How to Sideload Apps on Chromecast with Google TV

Sideload Apps on Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV turns any TV into a smart TV with a seamless experience of all your apps. Google TV is a smart TV platform that brings together movies, live TV, shows, and more for the viewers. Similarly, Chromecast with Google TV brings a lot of videos but restricts the users to access third-party applications. You need not worry and as the users have an option to sideload the required application. Read the article to know how to sideload apps on Chromecast with Google TV.

Downloader app is the best application to sideload apps. You can easily install the Downloader as it is available on the Google Play store. By using the Downloader app, you can sideload any Android app on your Google TV.

Methods to Sideload Apps on Google TVusing Downloader app

  • Using the Downloader app
  • Using the File Commander app

How to Sideload Apps on Google TV: Using Downloader

[1] Type Downloader app on the Search tab.

[2] Select the Downloader app and tap the Install button on the next screen.

Install Downloader app to sideload Apps with Google TV

[3] Wait for the app to complete the installation.

[4] Click on the Profile icon and choose Settings.

Click the Circle icon

[5] Now, select the About menu.

Tap on Settings to Sideload Apps with Google TV

[6] Scroll down and click on the Android TV OS build option seven times.

Click Android TV

[7] You will see the You are now a developer pop-up. Now, go to the Settings menu on your Google TV and choose Apps.

[8] Open the Unknown Sources menu and enable the Downloader app’s toggle.

Install Unknown Sources

[9] You are now set to launch the Downloader app.

[10] On opening the Downloader app for the first time, tap the Allow button to grant permission for the Downloader to access the Google TV.

Allow Permission to sideload Apps with Google TV

[11] Now, install the Downloader browser plugin by entering on the URL tab and select Go.

Install Downloader browser plugin

[12] Select the Install button.

[13] Then, enter the apk’s link that you want to sideload on your Google TV.

[14] Click the Install option to sideload the app.

Download the application to sideload apps on Google TV

[15] After it is successfully installed, click Open to launch the application.

How to Sideload Apps on Google TV: Using File Commander

[1] Download the APK file that you wish to sideload on your Google TV using a mobile phone or computer.

[2] Add the file to the Google Drive account that you used to log in to your Google TV.

[3] Install File Commander app on your Chromecast with Google TV from the Play Store.

[4] Enable the Developer mode and allow the File Commander app from Unknown Sources toggle.

[5] Launch the File Commander app, click on the Cloud on the start page. Follow the on-screen prompts to add the Google Drive account.

[6] Select the APK file that you uploaded in Google Drive.

[7] Click the Install button to sideload the app on your Google TV.

[8] Then, click the Done button.

[9] The sideloaded app will be listed on For you under the Apps section on the home screen.

Related: How to Sideload Apps on Firestick.


How do I add apps to Google TV?

In Google TV, you can install apps from the Play Store or sideload apps using Downloader.

What apps are compatible with Chromecast with Google TV?

Almost all the Android smartphone apps are compatible with Chromecast with Google TV.