Nowadays, people are using the word “Chromecast” interchangeably with the word “mirror.” While you can mirror your mobile device’s screen onto your TV using Amazon’s Firestick, this is not the same set of instructions you would follow as if you were using Chromecast.
You cannot use Chromecast and Amazon’s Firestick simultaneously, as they both require separate inputs. With that being said, below are some instructions for how you can “cast” your mobile device’s screen onto a smart TV’s screen when it’s connected to Firestick. Briefly, we will also talk about troubleshooting this feature.
How to Cast iPhone’s Screen to Firestick
You will need to first download the “Airscreen” app onto your Firestick. To do this, you will need to find the magnifying glass on your TV’s screen, click on it, and type in “Airscreen.” While the initial download is free, there are in-app purchases available.
At this point, you can either watch the tutorial or skip it by selecting “Start Now.” Then:
- Click on the gear icon.
- Make sure that AirPlay has the checkmark next to it.
- Go back to the menu and choose “Start.”
- Navigate to the “Screen Mirroring” option on your phone.
- Tap on your Firestick’s name.
At this point, you will be able to mirror your iPhone’s screen onto your TV.
How to Cast Android Phone’s Screen to Firestick
For this option, you do not need to download the Airscreen app. Instead, you need to go to your Firestick’s home screen, go to Settings, and choose “Display & Sounds.” Then:
- Select “Enable Display Mirroring.”
- Press any button on your Firestick’s remote.
- Choose the “Cast” button on your phone.
- Choose your Firestick’s name.
Your phone’s screen should start mirroring on your big screen. If you did not find the cast feature on your Android phone, you will need to:
- Go to “Settings.”
- Choose “Wireless and Bluetooth Connections.”
- Select “Wireless Projection.”
Mirroring with Firestick
Once you are successfully mirroring your mobile device onto your screen, from that point on, everything is based on your phone.
So, for example, suppose that you wanted to watch YouTube. In this situation, you would use the YouTube app that is already on your phone. You could also use your phone’s browser, but using the app is preferable.
Additionally, once you are mirroring your phone, you can control the volume through that means, as well.
How to Stop Mirroring with Firestick
When you turn off your TV, even though you will stop seeing the image on your phone, your phone will still think that it is casting––even though that when you turn it back on, you see the Firestick home screen.
You will have to manually stop your phone from mirroring to “turn it off.” However, how you disconnect your phone from your Firestick will ultimately depend on what phone you have.
- If you have an iPhone, simply bring up the options menu, select “Screen Mirroring,” and stop casting.
- If you have an Android phone, swipe down from the top of your screen, and from the “Quick Settings” panel, go to “Screen Cast,” and stop mirroring.
Troubleshooting Your Firestick’s Casting Feature
If your phone isn’t casting, first, make sure that your Bluetooth is on. If it is, then make sure that your phone is on the same network as your Firestick or smart TV. You cannot cast your phone if it is using data. It has to be using the same Wi-Fi connection as the other device.
Make Sure That Your Apps Are Up to Date
When you cast onto the big screen, you will be relying on your phone or mobile device’s apps. Now, suppose that you’re trying to cast a YouTube video, but it’s not working. If your YouTube app is not updated to the latest version, it could have a hard time using your Firestick’s casting feature.
Make Sure That Your Router Is Working
If you have a weak internet connection, this could stop you from mirroring your phone. This could be a problem, especially since you cannot switch to using your data. In this situation, you could turn your phone into a mobile hotspot and derive a Wi-Fi connection from there.
Alternatively, you can get a mobile hotspot, like NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 Mobile Hotspot, to maintain a stable connection.
Try Using an Alternative Micro-USB Cable
If your Chromecast doesn’t turn on, try using another Micro-USB cable, charging block, or outlet. If you recently purchased your device and you believe that a factory defect is keeping it from working, Chromecast comes with a one-year limited warranty.
If you have any questions about how to mirror your phone using your Amazon Firestick, you can learn more by contacting Amazon support or reading your device’s user manual.