How to Play to Fire Stick via AirPlay

what to know

  • The Fire Stick doesn't support Apple AirPlay, but third-party apps like AirScreen can mirror your iPhone or iPad.
  • Using AirScreen: Scan the QR code > Open in Chrome > Control Center > Screen Mirroring > Select Fire Stick.

This article details what you need to know about using AirPlay with your Amazon Fire TV Stick, including information on how to use third-party apps to mirror your iPhone to your Fire Stick.

Apple AirPlay is a convenient feature that allows you to stream from your iPhone or iPad to another device. Unfortunately, you can't AirPlay content to the Fire Stick.

But that doesn't mean you can't fix the problem. Instead of using AirPlay to connect directly to the Fire Stick, you can use third-party apps to connect the two technologies.

Once the two are linked, you can mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Fire Stick device for viewing on a larger TV or computer screen.

You can't mirror an iPhone directly to a Fire Stick, but you can add an app to the Fire Stick that will act as an intermediary between the two devices. This method is called side loading.

Sideloading means adding apps to your Fire Stick that aren't available in the Amazon store. For example, you can mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Fire Stick by sideloading apps like Kodi to your Fire Stick. To be on the safe side, it's best to only sideload apps from trusted developers.

Mirroring your phone's screen is not the same as using AirPlay to cast from an iPhone or iPad to an AirPlay 2-enabled streaming device. You may not get the same picture results as AirPlay, but you can change the device to landscape mode (rotate it sideways) to improve picture mirroring on the Fire Stick.

If you don't want to go the sideloading route, you can download the AirScreen app from the Appstore, which will allow you to mirror your iPhone or iPad to a Fire Stick. Here's how to do it:

  1. First, download and install the AirScreen app on your Fire Stick.

  2. Once installed, open the app and make sure your Fire Stick and iOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  3. The first time you use the app, you'll be prompted to scan a QR code to connect the app to your Apple device, and when prompted, click Open in Chrome .

  4. You will be prompted to activate the screen mirroring feature on your Apple device. Swipe down from the top right corner of your Apple device to open Control Center and tap the Screen Mirroring icon.

  5. Then select the device you want to screen mirror. After selecting the correct device, your Apple device screen will be mirrored to your Fire Stick and displayed on your TV or monitor.

FAQ
  • You will need the help of a mirroring application such as AirScreen. Select Home > Search to find and download the app to your Fire Stick. Make sure your MacBook and Fire Stick are on the same Wi-Fi network. On your Mac, click the Control Center icon and select the AirScreen app from the menu to start casting.

  • You cannot install this feature on Fire Stick. The workaround is to sideload Kodi with AirPlay functionality on the Fire Stick to mirror your iPhone. If you use apps outside of the Amazon Appstore, you need to take different steps to update sideloaded apps on your Fire Stick.