How to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV

Can you watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV? Yes and no. There is currently no Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV; however, Apple announced an Amazon Prime app would be coming to Apple TV this year. While the Amazon Prime video app isn’t yet on Apple TV, we’ll show you how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV with and without the official app. Until the Amazon Prime Video app drops for Apple TV, you can still technically watch Amazon Prime on your Apple TV using AirPlay. Whether you want to catch up on episodes of Man in the High Castle or Transparent, where there’s a will to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV, there’s a way. Here’s how to watch Amazon Prime on your Apple TV.

Related: 8 Best iPhone Apps You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Amazon Prime on Apple TV is something we’ve all been waiting for. Once the app is officially available, we’ll update this post to reflect the complete picture. But we’ve got an idea of what it will be like once the app is out and a solution you can use in the meantime.

Amazon Prime is much more than a streaming video service. Subscribers to Prime get a bunch of great benefits, starting with free two-day shipping on many items, and including free ebooks, free music, and free videos. But Amazon Prime having no Apple TV Amazon Video app is a glaring absence. Apple recently launched cross-app voice search, using the Siri remote for Apple TV. This allows a user to say "play Star Trek" and the Apple TV will do the hard work of finding Star Trek movies and shows regardless of which app or service is required. If a desired movie or show is on Amazon Video, the search feature won't find it. But overall, you can watch Amazon Prime on your Apple TV, so long as you have an iOS device (or Mac) and a second generation Apple TV or later. We’ve broken this how-to up into three sections: how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV with the official app, how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and how to do it using a Mac.

How to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV with the Prime Video App

At the time of writing this, Amazon Prime doesn’t currently have a video app for Apple TV; however, once the app is released, you can surely use this method to starting watching Amazon Prime shows on your Apple TV.

  • Open up the App Store on your Apple TV.
  • Search for and download the Amazon Prime video app.
  • Once it’s downloaded, open up the app and log into your Amazon account.
  • Find the show you want to watch and play it!

I am very much looking forward to this app; it could come out as soon as this month but likely (hopefully) before the end of this year. In the meantime, use the tips below to watch Amazon Prime on your Apple TV.

How to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV Using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • Download and open the free Amazon Video app for Amazon Prime subscribers on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Log into your Amazon Prime account if you haven’t already.
  • When you find the desired video, start playing it.
  • Then look for the AirPlay logo in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap that to select your Apple TV and use AirPlay to send the audio and video stream.

  • It’s good to note that you can lock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and the video will still play. This is important for conserving your iOS device’s battery life while AirPlaying Amazon Prime to your Apple TV.

It's not perfect but it works. Amazon Video offers some clever enhancements like X-Ray, which lets you access information about the actors currently on screen, on your iOS device while the movie plays on the big screen. You can also enable or disable captioning, pause, rewind, fast forward, and even use the timeline to move back and forth in the video.

How to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV Using a Mac

There are, technically, two ways to watch Amazon Prime on your Apple TV using a Mac. One way is notably easier than the other and we’ll describe this method in full detail below. If you’re streaming Amazon Prime from a Mac to your Apple TV, the easiest way is to, once again, using AirPlay. However, you can also acquire a couple different cables and do it the old-fashioned HDMI way. Here’s how to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV using your Mac with AirPlay:

  • Open your preferred browser on your Mac. Naviagate to Amazon.com and log-in with your Amazon Prime account information.
  • Navigate to Amazon Video and find the show or movie you want to watch.
  • There are two ways to AirPlay Amazon Prime to your Apple TV from here:        
  • ​Open Preferences on Mac, tap Displays, and select your Apple TV from the AirPlay Display drop down list near the bottom.

  • OR, on the very top menu bar of your Mac, to the left of the day and time, you’ll see the AirPlay icon. Click it and select your Apple TV.

  • On your Mac, you'll be prompted to enter the Apple TV's AirPlay code, which is generated each time and appears on the Apple TV's screen. Enter the code. 
  • Play your selected show or movie. Enjoy watching Amazon Prime on your Apple TV!

Another option is to use an HDMI cable. Of course, depending on the Mac you own, you’ll also need an adapter for the HDMI cable. I recommend looking at the available ports on your Mac, then visiting Amazon or Apple online to find an adapter that will fit a port on your Mac and has a place to plug in an HDMI cable (or is an HDMI cable with built-in adapter). This may take a little bit of time to figure out just what you need, but if AirPlay isn’t working for you, this is a great option.

Why isn’t there an Amazon Video app for Amazon Prime customers on Apple TV? Amazon competes with Apple, not just in devices like the Kindle Fire versus the Apple iPad but in selling and streaming media. I usually am disappointed if I write an article and Apple releases a new product that makes it obsolete. But in this case, I'd rejoice. Until Apple and Amazon can work things out, this will have to do.

 

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.