Jun 13 2020
In the past couple of decades, Amazon has undergone a profound transformation. It is no longer just a book retailer. Now it is a tech giant that to some extent dictates how we live our day-to-day lives. Amazon’s Prime video service is now widely popular and considered a strong competitor of Hulu and Netflix. In this post, we are going to discuss how to cast Amazon Prime to Chromecast from iPhone.
Amazon Prime Video offers many different types of content including HBO series and recent blockbusters. After being nominated for Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars, it has become an ideal streaming service.
Since the inception of the app of Amazon Prime, consumers have had a major complaint: poor support for Chromecast. And that makes sense because consumers have to face problems when tech giants compete with one another. This was exactly the case with the feud between Google and Amazon.
Google has products that are directly in competition with Amazon’s Fire TV. Chromecast has its flaws, and not everyone is a fan of Chromecast. In 2007, the feud became a public battle when consumers could no longer use the YouTube app on Fire devices. But it was a relief when Prime Video app again began to support Chromecast in April 2019.
Requirements for watching Amazon Prime Video
Before you learn how to cast Amazon Prime to Chromecast from iPhone, you may want to know what things you need to do it. In order to use Chromecast to watch Amazon Prime Video, you have to meet some requirements. First, of all, you need a subscription for that access. Access is a part of the Amazon Prime subscription.
Standalone access is not available. Then comes the question of price. Amazon Prime does not cost the same in every country. It usually costs more in the USA than in the UK. If you want to get a 4K model, you will have to pay more. Luckily, all the original series are now available in 4K. There are numerous movies that offer a 4K option. For 4K casting, you just have to buy a 4K TV.
Android TV boxes support Chromecast, and the option is usually built-in. If you do not know whether it has built-in support, talk to the manufacturer. The last requirement is an Android or iOS device from which you will cast Amazon Prime Video.
Casting from your iPhone
Casting Amazon Prime to Chromecast is an amazing experience. It gets more fun when you can cast it from your iPhone. Luckily, it is very easy to cast from your Android smartphone or iPhone. If you are currently using an updated app of Amazon Prime Video, you might have noticed the announcement that supports casting from mobile devices.
The procedure may look a bit messy because the app is from Amazon. But if you do it as per the instructions, you will be able to do it quickly. Now we are going to describe the steps.
- First, open the app. If you are opening it for the first time on your iPhone, you will see a message, which shows a Cast icon on the screen. The icon will be found on the bottom of the screen.
- Click on the icon. Then the app will ask you to select your Chromecast device that will stream the video.
- Now you have to select what you are going to watch. It can be an episode of television or movie. Your TV screen will show you a photo that the system is ready.
The procedure is as simple as that, but it can get a bit complicated if you end up selecting the wrong option for streaming. Prime Video streams video in a different way than Fire TV devices. When you want to watch videos on a Fire TV, you have to click on the “Watch On” icon and you will find it.
But when it comes to streaming video to a Chromecast, you have to click on the Cast icon. We can hope that these two menus will be combined into one system in a future update.
If you are casting video, there is good news for you. Just like Fire TV users, you can have access to the content of the second screen. It has advantages such as viewing cast members and jumping through scenes. For this purpose, you can use not only your iOS device but also your Android device.
Casting from Windows or Mac
Once you have learned how to cast Amazon Prime to Chromecast from iPhone, it does not hurt to learn how to do it with your Windows computer or Mac. Amazon is yet to release a standalone app for Windows or Mac. So, if you want to cast from your computer, you will have to use the Google Chrome web browser. The browser has a built-in casting functionality. Here is what the procedure looks like:
First, open a new tab and then load the prime video page of Amazon. As you find the list of movies or shows, browse through the list. At the top of the screen, there is a search bar that can be used to find what you are looking for. The desktop layout of Amazon is not visually appealing, but it is usable.
Once you have found the video you would like to stream, select the video and open it in the browser. Make sure that the window is not full screen when the video is playing. When the video is about to start, you have to click on the triple-dotted menu button. It will open the Chrome menu which will lead to the Cast button.
You will find an option that will allow you to cast to your TV. It will also show what devices are there on the network. Form the list, you will have to select the proper device. Once you have selected the Chromecast device, the video will play on your device. On your device, the video playback should be in full screen.
In essence, the tab between the devices is being mirrored. That is why on your device the video should play in full screen. In most cases, you will be able to cast to your Chromecast without any issue. The loading process is smooth, and the video is in full resolution.
However, when you playback content, you may experience a bit of light buffering. But overall it works pretty well. Yes, there are lag and glitches, but they last just a few milliseconds. You are surely going to enjoy a solid video resolution.
Other Possible Issues
Now you know how to cast Amazon Prime to Chromecast from iPhone as well as your PC. But when it comes to casting Amazon Prime Video, you have to be aware of some other things. One possible issue is that the battery of your iPhone will lose charge pretty quickly. So, if you are going to enjoy the video for a long time, it is good to have a plug socket nearby.
Processing power is another thing to consider. If you are using a low-power device, sometimes you will have to deal with signal drops. On top of that, there are privacy issues. It can be embarrassing if other people in the room can see all the notifications you receive.
We have discussed how to cast Amazon Prime to Chromecast from iPhone, and hopefully, now you understand the procedure. Now you know that it is pretty simple, almost intuitive. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to do it any time without reading the instructions. If you have any other issues, you can do some research online to find a solution.