How to Mirror Windows 10 to the Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is used primarily for hours and hours of television goodness, but did you know it also allows you to use your TV as a second screen? That’s right, you can use a Windows 10 computer or laptop to display important content right to your television.
Mirroring Windows 10 to your Amazon Fire TV Stick lets you throw up internet pages in meetings, or simply share the most embarrassing Facebook snaps on a much larger screen.
Whether you’re sharing with family, co-workers, or it just makes it easier to see the content we have all the details you need to mirror Windows 10 on a Fire TV.
What is Mirroring?
Depending on how new you are to streaming the terminology may seem confusing. Simply put, mirroring is the process of displaying one screen onto another. This is similar to casting on Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay.
For mirroring to work properly you’ll need a strong wifi connection and two devices capable of supporting the function. Fortunately, both Windows 10 and the Amazon Firestick meet all qualifications necessary to mirror your screen.
On your Fire TV Stick
The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare your Firestick for mirroring. You can do this from your television where the device is connected.
To set up mirroring on your Firestick, follow these instructions:
On the main page, hold down the Home button on your remote. This will bring up options for Sleep, Mirroring, and Settings.
Click Mirroring and your Fire TV Stick.
Next, click ‘Enable Display Mirroring.’
Note: You may need to redo this procedure if the Fire TV Stick gives up looking for a device before you have set up your computer.
On your Windows 10 laptop
- On the bottom right corner of the screen, you will find a Notification icon. Click this.
- Select Connect. You can also use the Win+K keyboard shortcut to access the connect page directly.
- When your Amazon Fire TV Stick pops up, click it. If it does not appear, make sure you have selected the mirroring option on your Fire TV Stick.
- If the mirrored screen is too small you may need to change the resolution on your laptop. To do this you will need to right-click on your desktop, then select Graphics Properties. The menu you see may look different depending on the model of your laptop, but you should see a Display option. Select this and you should be able to change your resolution to 1280 x 720.
Mirror Using PLEX
Plex allows users to share content between the Amazon Firestick, PC, and other devices. You can use Plex to mirror your favorite content between devices.
- Install PLEX on your Amazon Firestick by visiting the Search bar and adding the new app.
- Sign in with your existing Plex account (or you can create a new one)
- Make sure that your PC and Firestick are both connected to the same wifi network
- Once setup; begin streaming using Plex just as you would on your PC.
Screen mirroring is a wonderful solution that requires no cables or special software. Unfortunately, as with all things technology, there are glitches and problems that arise.
If you’re having trouble connecting your devices, let’s try a few things to resolve it:
Are both devices connected to the same wifi network?
This is easily the most common issue with mirroring. Both devices need to be on the same wifi network. Most routers offer two bands; 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Even if you’ve already checked that you’re connected on both, go back and ensure that both are connected to the same frequency.
Reboot your Firestick
Several users have reported that they turned on the Firestick Mirroring feature but it still didn’t work. Turn your Firestick off then back on again. This often helps when your Windows 10 device isn’t detecting the Firestick even though they’re on the same network. Check that the mirroring feature is enabled and scan for it on your computer again.
What to do when your computer isn’t detecting your Firestick
Assuming you’ve tried the two steps above and your computer still isn’t showing your Firestick under the “Connect” function, there may be a bigger issue. First, you’ll want to see if it’s detecting any other devices. If it is, it’s likely not a hardware issue meaning the problem is with the Firestick, or it’s with your computer’s software.
If you suspect your computer’s software is causing the problem, do this:
Check for software updates by using the Win+I keyboard shortcut. If an update is available, select it, and follow the prompts to bring your system current.
You can also check that your drivers are up-to-date as well. If they aren’t, go ahead and update them, then try searching for your Firestick.
Is it hardware or software?
You can run the Windows Troubleshooter function to find and correct errors within your computer. To do so, try this:
Type “Troubleshooting” into your PC’s search bar and click “Additional Troubleshooters.” Click on ‘Incoming Connections’ and test for errors. If nothing comes up, you have another issue. If something does, let Windows take you through the resolution.
When the “Connect” option is greyed out
If you’re following the steps above and the “Connect” option is greyed out it likely means that the Windows device you have doesn’t have built-in Wireless Display (WiDi) support. We usually see this in older PCs, especially those released during the Windows 7 era.
If you’re using an older PC that was later updated to Windows 10, you may not have the requirements needed to mirror. You’re not completely out of options here, you can purchase a wireless display transmitter that plugs into your USB port, or upgrade your machine.