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Here’s how to sideload apps on Android TV

Introduction:

Android Televisions, more popularly known as smart televisions have been the boon of existence for a lot of people in today’s day and age. It is an excellent choice of device for anyone who is looking to upgrade their living room or bedroom for that matter. It makes the streaming of live or recorded content as easy as butter and also presents the user with a plethora of games that they can play on the television. The best part about Android televisions is that they are relatively inexpensive when compared to satellite connections. Television with satellite connections charge a hefty amount for their individual packages and sometimes even those packages do not contain everything that you would wanna watch. Android televisions are much easier because almost every piece of content, recorded or live, is made available through the OTT apps. But on the rare occasions that an app is not available on your android smart tv, the going gets difficult. However, there is a way you could sideload apps onto your Android smart television. 

What does Sideloading apps onto your Android Television mean?

Android television is always preferred because of the wide chunk of the population that identifies as Android users. All of these users who have an android smartphone can sideload apps on Android TV in 2021. While it must be mentioned that most of the applications are made available through the Google Play app on the television, on the occasions that an app is not available on your smart TV, you can attempt to sideload apps from some other android device and then connect them to your TV. if any app is not available on the Google Store app of your Android television, you can download them on your Android smartphone or any cloud storage and then sideload them to your television. The given steps can help anybody sideload apps onto their Android televisions with little to no hassle.

Sideloading applications onto your Android television can primarily be achieved through two different methods. This would include sideloading your desired app through your Android phone or through the means of cloud storage. The following steps need to be observed for each of the methods to work for you if you want to download an app on your Android Television that is otherwise not available in the Google Play Store.

The Process of Sideloading Apps using your Android Smartphone:

It is much smoother and hassle-free to sideload apps onto your Android TV if you already have an Android mobile device. Here is everything you need to do to sideload apps onto your Android television using your Android Smartphone:

  • The APK file of the application that you want to sideload onto your Android TV has to be downloaded on your Android mobile device.
  • The ‘Send files to TV’ application is then meant to be downloaded on both of the Android devices- the Android smartphone and the Android Smart TV, which would be available on the Google Play Store app on both devices.
  • When the installation is complete, the application should be opened on either of the Android devices- the phone and the television.
  • The ‘Receive’ option is to be selected on Android television.
  • The ‘Send’ option is to be selected on the Android mobile device.
  • The APK file that you want to sideload onto your Android television is to be selected. Now, try sending the file through the App just downloaded on the phone. In the ‘send’ option, you will find the name of your television. Select the device name and tap on ‘send’. This would make sure that the Android television device can receive the APK file.

After the file has been received, the given steps are to be followed in order to start using the application on your Android television.

  • The file commander application is to be downloaded from the Google Play Store on Android Television.
  • On opening the File commander app, there is an option to go onto the internal storage section. Tap on that. The APK file of the desired app that you sent through your mobile device can be found here. It is most likely to be found under the ‘downloads’ folder.
  • The file is to be selected and then the install option needs to be selected. This would start the process of installation. There could be a likely prompt that pops up every now and then which says that the file is from an unknown source. To continue the installation process, the ‘Unknown Sources’ option needs to be enabled by going to the Settings option and changing the settings subsequently.
  • When the installation of the file is complete, then the application can be easily run on the Android smart TV.

The Process of Sideloading Apps through Cloud Storage:

The desired app can also be sideloaded onto your Android Smart Television through cloud storage like One Drive or Google Drive or Dropbox. In order to do so, the given steps are to be followed:

  • The APK file of the app you want is to be downloaded on your Android mobile device and the same should then be uploaded to cloud storage like One Drive or Google Drive or Dropbox.
  • The File commander application is to be downloaded on your Android television and run. On opening the file commander application, there would be a Menu option. Tap on that and move over to the ‘Add Cloud’ button. Select that to add cloud storage.
  • The cloud storage is to be selected. For sake of illustration, let’s think it is Google Drive. Open Google drive and log into your Google Drive account where the APK file of the desired app has been uploaded. If there is a prompt that asks for permission, select the allow to grant permission option. This would allow you to find the APK file of the app.
  • On clicking the APK file, there will be a prompt that reads ‘Staging App’. This would begin the installation of the app. There could be a likely prompt that pops up every now and then which says that the file is from an unknown source. To continue the installation process, the ‘Unknown Sources’ option needs to be enabled by going to the Settings option and changing the settings subsequently.
  • When the installation of the file is complete, then the application can be easily run on the Android smart TV.

Similarly, other cloud storage devices like Dropbox or One drive can be used to sideload your desired app onto your Android television.

Conclusion:

The given processes can be observed without any hassle to sideload almost any app on Android TV. The best android tv sideload apps can be found on the Google play store on your mobile devices and these methods make sideloading apps on your Android television feel like a cakewalk.


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Josie Patra
Josie Patra is a veteran writer with 21 years of experience. She comes with multiple degrees in literature, computer applications, multimedia design, and management. She delves into a plethora of niches and offers expert guidance on finances, stock market, budgeting, marketing strategies, and such other domains. Josie has also authored books on management, productivity, and digital marketing strategies.

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