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 share the most embarrassing Facebook snaps on a much larger screen.
Whether you’re sharing with family or co-workers, or you need to see content better, this article has all the details on how 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 process is similar to casting on Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay.
To work correctly, you 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.
To make mirroring work, there is a process you need to perform on each device. We’ll start by preparing the Firestick and then move on to setting up mirroring on your Windows 10 device.
Setting Up Mirroring 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.
- On the main page, select Settings or hold down the Home button on your remote. Settings provides all options while the Home button brings up the most common menu options.
- Choose Mirroring from the menu options.
- Next, select 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.
Setting Up Mirroring for Windows 10 to Fire Stick
- On the bottom right corner of the screen, click on the Notification icon.
- Now, 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, select it. If it does not appear, ensure you have activated the mirroring option on your Fire TV Stick.
- If the mirrored screen is too small, you may need to change the resolution on your PC. Right-click on your desktop and then select Display settings from the menu that appears.
- The menu you see may look different depending on the model of your laptop but click on the Display option, and you should be able to change your resolution to 1280 x 720.
Mirror Your Windows 10 PC to a Fire TV Stick 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.
- Begin streaming using Plex, just as you would on your PC.
Troubleshooting Fire TV Stick Mirroring
Screen mirroring is a practical solution that requires no cables or special software. Unfortunately, as with all technological things, some glitches and problems arise.
If you’re having trouble connecting your devices, here are a few things to help resolve it.
1. Connect Both Devices to the Same Wi-Fi Network
Not having both devices on the same network is the most common issue with mirroring. Most routers offer two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Even if you’ve already checked that both devices are on the same network, ensure they are on the same frequency. For instance, you might have a laptop or Firestick connected to a guest network that also runs on the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band, but isn’t the secured network your other device is connected to.
In order to prevent the overlapping and interference of other networks, there are several channels that a particular Wi-Fi band can operate at, just like channels on a radio.
2. 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 process 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.
3. Confirm Your Fire TV Stick is Detected in Windows 10
Assuming you’ve tried the first two steps above and your computer still isn’t showing your Firestick under the “Connect” function, there may be a more significant problem. 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.
Check for software updates in Windows 10 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.
Confirm Whether it is a Windows 10 Hardware or Software Issue
To identify the source that’s causing your Fire Stick to go undetected in the Windows 10 mirroring function, run the Windows Troubleshooter to find and correct any errors within your computer.
- Type “Troubleshooting” into your PC’s Search bar and click on Troubleshoot settings.
- Now, click on Additional troubleshooters.
- Then, select Incoming Connections and test for errors. If no problems are found, you have another issue. If something does come up, let Windows take you through the resolution.
Fire TV Stick Mirroring FAQs
What can I do if 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 later updated to Windows 10, you may not have the requirements needed to mirror. You’re not entirely out of options here; you can purchase a wireless display transmitter that plugs into your USB port or upgrade your machine.
Why is my Fire TV Stick not detected when both devices are on the same network?
If you’re having trouble getting the two devices to recognize each other while on the same network, it’s likely because one device is on the 5Ghz band and the other is connected to the 2.5Ghz band.
All you need to is go into the Network Settings on each device and switch them to the same band. One device may not work with the 5Ghz band.
To change bands, connect to the Wi-Fi SSD that does not say 5Ghz, such as (“techguy_21” instead of “techguy_21 5Ghz”).
Not all routers label a 5Ghz SSID as 5Ghz, but it is quite common.
Can I mirror my Windows 10 screen to a Firestick without WiFi?
You will need a WiFi connection to link your Windows 10 screen to a Firestick. However, you don’t need internet. With an HDMI cable, your Firestick doesn’t have an extra HDMI port to accept the transfer of information. If you need to connect your laptop or PC to a TV but do not have WiFi, it’s better to bypass the Firestick altogether.
If you have Mobile Hotspot capabilities on your cell phone or use a hotspot device, you can connect both the Firestick and Windows 10 PC to that network.
Mirroring Windows 10 to the Fire TV Stick
Regardless of your needs to mirror your Windows 10 screen to a Firestick, you now have the knowledge to do so. If your experiencing connection issues start by checking that both devices are connected to the same network, if that doesn’t work, make sure your device supports mirroring.
Are you mirroring your favorite show or movie? Did you run into any problems when mirroring your devices? Tell us about it in the comments.