Can You Mirror Your Amazon Fire Tablet to your Television?

Amazon is basically a one-stop-shop for anything you need in your life, and that includes some brand new tech products. While their Fire tablets may not be the most powerful devices on the market today, they are capable of handling media consumption, browsing the internet, and of course, shopping. As a result, they are a great alternative to pricey tablets for the consumer on a budget.

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If you managed to pick up one of Amazon’s three Fire devices recently—the $50 Fire 7, $80 Fire HD 8, or the massive $150 Fire HD 10—then you’re probably enjoying watching some of your favorite Netflix or Amazon shows around the house or in the back of a long car ride.

The two larger devices both have dual-stereo speakers that make watching movies or TV shows a real joy. Of course, crowding around a 10″ tablet doesn’t make for the best of experiences when you’re trying to watch The Big Sick on Amazon Prime, and that’s where mirroring your tablet comes into play.

Mirroring makes it possible for you to pull something up on your Fire tablet and have it show up on your TV. Sounds great, right?

There are two types of mirroring, and both have their own potential uses around the house. Whether you’re looking to stream a movie from your tablet to your television, or you want to display the entire tablet interface in your living room, let’s take a look at how to stream your tablet directly to your TV.

Two Types of Mirroring

Your Fire tablet runs Fire OS, an operating system built on top of Android that functions in a similar fashion to what we’ve come to expect from Android.

This means that your tablet is complete with many of the features that you’d find on Android which are simply customized to properly fit Amazon’s own ecosystem.

On a standard Android device, you typically have the option to stream your content to a Chromecast-enabled device along with several other devices, depending on the app you’re using.

Netflix and YouTube, for example, can both stream directly to Roku or smart TV apps despite not directly being built for Cast. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t support Google’s Cast standard in any capacity—Chromecasts aren’t sold on Amazon’s website, the Amazon Prime Video app doesn’t allow to stream to Chromecast, and the software on your Fire TV doesn’t have any standard Cast support built-in.

That said, Amazon has developed its own form of screen mirroring to make up for it.

The company offers two distinct versions of display mirroring on their devices:

  • Second Screen: Similar to the Cast standard, Second Screen allows you to push your content to a Fire TV or Fire Stick device. Some apps, including Netflix, also allow you to push your content directly to non-Amazon devices, but watching videos directly through Amazon will require you to have a Fire TV or Fire Stick as your streaming device.
  • Display Mirroring: Unlike Second Screen, Display Mirroring allows you to stream anything displayed on your device, from your Facebook feed to a recipe displayed on your device. Essentially, this turns your television into a wireless computer monitor controlled through your tablet. Unfortunately, there are several limitations to proper Display Mirroring, including a lack of support on newer devices. We’ll cover that more in the Requirements and Limitations section.

Which of these options is best for you?

Well, it depends both on your device and your use case. Most tablet owners will probably be looking at using the Second Screen options on their devices, though if you own an older tablet, you may be able to mirror your device on your screen.

What Devices Can You Stream to?

Obviously, Amazon pushes its users to live in their ecosystem. Just like Apple or Google, Amazon wants you to use as many of its products as possible.

Between the Alexa integration on their new tablet line, the ability to sync your place in their Kindle eBooks between devices, and the savings you can earn by subscribing to renewable products as opposed to opting for the one-time payment, it’s obvious that Amazon appreciates keeping their customers within a single brand.

For that reason, the only device you can directly mirror your display to is the Fire TV or Fire Stick. The former can be purchased directly from Amazon for $79.99. Meanwhile, the latter will cost you $39.99.

Without one of these devices, you won’t be able to mirror your tablet, stream video through Amazon Instant Video or Amazon Prime Video, or push your music to your smart TV unless your television itself is running Fire OS.

There is a fair share of devices that certain apps can share their content through, depending on which app you’re using to stream.

Netflix, as mentioned, is the big one. Bringing up the app downloaded from the Amazon Appstore made it clear that we could cast our video through to our Fire TV, our Roku Express, a Vizio smart TV, and more. Netflix tries hard to make themselves available on every platform in the world, and it’s clear that they also work to make sure their apps work with as many devices as possible.

YouTube, on the other hand, didn’t seem to want to work with any of our devices, including Fire TV.

The YouTube app on the Amazon Appstore is clearly a portal for the mobile website, and not the official app, so needless to say, this was a bit unsurprising. There is a workaround available to install the official YouTube app on your tablet through Google Play, and that app did allow us to stream to any of the platforms mentioned above (as long as there was a YouTube application on the device, we were able to stream).

Basically, the number of devices you can stream your video through seems to depend fully on which platform you’re using, along with the correct box.

For example, despite both Netflix and the Play Store YouTube app working with our devices during testing, the Amazon Appstore version of Hulu offered no way to easily stream our content to our Fire TV device, or any other set-top box we had, for that matter.

Similarly, the Play Store version of Hulu also didn’t offer us these selections, despite that the normal Android version of Hulu does allow for streaming to certain devices with the Cast interface.

What you can and can’t stream to your smart devices seems to depend on the platform you’re using, and the app developer implementing the ability to stream content over the web.

Device Requirements and Limitations

Not every Fire tablet is created equally. As a result, not every Fire tablet can properly mirror content on your device.

Even with a Fire TV, you aren’t guaranteed to mirror your content. In fact, no 7th generation Fire device can properly mirror the display to a television, which makes it difficult to purchase a device currently on sale that can properly mirror the tablet’s display to a Fire TV or Fire Stick device from Amazon.

The support page for Amazon’s own tablets state that display mirroring is limited to a certain subsection of devices:

    • Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (3rd Generation)
    • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (3rd Generation)
    • Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 (4th Generation)
    • Amazon Fire HD 8 (5th Generation)
    • Amazon Fire HD 10 (5th Generation)

As mentioned above, the current generation of devices, including the Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10, cannot directly mirror their displays to any device, Amazon or otherwise.

This is a pretty big hole in their lineup of features, especially if you’re looking to stream content inside the Silk web browser or another application where you may not have the ability to push the content from your device.

That said, you can use your device to push the content from your tablet to a Fire TV or Fire Stick, even on those newer devices. So, with the limitations and devices out of the way, let’s look at all the ways to stream and mirror your content.

How to Stream Content to Your TV

So, if you’re ready to start streaming content to your television, you’ll want to grab your tablet and make sure you have an internet-ready device.

If you want to get the most out of your tablet, purchase a Fire TV or Fire Stick device; they’re cheap and small enough that adding it to your existing technology should be rather easy.

For this example, we’ll be primarily looking at how to stream content to a Fire OS-branded device.

Using the Second Screen or Cast Experience

Whether you own an older tablet or one of Amazon’s newer models, you’ll be happy to know that streaming your favorite Amazon videos to your Fire TV or Fire Stick is easy to do.

Grab your Fire tablet and make sure your Fire TV device is on and active, and, unlike a Chromecast, ensure that both devices are connected to the same Amazon account.

If both of your devices are not connected to the same Amazon account, you will not be able to make this work. So don’t skip this step!

Head to the home screen on your device and swipe along with the menu until you reach the “Videos” tab. Then, select the “Store.” This will load your rented, purchased, and Prime-capable films (assuming, of course, that you’re a Prime subscriber) that can be automatically streamed from your device. Select any title on your device, and you’ll see the typical options to watch your movie.

Your device will list both the “Watch Now” option, which will play the film or TV show on your tablet and the “Download” option that stores the film for offline watching.

Between both of these options, you’ll see an icon that reads “Watch on Fire TV/Fire TV Stick,” depending on the device you have plugged into your television.

If you aren’t using a Fire TV, and you don’t have the same account linked to both devices, you won’t see this option. Unlike Airplay or Chromecast, Amazon’s Second Screen requires you to share an account between both devices. When you tap on this option, your tablet will load a Second Screen interface that provides additional information on the movie. You can scroll through the cast, jump to scenes like a DVD, view trivia about the scene, and more. You can also turn off the screen on your tablet once the video has begun playing.

As we mentioned above, some apps—including the Netflix app and the YouTube app available in the sideloaded Google Play Store—have the ability to stream not just to the Fire TV, but to any device with their apps installed.

This is done using the identical settings we’ve seen from Chromecast-capable applications. Load the application and select the Cast icon in the top-right corner of your display. A menu to select your streaming device will appear in the corner of the app, and you can use your device to select a specific playback device, like a smart TV or a Roku player.

This is on an app-by-app basis and depends entirely on who developed the app you’re using.

Mirroring Your Device

If your device matches one of the device models mentioned above, mirroring your device to your television can be done quickly and on a system level.

If you aren’t sure whether your device matches the above list of models, you’ll need to dive into the settings of your tablet and select “Display.” Look for the option labeled “Display Mirroring” in the settings menu. If you see this option, congratulations—you can use device mirroring.

Simply select the option, ensure that your Fire TV or Fire Stick is on and enabled, and select your Fire TV from the device list that appears on your display. Amazon states it may take up to 20 seconds for your device image to appear on your display, but once it does, you’ll be able to view the image on your tablet from your television directly.

Of course, anyone who’s picked up a Fire tablet since 2017 will be unable to access this option since it’s been removed from recent generations of the devices.

Fortunately, we have a bit of a workaround for this. Though, it requires an outside application that may be well-known to any Android user. AllCast, which has an app on both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore. Upon opening the app, you’ll be able to view a list of players you can use on your network.

In our tests, Allcast managed to pick up both Roku devices on the network, as well as the Fire Stick also connected to the device. Using the app depends on you having the Allcast app also installed to your device, though some players (including Roku) can use AllCast without having a separate install.

There are a few notes for AllCast. First, you shouldn’t expect AllCast to directly mirror your device. Instead, AllCast will allow you to stream photos, videos, music, and more directly to your player, as opposed to just being able to mirror your display.

Most users looking to mirror their tablet will be doing so to display content like photos or personal videos, and in that sense, AllCast does the same.

Second, the device on the receiving end and your Fire tablet must be connected to the same network. If it’s not connected, you won’t be able to use AllCast as intended.

Third, the free version of AllCast is limited. You’ll only be able to stream content for five minutes at a time. To get the most out of AllCast, you’ll need to purchase the app.

The AllCast listing on the Amazon Appstore has a wide range of one-star reviews, with users complaining the app wouldn’t connect to their Fire Stick or Roku.

In our experience, we were able to stream to both platforms, so we can give this app the thumbs-up. Before paying for the full version, make sure you test the free version out on your tablet to make sure the app does what you need it to do.

We have one final workaround for those willing to get their hands dirty with installing the Play Store on their device. This last solution installing the classic Google Home application on your tablet to properly mirror the tablet.

You’ll need a Chromecast for this, so if you’re using a Roku or Fire Stick, you can probably forget it. But since the Fire tablet line is running a forked version of Android 5.0, installing the Google Home app on your tablet is as easy as finding its listing in the Play Store.

You cannot directly download this app from the Amazon Appstore, so you’ll have to download the Play Store. If you need help figuring this out, make sure to check out our post on How To Install the Google Play Store on an Amazon Fire Tablet.

You can also view more information about mirroring your device with the Google Home workaround here since the app follows the same procedures it would on any other device.

Just note that you may receive a warning stating that mirroring is not designed for this device. That is to be expected as the Fire tablet is not a proper Google-approved Android device.

You may experience problems when mirroring your display with this method, but it is available to any users willing to put in the work.

Final Thoughts

Amazon Fire tablets are great, affordable alternatives to some of the more expensive tablets currently on the market.

However, it’s unfortunate that Amazon made the decision to remove the ability to directly mirror their devices to the Fire Stick or Fire TV from newer devices.

While their tablet line has become more and more focused on the budget-focused shopper, the 2015 Fire HD 8 was no more powerful than the 2017 lineup of devices. With Fire OS 6, based on Android Nougat, coming to tablets sometime over the next few months, we’ll have to wait and see if Amazon adds back the ability to mirror your screen to a Fire TV device.

Still, with Allcast and Google Home both existing as workarounds, not to mention the general second screen experience, it’s not too difficult to find a middle ground capable of streaming exactly what you want when you want it.

15 thoughts on “Can You Mirror Your Amazon Fire Tablet to your Television?”

Avatar ginette says:
Hi, thanks for the article.

I am not the most tech savvy person, it means that I don’t fully understand the things you mentioned.

I have purchased a fire table 10.1 (2019 version) and I would REALLY like to know if I am only able to connect it to a tv or my monitor (I am most interested to connect it to my monitor with HDMI) using a fire tv stick. I will be using it pretty much for working so I am not sure if screaming or mirroring will be options for me. I am still waiting for the tablet to be delivered but I want to have everything ready before it arrives.

I have read so many times that it can’t be connected to tv or monitors that now I am very confused.
Please please help.

Avatar Marina says:
I have a 3rd gen Kindle Fire, no internet/wi-fi at home and Amazon no longer has HDMI adapters available to connect my old Fire directly to the TV to mirror downloaded Netflix or Amazon Prime movies. What’s the workaround to the HDMI adapter? I noticed a lot of hubs available on Amazon, was wondering if any of the 8-in-1 to 13-in-1 hubs can be used instead? Thanks in advance.
Avatar Rick says:
I have a Fire HDX 8.9 (gen 4) and bought a 4k Fire Stick based on this article for the mirroring ability. It will mirror my tablet screen, but will not mirror a downloaded movie to the TV. When trying to mirror a movie the audio comes through, but the screen is black. Tried this on multiple TVs and got the same result. Tried mirroring the HDX with an older Fire TV (2 gen) and it worked fine.
Avatar Geary Johnson says:
Did you ever go to the grocery store and buy your favorite item and get it home and realize the box is smaller, the contents are less, and the price has increased, all without warning? That is the way I feel about the Kindle Fire 10 “not as advertised”. They add a few new features, and take off a few features, but never mention it in the ad. Thank God I still have a few older Kindle Fire’s that I can still do screen mirroring. The other feature I found missing is the “new Items” (formerly “carousel”.) It works if you purchase an e-book. But if you email by send to kindle email, the item shows up in “documents” but not in “new items”. I have reported this to Amazon months ago. False advertising.
Avatar Gary Dime says:
Thank you for the in depth article. I was able to somewhat mirror my Fire 7 (7th gen)
through my old HP desktop PC Pavilion. Then to my non smart VIZIO tv. The ultimate goal was to operate the tablet from the PC and it failed. I was able to view my tablet screen though the PC and VIZIO. Although it took some time, the mirroring was accomplished using the following: Google Chrome store, Chrome browser and AirDroid application. One for the PC and one for the tablet. Must use the Chrome browser. Further I utilized a USB cord from the tablet to the PC. But used WIFI on the tablet. After several attempts there was some success. All three Google items were installed on the tablet. Continuing these efforts. Will update if able to completely mirror and run the tablet from the PC. The only item that I could not get to function, included in the application, was remote control. All had the green check-mark except remote.
Avatar Courtney says:
So where is the guide to get the Google Play store?
Avatar Elizabeth Blunt says:
Thank you for this. I have the ‘wrong’ edition of the Fire tablet, but even so I managed to mirror it to a Chromecast dongle.
The one thing to note is that I couldn’t do the setup on the tablet, but I did that on an android phone, and once everything was on the same wireless network, then it mirrored the tablet as well.
Avatar Martin Zimberoff says:
Having read about the inadequacies of the 7tg gen Fire HD 10, I’d like to know what content you cant watch on the firestick without having to mirror it from the Fire hd?
Avatar Holly Byrne says:
I can’t access Comcast XFinity’s Stream app. So if we go to our house in Maine and bring the firestick and want to access what we PAY for at home (Comcast Xfinity), I can watch/access it on my tablet but not my firestick. Why I can access it on one Amazon device but not the other is beyond me. It’s a service I pay for and have access to. So frustrating.
Avatar Bill says:
Amazon is being greedy, no point in buying these cheap useless fire devices.
Avatar Brian says:
Hopefully they will add screen mirroring back. I am not holding my breath. I want to use MS Teams on a projector. The only option I have that works for HD 8, HD 10 is Google Home mirroring to a Chromecast, and Google went to great lengths to hide the mirroring function there as well. Probably the only reason mirroring exists in Android is so Alphabet can capture your display. The allcast app doesn’t mirror or find my roku tv display.
Avatar Dennis Andrews says:
Hi William,

Thank you, for graciously writing this informative helpful guide for all of us, who want to use our Amazon Fire HD Tablets to mirror or display on our televisions. After reading this guide for the second time. I wanted to ask you, if I could display or mirror with a ( Actiontec Screenbean Mini 2 ) HDMI device with my HD 8 (7 Gen)?

Avatar Tessa Jordan says:
Amazon messed up and took off mirroring on their newest model. I now feel this is WHY Fire 10 7th Gens are so inexpensive. I bought 2 on Prime Day with the specific plan to mirror Show Box but now I find out I can’t! I may be returning the Fire 10’s and waiting to see if Amazon corrects this problem with the next model. We have been an Amazon Family, kitting our house out in Prime membership, Fire Sticks, Echos & Fire tablets. We feel let down by Amazon with the Fire 10, 7th Gen. Bad move Amazon, bad move.
Avatar Geary Johnson says:
I agree!
Avatar Brandi says:
Thank you for this article, I have spent weeks trying to find an HDMI cable for my Amazon Fire 10 7th generation ( preferably one that charges at the same time, since there is only 1 micro port ) and I now know that I have been wasting my time . Since I can not stream video from my tablet to my tv is very disappointing. If a solution ever comes available please let me know .
Avatar Ken says:
Thank you, Wm. Sattelberg. for posting such a clear, concise article. It let me know that trying to mirror my Fire 10 probably wasn’t worth the hassle. You saved me time that I would have spend flailing around in the vast thicket of info. Mille grazie!
Avatar Dean says:
This is a good article about a very disappointing topic. Thank you. I, like many, made the mistake of assuming I could mirror the content of an app on my Kindle Fire HD 8 and ordered a Fire Stick to do it. I just returned it. Now I’m trying to figure out if I can do it with a cable.
Avatar Dale Anderson says:
A very informative article. I have been back and forth with Amazon “Tech Reps” about this issue. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion they really don’t have a clue. What I understand from your information is with my Kindle Fire 10 7th generation, using the Fire Stick, I can stream movies from the internet to my TV. My big question is: If I download movies to my kindle and want to play them on my TV through the Fire Stick, I will need an app called Allcast. I will buy a Fire Stick and try this process. Thank You.
Avatar Rob says:
Dale, you can also buy an android streaming device, that supports an SD card. You can download from your tablet to SD card, then insert the SD card into the device. I use a very inexpensive device (around $40 on Amazon,) just make sure it has at least 2gb of ram, and supports the SD card.
Avatar Leo says:
Rob, addittionally and easy you can buy simple and cheap OTG USB2 cable for like $2, connect it between your Fire TV and its power USB cable. Insert USB flesh drive with video file in OTG cable to access and watch it on the device.

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