We all know that the Amazon Fire TV is the best device out there for pulling great content from the Internet. But there are some cases where you might want to use it to show your pictures or play music from your Android phone or tablet. In the past, this has required the installation of software to facilitate this functionality. But in most cases, your Android device is already capable of interfacing with your Fire TV device already. I’ll show you how easy it is to do it.
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Enable Display Mirroring on the Amazon Fire TV device
The first thing you want to do is to turn on the Display Mirroring feature on the Amazon Fire TV device. From the home screen of your Fire TV, slide over to the right until you get to Settings.
Then scroll over until Display & Sounds is highlighted and then click on it.
In this menu, you will see Enable Display Mirroring. Click on that to put the Fire TV device into Display Mirroring mode.
The Fire TV device will go into Display Mirroring mode and begin broadcasting its availability over the network as a remote display. At this point, any device that supports display mirroring can connect to the Fire TV and use it as a display. Your screen will display the following while mirroring mode is active. Pressing any button on the Amazon remote will exit mirroring mode.
Tech Note: Apparently the display mirroring function utilizes the ADB server and takes over exclusive control of it. While Display Mirroring was enabled, I was unable to connect to the Fire TV and take screenshots using the adbLink screenshot tool. For most this isn’t an issue. But just an observation I made.
Enable Display Mirroring on the Android device
Now for the Android side of the equation. You will need to connect the Fire TV display to your device. In Android, this is a function that is native. Android directly supports display mirroring. It’s just a matter of finding the setting on your particular brand of device. The only pre-requisite is that your Android device must be on the same network as the Fire TV device. So, be sure they are both connected to the same WiFi connection.
Different Android devices have different methods of mirroring their displays. I use a Huawei phone, and it has a quick menu toggle called MirrorShare.
Samsung devices have a section under the settings called Connect and Share where you can turn on Display Mirroring.
Whatever device you have, and whatever it is called, you will enable it and it will search for all the displays on your network that are standing by for input. In this case, you will see your Fire TV device and you will select it. Remember that you need to be on the same wireless network as your Fire TV device for this to work. Once you have selected your Fire TV device to cast to, the screen will automatically be mirrored. This includes sound. So you can run YouTube and cast it to your TV so it comes out on the TV speakers. Here is a snapshot of my phone on my TV.
Display Mirroring using your Android device and your Amazon Fire TV device is easy. I have found a lot of different uses for Display Mirroring including presentations, lessons, demonstrations and just showing my photos and videos to my friends. I’m sure you will find a lot of other applications for this feature that is built-in to almost every modern Android device.