Streaming content players are one of the star products of recent years in the world of technology. And it is that they turn our television into a smart device, saving from buying a Smart TV that does not fit into everyone's budget, as is the case with Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV.
There are more exponents that participate in this sector, but we are going to deal with these two devices precisely, since they are closely related to the subject of this article. It turns out that if we own the Amazon player instead of Google's, we can convert the former to the latter. In other words, use the Fire TV as if it were a Chromecast.
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Is it worth doing?
Amazon Fire TV is the great alternative to the product created by Google. It offers many options, with an increasingly extensive catalog of apps - it did not have YouTube for a while - and that already has its own app to send content from the mobile to the TV, without resorting to that 'Mirror Mode' that did not always work correctly. However, it still has several limitations.
In addition to the fact that it does not have the rest of Google's apps, the biggest problem comes when we want to share a movie or a series from a streaming web page. And it is that Fire TV is not compatible with this type of content, due to the absence of an app called 'Web Video Caster', which allows you to send videos from the web browser, a function that Chromecast does have. However, it is not necessary to change one for another, we can still use Fire TV and have access to this functionality.
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Convert Amazon Fire TV to Chromecast
Therefore, there is still room for hope, since thanks to an app we can achieve this compatibility. The app in question is called All Screen, which we can download for free both on Google Play in the Amazon Store, although we are interested in doing it from the company owned by Jeff Bezos. This program emulates the operation of a Chromecast, so it would already be compatible to send content and videos from web pages to our TV.
To do this, being on the Amazon Fire Stick TV, we go to the “Apps” section located at the top of the TV, or we can also search for it directly in the magnifying glass in the left corner. Next, we choose our device to send the app and the download will begin immediately. On the other hand, we must do the same on the smartphone, although this time it is enough to download it from the Google Play Store.
Once installed on both devices, we are going to start the app on the TV, first, and then on the mobile. Within the Android version we have several options to send content from the web, either by copying the URL of the page in question, or by retransmitting the navigation through Google Chrome. For the first, we go to the “Paste the link” option, and for the second option, click on “Web browsing”, although it is still in Beta for its correct operation.
AirScreen: the alternative option
Like medical consultations, we always look for an alternative as a second opinion, and here it will not be less. If we have already tried All Screen and it has not worked for us, or we simply want to change the app, airscreen It is the one that is best presented to be able to send content. What does not change is the procedure to obtain it, since it is the same.
The difference is that it will not be necessary to download this app on the mobile device, only on Amazon Fire TV, although it will be necessary to have the Google Home app installed. Once this first step is done, to send content to the TV, we are going to enter Google Home, click on the menu with the three horizontal bars, and then select "Send screen or audio".
There we will see the option of the devices to send, of which we will use a device called 'AS-AFTS', which will allow sharing web content. When it is selected, we go to Google Chrome and from the mobile we can send the videos we want to the television.
Last bullet in the magazine: Screen Mirroring for Fire TV
If any of the two previous options does not work for us, or you have simply used this app at some time, you should know that it also serves to share screen on the Amazon device. It allows you to mirror your screen in real time with HD quality on Fire TV. Share your photos, videos, games, websites, applications, presentations and documents with friends and family. It has great advantages compared to Fire TV's built-in Screen Mirroring based on Miracast.
Mirror Mode will always remain
If we really want to try the Fire TV Mirror Mode or the apps do not finish working on our device, we can choose this option. The first thing you need to be able to use the mirror mode on the Fire TV Stick is a device with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system or higher, although you can also do it with the Kindle Fire HDX 7, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Fire HDX 8.9 of the own Amazon.
The advantage is that there is no reason to download a third-party app, although we will need the device to have support for the Miracast technology. Currently, some of the models do not have it and others do, such as Xiaomi, Samsung, OnePlus or Huawei, and if you do not have a mobile of this brand you can always find out on the website of your manufacturer to check it. To activate the Mirror Mode, we must do the following:
- On the Fire TV, select Settings> Display and sound> Turn on mirroring.
- On the Android mobile, connect to the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, normally you must go to settings and click on "send screen".
One detail that cannot be escaped is knowing what it is about Miracast. It is a standard based on Wi-Fi connections with which two compatible devices can be connected. One will act as a receiver and the other as a transmitter, and you will be able to send both video and audio. It is the same as an HDMI, but without cables.