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Sideload apps on your Android TV without the Google Play Store



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The Android TV platform is one of the most diverse out there when it comes to app availability. Just like your Android phone, you can access the Google Play Store on your Android TV to download apps and games of your choice. However, not all Play Store apps are available for Android TV. Take Google Chrome for example. If you want to open the web browser on your Android TV, you cannot install it from the Google Play Store like other apps. That’s where sideloading comes in handy.

What is Sideloading?

Sideloading apps is a method that allows you to install and use applications that you cannot find through the Google Play Store on your Android TV device. It’s a lot like sideloading apps on your Android phone.

The great thing about the Android TV platform is that unlike other smart TV operating systems such as LG’s WebOS, you have the option to install an Android Application Package or APK on it.

In this guide, we’ll cover two of the easiest ways to sideload apps on Android TVs: with Android phones and the cloud. Both methods are easy to follow and will get the job done, so let’s see how they work.

How to sideload apps on Android TV with an Android phone?

If you have an Android phone, sideloading apps on your Android TV can be a breeze. But before starting, you need to download the required APK file on your Android phone.

One of the best sources to find APKs for apps you want to install on your Android TV is APKMirror. Open the website on your Android phone and install the APK of your choice. For this article, we chose to install Google Chrome on our Android TV.

After installing the APK file on your phone, follow the steps below to port it to your Android TV.

Send files to TV app for Sideloading apps on Android TV

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  • Once the app is installed, open it on your TV and select the “Receive” option. At the same time, open the app on your phone and select the shipping option.
  • You will now see a file menu on your phone. The APK you downloaded should be in a folder called ‘Download’.
  • Select the APK and you should see the name of your TV on your phone screen. Select it and start the transfer.
  • Once the transfer is complete, you should be able to select and open the file on your TV. When you do that, you should ideally see a prompt to install the application. However, the Open button doesn’t always work as intended in the Send Files to TV app. Don’t worry, you can still install the APK you just transferred to your TV with an app called File Commander.

Send files to your TV app APK installation on Android TV

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  • Download File Commander on your Android TV from the Google Play Store.
  • Open the app and select the option “Internal storage”.

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  • Here you will find your transferred APK in the folder “Download”.
  • Select the file and you should see a message on your screen that says ‘Staging app’.
  • You may be notified that installations from unknown sources are not allowed. If this happens, just tap the “Settings” button that appears with the message and slide the toggle next to the name of the app you are using to install the APK (File Commander or Send Files To TV).
  • Your APK should now start installing.
  • When you see the message about the installed app on your screen, just press “Open” and your app should start up.

How to sideload apps on Android TV using cloud storage?

Another easy method to sideload apps on your Android TV is through cloud storage. You can use Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive to install APKs on your Android TV. The process is very similar to the aforementioned method and uses the same File Commander app to complete the task.

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Before you get started, you need to download the APK of the app you want to sideload and transfer it to your cloud storage. We used Google Drive for this guide. Many people have a Gmail account with at least 15 GB of free storage, so this is the easiest to recommend.

Add APK files to Google Drive to sideload apps

Download APKMirror’s APK file on your phone or PC and add it to your Google Drive. If you have too many items in your Drive, you may want to put the APK in a separate folder so that you can easily find it when you open the Drive on your TV. Now follow the steps below to sideload the app on your Android TV.

  • Download and open the File Commander app on your Android TV.
  • Log in to the cloud storage account of your choice. We signed up with Google Drive.

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  • You should now be able to see your Google Drive files on your Android TV.
  • Select the APK file you want to install and you will see a message saying ‘Staging app’.

APK files on Google Drive for sideloading apps on Android TV

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  • If you have not yet given File Commander the necessary permissions to install apps, you may get a prompt saying that installations from unknown sources are not allowed. In this case, all you have to do is press the “Settings” option that comes with the prompt and turn on the toggle for File Commander to have it install the APK.
  • Your app will now proceed to install and you can start using it once the download is complete.

You can also use the File Commander app to sideload apps with a USB stick or hard drive. Simply add the APK file to your USB drive and connect it to your Android TV if it has a USB port. You can now open File Commander on your TV to access the contents of the USB drive and follow the same steps above to install the APK.

How to open sideloaded apps on Android TV?

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If you’re done sideloading an app on Android TV, you may not know where to find it when you want to open it. Unlike Android phones, you don’t see sideloaded apps in the launcher or app section. However, you can still access them from the settings menu of your Android TV device.

Go to the setting (gear icon) on your Android TV home screen to find your sideloaded app. You will find here a section “Apps” where you can select and open the app you sideloaded.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of finding the sideloaded app every time, you can simply download an app called Sideload Launcher. This gives you access to all your apps in one place, including the ones you sideloaded.


Looking for more guides and resources on Android TV? Check out the links below.


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