Your old TV can be upgraded without the need to replace it with a new one. With the help of Android TV Boxes, you can now stream videos and even use some apps like Facebook or Spotify. Google created this type of operating system to give everyone a chance to get a Smart TV experience without actually buying one. If you haven’t got your hands on one yet, take a look at our review of the 11 Best Android Boxes of 2018
Android TV apps allow apps to be installed through Google Play Store and Kodi is probably the most popular one. This app is for free, and it acts as a media player wherein you can stream and play videos from different online sources. If you want to know more about Android TV Boxes, check out our blog on Android TV Box: What is it and How Does it Work?
To cut it short, Android TV Boxes have the power to transform your ordinary television into a Smart TV and a media player with loads of content. However, the problem with these amazing devices is that they rarely come with a user manual and that means you have to figure everything by yourself.
Luckily, I made this quick step-by-step guide so you can immediately start using your Android TV Box.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Hooking up the cables
Admit it or not, I know you’re always excited to unbox a package! Go ahead, unbox that beast and let’s hook it up.
The first thing you need to do is to connect the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable to the back of your TV. One should come with your Android TV Box, but if not, or if you think it’s too short, you can always get one on Amazon and it won’t cost a fortune.
Next, which is optional, is to hook up an Ethernet cable. You can also go wireless, but Ethernet cables tend to load 4K videos faster. These aren’t usually included in the package so you might have to purchase one separately. I highly suggest you get the Cat 6 Ethernet Cable, which is one of Amazon UK’s bestsellers when it comes to flat Ethernet cables. But if you’re not interested in getting one, you can already settle with a wireless connection.
Last, but not the least, you to plug it into the mains. Look for the power cord and make sure you plug it into the nearest power outlet.
Step 2: Connecting it to the Internet
Your Android TV Box can’t do its magic without any Internet connection. On most cases, your Android TV Box will automatically let you choose which connection you’d like to use, but if yours doesn’t then, you have to do it manually. Don’t worry it’s a piece of cake.
Just look for the Settings on the screen and select Network. From there, you can choose your network, and your Android TV Box should be ready to go.
Step 3: Log-in to Your Google Account
Since all Android TV Boxes are powered by Google, you will need a Google account to get started. This allows your TV Box to sync your data and update your pre-installed apps on your existing Android device.
If you don’t want to use your existing Google account, you can create a new account specifically for your Android TV Box.
Step 4: Download Apps
Now that you’re all set, you can start downloading some apps on your Android TV Box. You can start with popular social media apps like Facebook, Skype, or Twitter. But if you’re not into social media, you can go straight to downloading media player apps. One of the most popular is Kodi which usually comes pre-installed, but if not then feel free to get it on the Google Play Store.
Another must-have app on every Android TV Box is the Aptoide TV which is a 3rd party app store. Since Google doesn’t show Amazon apps (and vice versa), Aptoide TV breaks the rivalry and offers them all in one app.
Step 5: Update, Update, Update
Updates may be annoying, we all know that too well, but this is one of the most important things to keep your streaming device going. As a matter of fact, it should also be done on any device even your smartphone or tablets. These help your device keep up with the manufacturer’s security and feature updates, which can protect your device.
Some devices won’t send you any notification about the update, but sometimes they’re just waiting to for you to notice them. The usual place where you can find updates is the Settings, select About, then look for the System Upgrade.
Step 6: Grab your snacks
And the most important thing.. grab your popcorn and start watching your favourite TV shows and movies! Your Android TV Box is now prepared to give you the ultimate leisure time you always wanted.
Don’t forget to share your Android TV Box experience with your family and friends!