How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

When it comes to TV, Apple and Amazon Prime show you what you want

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With tens of millions of Amazon Prime users in the U.S. and hit shows like "Vikings," "Mr. Robot," and "Veep" to enjoy, many Apple TV owners are eager to access Amazon’s Prime Video services using their device of choice. 

Amazon has made Prime Video instant video apps available not only for iPhone and iPad but also for Apple TV, making it simple to watch Amazon's content on your television. All you need to do to get it is install the Amazon Prime Video app, either directly on your Apple TV or on your iOS device.

Before You Get Started

Amazon Prime Videos are only accessible if you have an Amazon Prime subscription. While Amazon users can enjoy some free shows without needing a subscription, much of what you'll find on Prime Video does in fact require a paid subscription.

It's also important that you have a third-generation or later Apple TV device. Anything older than that, even if you have a valid Amazon Prime account, will not support Prime Video.

If you get free, two-day shipping as part of your Prime membership but cannot access Prime Video, it's because the account holder hasn't given you permission. If you're part of a family in which one person pays for Amazon Prime and includes you as part of the deal, the Prime account holder has to share the Prime benefits with you before you can take advantage of Prime videos. When two people become part of an Amazon Household, and therefore share payment methods, they can both use Prime Video.

How to Get the Amazon Prime Video App on Apple TV

Picture of the Amazon Prime Video app download screen on an Apple TV

The easiest way to watch Amazon Prime videos on your Apple TV is to download the app directly to your Apple TV.

  1. Turn on your Apple TV and go to the main menu.
  2. Select the App Store icon on the screen.
  3. Search for Amazon Prime Video in the tvOS App Store. If you don't see it, select Search at the top of the screen or press the microphone on your remote to initiate a voice search. 
  4. Click on the Amazon Prime Video icon when you find it to open an informational screen about the app.
  5. Choose Install.

Using Prime Video With iPhone and iPad

If you'd rather use an iOS app to watch Amazon Prime videos, you can get the app on your iPhone or iPad. Once the app is installed, you can use it to stream Amazon video to your Apple TV as well as browse, watch, and rent your way through the available catalog.

Screenshots of the Amazon Prime Video app on an iPhone
Amazon Prime Video iPhone App.
  1. Install Amazon’s Prime Video from the iOS App Store. That link will take you to the app that's compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
  2. Sign in with your Amazon Prime account and password.

When you want to play your movies on the Apple TV, use the AirPlay feature on your iOS device to direct the videos to the Apple TV.

Screenshot of an iPhone looking for an Apple TV
  1. Ensure your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV.
  2. Launch the Prime Video app and log in to your account on your mobile device.
  3. Choose the movie you want to watch and press Play on the app.
  4. Swipe upward from the bottom of your iOS (or down from the top right corner in iOS 11 and later) to display the Control Center.
  5. Tap the AirPlay button, which resembles an upward-pointing triangle with a rectangle that looks like a television.
    1. Note: If you don't see the AirPlay button, enable it first and then try again. The steps for turning on AirPlay are very similar for iPhones and iPads.
  6. Choose the Apple TV you want to stream the movie to—if you have more than one—and tap its name in the dialog box.

The Amazon Prime movie or TV show should now be playing on your Apple TV.

Using Prime Video With a Mac

You can also stream Amazon Prime Video from your Mac to your Apple TV as long as it is running macOS 10.11 or later.

  1. From your web browser, select the movie or TV show you want to watch from Amazon's website.
  2. When the movie begins, tap the AirPlay button at the top right of your Mac Menu bar (to the left of the volume icon) and select the Apple TV you want to stream the content to.
  3. Your Mac desktop appears on your TV screen. Tap the full-screen button in the video so that the full image displays on the Apple TV.