Imagine this, casting your Kindle Fire screen to your TV through Chromecast! Even if Amazon prohibits you from accessing anything Google on their tablets, there might be a way to make this happen.
Kindle Fire tablets offer a lot more features than that meets the eye at a price much less than most of its competitors, that is if you don't mind the cheap plastic build and the annoying Fire OS.
And Amazon has been very adamant on their stand on pulverizing anything Google on their tabs, even if they're running on Android. Chromecast, too, has been amiss on Fire Tabs.
To use Chromecast on your Kindle Fire, you will have to sideload a bunch of Google apps like the Google Playstore, Play Services, and the Google Services Framework. Either get them through a third-party app store or install the APKs directly from the browser.
This will article will explain how to use Chromecast on Kindle Fire, including how to share the screen of your Kindle Fire.
How to Enable Chromecast on Kindle Fire
Amazon has been pretty explicit about its stand on admonishing anything Google on their Fire tablets.
Unlike Amazon's fairly imaginative gimmicks like making Alexa read the Bible, sharing the screen with a bigger display has to be one of the most fundamental aspects of a modern-day Smart Tab.
Be it the Play Store or even a relatively insignificant feature like Chromecast, you won't find any of them on a Fire tablet. And so, we are forced to think out of the box to make things happen on a Kindle Fire tablet.
Before getting into setting up Chromecast on your Kindle Fire, you have to get a grasp of some prerequisites to do so.
As a start, Chromecast requires a few other Google services to be enabled on your Kindle Fire to work. These services include Google Playstore, Google Play Services, and the Google Services Framework.
And from experience, you must know that a Kindle Fire tablet doesn't house any of these services inherently.
And no, you can't download them from the Amazon Store.
Hence, we come to the acquisition part. You have two choices at your disposal:
- You could either install the associated APKs directly from the Silk Browser or,
- Get them from a third-party application store.
Regardless of your choice, you'll have to enable some permissions on your Fire tab to install the said services on the device.
To install the required apps, enable the 'Apps from Unknown Sources' option first. Follow these steps to do so:
1. Open the Settings tab on your Kindle Fire (swipe from the top and tap on the Settings icon).
2. Navigate to the Applications option.
3. Toggle ON the Apps From Unknown Sources permission.
Install the Google APKs
Now that you have taken care of the permissions part, let's look at how to install the required apps and services on your Fire tab.
Let's look at the APK route first:
1. Open the Silk browser on your Fire tab and go to the following links:
|Google Play Services||Fire HD 10 - 9th and 11th gen/ HD 8 - 11th gen|
All Others (32bit)
|Google Services Framework||Android 9.0+|
|Google Playstore||All Versions|
*Note: Install the latest versions available. Avoid Beta versions.
2. After downloading the APKs, open the Download section of the Silk browser (click on the menu icon and select Downloads).
3. Install the APKs one by one.
Proceed to set up the apps by logging into your Google account and accepting the permissions.
You'll now have to install the Google Home app. Install it either through the Playstore or from the Silk browser.
Open the app and set it up by logging into your account. Accept the required permissions.
Follow these steps to cast your Fire tab to a supported device:
1. Ensure the device you want to cast the Fire tab to is connected to the same network as the Fire tab.
2. Open the Home app. Then, tap and hold the device icon you want to cast.
3. Tap on the Cast icon to pair and cast the screen.
You could also sideload apps from a third-party AppStore on your Fire tablet. However, you'll have to install the associated APK for the Appstore from the Silk Browser first.
After installing the Appstore, you can grab the above-mentioned apps directly from the store.
Here are some of the best-known app stores available as of right now:
How to Use Display Mirror on Kindle Fire
Even though Amazon forbids Chromecast on their Kindle Fire tablets, you still can cast your screen to a TV if you want to.
To do so, simply avail the services of the Display Mirror feature embedded within the feature list of the Fire tab.
Disclaimer: the Display Mirror feature works only with Amazon devices like Fire TV and Fire Sticks.
It's pretty easy to access the feature on your Fire Tab. Only remember to connect the device you want to cast your Kindle Fire to the same network.
Follow these steps to turn ON the feature in your Tab:
1. From the Home screen, swipe down to access the Quick Menu tab of your Fire tab.
2. Click open the Settings tab.
3. Navigate to the Display and Sounds option.
4. Tap on the Display Mirror option.
5. Select the Amazon device you want to cast your Tab.
And that's pretty much it! You'll now have your tablet screen emulated on a device of your choice.
To stop screen casting your Fire tab, access the Quick Menu and select Stop Mirroring.
How to Get Mirroring/Casting Apps on Kindle Fire
Another way to cast your Kindle Fire screen to another device is to seek the services of third-party apps that may or may not do a better job than the proprietary ones.
You can find a handful of casting apps right from the Amazon store itself, and most of them work as advertised.
All you have to do is to install the app, connect the intended device to the selfsame network as the Fire tab, and voila!
If you want even more flexibility, try the internet for plenty more options.
But for now, let's look at how to get screen mirroring apps on your Fire tab from the Amazon Store:
1. Open the Amazon Appstore on your Fire tab.
2. Search for Casting/Mirroring apps.
3. Choose an app with commendable reviews.
4. Install and set up the app.
Nonetheless, to get some of the best screen mirroring apps on the planet, you would have to install the app as an APK file from the internet.
To do so, make sure to enable Apps from Unknown Sources on your Fire tab and open the Silk browser to get them.
Here are some of the best Screen Mirroring apps available as of right now:
Though the Fire tablet is not the best for reading when compared to the Kindle paperwhite, Amazon has done a pretty excellent job with the Fire Tabs and their super intuitive UI and display.
And so, it would be a no-brainer of an idea to share its screen with a bigger display.
But Amazon's blatant omission of Google apps and services has made sharing the screen a nightmare for its users.
Sure, you could use the in-house Display Mirror feature to some extent but it's limited only to Amazon products like the Fire TVs and the Fire sticks.
So we are forced to adopt drastic measures and sideload APKs and services to get the ever-so-coveted Chromecast on the Fire tab.
Though time-consuming by all means, the process is worth all the wait nonetheless.
You could also seek the services of third-party mirroring apps, as mentioned above, as a viable substitute to either Chromecast or the Display Mirror feature on-board.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I mirror my Fire tablet to my TV?
Amazon has limited the screen mirroring feature of Fire tabs to only Amazon Fire TVs. To do so, switch on the Display Mirror feature from the settings and select the Fire TV or Fire Stick of your choice. Only make sure to connect both devices to the same network.
If you want to share your Kindle Fire's screen with other Smart TVs, better install a third-party mirroring app from the Amazon Store.
Does Google Chrome work on Amazon Fire tablet?
Yes, Google Chrome does work on Kindle Fire tablets. Install the Chrome app from the Amazon Store and log into your Google account to use it.
How do I change from Silk browser to Google?
To change the default browser/search engine on your Silk browser, follow these steps:
1. Open the Silk browser and tap open the Options tab.
2. Click on the Settings option.
3. Select Advanced Settings.
4. Tap on the Search Engine tile and select Google.
Exit the Options menu and restart the browser.