How is it that the most popular web browser in the world isn’t available on their own operating system?
I recently did an article where I compared all of the most popular web browsers available on Android TV. But there was one browser missing from that list.
That’s because Google Chrome isn’t available on the Google Play Store. It has to be sideloaded on an Android TV device.
I’ll wait a moment to let that sink in.
I’ve always wondered why Google’s own browser doesn’t appear on their own Android operating system.
We’re going to fix that today and show you how you can install Google Chrome on Android TV. As an example, I’m going to be using my NVIDIA Shield TV.
How to Install Chrome on Android TV [NVIDIA Shield]
Since you can’t just download Chrome through the Google Play Store, we’re going to have to sideload it on to your Android TV device.
If you haven’t heard of sideloading, or you need a refresher, I recommend checking out my tutorial where I walk you through several different ways to get the apps you want on your device.
Don’t worry if you only want to install Chrome on your Android TV or NVIDIA Shield. I’m going to walk you through the process right now.
Install Chrome on NVIDIA Shield from Aptoide TV
The easiest way to get Chrome on your Android TV is to install it from Aptoide TV. Aptoide TV is one of my favorite alternative app stores.
It has thousands of apps, specifically designed for Android TV, that you won’t find on the Google Play Store.
Open Aptoide TV and search for Google Chrome.
The Chrome browser should be the first app listed. Click on it to go to it’s app page.
Unfortunately, there’s only one version of Chrome available on Aptoide TV at the time I’m writing this. If you’re looking for a specific version, then I recommend skipping down to the APKMirror section of this article.
Click on the Install button to start the download process.
Once it finished downloading, Aptoide TV will start the installation process.
Since Chrome doesn’t require any special permissions, click on the Install button to continue.
Once the installation finished, an icon for Chrome appears in your Apps tab of your Android TV.
Unfortunately, Chrome isn’t designed to be used with a TV remote. You’ll need a keyboard or mouse to use it. Even the NVIDIA Shield TV remote, as good as it is, doesn’t work that well with Chrome.
Install Chrome on Android TV from APKMirror
If you’re looking for a specific version of Chrome, then I recommend installing it from APKMirror. Aptoide TV is easier, but it doesn’t give you as many options as APKMirror does.
To start, open the Downloader App.
If you haven’t yet installed Downloader on your Android TV, you should definitely check out this article. It’s one of the first apps I install on every Android box I own. I highly recommend it.
Downloader’s home screen lets you type in the web address directly, if you know where you’re going. It also lets you search for web pages if you’re not.
Search for APK Mirror Chrome to continue.
APKMirror should be one of the first two links returned in the search. In this case, we’re looking at the second result on apkmirror.com.
Click on it to continue.
Now that we’ve found Chrome on APKMirror, we need to find the latest version so we can install it on our Android TV.
Scroll down until you see the All Versions tab. This is a list of every version of Chrome that’s available on APKMirror.
The newest version will always be at the top of the list. Unless you need a specific version, it’s a safe bet to download the latest version.
Click on the Download button on the far right-hand side of the screen. This will take you to a page with more details on that specific version.
Don’t worry. We’re almost done. 🙂
From here, click on the Download APK button to start the installation process.
If you’re using Downloader, you can install Chrome right from within the app. If you’ve been using a different web browser, you may have to download the APK file to your device and install it from your favorite file manager.
Once the installation process completes, the Chrome icon will appear in your Apps drawer.
Click on the icon to launch Chrome.