How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

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With more than 90 million 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 for not only iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but also for Apple TV, making it simple to watch Amazon's content on your television.

You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to enjoy all the movies and shows on Prime Video, although you can see a few free episodes (usually the first one) of the service's popular shows without a subscription.

How to Get the Amazon Prime Video App on 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 Prime Video icon when you find it to open an informational screen about the app.
  5. Choose Install.

Using Prime Video With iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

If you'd rather use an iOS app so you can watch Amazon Prime videos on your iOS mobile devices and your Apple TV, follow these steps to stream Amazon video on your Apple TV using your iPad or iPhone:

  1. Download and install Amazon’s Prime Video app from the App Store on your mobile device.
  2. Sign in with your Amazon Prime account and password to browse, watch, and rent your way through the available catalog using your iPhone or iPad.

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.

Follow these steps:

  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.  
  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.
  7. 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.

    Final Words

    To watch the Amazon Prime Video app on your Apple TV, you need a third-generation or later Apple TV device.  

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