Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great streaming service that gives you one-of-a-kind shows to watch. Fire Stick has a lot of features and that’s why it is quite popular among the techies. With its portability and easy-to-use properties, one may wish to use a Fire Stick on a laptop or a computer. But is it really possible? Is it easy to do so? Let’s jump into this article on “Can You Use A Fire Stick On A Laptop?” and get all the answers.
You can do literally millions of things with your Fire TV Stick. Watch PPV on Fire Stick, do seamless streaming and so much more. A lot of you might be surprised to know that you can also conduct zoom meetings on Fire Stick. All these things are super easy to do on Fire Stick, but is the process to use a Fire Stick on a Laptop as easy?
Let’s not keep you waiting anymore. We have answered everything about the query ‘Can you use a Fire Stick on a Laptop’ below. You will get the best solutions and alternatives here. So, keep reading till the end to find the easiest solutions.
Can You Use A Firestick On A Laptop?
Yes, you can use a Fire Stick on a Laptop, however, it is not easy. You’ll need many devices to connect and display the Fire Stick visuals on your Laptop screen. Although every laptop has an HDMI port, it is the output port that displays the laptop content on some other device when connected. For using a Fire Stick on a laptop you need to have an HDMI input port. But not every laptop has an HDMI-in port.
So, how can you connect your Fire Stick to your laptop and what are the obstacles in doing so? Let’s cover everything about it.
Obstacles To Use A Fire Stick On A Laptop
Before we talk about how Fire Stick will connect to your laptop, it’s important to know how Fire Stick works. Usually, Fire Stick is connected to the television via an HDMI-in port. Almost all of the laptops that we buy today also have HDMI ports, so we simply need to connect with a laptop and it will start displaying content, right? No!! The HDMI ports in laptops are only output ports. They can only broadcast the laptop screen to another device.
Since the laptop and Fire Stick have both output ports, it becomes a little difficult to send the signals from a device and receive from the other. Now, you would think only if the HDMI port in your laptop would be the input port, every problem will be solved. Unfortunately, that’s also a big no! The HDMI port of your laptop is not connected to your monitor but to the graphics card. There is no practical hardware path to send the HDMI signal to the monitor of your laptop.
So, what do we do? Well, if you want to make things easy and least complicated simply mirror the laptop to your Fire Stick. We have provided the easiest steps to mirror your laptop to your Fire Stick. Keep scrolling to find the solution.
Easiest Ways To Use A Fire Stick On A Laptop
Now, the ways that we have mentioned are your only chances to connect your Fire Stick to a laptop. It might get a little complicated but we will help you through it. So, have a look at the following solutions-
1. Use HDMI-in Laptop
As we already told you, a lot of the laptops that are in high demand today, do not have HDMI-in ports, you can try to get your hands on the laptops that have these input ports. As impossible it might sound, there are many options in laptops that actually offer HDMI-in ports.
Here is a list of laptops with HDMI input ports-
- Alienware 17 R1
- Alienware M17xR3
- Alienware M17xR4
- Alienware 18
- Alienware M18x
- Alienware M18xR2
- Clevo X7200
- Clevo X8100
Easy, Right? No, bro, nothing’s that easy when you are trying to use a Fire Stick on a Laptop. If you are reading this article in 2021, then you probably will not bother looking (and actually buying) these laptops. Most of the technology used in these laptops is outdated in the present world.
Alienware M17xR4 was launched in 2012 and it was a pretty great device at that time. However, the same cannot be said in 2021. There are a lot of chances that the CPU and GPU of these won’t even work with Fire Stick. Also, if you want to use the Fire Stick on your laptop when you are traveling then it just might not be the best solution for you.
2. Use A Capture Card or A Video Capture Device
A Capture Card or a video capture device is simply a hardware device that records audio and video data from a device (Fire Stick in our case) and then transfers it to a computer (laptop in our case).
In other words, a video capture device simply converts the audio-visual data from Fire Stick into data that can be understood by your laptop. Easy enough? Also, know that the conversion is not real-time. You can actually download data from your Fire Stick to watch it later on your laptop. Now, that’s really cool to do.
How to Use a Capture Card with a Fire Stick?
To give you a clear example, we will use the Elgato HD60 S video capture card here. It’s a great capture card plus it’s easily available on online as well as offline stores. Moreover, you will need a powerful laptop to run Elgato HD60 S with it. The minimum requirements are macOS Sierra or Windows 10 64-bit PC.
Things You’ll Need Along With A Capture Card
- USB-C port
- Core i5 CPU
- High-end Graphics Card like NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600
What About HDCP?
There isn’t just one but many obstacles to using a Fire Stick on a laptop. We can use a video capture device to convert the data of Fire Stick. However, Amazon Fire Stick does not allow us to do it. Obviously, no streaming service will allow anyone to copy its data. For this purpose, Fire Sticks use HDCP which is a High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection protocol. And capture cards do not work well with HDCP. So, what do we do?
We will use an HDMI Splitter here to bypass the HDCP protocol. This will break the encryption and let you save all the Fire Stick data on your capture card. From a capture card, you can easily transfer the saved data on your laptop.
How To Mirror A Laptop To Your Fire Stick?
If you want to avoid all the drama, simply mirror the Fire Stick screen to your laptop and enjoy seamless streaming. Using this method, you can even mirror a computer to your Fire Stick.
On Fire TV Stick device:
- Click on the Home button and hold.
- Click on the “Mirroring” option and select “Enable Display Mirroring”.
On Windows Laptop or PC:
Before doing these steps make sure you have a wireless adapter connected with your system.
- Click on the notification icon displayed on the right side of your Taskbar.
- Hit “Connect”. A list will be shown displaying all the devices you can connect with.
- Click on your Fire Stick device.
- Now, click on “Settings”, then on “System”.
- Click on “Display”. Here you can change the quality of the mirroring.
If you use a MacBook then try using a third-party app to mirror the Fire Stick screen on your laptop. You can also watch the video to learn:
I hope now you learned the answer to your query “Can You Use A Firestick On A Laptop?”. We tried to cover as many alternatives as we can. You might need to buy some capture cards and USB cables to do this.
Before you try these methods, know that only the mirroring method is tried and tested. All the other methods are probable and will work on speculation. Tell us in the comment section if you will try them out or not. Do not forget to share this article with your friends.