In this guide, you can learn how to install an app (APK) outside of Google Play Store on your Android TV.
This is usually needed where an app is not available in the Google Play Store and/or the app is region-restricted. (Not available in your country).
What Is An APK?
APK stands for Android Application Package and is the file format that Android uses to distribute and install apps.
How Do I Install Third-Party Apps on Android TV?
To install any apps manually (outside of the play store) on Android TV, you will first need to install a Downloader app. To do so, follow the instructions below:
Installing Downloader App into Android TV
Open Google Play Store on your Android TV, type in aftv in the search bar and select Downloader app from the list.
Now, choose Install
Choose Allow when you see the permission warning
When you see the Quick Start Guide, Select OK
Downloading App Into Android TV Using Downloader App
That’s it! You can now download any third-party app(s) into your Android TV.
All you need to do is type in the URL (link) of the APK file and click on Go.
Note: If you don’t know how to find app URL (link), read further below.
It will then download the APK file
Once the download is complete, you can then Install the APK file.
Since you’re installing an app outside of Google Play Store, you will need to allow installation from an unknown source.
To do so, Choose SETTINGS when you see the security warning below.
At the Install unknown apps settings, enable Downloader app by moving the slider icon to the right.
Once you’ve done that, go back to the previous screen and select INSTALL.
When the app is installed, select DONE.
How To Download APK File From Google Play Store Into Android TV?
Go to google.com and in the search engine, type in the [app name] play store.
In this example, I want to download BBC iPlayer app on my Android TV and I would type BBC iPlayer play store and hit enter.
When you see the search result, look up for the link play.google.com > store > apps and click on it.
Now copy the app link from the address bar.
Next, Go to APK downloader site and paste the link that you’ve copied earlier into the white box and click on Generate Download Link.
Now, right-click on the click here to download XXXX(Name of the app) and choose the copy link address.
You can then paste it in a notepad so you can view the APK file link as per the example below.
Finally, type in the link into the Downloader app so you can download the app into your Android TV.