- Set up your virtual remote. On your Android phone, open the Google TV app. Near the bottom right, tap Remote. At the top, tap Scanning for devices. Choose your device. To complete pairing, follow the instructions on your phone and TV. After pairing, you can use your phone or your remote.
- Google LLC Tools. Add to Wishlist. This is the service that allows use of your Android phone or tablet as a remote for your Android TV. Easily switch between d-pad and touchpad modes to navigate content and play games on your Android TV device. Tap the mic to start a voice search, or use the keyboard to input text on Android TV.
- Chromecast with Google TV turns any TV into a smart TV with one seamless experience for all your streaming apps. Use the remote or your phone to watch your favorite shows, movies, or videos.
Google TV devices (including the Chromecast with Google TV) have access to Android apps and games specifically made for TVs. If you want an app that doesn’t appear in the Play Store on the TV, you can “sideload” it. We’ll show you how to do it.
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Apps and games that haven’t been specifically enabled for TVs won’t show up in the Play Store on your Google TV device. However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t work on the TV. You’ll just have to download them from someplace else. That’s where sideloading comes in.
Sideloading is the act of installing an app from outside the Play Store. Rather than the Play Store handling the download and installation process, you’ll have to do it manually. Sideloading on Google TV is a little different than on Android TV.
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Before we can do any sideloading, you’ll need to download an app. APK Mirror is a trusted source for downloading apps, and you won’t be pirating. Visit the website, find the app you want, and download the APK file.
After downloading the APK, you’ll need to move it to Google TV. The easiest way to do this is with a cloud storage service such as Google Drive. Upload the file to the Drive website or mobile app.
Lastly, you’ll need a way to access your Google Drive on the TV. We recommend an app called “File Commander,” which is what we’ll be using in this guide. Download the app and sign in with your Google account.
The first step in sideloading is enabling the ability to install apps from unknown sources, which is disabled by default as a security feature. First, select your profile icon in the top-right corner of the Google TV home screen.
Select “Settings” from the menu.
Scroll down and select “System.”
Next, click “About” from the System settings.
Scroll all the way down to “Android TV OS Build” and select it repeatedly until a message appears and says “You Are Now A Developer.”
You have now enabled the Developer Options, which makes it possible to allow installing apps from unknown sources. Next, go back to the main Settings menu and then select “Apps.”
Scroll down to the bottom and select “Security & Restrictions.”
Navigate to “Unknown Sources.”
Lastly, toggle the switch on for “File Commander.” If we hadn’t enabled Developer Options first, this option would be grayed out.
Now that we’ve enabled installing apps from unknown sources, we can finally sideload. Open File Commander on your Google TV and navigate to the Google Drive section.
Locate the APK file you previously moved and select it.
On the pop-up message, click “Install.”
After it has finished installing, select “Open.”
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The Android TV app is now available in the App Store. Use your iPhone as a remote for your Android TV. The d-pad mode and touchpad modes let you easily navigate to your favorite content. Tap the microphone to start a voice search or use the keyboard to input text on your Android TV.
Android TV remote for iPhone allows you to:
- Use d-pad or touchpad gestures to control your Android TV.
- Enter text with keyboard.
- Search using voice commands.
- Connect multiple remotes to Android TV for multiplayer gaming.
To get started, connect your iPhone to the same network as your Android TV device.
Works with all Android TV devices.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Fixed Voice Search.
No, people are not manufacturing problems for reviews...
There is a very distinct problem with this app - it throws out characters that you have not actually pressed when using the keyboard function, then things get worse when you try to backspace to clean it up.
The latest update did not correct this issue (I was super hopeful that it would when I saw the update available. It is a SIGNIFICANT hindrance to using the app the way it was obviously intended: (To allow you to avoid 'typing' via flying all over the screen and selecting letters with your remote/gamepad.)
Apple perfected this function on the Apple TV app years back. Come on, Google!
Voice option doesn't work now won't connect
So the voice option never worked a crashes and starts over every time it's never worked for me on my Nvidia shield now for some reason it will not connect I deleted it reinstalled restarted the phone vice versa every possible different way nothing so now I have to wait for a new update to see if it fixes it otherwise it's useless at this point because it won't connect and obviously the voice function doesn't work either
It would be nice if it connected again and the boys option worked otherwise the keyboard worked fine but this app will probably not be your daily driver remote because it's a little tricky in a pinch it does the job but with Nvidia shield double pressing the home button doesn't bring you to the screen where you can kill an app that's running in the background so it's not better or as good as the supplied remote
Good but voice control makes it reconnect infinitly
So idk what people are talking about with the keyboard issue bc i used it to type something and it worked just fine but i have an issue where when i use the microphone, as an example i said “open google play store”, it just picked up “play store”, thats fine. But after that the play store opened and the app said reconnecting... i waited 5 minutes still reconnecting. So i press cancel and the cancel button grays out and same thing. Please fix the mic issue. Keyboard works fine with my iPhone 7 and ChromeCast that i have hooked up through hdmi on my non-smart vizio tv
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