There’s a lot of great content available via a slew of apps on an Amazon Fire TV Stick. The device also offers a few quick and easy ways to mirror or stream content from your PC. Be it to share a slide show of photos, or to watch locally stored movies and TV shows on a bigger screen, there are many reasons why this is a very useful feature. Here’s how to stream from a PC to an Amazon Firestick!
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Stream from a Windows 10 PC to a Firestick
There are a few things you’ll need to check before you can stream from a PC to a Firestick on Windows 10. Before getting started, make sure that the Firestick is set up properly and that your PC and Firestick are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Press and hold the home button until a menu pops up on the screen.
- Select Mirroring. You will now see a message that says “While this screen is open, guest devices can wireless mirror their display to: (name)’s Fire Stick.”
- On your Windows 10 PC, open the Notifications section by clicking on the text message icon at the bottom right of the screen (it could also be empty if you have no notifications).
- Click on Connect. You should see your Firestick listed if both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Click on the Firestick listed and it should connect. You should now see your PC screen mirrored on the TV that the Firestick is plugged into.
- Duplicate — This is the default projection mode and basically mirrors everything that’s happening on your PC. This is ideal if you want to share something on a larger screen but won’t need to use the PC. By default, Windows 10 also silences any notifications so they don’t pop up while your sharing something.
- Extended — This enables using the Firestick and your TV as a second screen. It’s the better option if you’re looking to stream from a PC to a Firestick while using the former.
- Second screen only — This mode lets you use the larger screen as the primary display.
To exit display mirroring, you can simply press any button on the Firestick remote. Keep in mind though that accidental presses will cause this mode to end as well, and you’ll have to go through the pairing process all over again.
Stream from a Mac to a Firestick
There’s no direct way to mirror your PC or stream content from a Mac to a Firestick. There are a few apps available on the Firestick that take advantage of Airplay technology to allow screen mirroring. We’ll be using AirPlayMirror Receiver as an example.
- Find the app on the Firestick app store. Go to the Search section and type Airplay. Click on the corresponding result and you’ll see a list of apps that support it.
- Find and click on AirPlay Mirror Receiver. Click on Get to download the app.
- You will have to keep the app open to stream from a Mac.
- On the Mac, go to System Preferences.
- Select Displays.
- Select “Show mirroring options in the menu when available.”
- The Airplay icon will now appear in the menu bar.
- Open it and select your Firestick device.
The AirPlay Mirror Receiver comes with a 15-minute free trial so you can see whether it works for you. If you decide to buy it, it is priced at $4.99. AirbeamTV is another option. You will need to download an app for the Mac as well though, along with the Fire TV app. You also get a free trial here to make sure that the apps are compatible with your devices. After it ends, you will need to buy the app for $9.99.
Stream from a PC to a Firestick using Plex
Plex provides a simple way to stream content that is locally stored on your PC across all your devices. You can easily access videos and photos on smartphones, tablets, and video streaming devices, including the Amazon Firestick.
- Install the app on the Firestick (you can find it using the Search function).
- Sign in with your Plex account.
- Ensure that the device (your PC) with the home media server is on.
- You should now be able to access all your content on the Firestick.
The free version of Plex works really well. However, to get the most out of Plex, you should also consider signing up for Plex Pass. It offers a slew of features like enhanced audio features, access to live TV, offline access on mobile devices, the ability to add multiple users, the option to enable parental controls, and a lot more.
That’s it for this quick look at some of the ways you can mirror or stream from a PC to an Amazon Firestick!
Reader note: we use Amazon Fire TV Sticks at ScreenCloud as they play very nicely with our digital signage software, and as a result, we've become a bit of an expert on them and decided to write this helpful guide. We do not own or sell Amazon Fire TV Sticks, so for troubleshooting specific issues with your Amazon Fire TV Stick (like say, how to use Netflix) please contact the manufacturer directly.
Are you considering buying an Amazon Fire TV Stick but want to make sure it’s right for you? Or maybe you already have the latest Amazon Fire TV stick, but you’re not quite sure what you can do with it?
In this guide we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Amazon’s Fire TV Stick so that you walk away feeling like a pro.
What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick and what does it do?
In 2014, Amazon unveiled the Amazon Fire TV (1st Generation). A plug-in box that could be used to provide entertainment by streaming shows and apps to a TV.
Later that year, Amazon released the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Whereas the Fire TV is a set box, the Fire TV Stick, as the name suggests, is a plug-in stick.
As well as being smaller in size, the TV Stick or “Firestick” as it’s been dubbed, has similar functionality to its big brother. Able to stream TV shows and channels, it can also be remotely powered and some even have voice capabilities. However, it does have slightly less power than the TV Box.
Amazon Fire TV device comparison:
To go back to the original question, an Amazon Fire TV Stick is a slightly watered down version (but one that’s still extremely powerful) of the Amazon TV Box. A media player that allows you to connect a TV to the internet.
The Amazon Fire Stick Basic Edition (around $50) is an even cheaper 'plug and play' device for streaming Netflix or something on Amazon Prime. However, this comes without a search function or voice control, so trying to find a specific app or game can be really difficult.
Uses for the Amazon Fire TV Stick:
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- Watching Netflix, or another internet streaming service
- Voice search from a TV
- Connecting to games or YouTube from a TV
- To share photos to a TV screen
- Gaming (although Amazon is quoted as saying it does not intend the Fire TV to compete with gaming consoles per se)
Where to buy and how to set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Is it difficult to buy and set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick? In a nutshell, no. These types of media devices are made to be set up by anyone in their home so you can bet they’re going to be pretty simple to get going.
You can buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick from pretty much any hardware store. Here are a few examples of stockists:
From the UK:
From the US:
How to buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick in a location where it’s unavailable
If you reside in a country such as Thailand or New Zealand, you may find yourself unable to get Amazon to ship out a Fire TV Box or Stick. We have found a way around this in the past by ordering from B&H link here.
How to setup your Fire TV Stick
Before you set up your Amazon Fire TV Stick check you have everything you need including:
- A compatible TV - this is any TV that has HD or UHD plus a HDMI port (most TV screens today will have this)
- A wireless internet connection
- An Amazon account. You don’t have to be an Amazon Prime customer to use the Amazon Fire TV Stick but you do have to have a regular Amazon account. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can create this on setup.
- 2 AAA batteries for your TV Stick remote
Here are the steps you need to get things setup:
1. Add power
Plug the power adaptor into your TV Stick and plug the other end into a power outlet.
Then ensure your TV Stick is turned “on”.
2. Attach to your TV’s HDMI port
Plug the Fire TV Stick directly into the HDMI port on the back of your TV, or use a HDMI extender if you don’t want it plugged directly into the screen.
3. Select your channel
Turn your TV to the same channel that the TV Stick is plugged into (i.e. HDMI1, HDMI3). You should then see a loading screen with the 'Fire TV Stick' logo.
4. Add a remote
Pop a few batteries into your remote. Once you’ve done this it should automatically pair with your stick. If your remote doesn't pair, press and hold the Home Button for up to 10 sections to send it to 'discovery mode' so you can complete the pairing process.
Further remote troubleshooting details here.
5. Connect to the Internet
Follow the instructions onscreen to connect your TV Stick to your Wi-Fi network.
6. Register your device
Follow the on-screen instructions to register your Fire TV Stick to your Amazon account.
That’s it amigos! Your Fire TV Stick is set up and ready to go. If you need more help, watch the welcome video which should now be playing on screen.
What can you do with your Amazon Fire TV Stick?
Once you’re setup, here are five of the many different things you can use your Fire TV Stick for.
1. Watch Netflix on your TV Stick
To download Netflix through your TV Stick, head to the main screen and select “Search”.
Type in Netflix and when you see the app, download this.
Open Netflix and sign-in (or sign-up).
That’s it! You’re ready to get stuck into a boxset marathon.
2. Ask Alexa stuff
The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is equipped with Alexa, Amazon’s version of Siri, which allows you to pull stuff up on screen using your voice alone. This can be anything from choosing a movie on Netflix, to ordering a Dominos or even asking what the weather’s like.
3. Listen to music
There are a few different ways to listen to music via a Fire Stick device.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can listen to included songs, or sign up to a music subscription. You can also search for the Amazon “Music app” to listen to any songs you’ve imported to the library or purchased from the music store.
If you have a Spotify account you can also download the Spotify app for free from the Amazon App Store.
4. Setup digital signage with your TV Stick
If you’re interested in sharing your own content to the screen using a Fire TV Stick, check out the video and guide below.
Read the full digital signage guide.
5. Mirror your phone’s screen
A bit like Apple TV, the Fire TV Stick can also take whatever’s on your phone and put it up on your TV.
To set this up, hold down the home button on your Fire TV remote. This will open the quick-access menu, where you’ll see a mirroring option.
Now, find the mirroring option on your phone. This will depend on what device you’re using but will usually be within the Settings menu.
For example, on an iPhone, if you slide up as if you’re going to put your torch on you’ll see an option called “Screen Mirroring”. Select this and you should be able to mirror your iPhone to your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Amazon Fire TV Stick question buster
Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick have to be plugged in to work?
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You can try to use the Amazon Fire TV Stick with the USB power from your TV alone, but it is unlikely this will be enough. You’re much better off plugging your TV Stick into the mains instead.
Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick have Bluetooth?
Yes, the TV Stick is Bluetooth enabled. Read Amazon’s guide on how to pair a Bluetooth accessory with your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick have YouTube?
To use YouTube with the Amazon Fire TV Stick you can download the YouTube app from the Amazon App Store.
Does the Amazon Fire TV Stick need WiFi?
Yes you need WiFi to power the TV Stick. The device does not have an ethernet port so WiFi is the only way to connect your device (and TV) to the internet.
What channels do you get with the Amazon Fire TV Stick?Spring tool suite import project from github.
View this list of channels that can be downloaded through the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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