While we love our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, there’s a catch. The size of the viewing screen is limited to the size of the device. And that screen certainly doesn’t do your favorite TV shows and movies justice!
Fortunately, there’s a solution to this issue. Your Amazon Firestick can act as a casting receiver that will put what’s on your small screen onto your TV screen.
This article lays out the steps to help you cast to your Firestick from any device. We’ll guide you on how to cast from iOS devices, Macs, PCs, and Android devices. Afterward, we provide answers to some common questions about casting to a Firestick.
When you’re done, you’ll never have to watch shows on a small screen at home ever again!
To cast from a device to your Firestick, you must first enable the Firestick to receive casts. You can accomplish this easily in a couple of clicks from the settings menu.
Once complete, you’ll be ready to cast from Windows PC or Android devices.
For iOS or macOS, there’s a different path to cast your device with some extra preparation. But don’t worry! We explain everything in detail in the Mac/iOS sections below.
Windows PC and Android users must follow these steps in order to mirror their device:
Note: Mirroring and casting are basically the same thing—see the FAQ for details. If using the terms interchangeably doesn’t make sense, just read mirroring as casting and vice versa.
Many people run multiple Wi-Fi networks in their home via extra routers or extenders. Because of this, there is some extra preparation needed to ensure that your device casts properly to your Firestick.
The key item to check is that your device—laptop, smartphone, or tablet—is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Firestick. It won’t work otherwise, and it doesn’t matter if the device is from Apple, Android, or Windows.
Here are the steps to check your Firestick’s Wi-Fi connection:
If the names match, it’s highly likely both devices are on the same network. After confirming this step, you can move forward.
Casting content from Apple devices is a little more complex than its Windows and Android counterparts. Instead of actual casting, you’ll actually use a different process called screen mirroring.
To accomplish this, you must download the AirScreen application on your Firestick. Both OS X and iOS support AirScreen’s AirPlay feature, so you can mirror to your heart’s content.
Fortunately, the Amazon Application Store hosts the AirScreen application, so you won’t need to sideload it as a third-party app. Follow these instructions to install AirScreen on your Firestick.
Follow these steps to cast from your iPhone or iPad to your Firestick. Just remember to be sure that your device and the Firestick are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can use the ‘Preparation’ section of this article to check.
These steps will allow you to mirror your Mac screen to a Firestick. Again, make sure that both devices are on the same network.
Casting to Firestick remains a relatively straightforward process, but the steps could differ between devices. However, most Windows 10 laptops use a technology called Miracast. This allows you to share your screen wirelessly with any connected device.
The steps below present everything you need to do to cast to a PC. But if you haven’t already, review the ‘Preparation’ section above to put your fire in ‘Mirroring’ mode.
Casting an Android device to your Firestick is also a simple process. But make sure that you first follow the steps listed in the ‘Preparation’ section to put your Firestick in ‘Mirroring’ mode. From there, follow these steps to connect your phone to your Firestick.
Note: The screenshots in this section are from a Google Android device.
You’ll be able to change your orientation and adjust the volume from your phone. However, you won’t be able to cast if your phone is locked or the screen is off.
If your Android phone can’t find your Firestick, there is another option through the AirScreen application. We provided detailed instructions on downloading AirScreen in the ‘iOS’ section of the article. The sub-section is titled ‘Installing AirScreen to your Firestick’.
Note: If this is your first time opening AirScreen, a menu requiring you to scan a QR code or type in a web address from your device will automatically appear. Complete either option and follow the instructions from the site or follow the instructions below.
Again, you can change your orientation and adjust the volume from your phone. But you won’t be able to mirror if your phone is locked or the screen is off.
For most, casting or mirroring from a device is a means of streaming content outside of their Firestick. There are several reasons you could want to choose this route, such as:
Regardless, it doesn’t matter if you’re streaming content directly from your Firestick or from another device. If you don’t use a quality VPN—like ExpressVPN—then what you stream through your IP is visible to your ISP and government agencies.
This makes a big difference when choosing the type of content you want to stream. Streaming copyrighted content without express permission or payment can cause legal action against you. Even if you are mirroring or casting the content to your Firestick! This is true in almost every country in the world, and many governmental agencies are cracking down on illegal streaming.
But even if you’re streaming content legally, it’s your right to keep what you watch away from prying eyes. That’s why you should use a VPN to hide your IP from anyone who would want access to your streaming data.
There are other benefits to using a VPN on your streaming devices and Firestick, including:
Overall, using a VPN when browsing or streaming content on any device is best practice. But if you run a search, you’ll find that there are a lot of VPN choices available.
Our top pick is ExpressVPN. They have 160 server locations available in 94 countries, and they’re constantly adding more. It’s secure, fast, and compatible with a wide range of devices, including Apple, Android, Windows, and Firestick.
Before you cast content from your device to your Firestick, download and install ExpressVPN. The instructions below will guide you on how to install it on your laptop. And we’ve included another set of instructions to help you install the application on your Firestick.
And with that, you’re now set up to cast your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to your Firestick. If you run into any issues, be sure to review the top section on how to prepare your Firestick.
Devices won’t cast if they’re not on the same network. For PCs and Android devices, you must put the Firestick in ‘Mirroring’ mode. And for Apple devices, you must download the AirScreen app on your Firestick.
The sections above have detailed steps on how to cast any device to your Firestick. If you need step-by-step instructions, we advise you to scroll up and follow the steps listed for your device. But here is a brief version for the various devices:
The steps above all mirror your device to Firestick as well. Casting and mirroring are almost interchangeable terms. If you don’t understand the difference, read the question below regarding mirroring vs. casting.
You can mirror nearly any device to a Firestick as long as there are mirroring/casting functions installed on the device. This includes Android, iOS, Mac, PCs, and more. Just be sure that your device is on the same network and follow the steps listed above.
Casting is a means of sharing and displaying your screen through your Firestick. If you play a video on your device, it will cast the video to your Firestick. And thus, it will display on your TV screen.
Mirroring and casting are two terms that are often used interchangeably. However, there is one subtle difference.
When you mirror from a device to another display, both screens continue playing. Meaning, what you see on your device is what you see on the display.
When you cast from a device to another display, you won’t be able to see the content on the device anymore. Meaning your content only shows up on the display and not the device anymore.
As long as your phone runs Android or iOS, it should be able to cast to your Firestick. Most models from the past five years have the software installed that gives them the ability to cast or mirror. To do this, follow the steps listed in the sections above that correspond to the type of device you’re using.