How to Watch Amazon Instant or Prime on the Apple TV

The Apple TV has a lot of different options for streaming videos, but Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant are not one of them (at least, at the time of this writing they aren’t). However, Apple and Amazon recently allowed users to watch the Amazon Instant app on their TVs via AirPlay on the Apple TV. So if you have an Apple TV, an iPhone 5 and an Amazon account, you can read this tutorial to learn how to watch your Amazon content on your television.

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Using AirPlay with Amazon Instant on the iPhone 5

Note that this tutorial will assume that you already have the Amazon Instant app on your iPhone 5, and that you have set it up with your Amazon account info. If you have not yet installed the app, you can read this article to learn how to install apps on the iPhone 5. Additionally, make sure that you have installed any available updates for the Amazon Instant app and the Apple TV. Once the app and the Apple TV are set up and updated, you can follow the steps below to start watching Amazon Instant on your television with the Apple TV.


Step 1: Turn on your Apple TV, then switch your television to the input channel to which the Apple TV is connected. Additionally, make sure that your Apple TV and iPhone are connected to the same wireless network.


Step 2: Touch the Instant Video icon to open the Amazon video app.

launch the amazon instant video app



Step 3: Browse to the video that you want to watch over the Apple TV.

browse to the video you want to watch



Step 4: Touch the green Watch Now button.

start the video



Step 5: Touch the TV icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

touch the tv icon



Step 6: Select the Apple TV option.

select the apple tv option



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The Roku 1 is another great video-streaming option if you find that your Apple TV doesn’t have enough options. Read our Roku 1 review here. newsletter

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