How to cast Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast

Amazon Prime Video is home to handfuls of hit shows, but the competition between Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Google’s Chromecast means it is hard to get Prime to run on the latter. This being 2017, your TV may already have an in-built Amazon Prime Video app. If not, and you only have a Chromecast, there is a roundabout way to watch Amazon Prime TV and films via a Google-branded dongle.

It should be noted, first of all, that the Amazon Fire TV Stick costs £39.99, and comes with an Alexa Voice remote. If you are planning on watching a lot of Amazon Prime content and do not have a smart TV, this is the best way to get high-quality Amazon-centric streaming.

For this workaround method, you will need a device with a Google Chrome browser installed (and a Prime account, which you would need anyway).

  1. Install the Google Chrome browser. You can install Google Chrome easily from the company’s website. Follow the steps laid out by the installer and you will have the browser on your device within a couple of minutes.
  2. Start watching Amazon Prime Video in your browser. Head over to Amazon Prime Video in your Chrome browser, and select the option to watch content (much like you would do if you were going to watch something on your laptop screen).
  3. Mirror your browser tab. Once the TV show or film has begun to play, pause it. With a Google Chromecast connected to your home Wi-Fi, click the three dots in your Chrome browser to show toolbar settings, then select Cast from the dropdown menu.

This should give you the option to cast the browser window to your Google Chromecast. It will automatically cast the active tab – if you would rather cast the entire desktop, you can select that from a dropdown menu. We would recommend the former, as this allows you to minimize the browser and carry on using your laptop while casting.

Unpause and the show will play on your TV. Make sure you have selected the fullscreen option on Amazon Prime Video, otherwise the cast will only take up a portion of your TV screen.

Voilà! That should be all you need to cast Amazon Prime onto your Chromecast, thanks to the magic of browser mirroring.

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