Xiaomi Mi TV Box
Xiaomi Mi TV Box

When a person buys a streaming device, such as a streaming stick or Android Box, they are expected to support various types of apps and videos. Unfortunately, not all devices are released complete with all the features. While Amazon’s apps are generally available on all platforms (it’s Amazon, uh!), The Prime Video app is selective as it doesn’t work with Mi Box and on most Android TVs.

So how do you watch Amazon Prime videos on these TVs? Well, there are a number of methods to circumvent the restriction. Here are four tested methods that allow you to watch Amazon Prime on your Mi Box.

1. Broadcast from a laptop

The easiest way to watch Prime Video on Mi Box or any other Android TV / Box without installing anything is to mirror your laptop on your TV. Your laptop should be Miracast enabled to perform this job. You’ll also need the Google Chrome browser.

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Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome on your laptop and visit www.primevideo.com. Log in to your Amazon account and play a video.

Step 2: Click the three-point icon in the top right corner of Chrome and select Beam from the menu.

Step 3: the box I will be displayed in the pop-up window. Click on it. The Prime video will start playing on your TV.

Similarly, you can broadcast the Prime video from your phone using the Cast or Wireless option.

NOTE: make sure you connect the laptop and the Mi Box to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Watch Prime Video on the Chrome browser

In this method, first of all, you will have to load the Google Chrome browser on your Mi Box. Then open the Amazon Prime Video website. Here is the process in detail:

Sideload of Google Chrome

Sideloading means installing apps downloaded from an unofficial store. It is useful when apps are not available in your country or supported on your device due to manufacturer limitations. When you run the app sideload, be sure to download the apps from trusted sources.

DECLARATION OF LIABILITY: We are not responsible for any problems that occur after the sideloading of the app.

To run the Google Chrome sideload, download ES File Explorer on your Mi Box from the Google Play Store. You will need a file explorer to view and install the Chrome APK file from the cloud storage. Open ES File Explorer and go to Network> Cloud Drive. Here add the cloud storage you use.

Now download the Chrome APK file on your phone or laptop from APKMirror, one of the trusted sources for downloading APK files. Then transfer it to the cloud storage you previously connected with ES File Explorer.

Launch ES File Explorer and open the APK file you downloaded. If you are running the sideload for the first time, you will be asked to enable the “Install from unknown sources” setting. Enable to install the file.

NOTE: instead of transferring the APK files to the cloud archive, it is possible to copy it to a Pen Drive/Hard Drive and install them directly from there by connecting it to the Mi Box.

View app sideloaded

The sideloaded apps are not visible on the main Mi Box screen. To open them, go to Settings> Apps. Click on Chrome and press the Open button to start them.

Alternatively, to reduce these steps you can install Sideload Launcher from the Play Store on your Mi Box. Sideload Launcher displays all the apps that have not been installed by the Play Store.

Once installed, Sideload Launcher will be available under Apps on Mi Box. Click to view the side-loaded apps. Here you will find Chrome. Open it.

Watch Amazon Prime

Now that you have Chrome installed correctly, it’s time to open the primevideo.comwebsite. However, some things need to be taken care of before proceeding.

First of all, the Chrome that we installed on our TV is designed for the Android phone so browsing by remote control will not be comfortable. You will need to install the CetusPlay remote app or any other app that offers the touchpad to easily navigate.

Secondly, if the mobile version of Prime doesn’t work properly or asks you to install the Prime app, click on the three-point icon in the top right corner of Chrome and enable the Desktop site. Now the Chrome app will behave like on the desktop offering a better experience.

3. Sideload Amazon Prime

Another way to watch Prime videos is to upload the APK file directly to your Mi Box. To do this, first, download the Amazon Prime Video APK from here. Then install it on your Mi Box using the sideloading method mentioned above.

NOTE: an existing Amazon Prime subscription is required for this method.

Once installed, use Sideload Launcher to view it or go to Settings> Apps> Amazon Prime. Click Sign in and select Sign up on the Amazon website. Now follow the instructions displayed to link the app to your Amazon account. Once finished, you will be able to watch Prime videos on your TV.

4. Install Aptoide Launcher

You can also install a third-party app store like Aptoide to install unofficial apps. Since Aptoide supports Amazon Prime videos, you can use it to install Prime Video on your Mi Box.

To do this, first, download Aptoide APK on your Mi Box as mentioned above. Once Aptoide is installed, start it and search for Prime Video inside it. Install it.

If only there was an easy way to see Prime Video on Mi Box. Until Google and Amazon solve the problems, the methods above will allow you to watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV. I know the solutions are not simple, but after installation, everything runs smoothly like butter.

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