September 30, 2014

Watch or cast Amazon Instant Video from your device, other Flash content too

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We all know how great Amazon Prime is with its free two-day shipping, Prime Music and unlimited Prime Instant Video steaming. The only problem with subscribing to the service is that unless you want to always use your desktop or laptop or have a Kindle Fire, iOS device, set-top box or gaming system to steam it on, you’re out of luck getting the most out of the service officially from Amazon. Amazon still hasn’t released an app for Android to steam its video service.

Although that’s true, there’s still a way to watch Amazon Instant Video on any Android device and now to cast it to your Chromecast. This can be done with Adobe Flash and Dolphin Browser. Adobe may have stopped supporting Flash for Android, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still work and on Android 4.4 KitKat too!

Here’s how to get Amazon Instant Video as well as any Flash video working on your Android device:

  1. Go to “Settings” >> “Security” >> make sure to allow “Unknown sources”
  2. Download the modified KitKat.Adobe.Flash.Player.11.1.apk on your device and install
  3. From the Google Play Store app, download Dolphin Browser
  4. Open Dolphin Browser and make sure “Dolphin Jetpack” is switched on
  5. Go to “Customize” >> “User Agent” and select “Desktop”
  6. Go to “Web Content” >> “Flash Player” and select “Always on”
  7. In the address bar (still in Dolphin Browser) navigate to Amazon and login to your account as you normally would
  8. Once in the Instant Video section, go into settings and change the video playback from “Silverlight” to “Flash”
  9. Select a move or TV show and enjoy Amazon Instant Video!
  10. Activate Android display mirroring by going to “Android Settings” >> “Display” >> “Cast Screen” if it’s not in your Quick Settings yet

Please note that Google just flipped the switch to allow Android devices to be mirrored to a Chromecast. If you have a supported device, see here for more info, you can mirror your screen and with this, watch Amazon Instant Video on your big screen along with sound as well! If you don’t have mirroring available yet, it may be coming to your device soon as Google rolls out the feature that’s currently in beta.

There you have it… a way to watch Flash content, specifically Amazon Instant Video, on your Android device or on your TV with your Chromecast.

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