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”.
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.