If you're a long-time Amazon Prime Video user, you're probably aware of the total lack of support for most things Google-related. This situation includes Chromecasts, whether they are embedded systems or pluggable dongles. Device compatibility has long been an issue for many users.
Thankfully, in 2022, Amazon and Google forged a friendlier relationship, and Chromecast support soon followed.
Cast a Prime video to Chromecast
There's nothing complex to do when casting a Prime Video stream to a Chromecast dongle. Note that the app has native support. As long as your mobile device supports streaming, you'll be good to go. Here are the steps.
- Start the “Prime Video App”.
- Press the “Casting icon. »
- Choose the Chromecast device you want to cast to.
- Browse through the list of titles of the video you want. Select it and take the opportunity to watch it.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, there are other things you may need to do too.
Setting up your Prime Video and Chromecast
Before you start streaming, make sure everything is set up correctly. If you're new to Chromecast gaming, you'll be happy to know that getting started is simple. Proper setup means you won't experience any difficulties when you start casting.
To start your Chromecast, follow these steps:
- Plug your Chromecast device into the TV, unless you have a Google OS TV.
- Connect your mobile device to the wifi network you plan to use.
- Download Android Google Home or iOS Google Home.
- Follow the on-screen process to connect your device to your wifi.
Setting up your Prime Video isn't difficult, but you'll need an Amazon Prime membership. If you're using a computer rather than your mobile device, go to the Premier Video site and sign in.
How to troubleshoot if something is wrong
First, for this to work, you need to make sure your mobile device and your Chromecast device are on the same Wi-Fi network. It never hurts to check this first, especially if you use multiple networks at home. This situation applies whether you have a Chromecast dongle or a TV with Chromecast built-in.
Another thing you should do is check if the Amazon Prime Video app and your mobile device have been updated to their latest versions. Any missed update may lead to incompatibilities.
Another thing to note is that the Prime Video app will only show the Cast icon if you are using it from an authorized country. This scenario means you may run into issues if you need to use a VPN to access the Prime Video platform or if you try to access a library that is restricted for your region.
Subtitles missing in Chromecast
To be able to get subtitles, you need to make some adjustments. First, disconnect your Chromecast dongle from your TV so that it is no longer connected to your phone or tablet.
After that, navigate to your device's accessibility settings. On Android and iOS devices, this submenu should contain Caption Settings or Closed Caption Settings.
Once you've made the changes you need, reconnect the dongle to your TV, then relaunch the Prime Video app. Follow the casting process as explained above.
Cast to Chromecast using a computer
Windows and Mac users can also rejoice. If you want to cast Prime Video content to a Chromecast device from your laptop or desktop, you can do that too.
There is no Cast button built into the app like there is with the mobile version of the app. Why? Because there is no dedicated desktop app for Amazon Prime Video. But the browser will work just as well.
- Start the “Google Chrome browser. » Go to the "Amazon Prime Video" and log in.
- Look for a video. Start playback.
- Click on the "three-dotted line" in the upper right corner of your browser interface.
- Select the " To throw " tongue.
- Click the "Sources" drop-down menu, then choose your streaming option from the list.
- Select the desired device. It should be a Chromecast device in this scenario.
Another thing that might disappoint you is that you won't see any pause or rewind commands. That said, if you have no choice but to use your desktop, it's always good to know you can.
If you're streaming from a mobile device, you can stream up to 4K of video from your Prime Video library to a Chromecast-enabled TV, with little or no latency, depending on your network strength.
It's a nice workaround for people whose TVs don't support Prime Video for some reason, or anyone who wants to stream something from a different account. Google now lets you do this from a Mac or Windows device, which is even better.
Chromecast will let you show a presentation of your phone on a bigger screen, show funny home videos to your audience, and also show entire web pages. This is not limited to casting for movies and TV shows.
FAQs on Casting Prime Video to Chromecast
Can I download Prime Videos to watch later?
Yes! If you don't have internet and want to download videos and TV shows from Prime Video to watch later, you can.
Download the title you want to watch from the Prime Video app by clicking the download option on the movie detail page. To download an episode or an entire season of a TV show, click on the “Download Episode” or “Download Season” option.
Once properly downloaded, you can stream preloaded content. If you don't see the download option first, make sure you're using the Prime Video app. Second, make sure the app is updated.
Some Chromecast features are designed for Android users, although there are always workarounds for Apple fans. Those using Android enjoy a seamless viewing experience.
Casting Prime Video is not working for me. What else can I try?
The most common problem that occurs while streaming is a poor internet connection. Your device may have a weak internet connection, or the devices are not all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Go to the network settings of your device and your smartphone or tablet. Make sure both connect to the strongest Wi-Fi possible and are on the same band (2,4 Ghz or 5 Ghz).
Another problem with your video not streaming properly is that the wrong input may be selected on your TV. Using your TV remote, switch between the HDMI selections or check which one the Chromecast is using by checking the connections on the back. If Prime Video is streaming, you should see a message on your computer or smartphone screen that looks like this:
If you're using a smartphone, you may need to check your power saving mode settings. Low Power Mode can prevent streaming as it tries to preserve battery life. Disable the option and try streaming again.