By default, devices with Android TV do not have a web browser, but that does not mean that they are deprived of these types of applications: there are compatible browsers. It’s even possible to install a whole Google Chrome: we’ll tell you how to achieve it.
Oddly enough, especially when it comes to Google’s efforts to make sure Chrome is everywhere, the web browser isn’t available in the Android TV Play Store. This implies that it cannot be installed on televisions (or compatible players), a drawback that reduces the performance of the big screen. Yes, it’s not that the TV and remote are great for browsing the web, but you might need to visit a page from the big screen.
Download and install the APK
As Android TV is designed for televisions, the system remains Android; It therefore not only allows the installation of applications from the Google Play Store, but also from APK files. Of course, the process is a bit more onerous than installing any of these APKs on your mobile.
To simplify the process of installing Google Chrome on Android TV, we will be using two apps: the File Commander file manager (to install the Apk) and the Sideload Launcher (to open Google Chrome). Both are reliable and secure applications and do not exceed permissions. You can download them below.
Side loading launcher
When you have both apps on your Android TV, it’s time to start the Google Chrome installation process:
Download the browser as APK. It is better to install one of the latest versions, for example from Apk mirror. Once you have Google Chrome in Apk form, upload the file to your Drive account. It is recommended to download it in the root folder (the home folder). Open File Commander on your Android TV and connect to the Google Drive section. Once logged in with your Google account, go to the APK file you downloaded and click on it: File Commander will ask you if you want to download it. You accept. Once downloaded, click on ‘Install’. You will need to accept permission to install files outside of Google Play. Use Google Chrome on the Nvidia Shield TV using the game controller When you have installed Google Chrome on your Android TV it will already be available to work, but it will surely not appear among the installed applications since you have not downloaded it from Google play. To access it, you just need to start it from the Sideload Launcher app, which you should already have installed.
While Google Chrome isn’t designed specifically for Android TV, it works almost flawlessly – you won’t notice too many differences with the desktop or mobile browser. Yes, there is one drawback: it is not 100% suitable for controlling the TV remote control (or the Android TV player). This is solved by connecting a mouse, both wirelessly and via a USB cable. Additionally, you can control the on-screen cursor with a physical game controller (we recommend).