The Amazon Fire TV Stick is primarily used for hours and hours of TV goodness, but did you know it also lets you use your TV as a second screen? That's right; you can use a Windows 10 computer or laptop to display important content directly on your TV.
Mirroring Windows 10 to your Amazon Fire TV Stick lets you launch web pages in meetings or share the most embarrassing Facebook snaps on a much bigger screen.
Whether you're sharing with family or co-workers, or need to see content better, this article has all the details on how to mirror Windows 10 to a Fire TV.
What is mirroring?
Depending on how familiar you are with streaming, the terminology may seem confusing. Simply put, mirroring is the process of displaying one screen to another. This process is similar to casting to Google's Chromecast and Apple's Airplay.
To work properly, you need a strong wifi connection and two devices that can support the function. Luckily, Windows 10 and Amazon Firestick meet all the necessary qualifications to mirror your screen.
For mirroring to work, you need to perform a process on each device. We'll start by preparing the Firestick, then move on to setting up mirroring on your Windows 10 device.
Setting up mirroring on your Fire TV Stick
The first thing to do is to prepare your Firestick for mirroring. You can do this from your TV where the device is connected.
- On the main page, select Parameters or hold it Home button on your remote. Parameters offers all the options while the Home The button displays the most common menu options.
- To choose Mirroring from the menu options.
- Then select Enable display mirroring.
Notes: You may need to redo this procedure if the Fire TV Stick gives up searching for a device before setting up your computer.
Mirroring Setup for Windows 10 to Fire Stick
- In the lower right corner of the screen, click the Notification icon.
- Now select Connect. You can also use the Win + K keyboard shortcut to directly access the login page.
- When your Amazon Fire TV Stick appears, select it. If it doesn't appear, make sure you have enabled the mirroring option on your Fire TV Stick.
- If the mirrored screen is too small, you may need to change the resolution on your PC. Right-click on your desktop and select Display settings in the menu that appears.
- The menu you see may be different depending on your laptop model but click on the Displays and Signage option, and you should be able to change your resolution to 1280 x 720.
Mirror your Windows 10 PC to a Fire TV Stick using PLEX
Plex allows users to share content between Amazon Firestick, PC and other devices. You can use Plex to mirror your favorite content between devices.
- Install PLEX on your Amazon Firestick by visiting the search bar and adding the new app.
- Log in with your existing Plex account (or you can create a new one.)
- Make sure your PC and Firestick are both connected to the same wifi network.
- Start streaming using Plex, just like you would on your PC.
Troubleshooting Fire TV Stick Mirroring
Screen mirroring is a convenient solution that requires no cables or special software. Unfortunately, as with all things tech, a few glitches and glitches do occur.
If you're having trouble connecting your devices, here are some things to help you fix it.
1. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network
Not having both devices on the same network is the most common issue with mirroring. Most routers offer two bands: 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz. Even if you have already verified that both devices are on the same network, make sure they are on the same frequency. For example, you may have a laptop or Firestick connected to a guest network that also operates on the 2,4 GHz or 5 GHz band, but that is not the secure network that your other device is connected to.
In order to avoid overlap and interference from other networks, there are multiple channels that a particular Wi-Fi band can operate on, just like the channels of a radio.
2. Restart your Firestick
Several users reported enabling the Firestick Mirroring feature, but it still did not work. Turn off your Firestick, then turn it back on. This process is often useful when your Windows 10 device does not detect the Firestick even though it is on the same network. Check that the mirroring feature is enabled and search for it again on your computer.
3. Confirm your Fire TV Stick is detected in Windows 10
Assuming you've tried the first two steps above and your computer still doesn't show your Firestick under the "Connect" feature, there may be a bigger problem. First, you'll want to see if it detects any other devices. If so, it's probably not a hardware issue, which means the problem is with the Firestick or your computer's software.
Check for software updates in Windows 10 using the keyboard shortcut Win+I. If an update is available, select it and follow the prompts to update your system.
You can also check that your drivers are up to date. If not, update them then try to find your Firestick.
Confirm if it is Windows 10 hardware or software issue
To identify the source that is causing your Fire Stick not being detected in Windows 10 mirroring, run the Windows Troubleshooter to find and fix errors on your computer.
- Type “Troubleshooting” in the search bar of your PC and click on Troubleshoot Settings.
- Now click on Additional convenience stores.
- Then select Incoming connections and test for errors. If no problem is detected, you have another problem. If anything happens, let Windows guide you through the resolution.
Fire TV Stick Mirroring FAQ
What can I do if the "Connect" option is greyed out?
If you follow the steps above and the "Connect" option is greyed out, it probably means that the Windows device you have does not support the built-in wireless display (WiDi). We usually see this in older PCs, especially those released during the Windows 7 era.
If you're using an older PC that later updated to Windows 10, you might not meet the mirroring requirements. You're not short of options here; you can buy a wireless display transmitter that plugs into your USB port or upgrade your machine.
Why isn't my Fire TV Stick detected when both devices are on the same network?
If you're having trouble getting the two devices to recognize each other on the same network, it's probably because one device is on the 5Ghz band and the other is connected to the 2,5Ghz band.
All you need is to go to the Network settings on each device and switch them to the same band. A device may not work with the 5Ghz band.
To change bands, connect to the Wi-Fi SSD that doesn't say 5Ghz, like ("techguy_21" instead of "techguy_21 5Ghz").
Not all routers label a 5Ghz SSID as 5Ghz, but it's quite common.
Can I mirror my Windows 10 screen to a Firestick without WiFi?
You will need a WiFi connection to link your Windows 10 display to a Firestick. However, you do not need the Internet. With an HDMI cable, your Firestick does not have an additional HDMI port to accept information transfer. If you need to connect your laptop or PC to a TV but don't have WiFi, it's best to bypass the Firestick altogether.
If you have mobile hotspot capabilities on your cell phone or are using a hotspot device, you can connect both the Firestick and Windows 10 PC to this network.
Mirror Windows 10 to Fire TV Stick
Whatever you need to mirror your Windows 10 screen to a Firestick, now you have the knowledge to do it. If you are having trouble connecting, first check that both devices are connected to the same network, if that doesn't work, make sure your device supports mirroring.
Do you mirror your favorite show or movie? Have you encountered any issues while mirroring your devices? Tell us about it in the comments.