How To Mirror an Android Phone with the Amazon Fire Stick
For the last ten years, streaming movies and television shows have gone from a niche, nerdy way to watch your favorite entertainment to the way most people spend their free time. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services have become giants, with their original programming often winning significant awards like Emmys and even Oscars. The content streaming isn’t slowing down, either, with streaming services from Disney and Warner Bros. released in 2019 and 2020.
One lesser-known but powerful feature of the Amazon Fire TV Stick is mirroring a smartphone or tablet screen to your TV. You can even mirror Windows 10 to a Fire TV Stick or Cube. This feature lets you do things like play movies or TV shows from your phone, or have a big-screen video chat, or play games with a giant display. You can mirror the screen only, or the screen plus audio.
Setting up mirroring is pretty easy, and this article explains the entire process.
Activate Mirroring on Your Fire TV
The first step in the process is to activate mirroring on your Fire TV Stick.
Activating Mirroring on Your Fire TV Stick using Settings
- From the “Home” screen, scroll over and select the “gear” icon (Settings).
- Now, choose “Display & Sounds.”
- Then, scroll down and select “Enable Display Mirroring.”
If the visual examples in the steps above do not match your Firestick, it probably needs an update or is an older model. Regardless, the options are the same, but the navigational and graphical appearance may differ.
Activating Mirroring on Your Fire TV Stick using Quick Start Settings
Your Amazon Fire Stick also gives you a quick-start way to access the settings and go straight to the mirroring option described above.
- Hold down the “Home” button on your Fire TV Stick remote to access the “Quick Menu” items.
- Choose “Mirroring” and skip to Step 6. If the menu option is not displayed, go to Step 3.
- Choose “Settings.”
- Select “Display & Sounds.”
- Choose “Enable Display Mirroring.”
- Your Firestick is ready to mirror and goes into a receptive mode where it awaits input from any Android device.
Activate Mirroring to Firestick on Your Phone or Tablet
Once you activate mirroring on your Fire TV Stick, the next step is to enable mirroring on your phone or tablet.
How to Mirror/Cast Android Phones or Tablets to Your Fire TV Stick
Android has built-in mirroring functionality, so using it is straightforward. However, the name used for the mirroring feature may differ from one provider or device model to another.
- On Android, go to “Settings,” whether you use the drop-down option from the top or click on “Settings” directly from your app drawer.
- Select “Connected Devices.”
- Tap on “Connection preferences.”
- Choose “Cast” from the list or look for a variant like “Screen mirroring,” “Cast screen,” “Wireless display,” “Wireless mirroring,” “Smart View,” “Screen Sharing,” etc.
- In the “Cast” screen that appears, choose your Fire TV Stick from the list of mirroring-capable devices.
- In the prompt that appears (if applicable), tap on the “Start now” option or whatever launches the mirroring feature.
Once you enable the mirroring service on your Android device, your Fire TV Stick should begin mirroring whatever is on your device’s screen.
How to Mirror/Cast iOS Phones or Tablets to Your Fire TV Stick
Fire OS does not support Apple AirPlay, the default mirroring app on your iOS device, but a third-party app called AirScreen works with AirPlay to deliver the casting functions you need.
- On your Fire TV Stick, search for and install “AirScreen.”
- Launch “AirScreen” on your Firestick and select “Confirm” once you have both the Firestick and iOS device on the same network.
- Use you Iphone, iPad, or other IOS device to scan the “QR Code” that appears on your TV.
- When prompted for what to mirror, select “Entire screen” or “In-app content.”
- Follow the instructions to mirror on your iOS device.
- Swipe down fron the top of your iPhone or other iOs device and choose “Screen Mirroring.”
Mirroring via Third-Party Apps in Android
There are third-party apps that also allow you to mirror Android devices, whether they support the function natively with built-in features or not. However, most apps only cast your pictures, recorded videos, and music. In other words, you often can’t mirror Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Google TV, etc. The capabilities depend on the app and what it can do.
There are several apps to choose from, such as AllCast, as it is one of the most popular and reliable apps that supports many devices. It lets you mirror music, videos, and pictures by selecting the files. If sharing files to your TV is all you want to do, this apps does the job perfectly. The “Premium” version eliminates video length limits, ads, and splash screens.
- Download the AllCast App on Fire TV. The app must get installed on both the Android device and your Fire TV device.
- Install the AllCast Play Store app.
- Optional: Install the Allcast Premium license if desired.
- Launch the app on your Firestick.
- Launch the app on your Android device.
- On Android, the app provides the option to choose the media that you wish to mirror with your Fire TV Stick.
In closing, mirroring the content of your Android device or iOS/iPhone device to your Fire TV Stick, or even Fire TV Cube, is relatively easy. In addition to the built-in support for mirroring, third-party apps like AllCast let you mirror your device’s screen to your Fire TV Stick from almost any device, except you can’t mirror streaming apps like you can with native mirroring options. As for iPhone and other iOS devices, Fire OS does not support AirPlay, but apps like AirScreen work with AirPlay’s features to deliver the goods!