Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Video from Android





Since Amazon has released their Prime Instant Video app for all Android devices, it’s now possible to Chromecast Amazon Prime video right from your Android phone.  Unfortunately iphone and ipad users are left out in the cold on this one, but of course you can still cast videos from your PC or Mac.  When following the technique below, make sure to plug your phone as this will drain your battery.

Step 1 – Download the Amazon Prime Instant video app

On your Android phone, head over to this link to download the Amazon Underground App (Formerly App Store).  You will need to make sure your phone is configured to allow sideloading of apps.  To do this, go to Settings -> Security and make sure “Unknown sources” is checked.  If this is already checked, then you will be able to install the Amazon Underground App.

After you have the Amazon Underground App installed, you will need to install the Amazon Prime Video app.  Simply search for it and click install.  If you have a Samsung device, there is a good chance that this app has been pre-loaded on to your phone.

Amazon Prime Video App

Step 2 – Cast your screen

Open up the Google Home App ( Formerly Chromecast app) on your phone.  Once it finishes loading, click the hamburger icon in the upper left corner and click cast screen.  Once you do this, it will prompt you to select which Chromecast you would like to cast your screen to.




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cast-screen

Step 3 – Watch an Amazon Prime video

Now that you are successfully casting your screen to your Chromecast, you are ready to start watching an Amazon Prime Instant Video.  All you need to do now is open up the Prime Instant Video app and start watching something.  You will see that what ever you watch on your phone is now displayed on your Chromecast.  You can use this technique to mirror just about any app onto your Chromecast.  I think the only app that doesn’t work is NFL mobile…go figure.

Side note

One thing to keep in mind is that your Android’s screen may appear to be zoomed in on your TV.  To fix this, all you need to do is go into the settings and change the aspect ratio to “just scan” or “1:1”.

If that’s still not enough, you can watch the YouTube video below

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  • bobdrad

    This no longer seems to work. My Chromecast app no longer shows the “Cast Screen” option in its device menu. I see “Discover Apps”, “Backdrop”, and the rest, but not “Cast Screen”. Any updates on how to make this work?

    • Tony

      Exactly the same issue with me. Someone please help!

      • shmigga

        Did you ever have the option to cast your screen? Not all phones have this capability.

        • Tony

          My phone won’t let me upgrade to 4.4.2 but that is a separate issue. Once sorted from what you say it should work. I will report back thank you.

      • shmigga

        According to Google, you need to have 4.4.2.

        https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6059461?hl=en

    • shmigga

      What phone do you have?

      • bobdrad

        I have an Android – Samsung Galaxy S4.

        • shmigga

          Have you checked to make sure the Chromecast app is up to date on your phone?

          • bobdrad

            Yes, I specifically checked that. It’s fully up-to-date.

          • shmigga

            Did your phone get updated to Lollipop recently?

          • bobdrad

            I’m not sure about the code names. As I said, I am running Android version 4.3. Are you sure these instructions are not outdated?

          • shmigga

            You need 4.4.2 or higher in order to do screen mirroring unfortunately…

            https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6059461?hl=en

        • shmigga

          Did you receive the update to Lollipop on your phone? If you did, is this method working now?

          • bobdrad

            No. Like I said, I have version 4.3. Apparently Verizon is not yet pushing 5.0 to the Galaxy S4.

  • H Martin

    No joy for me either. I’m on Android version 4.4.2 with my Galaxy 4 mini. Once I’m casting my screen I try to flip to Amazon Instant Video app. The Amazon app just crashes. I’m on the latest version of both the Chromecast and Amazon Instant Video app. They just don’t play nice with each other.

  • Bob

    I tried bit no luck k from desktop, the frame was there but the video content missing

  • Rick Summers

    Works great but no audio on tab or tv samsung 8.4 442

    • shmigga

      This happened to me a few times. Did you try rebooting your device? For me, it would work for about 5-10 minutes, then audio would stop working.

  • A gruffin

    I did this yesterday, 4/21/15. Worked great. Turned off TV for the night, and when I TRIED to turn on my nice Samsung TV this morning it will not turn on. It keeps trying and trying; clicking & clicking, but will not turn on. Any help please? Not a coincidence. Android Samsung S4

    • shmigga

      Sounds like something is going on with your TV. I would try unplugging it for a few minutes then plug it back in. You may want to unplug your Chormecast from your TV too.

  • Kat Connors

    Worked for me on my new Galaxy s5 beautifully. I can’t believe Amazon doesn’t have a built-in option to chromecast. Guess they’re trying to push their stupid Kindle stick. Get on board, Amazon.

  • grutchy

    I agree with @katconnors:disqus. The app should have a built-in Chromecast option. Get with the program Amazon!

    • Larhawk

      It’s not Amazon…Google refuses to allow the Amazon app on Chromecast

      • That doesn’t make any sense. Google has no reason not to allow apps to use Chromecast; the more sites that use it, the better it is for Google. The issue is that Amazon doesn’t want to put the app on the Play Store and use Google Play Services. They would rather you buy the Amazon Fire hardware in order to play it on your TV.

      • calends
      • shrike1978

        Anyone can build casting into their apps. Google Cast is an API available for anyone. This is completely about Amazon wanting to sell more Fire sticks.

      • Which is exactly why Hulu and Netflix are huge and most people are unaware of Amazon videos.

      • 100

        no that’s not correct Google allows all of the Amazon apps in its app store
        It is up to Amazon whether they wish to incorporate the Chromecast option within it’s app. Casting is literally opening up a streaming option it has nothing to do with getting approval from Google to build that option into your app. the Casting button in apps is not exclusive to Chromecast it can be used for Miracast and other casting devices

        • Seth Miller

          Two years ago when darrsil posted that comment Google didn’t carry any Amazon apps in it’s Play Store. That had changed only recently. Maybe it’s a sign that their long standing feud is calming down…

  • Kristin Pieters

    Question…to adjust the screen display, do I need to go into the settings on my TV to change the aspect ratio to “just scan” or “1:1”? If not, where do I find these settings? Please help! 🙂

    • shmigga

      Take a look through your TV’s settings and look to see if you can adjust the aspect ratio. Normally it has settings such as 16:9, 4:3, wide-fit etc… Hopefully you have the option for just scan or 1:1. A lot of the older TV’s don’t have this feature. Who is the manufacturer of your TV?

  • Stephen Weatherby

    Why would Amazon get on board? You expect them to lose money just to make things convenient for you. Maybe you should get on board and buy a Fire Stick lol. Just doesn’t make sense to implement a feature in their product that would take away from the sale of another product.

    • Why wouldn’t Amazon get on board? They aren’t making much money from the Fire Stick anyway. They want people to use Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, and ultimately buy anything/everything from Amazon (not just digital goods, but all kinds of goods). Amazon is not Google. Google is mostly a company that sells services. Amazon, however, is selling products.

    • stevek

      Stephen,
      You can buy Chromecast on Amazon, but Amazon won’t let you play their PAID subscription videos on it? Doesn’t strike you as…disingenuous? Greedy? Strikes me as pretty F’d up.

      • Robertjm

        Actually, nope. Amazon changed that policy probably shortly after you posted that comment.

        You CANNOT buy Chromecast on Amazon. In fact, Amazon told their affiliates they’re forbidden from selling them too.

  • Allan Edwin

    I can screencast from my Samsunga note3 to chromecast but when I play an amazom prime video the sound drops out or the video freezes for a few seconds. Occasionally I get a message saying there is not enough bandwidth. however I have a high speed internet connection via my local area network.

    Netflix works flawlessly with chro ecast. What’s up?

    • Chris W

      This happens to me sometimes with my Note 4. Have you tried rebooting your phone before you mirror your screen to your Chromecast? Sometimes this helps.

  • Larhawk

    Google and Amazon need to get over this childless behavior of not sharing each others app

    • Robertjm

      I don’t see this happening any any time soon considering how Amazon has basically thrown Chromecast out of the Amazon store, and forbid any third part affiliates from selling Chromecasts as well.

      • This should be considered illegal. It’s a monopoly.

        • Ed

          It isn’t a monopoly. They can choose who’s products they sell, and who they contract with based on what they sell. It would be like Ford being forced to sell Subaru parts.

        • RoyaleWithCheese

          This is the dumbest thing I’ve read today.

          They’re a store. They can sell whatever they want

          • TainToTain

            They’re not just a store. They make a competing product and are using their dominance in the online retail market to drive out that competition. It may be a violation of the Sherman Act, especially the part where they contractually forbid third parties from using Amazon marketplace to sell Chromecast.

          • Bangalorean

            Google is not barring Amazon stick to appear in search results.. I am surprised that the fight is still on even after 2 years.

  • ahmad

    Install (Chromecast Market) and explore apps that support chromecast. https://goo.gl/79XjGa

  • ranndino

    This works, but the problem is that it’s chromecasting right from your mobile device so eats the battery & really hits it up (can pretty much cook eggs on it). It’s really time for Amazon to just relent & build Chromecast support into the app.

  • Daniel Kenline

    Screen casting is incredibly laggy and low quality (Nexus 10). Frankly, it’s easier just to pirate the movies I’ve bought from Amazon and play them on Chromecast with ES File Explorer Cast. Wish Amazon would just build support into their app.

  • Richard Harris

    I’ve tried this on Galaxy S4 & Galaxy S5 and the quality is terrible. Stop start juttering the entire time… I’ve tried this many times and switched to laptop (Google cast) and it’s always been unusable, but fine on laptop. This is disappointing, if I’d known this I would have bought the amazon fire cast thingy instead.

    • Dedren

      It could be that your computer is on Ethernet but when you cast from Android your phone is using WiFi to download the movie AND to cast the screen, which is casting at whatever resolution your screen has. This will easily choke off a regular router’s WiFi bandwidth.

      • Richard Harris

        Thanks for the suggestion Dedren. Unfortunately my laptop is also purely through wifi, no Ethernet connection. I am guessing it is something related to the Screen Cast app (still beta?), surely not processing power, and it can’t be wifi related. Whatever it is, it straight up doesn’t work for me despite numerous tests. Most recently, we’ve just given up with the chromecast all together and gone straight through the laptop screen, much better experience.

        • Chris W

          Yeah unfortunately it’s just the nature of the beast. If Amazon actually allowed people to watch Amazon Instant Videos on the Chromecast, then they wouldn’t sell as many Fire TVs and Fire Sticks as they would like. You could always pick up a Fire Stick if you find a good deal. I’ve seem them on sale for as low as $19 which isn’t too bad. The Chromecast is probably better for everything else though.

  • Andrew Rose jr

    This was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for writing this up and the screen size correction has been bothering me for a while but never thought to adjust the TV input size so again, thanks 👍

  • Ron Kennedy

    I cant seem to find the correct Amazon prime App to download…can anyone help me out?.

  • Tom Levine

    Works fine with a laptop windows 10 but too choppy using Android.

  • VinSanity

    Verizon Note 7 will cast screen until video begins, then cast screen stops while audio continues. While I enjoy the surround sound, it is clear that either Amazon or Google is deliberately blocking the video at this point. My suspicion lies with Amazon, as everything but video works. Regardless, the fragmentation of any ecosystem inevitably results in chaos. I’m looking forward to a direct resolution to this, but I’ll happily accept a diligent coder/hacker providing a workaround.

    • blueman24

      Although I’m late, I would like to tell you that google is not to blame for your problem. Screen cast is not optimized for note 7 because Samsung does not give a fuk about supporting it.
      Same thing with the amazon prime video and google issue. Google cast api is available for everyone to use but since amazon wants to sell its fire sticks, they refuse to support Chromecast in their app.

      • Deplorable Me

        Ironically they sell Roku’s streaming devices which carries their Prime Video service, but not Google’s Chromecast. So if they support other streaming devices and smart TVs with Amazon Prime (not to mention it will also be available on Apple TV later this year), why can’t they do the same for Google? Something doesn’t add up.

  • Simon Parker

    it’s not the same as streaming direct to chromecast, I doubt it’s even in surround sound

  • DJ

    Neither download links work for me. How do I do this successfully?
    Samsung S7

  • Marco

    For me does not work casting the screen when I select “Watch now” in Amazon Prime Video app, installed on my S7: I hear the sound and I see the subtitles, but not see the images, totally black screen. It works fine only If I choose “watch trailer”.
    Is it a known problem and do you have some suggestion?
    Thanks in advance for any help

    • Chris W

      I haven’t heard of this problem. If your TV is newer, you can try the built in screen mirroring option on your S7. I believe you should have an option to enable Smart View from your notification bar.

  • Andrew Keller

    Thanks for a whole lot of nothing amazon. I’ll stick with apps that utilize the Chromecast API over ones that don’t a million times to 1. My decision to be a Prime customer has ZERO to do with Prime Video. I’d love to watch and even purchase video content, if your player would integrate with chromecast. Really… u don’t care or would have done it by now so this is a waste if my time to leave this comment. THANKS AGAIN for the instructions to… screen cast (Not!). It’s absolutely worthless compared to seemed integration like Netflix. It’s too bad too… because there really is some content i’d love to purchase but won’t until u get this sh#t figured out!

    • FuckingIdUser

      What is ironic is Netflix fully support Google Cast on its site. Amazon is full of shit.

  • wendyhj

    This actually didn’t work for me. It cast fine, and even the screen controls while the video was playing appeared on my TV screen, but the video picture and audio refused to cast. It’s ridiculous. It’s no wonder I hardly ever watch Amazon video!

    • Chris W

      Which model phone/tablet are you using?

  • Audra Packard Cate

    Or you could download the chrimecast app from the Apple Store. Poof! Apple users aren’t left out in the cold….smh

  • Deplorable Me

    This no longer works. If your try the above steps, the screen goes blank.

    • Chris W

      Worked for me on a Samsung Galaxy S8. Which phone are you using?

      • Deplorable Me

        Galaxy S7, but it doesn’t matter cause apparently Amazon put some kind of DRM to prevent it from showing. Audio will play, but no video.

        • Nick

          Doesn’t work for my Nexus 5X, though it did previously. Evil Amazon must be blocking it.

          • Deplorable Me

            They’re not evil, they just refuse to support Google, that’s all.

      • Rozzell Jordan

        I have samsung galaxy 8+. Doesnt work for me.

    • Bam Bam Li

      Works for my Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 🤔

    • mola2alex

      Use desktop browser and cast tab

  • G1rlVeteran

    I am trying to do this now from my phone to the Chromecast so I don’t have to switch back and forth between the Chromecast and the fire stick. My app doesn’t look the same as in the picture here so I can’t figure out how to get it to cast.

  • Mike Del Rosso

    This doesn’t work with the Pixel. It technically casts Amazon Video to the TV via Google Home screen cast, but only the audio. The screen just displays the Amazon video controls, no content.

    • Nick

      I have the same issue tonight with my Nexus 5X – only audio, no video. However it USED to work. I’ve cast The Man In The High Castle and The Grand Tour from the Amazon Prime App to my TV, so Amazon must’ve changed something in their app.

  • Mike D’Amico

    Don’t seem to be able to cast from my Google PIXEL phone to Chromecast. It mirrors my phone right up to the moment that the video starts playing. Chromecast/TV goes black with audio. BTW can cast from my laptop to chromecast perfectly. I believe Amazon has a hard-on for Google or vice versa.

    • FuckingIdUser

      It is all Amazon fault. Google cast api are freely available for anyone interested in making a service chromecast ready.

  • Rozzell Jordan

    I’m using Samsung Galaxy 8+. It doesn’t work. I got a black screen and audio only.

  • paul drozd

    Good work around is to download the show/film you want then cast it from a file manager on phone

  • Yuito Kun

    This is bad workaround. You can stream game like this if you want but the results is always poor. This article is a lost of time. Amazon should make her application compatible no reel workaround exist presently.

  • Carolyn Miller

    Tried this, but it didn’t work. Really didn’t want to spend yet more money on a Firestick.

  • Jay Doiron

    I play Township game on Chromecast. Works!

  • Adam Rice

    followed the instructions but it only casts the audio, but if you touch the device screen it will also show the pause button, the forward and back 10 second indicators and the actors on screen.

    • Adam Rice

      also subtitles if i select them. But no video’s 🙁

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  • Liliana Mawer

    I was looking forward to watching Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime. I tried the method recommended in this article with my Samsung galaxy S7 and also had only Audio and no video. Also couldn’t watch Amazon Prime on my Apple TV. So i gave up and cancelled my Introductory Amazon Prime subscription. Waste of time 🙁

  • 100

    This is misleading.
    1 You dont need to download Amazon underground ( whatever the hell that is).
    you simply need to download the Amazon Prime viewer app and then cast through the Chromecast (cast screen option).
    2. Having to use cast screen , rather then being able to cast right from the Amazon Prime app itself results in a substantial lowering in picture quality. and in some instances it can look like the same sort of quality when somebody goes to the movie and records the film on their iPhone and then puts that on YouTube calling it the ” free full movie”
    3. Also unless you have a significantly superfast broadband and strong Wi-Fi router, without too many other devices running on the same network, , casting from the screen can also result in a significant amount of buffering, freezing and audio~video sync problems.

    On the basis of this, if you regularly screen content to your TV, but you don’t own an Amazon portable device, then it is not really worth signing up to Amazon Prime movies & TV. You would be better off purchasing content from Itunes, Google Play, Netflix or other service apps that are chromecast compatible.
    Alternatively invest in an HDMI cable and go old school ( if you can still find a portable device with an “HDMI out” port).

    Regardless of the legality of illegality of Amazon childish behaviour towards Google it is nevertheless extremely bad business practice to close off and punish a vast potential market for your product just because of your hanklings with a competitor of another of your product streams.
    Microsoft are still suffering from adapting this kind of behavior when both Apple & Google entered their markets and it didnt work well for them.

  • Matthias Resch

    Thats not working (Galaxy S8). If I start a Trailer, evrything is fine, but if i start watching a movie I have got only the sound on my TV and a black screen.

    Hope for a solution soon.

    PS.: Sorry for any mistakes in my English, greetings from Germany.