The Amazon Fire TV Stick is used primarily for hours and hours of television goodness, but did you know it also allows you to use your TV as a second screen? That’s right; you can use a Windows 10 computer or laptop to display important content right to your television.
Mirroring Windows 10 to your Amazon Fire TV Stick lets you throw up internet pages in meetings or share the most embarrassing Facebook snaps on a larger screen. You can also mirror your Android or IOS/iPhone device to a Fire TV Stick.
Whether you’re sharing with family or co-workers or needing to see content better, this article has all the details on how to mirror Windows 10 on a Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube.
Setting Up Mirroring on Your Fire TV Stick
The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare your Firestick for mirroring. You can do this from your television, where the device is connected.
- On the main page, select “Settings” or hold down the “Home” button on your remote. “Settings” provides all options while the “Home” button serves as a “Quick Settings” menu that brings up the most common options.
- Choose “Mirroring” from the menu.
- Next, select “Enable Display Mirroring.”
Note: You may need to redo this procedure if the Fire TV Stick gives up looking for a device before setting up your computer.
Setting Up Mirroring for Windows 10 to Fire Stick
Once you have successfully turned on the mirroring option on your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube, it’s time to activate mirroring on your Windows 10 device.
Mirror Windows 10 to Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube using Connect
- On the bottom right corner of the screen, click on the “Notification” icon.
- Now, select “Connect.” You can also use the “Win+K” keyboard shortcut to access the connect page directly.
- Select your Amazon Fire TV Stick from the list. If it does not appear, ensure you have activated 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 then select “Display settings.”
- The menu you see may look different depending on the model of your laptop and your version of Windows 10, but click on the “Display” 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 the 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.
- Sign in with your existing Plex account or create a new one.
- Make sure that your PC and Firestick are both connected to the same wifi network.
- Begin streaming using Plex, just as you would on your PC.
Troubleshooting Windows 10 to Fire TV Stick Mirroring
Screen mirroring is a practical solution that requires no cables or special software. Unfortunately, as with all technological things, some glitches and problems arise.
If you’re having trouble connecting your devices, here are a few things to help resolve 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: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Even if you’ve already checked that both devices are on the same network, ensure they are on the same frequency. For instance, you might have a laptop or Firestick connected to a guest network that runs on the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band but isn’t the secured network your other device uses.
There are several channels that a particular Wi-Fi band can operate on, just like channels on a radio. This feature prevents overlapping and interference from other networks.
2. Reboot Your Firestick
Several users have reported turning on the Firestick Mirroring feature, but it still didn’t work. Turn your Firestick off, then back on again. This process often helps when your Windows 10 device isn’t detecting the Firestick, even though they’re on the same network. Check that the mirroring feature is enabled and scan for it on your computer again.
3. Confirm Your Fire TV Stick is Detected in Windows 10
Assuming you’ve tried the first two steps above and your computer still isn’t showing your Firestick under the “Connect” function, there may be a more significant problem. First, you’ll want to see if it’s detecting any other devices. If it is, it’s likely not a hardware issue meaning the problem is with the Firestick, or it’s with your computer’s software.
Check for software updates in Windows 10 by using the Win+I keyboard shortcut. If an update is available, select it, and follow the prompts to bring your system current.
You can also check that your drivers are up-to-date as well. If they aren’t, go ahead and update them, then try searching for your Firestick.
4. Confirm Whether it is a Windows 10 Hardware or Software Issue
To identify the source that’s causing your Fire Stick to go undetected in the Windows 10 mirroring function, run the Windows Troubleshooter to find and correct any errors within your computer.
- Type “Troubleshooting” into your PC’s Search bar and click on Troubleshoot settings.
- Now, click on Additional troubleshooters.
- Then, select Incoming Connections and test for errors. If no problems are found, you have another issue. If something does come up, let Windows take you through the resolution.
Regardless of your reasons to mirror Windows 10 to a Firestick, you now know how to do so. If you experience connection issues, start by checking that both devices connect to the same network, and if that doesn’t work, ensure your device supports mirroring.
Fire TV Stick Mirroring FAQs
What can I do if the “Connect” option appears greyed out?
If you’re following the steps above and the “Connect” option appears greyed out, it likely means that the Windows device you have doesn’t have built-in Wireless Display (WiDi) support. We usually see this in older PCs, especially those released during the Windows 7 era.
If you’re using an older PC later updated to Windows 10, you may not have the requirements needed to mirror. You’re not entirely out of options here; you can purchase a wireless display transmitter that plugs into your USB port or upgrade your machine.
Why is my Fire TV Stick not detected when both devices are on the same network?
If you’re having trouble getting the two devices to recognize each other while on the same network, it’s likely because one device is on the 5Ghz band, and the other connects to the 2.5Ghz band.
You need to go into the Network Settings on each device and switch them to the same band. One device may not work with the 5Ghz band.
To change bands, connect to the Wi-Fi SSD that does not say 5Ghz, such as (“techguy_21” instead of “techguy_21 5Ghz”).
Not all routers label a 5Ghz SSID as 5Ghz, but it is pretty standard.
Can I mirror my Windows 10 screen to a Firestick without Wi-Fi?
You will need a Wi-Fi connection to link your Windows 10 screen to a Firestick. However, you don’t need the internet. With an HDMI cable, your Firestick doesn’t have an extra HDMI port to accept the transfer of information. If you need to connect your laptop or PC to a TV but do not have Wi-Fi, it’s better to bypass the Firestick altogether.
If you have Mobile Hotspot capabilities on your cell phone or use a hotspot device, you can connect both the Firestick and Windows 10 PC to that network.
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