Updated: December 11th, 2017
* This solution WORKS 100% to get Amazon Prime on Apple TV *
To get Amazon Prime setup on your Apple TV, go through the following steps right now:
- Once you've signed up and opened your Amazon Prime account on your iPad, iPhone or even iPod Touch, then go ahead and start streaming the media you want to watch on your Apple TV
- Bring up "Options" on your device by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
- Select "AirPlay".
- In AirPlay, scroll down and enable 'Mirroring'.
Total time for solution: 1 Minute
how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV
in more detail:
As soon as Amazon Prime was launched I knew I'd be an avid user. Having already been instantly hooked on Netflix and other early on demand media streaming services, I was excited to dive into all the glorious exclusive TV shows and movies offered by Amazon Prime.
I immediately signed up and got myself an Amazon Prime account -- all that was left was to hook this brilliant media streaming service up to my Apple TV so I could conveniently access and enjoy Amazon Prime on my big home TV along with all the other services offered on my Apple TV...
However, I was massively disappointed. Can you watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV? Sadly no - Amazon Prime is not available on Apple TV, nor is it able to be integrated in any obvious, simple way. This was either due to Amazon and Apple having not reached an agreement (which seems most likely) and/or that the rumours of Apple launching their own "Amazon Prime" type on-demand media streaming service soon (which also seems likely).
Either way, I was super bummed out -- but not ready to be defeated! I dived in to some online research to see if there is a way to figure out how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV in a few simple, non-technical steps, and I found a method that works 100%, which I defined at the very start of this quick guide (scroll up to see this.)
This is the best and most efficient workaround I have found on how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV to date.
Importantly, I want to mention another issue I faced when traveling outside of the US to visit some friends in the UK. With none of them being Amazon Prime users, I was looking forward to introducing then to some of the great TV shows thereon during my stay.
Unfortunately though, upon arriving at my friend's apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland, and turning on my iPad to AirPlay Amazon Prime onto his Apple TV -- I was swiftly denied access to my Amazon Prime account!
The above message was presented on my friend's Apple TV screen, which was incredibly frustrating and unexpected. I was going to be in the UK for more than two weeks, so not having access to my Amazon Prime account (of which I was still paying monthly for) was an annoying prospect.
Netflix are very generous with their service in this regard, because although they also have individual distribution agreements for each and every country their service is available in -- they simply present users the according "version" of Netflix, depending on the user's location at that time.
Amazon Prime, however, are not so generous. If you want to access Amazon Prime video streaming in the UK and you already have a US Amazon Prime account, then you must sign up and pay for the UK Amazon Prime service. That sucks!
Thus, being the ever-determined person I am, I went ahead and researched to find an effective solution to this issue that would let me watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV abroad once and for all -- and I figured it out! So here is my quick guide on how you can do this, too...
How to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV Abroad
Step 1: Get a VPN-Enabled Router
To explain quickly why using a VPN is the best approach for this solution, you just need to understand that the way Amazon Prime knows whether to grant or deny you access to the service based on your location, is through checking your IP address -- and by using a VPN, you can effectively and securely change your IP address to show your location as whatever you decide.
So with that in mind, the first step in this process is to go ahead and get yourself and VPN-enabled router. You need to do this because unfortunately Apple TV is not "VPN compatible", so you instead need to put the VPN on your home router, then connect your Apple TV to your home internet accordingly.
If you don't already have a VPN-enabled router, then simply grab any one of these and wait for it to be delivered out to you. The great benefit of setting up a VPN on your router is that, once connected to the router, every single device you use in your home will be connected to the internet through your VPN -- increasing the privacy and security of your online data.
When your router is delivered, plug that bad boy in and move onto the next step...
Step 2: Sign up for VPN
There are a lot of VPN providers to choose from, so after checking out a whole bunch of the top-rated ones, I settled on using ExpressVPN for this solution. Thus, it will be the example VPN I use throughout the following setup steps.
So go to ExpressVPN\\\'s website and choose the plan that best suits your commitment preference and budget. Once you've done this, process and confirm your account details. Here's a quick breakdown of this process to help you through it:
Step 3: Download & Install VPN Software
With your account confirmed and setup, click on the link you receive in your confirmation email that will take you to the download area on ExpressVPN's website.
In this area, click on the appropriate download link for the device you're currently using. For example, I was using my Macbook for this, so I chose the OS X download link.
Once the software is downloaded onto your device, follow the automatic installation steps then move onto the next step of connecting your VPN to your VPN-enabled router. This step is the most "technical" part of this whole guide, but only because you need to enter a bunch of details into your router preferences. Thankfully, ExpressVPN have a clear and detailed guide on how to do exactly this, which you can see here.
Apple TV >>> VPN >>> Router
Going through the steps in ExpressVPN's setup guide for this, you will see that every piece of information you enter will never change apart from just one thing: the server location you choose to join each time you connect to the VPN.
Step 4: Connect to US-based Server on VPN
This is the most important part of the whole setup guide, since the location you choose to join on your VPN will change your IP address (and thus change your location) to represent this. So in my case, I chose a US-based server location on my ExpressVPN software, then entered those details into my friend's VPN-enabled router preferences.
Once I had done this, my IP address was changed instantly, and I was then able to access my Amazon Prime account from my UK location, on my friend's Apple TV -- because both my iPad and my friend's Apple TV were connected to the VPN-enabled router, and thus were now connected to the US-based server I chose.
Step 5: Setup Amazon Prime Account & Enjoy
At this point if you already have an Amazon Prime account, then all you need to do is login then AirPlay your Amazon Prime media to your Apple TV via the steps I mentioned earlier in this guide.
If you do not yet have an Amazon Prime account, then since you are now "appearing" within the US, you can signup for a US-based Amazon Prime account, then once setup you are free to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV from any location you want!
To further lay out this clever 'unblocking' of the awesome US library of Amazon Prime from anywhere in the world, here are some quick walkthroughs for the most commonly asked unblockings:
How to watch Amazon Prime in France
The US version of Amazon Prime is not available in France because of the issue of rights. The content that Amazon streams is mostly owned by production companies who sell Amazon the rights to use it. These rights are sold by country, so whilst Amazon may hold he rights to show a particular show in the US, it does not mean they have the rights to show the same show in France.
Therefore, they have to restrict access to the site in other countries in order to ensure that they are not broadcasting shows in places where they do not hold the rights to do so.
The same aforementioned geo-blocking technique based on your device's IP address is how the service implements this. So to get around it, go through the following quick steps:
1. Grab that VPN, download it, install it, then launch it.
2. Connect to a US-based server location from the options available.
3. Refresh your Amazon Prime service in the browser, then login. If it asks you to sign up once more, since you won't have a US Amazon Prime account, then go ahead and do this.
4. Get watching your favourite US-available Amazon Prime shows!
How to watch US Amazon Prime in UK
Just like French-based online users, Amazon Prime customers in the UK are not given access to the amazing US version of the service, which most likely contains most of the shows they want to see.
So to get past this, you want to go through the exact same 4 steps as laid out above for the Amazon Prime in France solution. As long as you make sure to connect to a US located server when joining the VPN, you will unblock your device to work within the United States and give you that glorious US Amazon Prime library to enjoy as long as you want.
How to watch Amazon Prime Outside US
By this point you (should!) be able to anticipate that the solution is the same from wherever your non-US location may be.
Such is the power of using a VPN to fix this issue, you can be located in any country on this earth, and by simply popping onto the software and connecting to a US-based city server - you will have complete access to US Amazon Prime. Awesome stuff.
Thus ends my quick guide on how to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV from any location you happen to be in. Should you want to try out another VPN provider, then I definitely recommend the following five best providers that I personally reviewed and found to be the best value:
So next time someone you know wonders, "can you watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV?" -- you can confidently tell them that they can, then show them this quick solution!
Any other ways to watch US Amazon Prime abroad?
Although using a VPN is the by far the best solution to do it, there is an alternative approach you can consider in order to watch US Amazon Prime abroad.
The technical process with which a VPN works is also used by a another IP-controlling process known as a SmartDNS.
A SmartDNS also re-routes your internet connection through an independent server, allowing your device's IP address to change and thus bypass the geo-blocking that the Amazon Prime has in place on its service.
So what is the difference between the two? Privacy protection.
You see, when you connect to a SmartDNS, you are getting zero encryption placed onto your internet activity and data. This means any and all of your online behaviour and passwords, data, photos, videos, messages, etc can be accessed, monitored an even stored by any individual that might want to hack into your connection.
Now, of course privacy protection is not the main reason you stumbled across this guide. You simply just want to watch Amazon Prime on your Apple TV from anywhere in the world. So - if that is all you want, then by all means check out SmartDNS service providers and find one that has unblocked US-based servers that can get you access to the sacred US library of Amazon Prime.
However, it is worth stating that the pricing difference (yes, you also have to pay for a SmartDNS service - if a free one is available, you can basically guarantee that it will not work) between a SmartDNS service and a VPN provider is a couple dollars at most.
This is why I strongly recommend going with the VPN. It just makes sense to get the military-grade level of encryption on your online data/activity, while also getting access to US Amazon Prime on your Apple TV from around the globe.
Either way, you now have the keys to the castle! By using a VPN you have complete control over the IP address of any device you own that you want to unblock and access online streaming services through.
NOTE: Amazon has been actively attempting to "catch" IP addresses that are coming through VPN or SmartDNS services -- do not worry - by "catch" I mean that they simply identify servers that are associated with such services and ban them. Nothing bad happens to you. You just annoyingly won't be able to access the service if this happens.
I personally re-check the VPN provider that we recommend in this guide every 2 weeks to insure that it is still effectively allowing access to the US Amazon Prime library for users around the globe.
Thanks for reading this guide. I hope it answered the question you were looking for, but if you have any feedback or questions at all -- don't hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.