How to sideload apps on android tv

How to sideload apps on android tv

Your Android TV such as Mi Box or Nvidia Shield TV comes with the Google Play Store. And it’s pretty good. However, it only features apps that are optimized for the TV interface. But there are times when you have to sideload apps on your Android TV. For example, the other day, I wanted to install my a VPN app on my Shield TV box, so that I can watch American Netflix, but I couldn’t find it on the Android TV store.

Turns out there are multiple ways to sideload apps on your Android TV, depending on whether you have Pendrive, Smartphone, WiFi or none of them. Each method has its pros and cons. Let’s check them out. Shall we?

Most of the sideloaded apps won’t be visible in your native launcher, so make sure you use Sideload launcher or any Android TV launcher that supports sideloaded apps.

Sideload Apps on Android TV

Method 1. Using a flash drive

The handiest way to sideload apps on your streaming device can be via Flash drives. Most popular Android TV box such as Mi box and Nvidia Shield TV comes with a USB port. So, if you have a spare flash drive nearby, you can copy APKs from your computer, or if you are on Android, first you need to download any backup app like Apk Extractor from Google play store to extract apk of the installed app. Once you send the file to the USB stick, remove the flash drive from the smartphone/computer and plug it in the Android TV box. Once in, use any Android TV file manager such as File Commander to navigate to the USB drive and install it.

Since Amazon firestick is also based on Android OS, this trick work there, however, you have to buy a three-way OTG splitter to access the flash drive, which is a hassle.

  • Easy to use
  • Needs no WiFi
  • I f there is no flash drive nearby, this won’t work.

Method 2. Using Google drive

The previous method was bit inconvenient as it requires both USB OTG adapter (since most phones have Type C port) as well as a flash drive. In case you don’t have access to those, you can also use cloud-based services like Google Drive to transfer APKs from your Phone or Computer to your Android-based streaming device like Firestick or Android TV

Start by downloading the apk from APKMirror on your phone or PC. The reason we recommend APKMirror is because it’s from the reputable ‘Android Police’ and free of any malware. Though it’s filled with a lot of Google Ads, and finding the right download is still a bit confusing.

Once you download the apk, upload it to your Google Drive account and head to your streaming device. Open File Commander or any other file explorer with cloud support and login with the same Google account which has the Apks. D ownload and install them.

  • No hardware needed
  • Although this may sound easy, it’s just too much work

Method 3. Transfer via WiFi

Since Android TV or even the Fire Stick are already always connected to the Internet, it makes sense to use wifi to transfer Apks and install them. So, to get this work, first, you need to install WiFi file transfer app on your Android TV. The app has 50MB file limit on the free version which shouldn’t be the problem since most apks are smaller than that, however, you can remove by upgrading to the paid app that costs $0.99.

Use the previous two methods to install WiFi File transfer on your device. Once done, open the app, it will show you an IP address. You can type this IP address on your computer or Android phone’s browser and then just drag and drop the apk files here. Now you can transfer files from your phone and install them. Of course, you can also transfer large files like movies using this app as well.

If you are on fire tv stick, you can use the Easy fire tools app to transfer apps installed on the phone or APKs directly to your fire tv stick. It works on the same principle as the previous one, however, you don’t have to install the companion app on your TV as you did with WiFi File transfer.

  • Easy to use
  • No hardware needed
  • Efficient for long term
  • Needs WiFi
  • Cog up the memory of both your phone and your streaming

Method 4. Use Android TV Browser

You might already know, you can access the web on Android TV using web browsers like Puffin TV. So, why not use it to download apps on your Android TV? Simply, open Puffin TV and head to ApkMirror, perform a quick search for the apps you want to download and you will be able to download the apk after battling intrusive ads on the website.

  • Easy to use
  • Save a lot of time
  • Intrusive Ads

Method 5. Use Aptoide TV

Even after the presence of Play Store on the Android tv and Amazon Store on the Fire TV stick, the app available for these devices is quite and since most apps are not fully optimized. Yet, these unoptimized apps work fine (like WiFi file transfer we use in method #3) on Android TV. Enter Aptoide TV, an alternative Play Store for Android tv as well as the Firestick.

To access unoptimized Android apps on your Android TV, you can use Aptoide TV store, Yes this store is capable enough to be called as a competitor to play store on the tv ecosystem. Use any of the methods discussed to install Aptoide TV apk and open it. Once in, now you can download and install apps which are natively not available on the play store but good enough to be on android tv. The only downside to this store is that it has all sorts of apps without any guideline.

  • Auto-update
  • Efficient for long term
  • Some apps are pirated

If we miss out any better way to sideload apps on Android TV, share it with us in the comments below.

As you may be aware, on your Android based Sony TV there is an app for Googles Play Store. This lists all the apps that have been through Googles certification program on compatibility for use on the Android TV system.

Unfortunately the quantity of apps in the Google Play TV store is rather lacking compared to the full Play Store available on your Android Smartphone or Tablet. To over-come this you can ‘sideload’ an app that is not officially certified for your Android TV. Please note that many apps simply cannot be side-loaded either for various reasons.

Listed below are 5 ways in which you can side-load these apps:

  1. Installation via a computer – HERE
  2. Download .apk file from PC and using ES File Explorer on TV – HERE
  3. Using X-plore and Google Drive – HERE
  4. Using File Commander and Google Drive – HERE
  5. Using ADB commands from a PC – HERE

In order to install and run sideloaded apps, you firstly need to do two things:

  1. Enable “Unknown Sources” – In the Security and Restrictions menu of Settings
  2. Install “Sideload Launcher – Android TV” in order to run the apps you have sideloaded. This is available from Googles Play store : HERE
  3. Some sideloaded apps have the orientation fixed to either Portrait or Landscape. You can correct this by sideloading an app called “Set Orientation”

PS: Please send me a private message if any corrections need to be made or you have instructions on other ways to sideload apps so I can add here.

We all android enthusiasts know that Google Play Store has thousands of applications. However, those of you who use Android TV, do not get a lot of apps in its respective app store. So, if we wish to install any app for regular Android devices on Android TV, we need to manually sideload the APK. In this guide, I will tell you how to sideload apps on Android TV.

All you need is your TV which has Android OS support and a PC or your smartphone. Then grab the choice of APK. Next, you have to download a file installer and enable cloud integration. Upload the APK to the cloud and then access it on your Android TV. YOu can then sideload apps of your choice. You can do it for more almost all apps. Though it sounds a bit technical, it’s quite easier to perform. Check out the detailed steps below.

How to sideload apps on android tv

How to Sideload Apps on Android TV?

We will check it step by step.

APK Download

Start by downloading the APK for the app you plan to install on your Android-powered TV. To download, the best approach is to go to the official website of the application. There check for the latest APK build available for the Android TV.

Also, you can grab the APK from non-official websites that host them. Though there are great third-party platforms to download APK, you may also download any wrong build or buggy build. So, be careful about that. Always check for the availability of the latest build.

Getting the File Commander

  • Open the Play Store on your Android TV.
  • Search for the File Commander app.
  • Download and install it.
  • Now open the app
  • On the starting screen select Cloud
  • The idea is to add a cloud storage account. I suggest using your Google Drive account.
  • You need to log into your Drive though

Enable Permission to Install the App from Unknown Sources

If you have downloaded your APK from third-party or unofficial sources, then you need to allow your device to permit the installation of such apps. These kinds of APK builds are usually termed as untrusted. So, it’s up to the user to decide what app to allow for installation.

  • On your TV, at the top right side, there should be a gear button that you need to click.
  • It will open a drop-down menu for Settings.
  • On the menu select Device Preferences > Security & Restrictions
  • Click on Unknown sources. A list of apps will show up
  • Scroll to File Commander
  • Beside that, a toggle should be there. Tap on it to enable.

Transfer APK to Cloud Storage

If you are using a smartphone. Then open Drive App > and integrate the APK build. Otherwise, you can go to the browser on your PC/laptop and open You should be logged into your account. Then upload the APK.

Sideload Apps

  • Open File Commander app
  • Select your Google Drive
  • Browse for the APK you uploaded previously and select it
  • Click on Install
  • Wait for sometimes as the installation takes place.

So, that’s it, guys. This was the complete guide about how to sideload apps on Android TV. Try it out and let us know your experience.

At its core, Android TV’s software is the same as the OS running on 87% of all smartphones. But it doesn’t always feel that way, with its version of the Play Store only having 5,000 apps (or 0.2% of all Android apps). To access the remaining 99.8% of apps, you will need to sideload them.

Like your phone, sideloading lets you install apps outside of the official Google Play Store. These apps include those rejected by Google, hosted by other app stores, or modified apps. The process is nearly identical to sideloading on your phone, except it’s a little harder to get the APK installer files onto the device in the first place.

What You’ll Need

  • Android TV-powered device (television or set-top box)
  • computer or smartphone

Step 1: Download the APK You Want to Sideload

Using either your phone or computer, download the APK file for the app you wish to install. APKs are like EXEs for Windows, if you’re familiar. A great source for these is APKMirror, but you can always check an app’s website for a manual download.

If you just want something to try for now, we recommend first downloading Droid Hardware Info and Google Chrome. After sideloading these apps, you can install future apps without the need for a computer or phone.

  • APK Download: Droid Hardware Info (APKMirror) | Google Chrome (Uptodown)

If it’s a phone app you wish to sideload and you have an Android phone, you can install the app on your phone first, then use APK Extractor to get the APK installer file for that app.

Step 2: Download File Commander

On your Android TV device, open the Play Store app and download File Commander. You can find this app by clicking the search icon at the top of the Play Store’s main menu, then typing its name with the on-screen keyboard or voice control.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Step 3: Enable Cloud Storage Integration

Now, open the File Commander app, and on the initial start page, select “Cloud,” then follow the prompts to add a cloud storage account to the file browser. We recommend going with Google Drive since you already have a Google account (Android TV requires you log into one) and it comes with plenty of free storage.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Step 4: Enable ‘Unknown Sources’

If your device is running Android 8.0 or newer, arrow up to the Settings cog towards the top-right corner of the home screen. Click it, then head to “Device Preferences,” then “Security & Restrictions.” From there, click “Unknown sources” and enable the toggle next to File Commander.

How to sideload apps on android tv

If the device is running an older version of Android and doesn’t have the gear icon in the top-right corner, arrow down to the “Settings” option on the main screen, select it, then go to “Security & restrictions” and enable the toggle next to “Unknown sources.”

Step 5: Upload the APK to Your Cloud Storage Service

Now you’ll need to take the APK file you’re trying to sideload and upload it to your cloud storage account. If you went with Google Drive, open the app on your phone (Android | iOS) or go to in your desktop’s browser and move the APKs files to “My Drive.”

Step 6: Sideload the App

Now, open File Commander and select Google Drive (it will be named with your Google account and feature the Google Drive icon) or whichever cloud storage service you’re using. Select the APK file and choose “Install.” When the buttons “Open” and “Done” appear, the app is installed.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Step 7: Launch the Sideloaded App

Most sideloaded apps will not appear next to other apps installed via the Play Store. To access these apps, head to Settings –> Apps, then select the app from the list and choose “Open.” Alternatively, you can use an app called Sideload Launcher that can be installed by searching the Play Store on your Android TV.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Step 8: Sideload Future Apps

If you opted to sideload the two apps in Step 1, the process will be much easier going forward. Use Droid Hardware Info to find the CPUarchitecture of your television or set-top box. This information is found under the System tab, titled “Instructions Sets.”

  • More Info: How to See What Kind of Processor You Have on Android

With this information, use Chrome to access third-party app stores. Find the app you are looking for, making sure to download the variant with the same architecture as your television. Download the app, then use File Commander to open the APK file (located in “Downloads” usually) to sideload just as you did before.

For those who want to use APKMirror, many of the apps they host will come in bundles now and use a new file format (.apkm). To install these apps, you will need first to sideload the APKMIrror Installer app. Check out our tutorial (linked below) on using this installer.

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After Google TV was shut down a few years ago, it as soon replaced by something more advanced; Android TV. Since its introduction, Android TV has been doing quite well. Google TV lacked apps, but with access to Google Play Store, Android TV has abundance. It is easy to operate. The interface is slick and navigation is easy as it can get. Moreover, Android TV supports tons of media streaming services so there is always one for you. As the platform is adopted by numerous manufacturers, no matter what your price range is, there is always an Android TV that you can buy without burning a hole in your pocket. As I mentioned earlier, the selection of apps is great on Android TV, but factors like region restriction may prevent you from using certain apps. Fortunately, there is a way you can bypass such restriction. It is called sideloading. Like on any Android smart device, you can sideload apps on Android TV too, and the process is quite similar. Here’s how to Sideload apps on Android TV.

Sideload apps on Android TV

The first step will sound familiar if you have been sideloading apps on your Android smartphone. You will first need to force Android TV to accept the app you’re trying to install. That means you need to enable Unknown Sources. This will let you install apps that are not downloaded from Google Play Store. Unknown sources is disabled by default for a reason. It is to prevent malicious files from getting into your device. So make sure the app you are about to sideload is from a trusted source. To enable Unknown Sources, go to Settings (gear icon on the bottom of the menu) > Security & Restrictions > enable Unknown Sources. When you see a warning, dismiss it.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Now you will need to use your computer or Android smartphone to download the app you want to install. If you have a trusted site, you can download it from there. But if you do not, APK Mirror is the to go. The site is safe and has all the free apps that are on the Google Play Store. Search for the app you want and download. Now, you will need to upload it to cloud storage like Google Drive. Then, go back to your TV and download the APK from the cloud storage and install it. If your TV does not support cloud storage, you can use ES File Explorer, connect it to your drive and download it from there.

After the apps are sideloaded, you will need an app to use them. There’s an app called Sideload Launcher that lets to see and use the app you’ve sideloaded.

Apps are the lifeblood of any operating system. Without apps, we can only do so much on platforms like Android. Fortunately, Google Play offers millions of apps, but due to platform restrictions, not every good app can be found on the store. Sometimes, app availability is also restricted on a geographical basis. So the only way to get such apps is by sideloading them.

Thanks to the openness of Android, you can sideload and install Android apps from third-party stores as well as other sources. In this guide, we’ll explain how you can sideload Android apps.

Navigate this guide:

Getting the APK files or app bundles

How to sideload apps on android tv

Before you can sideload an app on Android, you need to obtain its installation file. Android app installers have the .APK file extension that’s short for Android Package. APK files contain everything that’s needed to install and run the app. Apart from APKs, you’ll find app bundles, which are also used to install Android apps.

There are two kinds of app bundles – official and unofficial. The official Android app bundle format is AAB and it was introduced back in 2018 by Google. The company is making it mandatory for app developers to publish all new Android apps in AAB in the Google Play store starting August 2021. One can also covert a standard AAB package to an APK set archive, which uses the .apks file extension.

The unofficial app bundles come from sites like APKMirror and APKPure, which have created their own app bundles called APKM and XAPK, respectively. The app bundles pack a base APK file and multiple resource bundles meant for different architectures, layouts, and languages.

These APKs and app bundles are shared by the developers and community members on XDA forums, uploaded on third-party resources like APK Mirror, APKPure, or on stores like F-Droid and Amazon. Once you’ve obtained the APK file or an app bundle for the app you need to install, we can move forward to the actual sideloading bit.

Caution: Do not install APK files from random sources. Only install APK files from trusted sources. Otherwise, you could end up infecting your device with malware.

Transferring the APK or App Bundle to your phone

If you haven’t downloaded the APK file or the app bundle directly onto your Android phone, you’ll need to transfer it from your computer to the phone. You can transfer it using Bluetooth, a USB cable, or a cloud storage service. Using a cloud storage service like Google Drive is normally the easiest way to get an APK onto your phone. Just upload it onto Google Drive from your computer, and download it using the Drive app on your phone. If you’re looking for more methods for file transfer, check out our guide on How to Transfer Files between Android and Windows PC.

Installing/Sideloading the APK file

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Once the APK has been transferred to your phone, you’re ready to install it.

  • Locate the file on your phone. The downloaded APKs can be found in the Downloads app. Or you can use a file manager to navigate to the Downloads folder.
  • Tap on the file name to start the installation. If this is the first time you’re installing an APK from that file manager, the Downloads app, or the web browser, Android will throw a warning and ask your permission to continue. Give the permission and, depending on the app from where you’re installing the APK, you may have to tap back to get to the installer. In some apps, you’ll automatically be sent back to the installer.
  • Tap on Install, and the application will be installed successfully unless there are compatibility issues.

If your Android device is running on Nougat or an older version, you’ll first have to enable Installation from Unknown Sources by going to Settings > Security, after which you’ll be able to install the APK. Sideloading support is available on all Android versions, and you don’t need root access or any other special privileges.

Sideloading App Bundles on Android

While sideloading an APK is pretty easy, as you can see in the previous section, it can be slightly tricky to install app bundles, whether it is the official Android App Bundle or unofficial bundles. Thankfully, there are apps that make it easier to install app bundles. Alternatively, you can use ADB to install the unofficial app bundles and Google’s bundletool to install the official app bundles.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Smartphones have enhanced our life by bringing the vast domain of world wide web in our palm. Slowly the technology is expanding. We currently have smartwatches and other wearable devices. If you want to enjoy the same experience in your drawing room, apart from Smart speakers, Smart Android TV is the next best thing. In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can sideload apps on Android TV.

Currently, major players in the industry like Xiaomi, Nvidia and many others have started launching Smart TV having the features of Android on a normal Television. These TVs cost approximately $100 and can stream high-quality 4k videos. However, there is a minor drawback. Play Store does not have enough applications that are compatible with these TVs.

But, for Android, we always have a back alley to do stuff. If the application you are looking for is not available on Play Store, you can still run it by sideloading. Sideloading apps is the way of installing an application which is not accessible via normal app stores like Google Play Store. The process is simple in Smartphones but a little bit complicated in Android TV. Let’s get on with it.

Steps to Sideload Apps on Your Android TV

Allow APK Installation from Unknown Sources

First, you will need to enable your Android TV so that it can install apps from sources other than play store. Although this defensive feature is for preventing malicious apps from getting installed on your system, still if you download apps from a trusted third-party app store, you will be free from the tension of malicious files infecting your device.

  • Go to Menu
  • Scroll down to the bottom where you will find the settings icon.
  • Inside settings, navigate to “Security and Restrictions”
  • You will find the Unknown Sources option.
  • By default, it is off, turns it on just by a toggle.
  • A pop up will be displayed warning you about the threat, dismiss it and you are done.

Download the APK

You can do it either from your desktop or mobile.

  • Go to your trusted APK store where you frequently download apps which are not available at play store.
  • Search for the app you want and download it.
  • Upload the APK on a cloud platform like Google Drive or Dropbox which you can access later from your Android TV.

Installing ES File Explorer

Currently, Android TV does not support either Dropbox or Google Drive. To get the APK from your cloud storage, you will need ES File Explorer.

  • Go to Play Store from your Android TV
  • Search for ES File Explorer
  • Install it on your Android TV.

Installing the App

Coming to the final step, launch ES File Explorer.

  • Go to ‘Network’ from the menu on the left and select ‘Cloud’.
  • You will find a ‘New’ button on the right. Click on it.
  • Select your preferred Cloud Storage platform where you uploaded the app installer.
  • Enter the credentials and click on the APK to begin downloading.
  • Once downloading is completed, you will get a pop-up.
  • Select “Install” from the pop up which will begin the installation of the app.

Launching Sideloaded Applications

Since sideloaded applications are not supported officially by Android TV, you will not be able to find them on the app launcher. However, there are 2 ways by which you can launch the sideloaded app.

The easy way

  • In the play store, you will find an app named “Sideload Launcher”.
  • Install it on your Android TV.
  • Launch it from the launcher and there you will find a list of your sideloaded apps.

The Other Way

  • Go to settings
  • Select Apps
  • You will find a list of all the apps installed on your Android TV.
  • Find the app that you sideloaded.
  • Click on it and Select Open and there, your job is done.

Now that you have learned the process, sideloading the apps on TV won’t be a problem. Enjoy the experience at your Android TV and do let us know if you have found any interesting app sideloaded on your TV.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Android powers pretty much every Smart TV that is coming into the market these days.

But do not think of the Android OS that is found on your smartphones, although the basic functionality is very much similar.

You can log into your Google account and keep all the things synced, organized, which is super convenient.

You also have a Play Store on your Android-powered Smart TV from where you can install apps.

How to sideload apps on android tv

The apps in the Play Store on Android TV are pretty Limited, and only those appear that are optimized for Smart TVs, although all the apps available for Android are compatible with Smart TVs.

This means, if you can sideload apps on your Smart TV, you can use pretty much any app you want. It’s just that the user interface would be a little odd they are designed for mobile phones.

If you are ok with that here is a quick guide to let you know how you can sideload apk on your Android-powered Smart TV

How to Sideload Android Apps is on Smart TV

To sideload apps on your Android power Smart TV, you need to have the APK the file for the Android app, which can be downloaded from the internet. APK Mirror, APK Pure, or XDA-Developers are a few websites that we trust the most.

The first thing is you need to install a web browser on your Smart TV. Thankfully there are a couple of browsers available in the Play Store on a Smart TV.

How to sideload apps on android tv

So you can go to the Play Store on your Smart TV and install any of the browsers available, we are working with the Puffin Browser.

How to sideload apps on android tv

After you have installed the browser on your Android TV, you have to enable installing Android APK from ‘Unknown Sources’ on your Android TV.

This can be done from the Settings area of your Android TV. When you scroll down you will find ‘Security & Restrictions,’ clicking on which will show you ‘Unknown Sources.’

How to sideload apps on android tv

You have to click on unknown sources and enable installing APK files from Puffin Browser.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Once you are done, open the Puffin Browser on your Smart TV and search for the Android App’s APK in Google.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Pro Tip: Things will become pretty easy if you have got a Bluetooth enabled keyboard connected to your Android TV since most modern TVs have got Bluetooth feature.

You will find one of the results from APK Mirror, APK Pure, or XDA-Developers. Click on it and go to the download page, follow the instructions to download the APK.

How to sideload apps on android tv

Once the APK is downloaded, you need to go to the download folder, click on the APK file, which will start the installation process.

Once the app is installed, you will be able to open it on your Smart TV.

If for some reason, your Android TV does not allow download of files, you can download the APK on your mobile or computer and then transfer it to a flash drive.

Connect the flash drive to your Smart TV using the USB Type-A given in your Smart TV, navigate to access files on the USB Flashdrive,

Note: You might again have to go to ‘Unknown Sources’ show me the settings area of your Android TV to enable access to the flash drive to install the APK.

I hope you find this article useful. Here is quick quite to show you how to sideload Android Apps on Fire TV Stick. You can check out more articles on the blog.

You can conveniently download apps on Android TV using the Google Playstore. This method is pretty straightforward, and you can get your favorite apps within seconds.

What if you have accidentally deleted the PlayStore or the apps you are looking for are not available on the Playstore?

If you have a Hisense TV, we have compiled this guide for you. By Following this guide, you can easily sideload apps on Hisense smart TV.

Enough talking, let’s checkout the details.

What is Application Sideloading?

Normally, we download applications directly from Google Playstore on our Android TVs. But, not all the apps are available on the store, so we have to manually download some apps using the web browser or the USB flash drive.

This manual installation method of Android applications is called the “Side-loading” of apps.

Enabling Unknown Sources on Hisense TV

To install the third application on your Hisense TV, you need to enable the “Unknown Sources” on your Hisense smart. Without this feature enabled, you cannot install third-party apps on your TV.

Here are the Steps for Enabling Unknown Sources on Hisense TV:

  • Open the “Settings” menu of your Hisense Android TV.
  • Now open the “Security” settings.
  • There will be the option for enabling the “Unknown Sources”.

Sideloading Apps on Hisense Smart TV

There are different methods of installing the third-party apps on the Hisense smart TVs. We will walk you through two different methods for the sideloading of apps.

You can follow either of these methods according to your convenience, as both of these methods work perfectly fine. Before moving ahead, ensure you have enabled the “Unknown Sources”.

Method#1: Using the TV’s Web Browser

You can conveniently download and install the third-party apps on your Hisense smart TV using your TV’s web browser. In this way, you do not need any external drive. All you need is an internet connection, and your Hisense Android TV.

Here are the Steps for Sideloading Apps Using Web Browser:

  • First of all, connect your smart TV to the internet.
  • Go to the Playstore, and install the “Sideload Launcher”, and the “File Manager” from the Playstore.
  • After downloading these apps, open your web browser, and search for the application you want to install.
  • For example, if you want to install Candy Crush, search for “Candy Crush APK Download”.
  • Download the application from any given website.
  • After the application has been downloaded, go to the “File Manager”, and look around for the file.
  • Click on the “Install” button, and now it will be installed on your smart TV.
  • Open the recently installed APK file, and you are good to go.

Method#2: Using the External USB Drive

You can also sideload the third-party applications by using an external USB drive. This method is nearly identical to the previously given method, except you have to download the files on your computer, and then transfer them over to the TV.

Here are the Steps for Sideloading Apps Using External USB Drive:

  • Connect your Hisense Android TV to the internet.
  • Now, go to the Playstore, and install the “Sideload Launcher”, and the “File Manager”.
  • On your computer, download the APK version of the app you want to install on your TV.
  • Copy it to the USB drive.
  • Connect the USB drive to the PC, and open the USB using the File Manager.
  • Open the File Manager, and locate the APK file.
  • Click on the file, and press the “Install” button.
  • Your APK file will now be installed on the TV.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can We Sideload Apps on Hisense Android TV?

Yes, you can sideload apps on the Hisense Android TV, just like all the other Android TVs available in the market. Above, we have provided you with a complete method that you can use to sideload apps on your Android TV.

Can I Sideload APK Apps on Non-Android TV?

No, you cannot sideload the APK apps on non Android TVs, as the APKs are exclusively compatible with the Android OS. So, you can only install them on Android devices.

Can We Sideload Apps on Standard Hisense TV?

No, you cannot sideload apps on the standard hisense TV. You only have the option to download them directly from the TV App Store.


If your required application is not available on the Playstore, you can download it and install it on your Hisense TV using the application sideload method.

In this blogpost, we have put together two different methods for the sideloading of apps on Hisense smart TV.

You can easily install the apps not available on the Google Play Store by using this method. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.