One of the most popular ways to unwind and enjoy free time is watching TV. By providing on-demand streaming, customization, tailored suggestions, and even video games, Android TVs can elevate this experience. There is also something new to learn because new features are always added to improve your experience.
The top Android TV hacks and tips have been compiled here so that you won’t miss out on these great features. You don’t need much technical knowledge or spend hours poring through a dry manual to get started because most of these are pretty simple.
Utilize your phone as a remote control
Returning to the forgotten remote scenario, there is a different method for controlling your Android TV without its conventional remote. Use your mobile device! Here’s how to configure and use your phone so that it may function as a remote.
Step 1: Download and launch the Google TV app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Click the Remote option in the bottom right corner
Step 3: To complete pairing, select the name of your TV and adhere to the on-screen directions. The buttons on your smartphone’s screen can now be a second remote control.
Any Android TV remote app offered in the Google Play Store can be used.
Establish a watchlist
Keeping track of everything you want to watch might be challenging, with so many new shows debuting each month. Android TV allows you to build a watchlist to keep all of your to-watch items.
Step 1: Search for your preferred programme or locate it in the Discover menu. You can add a title to your watchlist by hovering over it or long-pressing it.
Step 2: To examine the detailed view and choose the “Watchlist” option, you may click on the title.
The show’s name can be searched for online and added straight to your watchlist if you’re using the Google browser on a laptop or computer by clicking the Watchlist icon next to the program’s title.
Step 3: Your homepage will display material from your watchlist for easy access.
Personalize the home page
Are there numerous irrelevant app recommendations on your home screen? Do auto-playing trailers annoy you when you’re browsing? The Android TV home screen can now be modified to meet your specific requirements. How? Read on.
Step 1: Go to Settings on your Android TV.
Step 2: Select the Home screen under Device Preferences.
Step 3: At this point, you can customize your home screen in several ways. You can mute or unmute audio previews, allow or disable previews (trailers), and rearrange the apps and games on the screen.
Use Chromecast to mirror your phone
You may use the built-in Chromecast capability to mirror your phone (or laptop) if you have a fantastic video on your phone that you want to watch on the large screen. How? Read on.
Step 1: Verify that the TV, laptop, and smartphone are all linked to the same network.
Step 2: Open the file you wish to play on your laptop or smartphone. You can also launch applications like VLC Media Player and YouTube.
Step 3: Right at the top, locate the cast symbol. You can do this to mirror material from your phone to your TV.
Step 4: You may also use your Google browser’s cast capability. Click the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window after opening the material you wish to play. Then choose Cast from the menu.
Step 5: After choosing the name of your TV, you can now mirror any type of content, such as images, videos, files, streaming media, and more.