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From Final Fantasy to NBA Jam, here’s how to play cool games on your Android TV



Android TV games

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Android TV is quite a diverse platform when it comes to apps. After all, you get the power of the Google Play Store with all Android TV devices. So when it comes to playing games on Android TV, you have a wide selection to choose from. You can check out the full collection of Android TV games on the Google Play Store here. Then you can follow the steps below to download and play them!

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Play games on Android TV

Android TV Game install screen

Credit: Adamya Sharma / Android Authority

To play games on your Android TV, you need a hardware controller. Your Android TV remote may also work depending on the game. However, a controller would be a better option for precision games. Most games with controller support can be played on the Android TV platform. However, not all Android TV boxes are created equal, as some may support a particular controller and others may not. However, if you want to play a game available from the Google Play Store on your Android TV, here’s how.

  • Go to the home screen on your Android TV device.
  • Select the Apps section on the left with your remote or the D-pad on your controller.
  • Open the Google Play Store by pressing the Download more apps button at the top or choose the Play Store icon.
  • Once in the Play Store, select the Games category from the row above.
  • Choose a game to download or simply search for it by name.
  • If the game is free: Select Install. If not, select the price of the game.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to complete your game installation.

After a game is installed, you will see it in your apps library, the My apps section in the Google Play Store, and the Google Play Games app. To buy a game, there must be a payment method associated with your account. You can go to your Google Play account to view all of your payment methods or add / remove them.

Some games also allow you to try them out before installing. They show a Try Now button in the Play Store next to the install button. This is a good way to experience a game before making a decision to buy or download it.

Related: The best games with gamepad support for Android

Games that require a gamepad or controller state that in their Play Store description. Make sure to read these in advance.

Now that you know how to download and play games on Android TV, check out our curated list of the best Android TV games to get started.

Can you play Google Stadia games on Android TV?

Google Stadia Founders Edition box from top to bottom

If you wanted to play Stadia games on Android TV you would be disappointed. The game streaming service is not officially available on the platform yet. It is expected to come to the new Chromecast with Google TV sometime in 2021. However, it’s unclear whether Google plans to make Stadia available only on the streaming dongle or on all Android TV devices.

That said, you can always sideload the Stadia phone app on your Android TV. If you want to play Stadia games on your Android TV, you will need a mouse for installation, a game controller and the Stadia APK that you will need to sideload.

Related: Google Stadia: Everything You Need to Know

Stadia games work fine on Android TV with this method. Google has also updated the service to run smoother on the Android TV platform.

We will update this article when Google makes Stadia officially available on Android TV.


Want to know more about Android TV? Check out our dedicated Android TV buying guide here. You can also check out our Android TV setup guide for tips and tricks on customizing your Android TV.


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