Streaming Streaming Devices How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV When it comes to TV, Apple and Amazon Prime show you what you want by Jonny Evans Writer Johnny Evans is a former Lifewire writer who specializes in iPhones, iOS, and Apple TV and blogs daily about it at other publications. our editorial process Jonny Evans Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Jerrick Leger Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jerrick Leger is a CompTIA-certified IT Specialist with more than 10 years' experience in technical support and IT fields. He is also a systems administrator for an IT firm in Texas serving small businesses. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 14, 2020 Jerrick Leger Streaming Devices Apple TV Roku Chromecast Fire TV Tweet Share Email 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 made Prime 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 equipped with an Apple TV. You need to install the Amazon Prime Video app, either directly on your Apple TV or on your iOS device. Maddy Price / Lifewire 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 find on the Prime Video app requires a paid subscription. You must have a third-generation or later Apple TV device. Anything older than that, even if you have a valid Amazon Prime account, does not support Prime Video. If you receive 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 share payment methods, they can both use Prime Video. 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. The Apple TV (3rd generation) doesn't have an app store, but Amazon Prime Video comes pre-installed on its latest operating system. Turn on your Apple TV and go to the main menu. Select the App Store icon on the screen. 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. Click on the Amazon Prime Video icon when you find it to open an information screen. Choose Install to add the Amazon Prime Video app on your Apple TV. Using Prime Video On an iPhone or iPad If you'd rather use an iOS app to watch Amazon Prime videos, you can get the app on your iPhone or iPad. After you install the app, you can use it to stream Amazon Prime videos to your Apple TV as well as browse, watch, and rent your way through the available catalog. Tap the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPad and download Amazon’s Prime Video. Open the Amazon Prime Video app and sign in with your Amazon Prime account and password. You can immediately access the Prime Video content on your iPhone or iPad. Watch Prime Video on Apple TV From an iOS Device When you want to play your movies on the Apple TV instead of your iOS device, use the AirPlay feature on your iPhone or iPad to direct the videos to the Apple TV. Ensure your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV. Launch the Prime Video app and log in to your account on your mobile device. Choose the movie you want to watch and press Play on the app. Tap once on the playing video, and you will see the AirPlay icon in the upper right corner. Swipe upward from the bottom of your iPad screen in earlier versions of iOS (or down from the top right corner in iOS 11 and later) to display the Control Center, where you can also find the AirPlay control. Tap the AirPlay button, which resembles an upward-pointing triangle with a rectangle that looks like a television. If you don't see the AirPlay button, enable it first and then try again. The steps for turning on AirPlay are similar on the iPhone and on the iPad. 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. Stream Prime Video From a Mac to Your 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. From your web browser, select the movie or TV show you want to watch from Amazon's website. When the movie begins, tap the AirPlay button at the top right corner of the Mac Menu bar (to the left of the volume icon) and select the Apple TV you want to stream the content to. 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.