How to Install Chrome on Android TV
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If you search in the Google Play Store on your device, you’ll find a couple of third-party browsers listed, but Chrome is not there. Is it possible to install Chrome on your Android TV device? Yes! Here’s how.

Method 1: Use a Different Device

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  1. On the computer, navigate to play.google.com.
  2. Click on Apps in the left-hand panel.
  3. Type Chrome in the search box and press Enter.
  4. Open the app listing.
  5. Click on Install.
  6. Choose your Android TV device from the dropdown menu.
  7. Click Install.

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Give the app a few minutes to download and install, and you should find see it on the lean back launcher on your Android TV device.

Method 2: Use Your Voice

Very few people know about this trick — even seasoned Android TV users. If your Android TV device supports voice input, all you need to do is press the appropriate button on your remote and say Launch Chrome.

The device will ask whether you want to install the app. Click Agree, and Chrome will be ready to use in seconds.

Regardless of which method you use, there’s one setting you need to change when you launch Chrome for the first time. Click on the three vertical dots, scroll down, and mark the checkbox next to Request Desktop Site. It will ensure the app takes full advantage of your TV screen’s real estate.

Have you installed Chrome on your Android TV? Which method did you use? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Iyad Gabbour
    July 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    i tried the 2nd way and didnt work. I tried it in every possible place. I tried it b4 uninstalling chrome and it worked, but navigation through Chrome doesnt seem to be supported.i uninstalled it trying to see what happens. It didnt work. I will try the 1st way which I doubt. Side installing is the only way. And did anyone figure out that unsupported apps do not show on the app original menu!?

  2. Nigel
    May 13, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I used your voice method. Thank you, it worked perfectly.

  3. Vince
    May 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I downloaded it and can open it in the apps settings but it won't show up with the other apps on the home screen.

  4. Harry Chamberlain
    April 4, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Did not get confirmation email. Hovever, how do I get my cursor to the 3 dots?

    • Iyad Gabbour
      July 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Exactly

  5. Raymond Lukasiewicz
    February 25, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I installed chrome from my desktop computer. I couldn't use the exact instructions above because the URL as written didn't work for me but i have a Google account and
    1. I just went to my Google home page
    2. selected the 9dot icon
    3. selected the Play store
    4. selected the Apps tab
    5. typed in Chrome and and hit enter.
    6. click Installed and verified my google password
    7. From the choose a device menu I selected my TV
    8. Clicked Install

    I waited 10 minutes then pressed the microphone button on my TV remote and said "Launch Chrome"

    Worked perfectly.

  6. Eric
    February 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Method 2 doesn't work at all. It just gives you unrelated/useless search results.

    Method 1 does work, but it doesn't show up in the app launcher. I have to launch it from the list of apps in the settings menu. Navigating Chrome (or any browser) on a TV is a lot easier with a wireless mouse and a keyboard (wired or wireless).

    For those saying why bother with a browser for your TV?, I find it useful because TV station websites give you more access to their shows/videos than their apps do.

    • Iyad Gabbour
      July 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Yep,thats what I got

  7. Phil
    December 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    really helpful, thanks

  8. Doc
    October 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    "...and you should find see it..." Whoops. #proofread

  9. Kartik
    October 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Done it was a piece of cake to do it and showed up instantly ??

  10. Konain
    October 18, 2017 at 3:42 am

    I installed Chrome on my Mi box through downloading apk on my computer and then through USB flash drive installed on device. You need to have wireless or Bluetooth mouse or a combination of mouse and keyboard to use chrome on Mi box. I use a USB hub to attach additional accessories to Mi box.

  11. German
    October 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Yes, it can be installed, but it's completely useless. I have a xiaomi mi box, and I can't do anything in chrome. Can't press any links, just to go up and down and write in address line. That's it.

    • Nick
      October 18, 2017 at 1:19 am

      You need a Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad.