How To Mirror an Android Phone with the Amazon Firestick TV?
One of the coolest Firestick features is the ability to mirror your Android device. It doesn’t matter if you are using an Android tablet or phone, Firestick has the ability to turn your TV into a giant Android screen.
Like all other Firestick options, Android mirroring requires some tweaking, which you should be able to have up and running in no time. This article is a guide on how to mirror Android devices via your Firestick, complete all the necessary requirements.
- Miracast Compatibility
- How to Enable Mirroring on Android Devices
- General Android Devices
- Fire Phone
- Fire Tablets
- Quick Start Mirroring
- Mirroring via Third-party Apps
First of all, make sure that the device that you want to mirror supports Miracast. In general, Miracast-enabled smartphones and tablets are loaded with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 or later software. You should also know that the mirroring performance might vary depending on the Android version and your device.
Of course, it works great with various Amazon Kindle devices, from the 7-inch third generation to the fifth-generation Fire HD. The Fire phone works great as well.
But for some reason, the Amazon Firestick 4K does not support mirroring. Hopefully, this will change with one of the software updates in the future.
How to Enable Mirroring on Android Devices
You can easily turn on the mirroring option regardless of the Android device. Nevertheless, there are some differences in the settings.
This is why it pays to take a closer look at how to enable mirroring on either of the devices.
General Android Devices
1. Enable Display Mirroring
Go to your Fire TV menu and move right until you reach Settings. Navigate to Display & Sounds, then choose Enable Display Mirroring.
2. Connect the Android Device to Your Firestick
Now, this might differ slightly from one device to another. You shouldn’t have any problem though. Once you’re able to establish mirroring via your Firestick, you can stop it by pressing any button on the remote.
1. Launch Quick Actions
Navigate to the Display options in the Quick Actions menu and select Share your screen via Miracast.
2. Choose Your Firestick
Select your Firestick as the device to mirror the screen on. The annoying thing is that it might take up to 20 seconds before your Fire phone appears on the TV.
3. Stop Mirroring
Whenever you want to stop, just select Stop Mirroring on your Fire phone.
1. Launch Settings
Swipe down on the Home screen and choose the Settings option.
2. Initiate Display Mirroring
Select Display & Sound or just Display under the Settings menu, then tap on Display Mirroring to start. Once again, you can expect a 20-second delay before your display is mirrored on the TV.
3. Stop Mirroring
Like with the Fire phone, you can end the process by pressing Stop Mirroring on the tablet.
Quick Start Mirroring
Your Amazon Firestick also gives you a quick start option for mirroring. Hold down the Home button on the Firestick remote and choose Mirroring. After you’ve made the selection, connect your Android device to Fire TV. If you wish to stop mirroring, just press any button on the remote.
Mirroring via Third-party Apps
Besides the built-in options, there are more than a few third-party apps that can support this function. For the purpose of this discussion, we’ll use the AllCast app as an example, but feel free to choose any other that works best for you.
1. Download the AllCast App on Fire TV
Use the Fire TV search bar to find and download the AllCast app, then install it on your device.
2. Install the AllCast App on Your Android Device
Search the Play Store for the AllCast app and install it on your device. It’s a freemium app with limited functions, but you can always pay for more features.
3. Choose the Media You Want to Mirror
Once you launch the app, it gives you the option to choose the media that you wish to mirror with your Firestick. After sending the media, you’ll have full control over the playback options.
Mirroring the content of your Android device is quite easy as long as it is Miracast compatible. You are only a few simple steps away from wirelessly sharing different content with your Firestick. The connection might take 20 seconds, but you know what? That’s on the conservative side as it usually happens much quicker than that.
Many users utilize the mirroring option to display their home videos and private photos on a much larger scale, but what do you use it for? Do let us know in the comments section below.