How to: Chromecast Amazon Prime Video

Finally, a way to stream Amazon Prime Video without an Amazon device

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Google Chromecast supports YouTube, Google Play Movies, Netflix, Hulu, and more, but one service missing is Amazon Prime Video. Fortunately, there are many workarounds Chromecast users can employ to bypass the Amazon Prime Video ban. Here are some options to consider if you want to cast Amazon content with your Google hardware.

Why Is Amazon Prime Video Incompatible With Chromecast?

The incompatibility between Chromecast and Amazon Prime Video is very simple, Google and Amazon are direct competitors. Google sells the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra dongles, while Amazon sells the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube.

Not only do both companies have their own streaming devices, they also offer their own exclusive content, and they have preferred to prioritize their respective hardware and services. Fire TV Stick and Fire Cube users are similarly not able to access the YouTube app from their devices.

Both Google and Amazon are planning to reverse their service bans on their streaming hardware. Soon Chromecast will support Amazon Prime Video, and Fire TV will support YouTube. However, updates are not expected for several months.

How to Chromecast Amazon Prime Video From a Computer

Streaming Amazon Prime Video to Chromecast from a computer is very simple. All you need is the Google Chrome browser set up on your computer and you can cast any content from your desktop to your TV. This method works for both Mac and PC and especially works with notebooks running Google's Chrome OS, which has the Chrome browser pre-installed.

Casting Amazon Prime Video to your TV will be taxing on your computer's processing and can quickly drain your battery. Make sure your computer is plugged into a power source while using this method.

  1. Open a new Chrome browser window or tab and go to Amazon Prime Instant Video or Amazon Prime Video if you're subscribed to the paid service.

    Casting from the Chrome browser only allows streams up to 1080p resolution. This is a downside, considering Amazon Prime Video content streams in 4K with compatible hardware.

  2. Select the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the browser right below the tabs.

  3. Select Cast.

    Cast Amazon Prime Video
  4. Select the device to which you would like to cast your screen. If you have more than one streaming device, select the TV option.

    Make sure your Chrome browser is updated to its latest version. If there is a red download arrow icon at the top right corner of the browser, you will need to install updates before you can proceed with this casting method.

  5. Your casted content should appear on your TV.

    You can browse in other tabs while casting Amazon Prime Video to your TV. However, consider keeping your browser windows and tabs to a minimum, as it might slow down your computer and disrupt your streaming and casting.

  6. To end a cast, either close the Chrome window or tab you were casting, or select the three-dot icon, then select the connected device to disconnect the stream.

Can You Chromecast Amazon Prime Video From a Smartphone?

Smartphone users used to be able to employ a similar method of casting Amazon Prime Video from an Android device to a TV through the Google Home app. However, Google has since disabled this function. It's possible this method and other easier options will return to Android devices once Amazon Prime Video is added to Chromecast's compatible apps.

On iPhone, casting Amazon Prime Video has long been an issue because Apple's casting compatibility is locked to both Google and Amazon. Apple has its own Apple TV casting device, which uses Airplay to mirror Apple content from an iPhone or iPad to a TV.

Users won't be able to connect an iPhone to the Google Home app for casting Amazon Prime, nor will they be able to connect an iPhone to a Chromecast for casting through the Chrome browser. It's unlikely Amazon Prime Video will be compatible with iOS devices even after Google and Amazon lift their own service bans.