How to use AirPlay on an Amazon Fire TV

Obviously, there’s no built-in support if you want to stream videos from Apple’s iPhone or iPad to an Amazon Fire TV. But in this article, I’ll show you how to add AirPlay to your Fire TV so that you can stream content to your Amazon Fire TV (in the same way as you stream it to an Apple TV).


Third-party App AirReceiver adds AirPlay to your Amazon Fire TV

There’s an App called AirReceiver in the Amazon App Shop which turns your Fire TV in an AirPlay Receiver. So your Fire TV will appear in AirPlay applications (such as itunes) as a device you can play music/video/photo to. It runs in the background as a service and also supports AirPlay Mirroring

How to install AirReceiver

Start your Fire TV, search for “AirReceiver” and buy the App (about 2-3 Dollar/Euro). When the download is complete, open the App. From now on, you can find the App under “Apps > Your Apps Library”.



Setup AirReceiver

Basically, the App is just a set of settings and runs in the background. The most important one is the checkbox for activating AirPlay. After enabling that, you should see the Fire TV from your iPhone (or iTunes, etc.) and you can start playing videos.


Change the Device name of your Fire TV

You can change the name of the fire tv with the on-screen-keyboard (the option is called “AirPlay Device name”).


There are also some more options (like AirPlay Password, AirTunes latency, resolution, orientation).

What works? What doesn’t work?

I tried the following things:

  • AirPlay Mirroring from an iPhone or your Mac works great.
  • Playing videos from iTunes works (but only without DRM)
  • Listening to music works (for instance Apples Music App or Spotify on your iPhone)
  • Watching pictures with Apples Photo App (but some of my iPhone videos are shown upside down…)

The official FAQs list the following problems: Some services (like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime) doesn’t work which I can confirm.


If you want the maximum user experience without any troubles or problems, you should choose an Apple TV for AirPlay. Like always, if you stay in the Apple World, “you’re on the save side”. But if you only need AirPlay sometimes or for special use cases, you can consider also using an Fire TV for that.

Do you have any experiences with AirPlay and Fire TV? Any hints? Just leave a comment.


    1. Hi there is no line that says enable airplay perhaps you can send me the link thanks
      I am trying to send videos / movies from my Kimble fire tablet to much amazon fire stick so far no one has a clue


  1. This may seem stupid, but I would like to do reverse. I have fire tv. In living room and would like to send what I’m watching to my sons iPad in his rom so he can watch what we are watching on his iPad with head phones, since home work is from 6-7:30 he must stay in his room even if done, but don’t want to disrupt his brother still doing homework. All our content is Amazon prime and purchased and stored on prime, I could allow him to control prime but I’d prefer he’s watching what I am so he can join right into a movie were already watching, just seems I should be able to flip source rather than its always iOS source to larger tv. Any suggestions?

    1. Good question. Basically would need something like “mirror the Fire TV” and send it via AirPlay (or so) to an iOS device. I don’t have an idea for that…

    2. ive got a real dumb solution for that… Start the AirPlay stream from the iPad. Then when you turn off AirPlay it’ll be back on said iPad. Clever.

  2. Hi I’ve installed the ap on the firestick enabled AirPlay but it’s not coming up as a available blue tooth device on my iPad 2 what am I doing wrong?

  3. My question is different: I have Netflix installed on amazon Fire, and would like to watch movies from there to my Apple TV.

    From my iPhone I can choose to play a video on the Apple TV.
    From my Amazon Fire I do not see that option. Is there n app to get that?



  4. Hi
    My question is that certain apps I have on my phone like cbs or free form are not part of the fire stick. I’d like to use AirPlay to be able to watch my shows in this app while mirroring my phone with the tv. Do you think that’s possible?

  5. I have fire TV and downloaded the airplay and it worked fine until I tried to stop it and go back to fire TV and now fire TV won’t work at all! I’ve unplugged it for over a minute and plug it back in and the remote buttons will not talk to it. I had similar problems trying to stream my iPhone to the Roku where the remote just stopped working. I think Apple is purposely doing something to mess it up

  6. How can I send (*not receive*) audio to Airplay speakers from an Amazon Fire TV? I want to pipe the audio coming from the device to a set of Airplay speakers but somehow cannot find any information or third party apps on how to make that happen..

    1. I want to do the same as Pete.
      Not from a device to the fire stick but from the Fire stick to many airplay speakers.

  7. Set-up my MAC to airplay to Amazon firestick with Air Receiver installed, no problem when sending my screen to the tv, then went to add a new additional Firestick on the downstairs tv with air receiver installed, I give it a different device name. From my MAC I can see both devices when clicking on the airplay symbol but the screen doesn’t transfer anymore, just says it cannot connect to either tv… Any ideas?

  8. Nice article, thanks!
    How can I watch Netflix installed on my iPad on a TV with Amazon Fire Stick? This app does’t work, as you wrote.
    Unfortunately, Amazon Fire has blocked Netflix app outside US, and I am in Uruguay!

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