How To Connect an Amazon Fire Tablet to a Projector | Ultimate Guide

The Amazon Fire Tablet devices are a fantastic range of devices capable of playing all of the latest games, movies, and TV shows in a glorious HD.

Fire OS, uses the Amazon AppStore to deliver a fine selection of apps to tablet users.

As the device is a treasure trove of entertainment the only thing letting it down in this area is the lack of a large screen to enjoy all of this content.

Fear not, as this article will show you the three ways in which you can connect your Amazon fire Tablet to your projector so that you can enjoy all of this content on a screen much larger than your TV.

What are the options to connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to your projector?

 There are three main options when trying to connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to your projector.

  1. Screen mirroring.
  2. Cable from Amazon Fire Tablet to the projector.
  3. App to the projector.

This article will begin by stepping you through the most straightforward of all of these options.

How to connect an Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector by mirroring

“Mirroring” is the ability to wirelessly stream the audio and video outputs of your tablet or phone to an external screen such as a projector.

Mirroring is an incredibly convenient and powerful way of displaying your tablet screen to a projector due to its simplicity.

For mirroring to work, both your tablet and projector need to support the technology.  The good news is that the Amazon Fire Tablet does support this.

Many modern “smart” projectors support mirroring as standard however there are many older models of projector that do not.

There are dongles that can be attached to a projector input port that supports mirroring and therefore extend this functionality to projectors that wouldn’t ordinarily support this.  See link below.

HDMI to Miracast dongle (see the latest price on Amazon)

Once you have checked your projector manufacturer’s instructions to see it supports Miracast or mirroring, or you have purchased a Miracast dongle, follow the instructions below to mirror your Amazon Fire Tablet to your projector.

  1. On your Fire tablet, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings.
  2. Select Display & Sounds and then select Display Mirroring. Your Fire tablet will search for your projector or HDMI to Miracast dongle.
  3. Select the name of your Projector or Miracast dongle. The first time you try to connect it can take up to 20 seconds to do so. After 20 seconds, your Amazon Fire Tablet screen should appear on your projector.
  4. If you were using a Miracast dongle, select HDMI as the source on your projector.  Then move onto the next step.

To stop mirroring your Amazon Fire Tablet, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Stop Mirroring.

Connect an Amazon Fire Tablet via an app

Some projectors support another form of wireless streaming however they do this via an inbuilt app to the projector.  You will need to check your manufacturer’s website to check for compatibility.

Your projector will need to be joined to your WiFi network for this to work.

If your projector does support this functionality then the next step is to download and install the corresponding app to your Amazon Fire Tablet using the instructions given by the manufacturer.

As long as your Amazon Fire Tablet is connected to the same WiFi as your projector, then it should show up in the device list within the app.

Then follow the instructions to display your Amazon Fire Tablet screen or media to the projector.

How to connect an Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector by a cable

All Amazon Fire Tablets come with a USB port of some description.  Depending on the version of the Amazon Fire Tablet you own, it may be either a Micro-USB or USB-C port.  It is these ports that you must use to connect to your projector.

In terms of the projector ports available to you, this will all depend on which make and model of projector you own.  Usually, all modern projectors will come with an HDMI port which will be ideal for transferring both video and sound.

The most common projector inputs are the following:

HDMI

DVI

DisplayPort

VGA

Composite A/V

Please check the back of your projector to see which ports are available on your projector.  If you are unsure then please check your manufacturer’s instruction booklet.

Once you have identified these ports then all you will need to do is source a cable or adapter that will convert the signal from your USB port (Micro-USB or USB-C) to the desired input port on the back of your projector.

Please remember that only HDMI and DisplayPorts allow for the transfer of audio signals.  Therefore, if you are wanting to use VGA, DVI, or Composite connections, special consideration needs to be made to allow audio as well as video playback.  Don’t worry though, this article explains solutions for each.

USB to HDMI

This option is probably the most straightforward of all of the options as both video and audio will be transferred from the Amazon Fire Tablet to the projector.

This solution requires one of the following cables:

Micro-USB to HDMI – Latest price on Amazon

USB-C to HDMI – Latest price on Amazon

To connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector via HDMI carry out the following:

  1. Turn on your projector and change the source to HDMI.
  2. Plug in the USB to HDMI cable into your Amazon Fire Tablet.
  3. Plug in the USB to HDMI cable into your projector.

The screen from your Amazon Fire Tablet should now be visible on the projector screen.

USB to DisplayPort

Another great option is connecting your Amazon Fire Tablet to the DisplayPort of your projector as both video and audio will be transferred from the Amazon Fire Tablet to the projector.

DisplayPorts on projectors aren’t as common as HDMI.

This solution requires the following cables and adapters depending on what flavor of USB your Fire Tablet supports:

Micro-USB

Micro-USB to HDMI adapter – (Latest price on Amazon) and HDMI to DisplayPort cable – (Latest price on Amazon)

USB-C

USB-C to HDMI – Latest price on Amazon

To connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector via DisplayPort carry out the following:

  1. Turn on your projector and change the source to DisplayPort.
  2. Plug in the USB to DisplayPort cable into your Amazon Fire Tablet.
  3. Plug in the USB to DisplayPort cable into your projector.

The screen from your Amazon Fire Tablet should now be visible on the projector screen.

USB to VGA

Almost all projectors have a VGA input which makes this a very ubiquitous solution.  The only downside is that VGA doesn’t carry an audio signal therefore you will need to use a different means to transfer audio to a separate spare of speakers.

External sound options can be found further down this article.

This solution requires the following cables and adapters depending on what flavor of USB your Fire Tablet supports:

Micro-USB

Micro-USB to VGA adapter (Latest price on Amazon) and VGA male to female cable (latest price on Amazon)

USB-C to VGA

USB-C to VGA cable – (Latest price on Amazon)

To connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector via VGA carry out the following:

  1. Turn on your projector and change the source to VGA or PC/Computer.
  2. Plug in the USB to VGA cable into your Amazon Fire Tablet.
  3. Plug in the USB to VGA cable into your projector.

The screen from your Amazon Fire Tablet should now be visible on the projector screen.

USB to DVI

Only some projectors have a DVI input which makes this probably the least favorable solution. DVI doesn’t carry an audio signal therefore you will need to use a different means to transfer audio to a separate spare of speakers.

External sound options can be found further down this article.

This solution requires the following cables and adapters depending on what flavor of USB your Fire Tablet supports:

Micro-USB

Micro-USB to DVI cable (latest price on Amazon)

USB-C to DVI

USB-C to DVI cable (latest price on Amazon)

To connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector via DVI carry out the following:

  1. Turn on your projector and change the source to DVI.
  2. Plug in the USB to DVI cable into your Amazon Fire Tablet.
  3. Plug in the USB to DVI cable into your projector.

The screen from your Amazon Fire Tablet should now be visible on the projector screen.

USB to Composite/AV

Almost all projectors have a Composite/AV input which makes this a very ubiquitous solution.  

This solution requires the following cables and adapters depending on what flavor of USB your Fire Tablet supports:

Micro-USB to Composite/AV

Micro-USB to Composite/AV cable and adapter set (Latest price on Amazon)

USB-C to Composite/AV

USB-C to HDMI cable (latest price on Amazon) and HDMI to Composite/AV (latest price on Amazon)

To connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to a projector via Composite/AV carry out the following:

  1. Turn on your projector and change the source to Composite/AV.
  2. Plug in the USB to Composite/AV cable/adapter into your Amazon Fire Tablet.
  3. Plug in the USB to Composite/AV cable/adapter into your projector.

The screen from your Amazon Fire Tablet should now be visible on the projector screen.

Sound considerations

Although HDMI and DisplayPort cables do allow the transmission of an audio signal as well as a video signal, there are still some considerations to make regarding sound, especially if you are planning on using the internal speakers to a projector.

Let’s look at each of the three considerations.

Inbuilt projector speakers

As you are using HDMI or DisplayPort cabling to connect your Amazon Fire Tablet to your projector, you also get the added benefit of this cable delivering sound to your projector.  By default, your projector will playback the sound signal to you via the internal speaker system.

This is by far the easiest and most straight forward speaker setup.

The downside to this is that as a general rule, inbuilt projector speakers are pretty poor.  They are often below somewhere between 2W and 8W in power.  The volume levels obtained through such as speaker are pretty poor however if you aren’t trying to fill a large living room with a deep, rich sound, this might be sufficient.

Some projectors do come with dual 10W stereo speakers which do improve the quality significantly.

Inbuilt speakers are also quite tinny in sound quality as they lack a subwoofer to give the unit some bass.

All things considered though, projector speakers are ok as long as you aren’t too fussy about sound quality.

Soundbar

Soundbars by their very nature are much more capable devices in delivering great sound quality for Amazon Fire Tablet when compared to inbuilt projector speakers.  They come with a range of different speakers to deliver a rich, well-balanced sound to your living room or bedroom.

Perhaps the best options though would be to use an HDMI ARC or optical cable to and from the projector and soundbar.  These deliver the highest quality sound.  Optical cable ports have been common for decades whereas HDMI ARC is a relatively new technology.

Although HDMI ARC ports look exactly the same as normal HDMI ports, they usually have the letters ARC next to the port to denote if it is indeed an HDMI ARC port.

External speakers

Another great way of delivering sound when playing back Amazon Fire Tablet to your projector is by using an existing set of external speakers that are within your living room or bedroom.  Perhaps you already have a HiFi that has a spare optical port that should be connected to the projector?

This would be a great solution at giving you high-quality sound at no additional expense. 

Simply, plug in the cable, switch on the HiFi, select the source, and away you go!

Amazon Fire Tablets also allow connectivity via Bluetooth to a set of external Bluetooth speakers too.