Unlike the previous generation Firestick, the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (along with Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Cube) do not support native screen mirroring. Meaning, you can not cast your iPhone or Android device to your firestick, right out of the box. But thankfully, there is a simple workaround.
For the unknown, AirPlay is Apple’s wireless technology that lets you stream content wirelessly between Apple devices. For example, you can use Airplay to cast iPhone’s screen (which act as a source) to Apple TV (which works as a receiver), obviously both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Now, even though, Firestick doesn’t support Airplay right out of the box, there are a handful of third-party apps that support Google Cast, Miracast and off course AirPlay. Let’s check them out.
AirScreen is one of the most popular apps to mirror both Android and iOS screens to the Firestick. It simulates the AirPlay protocol on a local server running on the Firestick. You can simply tap the device from the control center to turn on the screen mirroring.
To get this working, install the AirScreen app from the Amazon store (link below). Next head over to your iPhone and swipe up, to bring up the quick settings tab and press Screen Mirroring (Airplay). It shows you a list of active devices, tap Airscreen server tile and viola, you can now successfully stream your iOS screen on the Fire TV Stick 4K. While testing the app, it worked really well and I had no issues, however, Fire TV Stick 4K sometimes didn’t connect which might be a bug because the same worked flawlessly on the older Firestick. You can get the app for free from Amazon.
- Easy to use UI
- Quick Connection
- Fast feed transfer
- Unreliable connection of the Firestick 4K (maybe it’s the software issue)
Install AirScreen (firestick)
2. AirPin Pro
Just like AirScreen, this app creates a server on the Firestick to simulate the AirPlay protocol. However, if you just want to play some music from your phone on the TV, you can do it with this app. It can come in handy when you don’t want to show the phone’s UI and navigation just to play some music. The app is paid and would cost you $4.99 but you can try the free version to see if the app works for you.
- Local Connection Feed transfer
- Different modes of AirPlay for Video and Audio
- UI is confusing for the first-timers
Install AirPin Pro (Firestick)
3. iWebTV Player
Firestick has an official app for most of the video services like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, etc, but what if you want to watch videos from websites other than these? iWebTV Player lets you surf the web on your iPhone and the push the videos to your Fire TV Stick. Just download the app on both iPhone and the Firestick and you’re done.
While I was testing the app, I felt that it would be a little confusing for new users to use this app as it is not available on the Amazon Store, however, you can check out this video to get acquainted on how to sideload apps on Aptoide TV.
- Play a wide range of videos from the web
- Intuitive App UI
- Automatic connection establishment
- Installation on Firestick is a little tedious
Check out Aptoide TV
4. Video & TV Cast
The previous app lets you cast videos from the web to the Fite TV Stick but it couldn’t fling your personal media to the TV. Video & TV Cast can push your personal media files from your Camera Roll and even the iCloud to the Firestick over the local network. Just install the app on both devices and enjoy the videos of your cute cat on the Fire TV Stick. Cool isn’t it.
The free version is more of a trial where you can only stream the latest three media files from the Camera Roll. You would have to shell out $6.99 to unlock all the features locked behind the paywall.
- Ability to stream Files from Camera Roll and iCloud
- Media transfer on the local network
- The free version doesn’t offer much
Mirror your iPhone on the FireStick
These were some of the best apps which let you view your iPhone screen on the big screen. AirScreen and AirPin Pro are efficient and available on the Amazon Store. iWebTV Player is available on Aptoide TV which makes it a little difficult to install but it is worth it. The last app is perfect for times when you just want to mirror your old photos and videos to the TV. While you’re at it, buy an MHL cable, it’d be a good investment if you ever want to stream the phone directly to the TV using the HDMI port. Which app do you use to mirror your iPhone screen to the Firestick, let me know in the comments below?