Sensible TVs (AKA Android TVz for essentially the most half) have come to revolutionize the general front room expertise and this development is rising at a staggering fee. Whereas 70% of the full TVs shipped in 2017 have been good, it’s predicted that that by 2025, all of the TVs will probably be linked to a community. So when you’ve just lately jumped the bandwagon or planning to take action quickly, you need to use these 15 suggestions and methods to make use of your Android TV extra successfully and conveniently in 2019.
1. Sideload Apps on Android TV
Whereas there are quite a lot of apps accessible for the Android TV, the number of apps accessible within the Android TV Play Retailer will be fairly restricted at occasions. Particularly on the subject of utility apps you would possibly wish to have in your TV. Happily, you’ll be able to simply sideload Android apps in your Android TV.
To sideload apps in your Android TV, you’ll be able to merely obtain the APK file to your pc, copy it to a USB flash drive. Then, merely connect the USB drive to your Android TV, and use an app like ES File Explorer, to set up the APK in your TV.
If attaching a USB flash drive shouldn’t be a viable choice for you, you’ll be able to even use FTP to sideload Android apps on your Android TV.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to set up the Aptoide TV app in your Android TV and obtain a number of Android apps which can not in any other case be accessible by way of the Android TV app retailer. Be sure to allow and authorize set up from Unkown Sources.
2. Use Your Cellular Telephone because the Distant for Android TV
Android TV packing containers include some actually respectable remotes. The Mi Field comes with a very nice, light-weight, and glossy distant. Nonetheless, these Bluetooth remotes can solely go to date on the subject of ease of use, particularly when that you must sort textual content in your TV. Happily, Google has an “Android TV Distant Management” app (free), that you need to use to get a distant interface in your cellular. With a Bluetooth or WiFi connection between your TV and telephone, you’ll be able to simply navigate the interface by means of your Android telephone.
The very best factor about this, is that when that you must enter textual content on the Android TV, you’ll be able to use the on-screen keyboard in your cellular to take action, which is unquestionably a lot sooner than utilizing the leanback keyboard that Android TVs include.
Three. Browse the Web on Android TV
Android TVs don’t often include internet browsers built-in. Nonetheless, since it’s doable to sideload Android apps on an Android TV, you’ll be able to simply sideload a browser in your Android TV, and use it to browse the web, on the most important display in your own home. There are fairly a variety of nice Android browsers which you can sideload in your Android TV, and most of them will work high-quality. With a browser in your Android TV, you’ll be able to freely browse the web immediately in your TV, and larger screens are often higher.
We used Google Chrome on our Android TV, nevertheless it may not work effectively and not using a pointing system, and also you’ll have to attach a mouse to your TV. If that’s a deal breaker for you, TV Net (free) is one other browser you need to use, nevertheless it has a poor UI.
four. Use Google Assistant
Google Assistant has gotten a lot smarter over the previous few years and has just lately made its manner into a number of devices resembling good TVs. Google Assistant has changed commonplace voice search on most Android TVs and you need to use the digital assistant to play sure content material and it’ll routinely open the related app with out you having to immediate. So you’ll be able to say issues like ‘Play some music on my TV,’ or ‘Play XYZ Film on my TV’ and the Google Assistant will get it carried out. That is fairly useful because it’s only a voice command and also you don’t must seek for issues to play them.
Loads of TV remotes additionally include a devoted Google Assistant button and an inbuilt microphone so that you simply don’t have to maneuver nearer to the TV each time you need it to listen to you.
Nonetheless, Google Assistant on Android TV is not as polished as on smartphones and won’t be able to regulate different good home equipment. You possibly can, nonetheless, route your good Android TV by way of a Google Residence system or the Google Residence app and management it together with your voice, with out bodily utilizing a distant and even your smartphone.
5. Use Android TV as a Pc
Android TVs include USB ports and commonplace connectivity choices like Bluetooth, which implies you need to use them as makeshift computer systems. In addition to consuming media by means of a wide range of platforms on Android TV, you need to use it to browse the web (as we noticed above) and carry out fundamental duties like checking your e mail or modifying on-line paperwork.
For this, you’ll be able to both use a wi-fi keyboard-mouse combo just like the Dell Km636 ($37.99) or Microsoft All In One Keyboard with an inbuilt trackpad ($38.98). You may as well try compact palm-sized keyboards just like the Rii X8 with RGB lighting and multi-touch gesture assist ($21.99) or go for an air mouse, which is much more compact and options a whole QWERTY keyboard throughout the dimension of a typical distant, like ILEBYGO MX3 ($11.99).
6. Take Screenshots on Android TV
For lots of good TVs, the method of taking screenshots is identical as Android smartphones. You possibly can press the Quantity Down and Energy button on the distant concurrently and the screenshots are saved in “/sdcard/Photos/Screenshots/“.
Nonetheless, sure TVs may not assist that and with the intention to get it going, you’ll have to set up an ADB connection, and also you’ll want a Home windows or a Mac PC. For the method, we’re utilizing a Home windows PC however the ADB instructions stay the identical. You can begin by opening Command Immediate (on Home windows) or Terminal (on Mac) with Admin privileges with the listing set to the ADB folder.
adb join <
Native IP of TV
>and press Enter or Return. In case you get an error message, sort the identical command once more.
adb exec-out screencap -p > <picture title of your selection>.<format>. This may routinely save the screenshot within the native decision of the TV contained in the ADB folder. You possibly can see the screenshot beneath for reference.
7. Customise the Suggestions Carousel
Android TV, as a platform, tries very onerous to all the time have one thing new for us to look at. This may be each a boon and a bane; and whereas some individuals might just like the “Suggestions” that Android TV affords, I don’t wish to see suggestions from nearly each pre-installed supply on my Android TV. Happily, there’s an simple method to customise the sources that present up within the suggestions carousel in your Android TV.
To do that, simply observe the steps beneath:
- Go to Settings -> Residence display and choose Customise channels
- Right here, you’ll be able to present or disguise the sources accessible in your TV, in response to your preferences. You may as well customise your desire for Play Subsequent.
- Some apps like YouTube and Google Play Films & TV additionally allows you to customise channels per app.
eight. Change App Auto-Replace Off
Android TVs typically include restricted inbuilt storage however not all of them include file administration apps like Xiaomi’s TVs. Bloating of the inbuilt cupboard space can ultimately decelerate the good TV. To maintain this at bay, you’ll be able to both increase the storage utilizing USB units or swap off auto-update for all apps and solely replace sure apps selectively.
Inside the Google Play Retailer, go to Settings and transfer the cursor over to Auto-update apps. You possibly can merely toggle the choice off by clicking on the choice as soon as or urgent the Choose button on the distant.
9. Join PS4 Controller for Video games
Android TV additionally helps a variety of video games together with some action-packed titles like Asphalt eight. However, to have the ability to play these video games, you’ll want to connect a gamepad by way of USB or by way of Bluetooth. Whereas commonplace gamepads would simply serve you, when you have a PS4, you too can use your present PS4 Twin Shock controllers and join them with the Android TV. Simply observe these steps:
- In your controller, press and maintain the PS and Share buttons concurrently to enter pairing mode. The sunshine behind the controller will begin blinking.
- In your Android TV, go to Settings, after which choose Add accent from the Distant & equipment choice
- The Android TV will seek for close by Bluetooth equipment. Choose Wi-fi Controller and your PS4 controller will probably be linked to the TV.
10. Mirror Your Telephone/Laptop computer Display screen with Google Solid
One other cool factor you are able to do with your Android TV, is solid your telephone or laptop computer display to your TV over WiFi. Due to Google Solid integration in Android TV, you don’t even must set something up. Simply open the media file that you simply wish to solid to your TV, and begin streaming.
On laptops, you’ll be able to simply solid to your Android TV, with Google Chrome. You possibly can select to solid simply the tab you’re in, or your complete desktop to your Android TV. On Google Chrome, simply click on on the Three-dot menu after which click on on Solid. This may begin casting the present tab onto your TV.
11. Show Data on Your Idle TV
By default, when your TV is idle, it simply shows a black display. Nonetheless, with Android TV, you may get your TV to show helpful info when it’s not in use. Due to the Screensaver characteristic which has advanced out of Daydream on Android units, you may get your TV to show info like the present time, together with the date, and climate proper on the display.
Utilizing an app like “Lucid Daydream” (free, with in-app purchases), you may get this characteristic in your Android TV. There are numerous different modules accessible in Lucid Daydream, together with calendar occasions, notifications, and extra. You possibly can select the stuff you need your TV to show, from Daydream settings.
To arrange a Screensaver, simply observe the steps beneath:
- Go to Settings -> Display screen saver
- Right here you’ll be able to choose the supply of photographs and set the time for which your Android TV should stay idle with the intention to begin the Screensaver
12. Use Google Pictures as Screensaver
- Open the open the app in your TV after putting in it from the Android TV Play Retailer and select Google Pictures because the supply.
- Choose the Particular folder from which you wish to show these photographs. Since Google Pictures routinely bundles footage of the identical individual – based mostly on their face, you’ll be able to choose an individual’s folder similar to I selected Rupesh’s.
- You may as well select the frequency of the altering of the photographs.
In addition to Google Pictures, you too can select standard photograph websites like Flickr and 500px as sources and even show your domestically saved photographs. Do notice that there’s (most likely) a bug or on this screensaver app and that’s, it reveals the date and the situation of the picture, which will be initially confused for the present date or location. That is prone to trouble you till you see a number of footage.
13. Play with Android TV Developer Choices
If you happen to like tinkering with settings, and enjoying round with hidden (superior) options, you’ll be glad to know which you can entry Developer Choices in your Android TV as effectively. To allow Developer Choices on an Android TV, simply do the next:
- Head over to Settings -> About, and faucet on the “Construct Quantity” 7 occasions.
- You possibly can then discover Developer Choices in “Settings”, underneath “Preferences”.
- In Developer Choices, you are able to do issues like activate ADB debugging. This will turn out to be useful when you’re creating Android TV apps, and wish to take a look at them out in your Android TV.
- Beneath the “Drawing” part, you’ll be able to change the animation scale for varied animations. Altering these settings could make the system seem way more snappy than traditional.
- There may be much more you’ll be able to change in Developer Choices, however as a result of nature of those settings, they need to solely be performed with when you what you’re doing.
14. Use Indic or Chinese language Keyboard
Android helps a full vary of scripts for Indian languages and when you’re in India, you need to use virtually all of them utilizing the Google Indic Keyboard app (free) or the Google Pinyin Enter (free). I like to recommend downloading the app from the Google Play Retailer. To pick out it because the default keyboard and arrange your language preferences, go to Settings-> Inputs-> Google Indic Keyboard.
The very best half is that you simply gained’t have to change between English and the opposite chosen language on the identical keyboard. You should utilize the keyboard virtually in all places and it’ll particularly be helpful in looking for regional content material.
15. Present Sideloaded Apps
Whereas Android TV lets you sideload apps easily, some apps won’t present up on the app drawers. This particularly counts for the apps which aren’t current on the Google Play Retailer or natively supported by your particular Android TV mannequin. To see these sideloaded apps, you’ll be able to obtain Sideload Launcher from the Play Retailer (free).
Sadly, there’s no method to set it up because the default launcher and that you must open Sideload Launcher everytime you want to search for a sure app. Nonetheless, one single click on is healthier than not having the ability to find apps even after putting in them.
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Use These Android TV Methods to Get Extra out of Your TV
The similarity between Android TV and Android on a smartphone is putting and this implies there may be actually numerous customization doable on an Android TV. You should utilize the following pointers and methods to improve your expertise with an Android TV. As all the time, we’d like to know your ideas on Android TV as a platform; and the app assist (or lack, thereof) for Android TV. Additionally, if you already know of some other Android TV suggestions and methods, do tell us about them within the feedback part beneath.