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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 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 App Store.

Step 2 – Cast your screen

Open up the 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.

Chromecast 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 a video.  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

  • 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.

    • 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…


        • 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.

  • 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

      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.

  • ahmad

    Install (Chromecast Market) and explore apps that support chromecast.

  • 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.