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Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Video how to

Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Videos

Many people who have purchased Google’s Chromecast device have wanted to Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Videos to their TV.  Since Amazon doesn’t officially support Google’s Chromecast API, people will need to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos using the Google Chrome web browser and the Google Cast extension.  Click here to see how to cast Vimeo videos.

Step 1: Download and Install Google Chrome

If you already have Chrome installed, continue to step 2.  You should already be using Chrome anyways, but if you aren’t, then go to the following website https://www.google.com/chrome to download and install Chrome.

Download Chrome Browser

Step 2 – Installing the Google Cast extension

After you have downloaded and installed Google Chrome, open up Chrome and go to the following link to download the Google Cast extension.  Click the Add to Chrome button.  This will install the Google Cast extension to your Chrome browser.  You are almost ready to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos!  Note: this may require signing into your Chrome browser with a Google account.  Google Cast extension

Google Cast Extension Install

Step 3 – Enable Adobe Flash in your Amazon Prime Settings

In order to smoothly cast videos to your TV, you will need to make sure that you are steaming videos through Amazon Prime using Adobe Flash.  By default, all videos are streamed using Microsoft Silverlight.

Log into your Amazon Prime account here, then go to the settings page.

Amazon Prime Settings

Scroll down until you see the option for WEB PLAYER PREFERENCES.  Select Adobe Flash Player.  The change will save as soon as you click Adobe Flash Player.

Amazon Prime Adobe Flash Settings

Step 4 – Casting your Chrome browser tab

Installing the Google Cast extension will give you the ability to cast your active Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast.  This will work for viewing web pages other than just Amazon Instant Videos.  You can cast Vimeo and other video sites as well.

Click the little cast icon (shown below) in the upper right corner to start casting your Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast.  After you have verified that your current Chrome tab is being cast to your TV, you are now ready to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos.  Browse to the Amazon Instant Video website and try watching a movie or TV show.  If everything is working, then you are all set!  If not, see below for some additional tips.

chromecast-amazon-prime-button

 Note: Once you click on the cast logo, you will have the option to select your Chromecast Device!

Select Chromecast Device

If you are having a hard time following the steps above, please watch the following video.

Troubleshooting

Disable Silverlight

The most common problem when trying to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos is that you need to configure your web browser to use Adobe flash to play the video.  Please see my guide here on how to disable Microsoft Silverlight and enable Adobe Flash.

 Lower the quality

Click the Chromecast icon and select options

chromecast-chrome-options

Select Standard quality

change-video-quality-chromecast

 Pink screen of death

In the rare occasion your TV only shows a pink screen after you begin casting your Chrome tab, click here for the fix.

  • kat

    If I use this with Chromecast, does the closed captions show?

    • shmigga

      Yes. You just need to enable them like normal.

  • luckypablo

    Fail. Doesn’t work on Amazon Prime. Works on Vimeo. Please try again.

  • freefighter

    Be aware that this “fix” is not really great for watching videos. The result is very choppy. Unless Amazon comes out with an app for it, I’m afraid I will have to exchange the Chromecast for a Roku or FireTV.

    • shmigga

      Did you try disabling Silverlight? The video might be choppy if your wireless connection to the Chromecast isn’t very good. Every time I have done this, it works fine for me. Unfortunately I don’t think Amazon will ever release an Instant Video app that supports the Chromecast…that’s why I made this page to give people a few alternatives: http://chromecasthelp.net/chromecast-amazon-prime-alternatives/

  • Ed Griffin

    This is not user friendly and sounds like it would be unreliable or poor quality. Avoiding this kind of thing is why I liked the chromecast in the first place. The very attraction of the device is there is no configuration, and little to go wrong. So I’m afraid I won’t be using amazon prime instant video, and will stick to chromecast compatible services.

  • http://highten.co.uk/ Paul Gardner

    Using Chrome on Mac OS there are no Web Player Preference settings available :(

    • http://highten.co.uk/ Paul Gardner

      Options aren’t available using Chrome on my Android phone either :( :(