing to it when it comes to casting a Prime Video to a Chromecast dongle. Here are the steps.
Note that the app has native support. As long as your mobile device supports casting, you will be good to go.
- Launch the Prime Video app.
- Tap the Cast icon.
- Choose the Chromecast device you want to stream to.
- Browse the list of titles for the video you want. Select it and enjoy watching it.
Seems easy enough, right? Well, there are other things you might need to do too.
Setting Up Your Prime Video & Chromecast
Before you begin streaming you will want to make sure everything is set up properly. If you are new to the Chromecast game, you will be happy to know that getting started is simple. A proper setup means you will not run into difficulty when you start casting.
To start your Chromecast do this:
- Plug your device into the TV.
- Connect your mobile device to the wifi network you will be using.
- Download the Google Home app for Android or iOS.
- Follow the on-screen process to connect your device to your wifi.
Setting up your Prime Video is not difficult but you will need a subscription to Amazon Prime. If you are using a mobile device simply download the Amazon Prime Video app for Android or iOS. If you are using a computer go to the Prime video website and sign in.
How to Troubleshoot If Something Goes Wrong
First of all, for this to work you need to ensure that your mobile device and your Chromecast device are on the same Wi-Fi network.
It never hurts to check that first, especially if you are using more than one network at home. This applies whether you have a Chromecast dongle or a TV with a built-in Chromecast.
Another thing you should check is whether both the Amazon Prime Video app and your mobile device are updated to their latest versions. Any missed update could cause incompatibilities.
One more thing worth noting is that the Prime Video app will only display the cast icon if you are using it from a country you are allowed to. This means that you may run into some issues if you have to use a VPN to access the Prime Video platform, or if you’re trying to get into a restricted library for your region.
Where Are the Subtitles?
To be able to get subtitles, you have to make a few adjustments. First of all, disconnect your Chromecast dongle from your TV so that it’s no longer connected to your phone or tablet.
After that, access your device’s accessibility settings. On both Android and iOS devices, this submenu should contain subtitle settings or caption settings.
Once you make the changes you need, you can then reconnect the dongle to your TV, launch the Prime Video app, and go through the casting process explained above.
Can You Cast from a Computer?
Windows and Mac users can also rejoice. If you want to stream Prime Video content to a Chromecast device from your laptop or desktop, you can do that too.
Now, there is no built-in cast button in the app, as is the case with the app’s mobile version. Why? Because there is actually no dedicated desktop app for Amazon Prime Video. But the browser will work just as fine.
- Launch the Google Chrome browser. Go to the Amazon Prime Video website and log in.
- Look for a video. Start the playback.
- Click on the three-dotted line in the upper right corner of your browser interface.
- Select the Cast tab.
- Use the Sources dropdown menu to select the Cast tab action.
- Select the device you want to connect with.
There are some limitations to this of course. Not all desktop motherboards have Wi-Fi functionality. If yours does not, then casting is not an option.
Furthermore, note that Chrome isn’t designed for superior quality casting. It will be able to stream videos on your TV in 1080p resolution but you won’t be able to get 4K out of it. That’s whether you have a 4K Chromecast at your disposal or not.
Another thing that might disappoint is the fact that you will not be able to see any controls for pausing or rewinding. That said, if you have no other option than to use your desktop, it is still good to know that you can do it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just in case we didn’t answer all of your questions above, we’ve included more information in this section.
Can I download Prime Videos to watch later?
Yes! If you don’t have internet and would like to download videos and tv shows from Prime Video to watch later on, you can.
Download the title you want to watch from the Prime Video app by clicking the download title option from the movies’ detail page. To download an episode or entire season of a series click on the download episode option or download the season.
When properly downloaded you can cast pre-loaded content. If you don’t see the download option first make sure you’re using the Prime Video app and second make sure that the app is updated.
Casting Prime Video isn’t working for me. What else can I try?
The most common problem that arises when casting is because of the internet connection. It may be a weak connection or your devices aren’t all connected to the same WiFi network. Go to the network settings on your device and your smartphone or tablet and ensure they’re connected to the strongest internet connection and that they’re on the same band (2.4Ghz or 5Ghz).
Another issue your video isn’t casting properly is that you may have the wrong input selected on your television. Using your TV remote, toggle between HDMI selections (or verify which one the Chromecast is plugged into). If Prime Video is casting, you should see a message on your computer or smartphone screen that looks like this:
If you’re using a smartphone you may need to check your low-power mode settings. Low-power mode can prevent casting because it’s trying to preserve battery life. Toggle the option off and retry casting.
Prime Video Streaming – Just How Good Is It?
If you’re doing this from a mobile device then it is awesome. You can stream up to 4K videos from your Prime Video library to a Chromecast-enabled TV, with little to no latency, depending on your network strength.
It’s a nice workaround for people with TVs that do not support Prime Video for some reason, or for anyone that wants to cast something from a different account. The fact that Google now lets you do this from a Mac or Windows device too, is even better, even though you can’t squeeze more than 1080p from the browser casting service.
What Else Can You Do With Chromecast?
As a mirroring and casting device, the possibilities are endless as long as you have the proper setup and know-how. Not just for streaming your favorite entertainment, Chromecast will let you display a presentation from your phone to a larger display, show funny home videos to your audience, and show entire web pages.
Some features of Chromecast are only meant for Android users. Although there are always workarounds for the Apple fans, those who use the former will experience a seamless viewing experience.