Google Chrome on your TV
With so many devices as we have today surrounding us, it is difficult to think that there will be someone who is interested in being able to connect to the internet from the television, because compared to the comfort offered by a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer they seem to be clearly at a disadvantage. Yes, it can or is directly true that it is much more comfortable to use any of the above solutions than to turn to the television, but if you can do it, why not try it at least.
In smart TVs based on Android TV or Google TV there are even more reasons to do so, because the browser that you can use in these models is Google’s own: Chrome. That means that from the start you will see everything in the same way that you would see it on large-screen devices such as a laptop or desktop.
Here you have to pause and explain a little that despite having the same browser performance when browsing, accessing different web pages or services could feel very different. The reason? The TV’s own technical capabilities compared to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Unless we are talking about high-end televisions with a much more capable processor, the truth is that the hardware of current smart televisions such as Google TV or Android TV is designed to perform image processing tasks and thus improve quality, in addition to allow connection with services of all kinds, but always focused on the consumption of content such as Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, etc.
For this reason, although with Google Chrome you can access a spreadsheet from your television or other web apps, it is likely that you will notice differences in execution. Still, the best is always to try, so we tell you step by step how is the installation process of Chrome on Android or Google TV.
How to install Google Chrome on Android TV or Google TV
Before starting make sure that Chrome is not already installed on your smart TV with any of the Google TV operating systems. The normal thing is that it is not like that, but just in case a manufacturer changes and is encouraged. In case you don’t see anything, these are all possible cases.
How to install Chrome APK on Android TV
The first option is to resort to the own install or application file Google Chrome APK. So all you have to do is download it, copy it to a USB memory or send it through a utility or cloud service such as connecting Google Drive.
Whichever method you choose is not complicated and the only thing that must be taken into account are a series of considerations. So if you think so, let’s see what the process would be like step by step.
- The first thing you have to do is download the APK from Google Chrome. To do this, you just have to go to APK Mirror and that’s it. If you want to skip the search step, click this link to Chrome for Android TV
- Now that you have the APK downloaded to your computer or mobile device, the quickest and easiest solution is to save it on a USB memory stick. Although you could also use applications like Send files to TV
- In any case, the next step is to activate the installation of applications from outside the Play Store. To do this, go to Device Preferences> Security and restrictions> Unknown sources. Activate it and you can continue
- Now access the USB memory that you have connected to your TV and run the APK installer
- Follow the steps that you will see below and you will have it
Easy right? It is a matter of following the steps one by one and that’s it. Even so, there is another additional method that could also be easier if possible, because you could avoid any intermediate step or the need to resort to other devices.
How to install Chrome with Aptoide
To install Aptoide on your television with Android TV or Google TV you could use the previous method, but since you put it, you install Google Chrome directly and that’s it. Unless you want the option to continue installing other applications.
Assuming you don’t want to go through there and you just want to be able to install Chrome directly with your TV, the first thing is to download one of the browsers that are available for smart TVs with the Google operating system. Puffin TV Browser is one of them, so go to the Play Store, search for it and install it. Once you have it, do the following:
- From the Puffin TV Browser, access the Aptoide TV website (https://tv.aptoide.com)
- Press to download and install the Aptoide app on your TV. This will give you access to a wide catalog of applications, but the one you are interested in is Chrome
- With Aptoide installed, search for Chrome and follow the instructions on the screen
How to run Chrome on Android TV
Once the application is installed, it may not appear on the main screen, in that case you will have to resort to using any of the applications that allow you to launch those other apps installed alternatively. Some of them are: Sideload Launcher or Sideload Channel. They are not the only ones, so you can find the one you like the most.
Now yes, once you have everything you will only have to launch Chrome and enjoy a browsing experience practically identical to what you can have on your desktop or laptop computer. But before one last tip, navigating using the TV remote is not at all comfortable. Even less if you have to be entering texts or moving the cursor to click on the links, scroll, etc., so it is advisable to take advantage of the Bluetooth connection of the televisions and connect an external keyboard and mouse.