Android TV Setup: An Informative Amalgamation for you to get started with your brand new Android

Tech  August 3, 2022

Android TV Setup

There used to be a time, circa 2014. Occasionally, a crafty computer company would assert that they had finally fixed the TV. 

They will discuss how they converted a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that expands your work and play to a huge screen. After that, we’ll watch as the concept fizzles out as a result of missed opportunities or because they end up providing a fragmented and chaotic experience.

This was the tale of Google TV, after Google chairman Eric Schmidt bet that it would be available on most new televisions in 2012. Well, he couldn’t be more wrong.

Enter Android TV.

Android TV

Fast forward to 2022, Android TV has been a major market disruptor since its inception. As of Q4 2021, this streaming TV platform erupted with the fastest growth rate, according to a recent Conviva report. When compared to the same quarter in 2020, Android TV OS grew by 42%.

Growth Rate Graph

All right, If you are currently reading this blog, then there are high chances that you have bought a brand new Android TV for yourself. If you need to set up your TV right away, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the fundamental steps of setting up your TV.

With that said, let’s look at how to set up a new Android TV and more.

Android TV and its Over-The-Top Features

A smart TV, in essence, Android TV offers more options in some auxiliary features and application libraries. Google created the Android-based smart TV operating system for televisions, digital media players, set-top boxes, and soundbars. 

It is a successor of Google TV and has an interface that is focused on the voice-based search and content aggregation from different media apps and services.

Furthermore, it makes it easier to integrate with other recent Google technologies like Assistant, Chromecast, and Knowledge Graph. You can even use android applications and games on TV screens and everything is easily accessible through remote control.

Nevertheless, you must finish the setup of Android TV with regard to your television set to enjoy the immersive experience of your brand new smart TV.

Well, it is not rocket science to crack the setup, but there are some not-so-tech-savvy people who might want assistance in setting up the device. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you set up your TV without a problem by giving you the necessary technical support and direction.

How Do I Set up my Android TV?

There isn’t much software segregation on Android TV devices, in contrast to Android on smartphones. If you can configure and operate one, you can easily set up them all.

Super Easy

However, there are slight variations between configuring Android TVs with and without the new Google TV interface. Do not worry; we have you covered in both respects. 

Prerequisites for Installation

We request you to make a note of a few things that you’ll need before you begin configuring your Android TV.

  • An active Wi-Fi internet connection,
  • A Google account.

If your smart TV doesn’t already come with Android TV, you’ll need the following things in addition to the above:

  • An external device with Android TV
  • One TV or a monitor that includes HDMI ports and which supports  High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 
  • An HDMI cable

You are now prepared to begin setting up your new Android TV if all these conditions are met. One can do that in one of three ways: on your phone, with the Android TV remote, or on a computer. Below, we’ll go over the specifics of each technique.  You can skip directly to the other sections if you’ve already finished the initial setup of your Android TV.

Connect your Android TV and Pair the Remote

If your TV already has Android TV built-in, simply plug it in and turn it on before moving on to pair the remote. You’ll need to attach your Android TV device to your TV monitor if you have a separate one.

Follow these easy steps to connect your Android TV

Step 1: Turn off your TV or monitor.

Step 2: Use an HDMI cable to attach your Android TV device to your TV or monitor.

Step 3: Plug your Android TV device into an outlet.

Fortunately, pairing your remote with the TV is a fairly simple process, and you can do it by following the steps given below:

Step 1:  Switch on the TV or monitor that is connected to your Android TV device.

Step 2: Tap the Source or Input on your Android TV device to choose the  appropriate input. You ought to come across pictures of a TV, a remote control, and a timer.

Step 3:  Now, follow the on-screen instructions and pair your remote.

To notify about the completion of the process, a checkmark would appear on the TV screen when the remote and device is connected. 

Smart TV Remote

Now that your TV and remote are paired successfully, you have 3 different choices to set up the Android TV. 

  • Quick start using an Android smartphone.
  • Using the remote.
  • Using a computer.

You can use any one of them according to your convenience. Let us guide you through all these 3 methods in detail.

Set up an Android TV with an Android Phone

The ability to easily transfer all of your data, network information, and other account information from your Android phone to your smart TV is another advantage of using this method.

Step 1: Turn on your smart TV

Step 2: When your television prompts you to “Quickly set up your TV with your Android phone” use your remote to choose ‘Continue’ or ‘Yes’.

Step 3: Now open your “Google app” on the android phone.

Step 4: Next you have to simply say or type  “Set up my device” in the search bar.

Step 4: From this point on, simply adhere to your phone’s instructions to obtain a code, which you should then input into your TV.

Step 5: When the name of your TV appears on your phone, tap it. 

Step 6: Move on to finish the setup by following the simple instructions on your TV.

Useful Tip: Your TV will connect to the same Wi-Fi as your phone and sign into your Google Account automatically.

Android TV Interface

Set up an Android TV with the Remote

Fortunately you can also configure your Android TV with the help of the remote. Find out for yourself by following the steps given below:

Step 1: When your TV prompts you to “Quickly set up your TV with your Android phone?” Select ‘Skip’ using your remote control.

Step 2: Now make sure to connect your TV with an active and stable Wi-Fi connection.

Step 3: It might take some time for your system to update.

Step 4: Select Sign in, then select “Use your remote”.

Step 5: After this, choose the “Sign in to your Google Account” option.

Step 6: Next you have to type your login credentials manually with the help of a remote.

Step 7: After logging into your Google account, all that is left to do is complete the setup by following the on-screen instructions.

Setup Android TV with a Computer

Step 1: Use your remote to select ‘Skip’ when your TV asks you to “Quickly set up your TV with your Android phone”.

Step 2: Following that, join the same ‘WiFi’ network that your computer or smartphone is connected to.

Step 3: Select “Sign in with your Google Account” on your TV.

Step 4: Here, instead of using your remote control to enter your login credential, “Use your computer”.

Step 5: Access your ‘Google Account’ by signing in.

Step 6: Finally, to finish the setup, adhere to the instructions displayed on the screen.

Finally! Mission Accomplished.

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Check for Software and App Updates

After completing the aforementioned steps, your Android TV should be perfectly ready for use. Now, you don’t have to go anywhere or ask anybody to set up my TV. You have all the essential information required to set up Android TV.

Now, the first thing you should do is search for software updates. Navigate to Settings > Device Preferences > About > System Update. Now, check for the updates and finish them if required.

Android TV provides you with the best of the apps to provide you with the best quality entertainment. You can also check whether pre-installed apps are updated or not. 

Generally, updated apps are optimized better to provide you with the most immersive and useful experience. Regular updates also try to remove the bugs in the software.

You can update your apps via Playstore.

Playstore Apps

Bonus: Useful Apps to Install

You won’t need to install apps like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video because your Android TV already has a number of well-known streaming apps pre-installed. Additionally, Google Play Games and Google Play Movies & TV are pre-installed.

It’s great that all of these apps are already installed, but to get your Android TV up and running, you may want to install the following extremely useful apps.

  • Kodi
Kodi App

Kodi software works cross-platform, is open-source, and is also compatible with local and remote storage options. You can use it to play virtually anything as it supports a wide range of formats for audio and video files. 

It can also automatically add posters, trailers, and more to items in your media library. Kodi can also create a gallery for you if you import your photos and want to stream them. 

  • Steam Link
Steam Link App

This app is a must for all the gamers out there. Gaming on your Android device is made possible by the Steam Link app.  Simply connect your device to a computer running Steam, pair a Bluetooth controller or Steam Controller, and begin playing your library of Steam games. 

  • VLC for Android
VLC App

VLC is a fantastic audio and video player that is compatible with a variety of file formats. To play content from an external source, such as a USB pen drive or hard drive, you should have this app installed on your Android TV.

  • Send Files to TV
Sent Files To TV App

Unfortunately Google Drive is not available for smart TVs and thus Send File to TV comes to the rescue.

Connecting your Android phone, Android tablet, and personal computer is pretty simple by using this application. With the help of your  local network, it enables you to quickly and easily share movies, TV shows, or any files between these devices. Also, it does not even require internet for file transfer.

Conclusion

That’s everything you need to know about Android TV setup! Also if you want, visit this Official page, and Google support to access more information and to learn more about the products. 

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Do this right away, set the mood by turning on some mood lighting, creating a cozy atmosphere, pouring some drinks, and watching your preferred content while eating your preferred pizza.

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