How To Watch Amazon Prime Video On Apple TV

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With more than ​66 million Prime users in the US and hit shows like Vikings to enjoy, there must be many thousands of Apple TV owners who would love to access Amazon’s services using their device of choice.

Fortunately, Amazon has made Prime Instant Video apps available for not only iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but also Apple TV, making it really easy to watch Amazon's content on your TV.

How to Get Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

There are multiple ways to watch Amazon Prime videos on your Apple TV, but the easiest is to simply download the app directly to your TV:

  1. Open App Store.
  2. Search for Amazon Prime Video from the tvOS App Store.
  3. Choose Install.

Using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

If you'd rather use an iOS device to watch Amazon Prime videos on your Apple TV, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Amazon’s Prime Instant Video app.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID to browse, watch, and rent your way through the available catalog using your iPhone or iPad.

The next step that enables you to watch videos through your Apple TV, requires AirPlay. Full instructions for using AirPlay with Apple TV are available here but, in brief, you should follow these steps.

  1. Ensure your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV.
  2. Launch the Prime Instant Video app and log in.
  3. Choose the movie you want to watch and press Play on the app.
  4. Swipe upwards from the bottom of your iOS display to access Control Center.
  5. Tap the AirPlay button (an upward pointing triangle with a rectangle above that looks like a television).  
  1. Choose the Apple TV you want to stream the movie too and tap its name in the dialog box.
  2. The movie or TV show should now be playing on your Apple TV.

Using a Mac

You can also stream Amazon video from your Mac so 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.
  1. 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 wish to stream the content to.
  2. Your Mac desktop should appear on your TV screen. Tap the full screen button in the video so that the full image will display on the Apple TV.

Final Words

In most cases, you can use these steps to watch the Amazon-supplied streaming video using a third-generation (2012) or later Apple TV.  

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