How to Connect Fire Stick to a Computer Monitor

Connect your Fire TV Stick directly to your Windows monitor or PC

What to Know

  • Amazon Fire TV Sticks can connect directly to a monitor via HDMI or to a computer via a capture card.
  • An HDMI splitter that supports HDCP1.2 is needed when using a capture card and when connecting via some monitors.
  • A Windows computer display can be shown on a Fire TV Stick wirelessly by using the cast option.

This guide will walk you through the steps for how to connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick directly to a monitor with HDMI connector and a computer via a USB capture card.

Amazon Prime Video content can be watched on a computer via a web browser or the official Amazon Prime Video for Windows app. You don’t need to connect your Fire Stick to watch Amazon content.

Can I Use Fire Stick on Computer Monitors?

It’s completely possible to connect a Fire Stick to a computer monitor that’s not being used for anything else and has no actual computer hardware attached to it. The method will differ greatly though depending on what type of monitor you have.

If your computer monitor has a built-in HDMI port and is relatively new, you should be able to simply plug the Fire Stick into it, switch the Source or Input, and use it as you would on a TV.

If your monitor doesn’t have an HDMI port, you will need an HDMI adapter for a DVI, VGA, or RCA connections depending on your monitor model. Check which type you need before buying an adapter.

Here are some of the more common problems people experience when connecting Fire Sticks to monitors along with some quick proven fixes.

How to Fix No Fire Stick Image or Sound on Monitor

Your monitor likely doesn’t work with the Fire Stick’s copyright protections. To get around this, try connecting to the monitor through an HDMI splitter that supports HDCP. These devices are relatively cheap and can remove HDCP limits placed on devices and apps.

How to Fix No Sound From a Fire Stick and Monitor 

You should be able to use your monitor’s built-in speakers or a set that’s connected either wirelessly or with a traditional cable. 

The easiest option? Connect a Bluetooth speaker to the Fire Stick itself. To do this, turn on the Fire Stick and select Settings > Controller and Bluetooth Device > Other Bluetooth Device > Add Bluetooth Device.

Using Bluetooth will also let you connect earphones to your Fire Stick.

After a wired solution? Invest in an HDMI audio extractor device that will pass the HDMI video signal through to the monitor and provide you with several audio-out options for your speakers.

An HDMI Audio Extractor.
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How Do I Show My Computer Screen on Fire Stick?

The easiest way to display your computer’s screen on your Amazon Fire Stick is to cast it wirelessly. Amazon Fire Sticks feature built-in support for casting content from Windows computers and other devices.

The entire process only takes a few seconds to set up and requires no additional cables or devices.

How Do I Connect My Fire Stick to My Windows Computer?

It’s completely possible to use your Amazon Fire Stick TV streaming stick with your Windows laptop, desktop computer, or two-in-one device such as a Microsoft Surface. To do this though, you will need a variety of items to get the whole process working. You can’t just plug the Fire Stick in and start streaming.

To use a Fire Stick with a Windows computer, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your Fire Stick TV streaming stick.
  • The Fire Stick’s USB charging cable.
  • The HDMI extension cable that comes with your Fire Stick.
  • An HDMI splitter with support for HDCP1.2 or higher.
  • An extra HDMI cable.
  • A capture card.
  • Capture card software.

For this example, we’ll use an Elgato Game Capture HD60 S capture card but you can use almost any model from any manufacturer that’s designed to record and view media from an HDMI source.

The HDMI splitter we’re using is an XCD Essentials HDMI Splitter Amplified as it supports HDCP1.2. This means that it can remove the Fire Stick’s HDCP copyright protection which would otherwise block all image and audio from being displayed on your computer.

All set? Here’s how to use your computer for watching your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The majority of HDMI splitters do not support HDCP so it’s important to check the product description before buying one. Splitters designed for video game streamers usually have this functionality though you should still double-check before making a purchase.

  1. If your Windows device has two USB ports and can support charging multiple devices, plug the Fire Stick USB cable into one. If not, connect it to the USB power adapter and plug it into a power socket.

    Amazon Fire Stick AC adapter and USB charging cable.
  2. Plug the other end of the USB cable into your Fire Stick.

    Amazon Fire Stick with charging cable connected to it.
  3. Connect the HDMI extension cable to the Fire Stick.

    An HDMI extension cable was likely included with your Fire Stick when you bought it. We need it here as the Fire Stick blocks the HDMI splitter’s power supply cable when connected directly.

    Fire Stick connected to charging cable and HDMI extension cable.
  4. Plug the Fire Stick’s HDMI extension cable into the HDMI splitter’s HDMI In port.

    If your HDMI splitter requires a power supply, connect its required cable now and plug it into a power source.

    HDMI splitter and HDMI cable.
  5. Plug your HDMI cable into one of the HDMI splitter’s HDMI Out ports.

    Some HDMI splitters are known to only offer HDCP support in one of their HDMI ports. If you get a black screen when you connect your Fire Stick to your computer, try switching to one of the other HDMI Out ports on the splitter.

    HDMI cable and an HDMI splitter.
  6. Plug in the capture card’s USB cable.

    Elgato capture card and HDMI cable.
  7. Plug the HDMI cable from the HDMI splitter into the capture card’s HDMI In port. Your setup should now look something like the image below.

    HDMI splitter, HDMI cables, and Elgato capture card all connected.
  8. When you’re ready, plug the capture card’s USB cable into your Windows computer to connect your Amazon Fire Stick and the rest of your setup.

    Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and USB cable being plugged into it.
  9. On your computer, open the capture software that’s compatible with your capture card.

    Here we’ll be using Game Capture HD, the free software that comes with the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S capture card. You can use something else if you like.

  10. Press the Home button on your Fire Stick remote to wake it from sleep. The image should appear on your computer immediately though it can take up to a minute.

    If you see a black screen and a red HDCP error message on the top-right of the screen, switch the HDMI Out port on the HDMI splitter. To fix non-HDCP issues, disconnect the capture care, wait three minutes, and reconnect it to reset the connection. Closing the software, waiting a few minutes, and opening it again can also fix display errors.

    Elgato Game Capture app showing Fire Stick content.
  11. Right-click the display area and select Enter Full Screen.

    Fire Stick content showing in Elgato Game Capture with Enter Full Screen menu option highlighted.
  12. The display should fill your computer’s entire screen. You can now use your Amazon Fire Stick as you would on your TV.

    Amazon Fire Stick home screen on a Windows computer.
FAQ
  • How do I connect my Fire Stick to my computer monitor via Bluetooth?

    While you can't connect these devices via Bluetooth, you can wirelessly cast to a Fire Stick from your Windows PC using the built-in screen-casting support between the devices. First, turn on mirroring on your Fire Stick from Display & Audio > Enable Display Mirroring. Then enable screen mirroring on your PC; select the Action Center > Connect > and choose your Fire TV.

  • Why does nothing happen when I connect my Fire Stick directly to my computer?

    The Fire Stick isn't designed to operate when it's plugged into an HDMI port on your computer, even if it's an HDMI input port. To successfully connect a Fire Stick with your PC or laptop and view content, you need an HDMI splitter and capture card to transmit the signals from your Fire Stick to your computer.

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