How Do I Get RetroArch on My Android TV?

Android, Android TV

Are you a fan of retro gaming? Do you own an Android TV and want to experience the thrill of playing classic games on the big screen? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of getting RetroArch on your Android TV. RetroArch is a powerful emulator that allows you to play games from various consoles and platforms in one unified interface. So, let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

Before we begin, it’s important to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources on your Android TV. This will allow you to install RetroArch, which is not available on the Google Play Store.

  1. Start by opening the Settings app on your Android TV.
  2. Navigate to the “Security & Restrictions” or “Privacy & Safety” section.
  3. Look for an option called “Unknown Sources” and toggle it ON.

Note: Enabling unknown sources may pose security risks, so make sure to download apps only from trusted sources.

Step 2: Download RetroArch APK

Now that we have enabled unknown sources, we can proceed with downloading RetroArch APK file onto your Android TV.

  1. Open a web browser on your Android TV and go to the official RetroArch website:
  2. Navigate to the “Downloads” section of the website.
  3. Select the appropriate version of RetroArch for your Android TV architecture (usually ARMv7 or ARM64).
  4. Click on the download link to begin the download.

Note: Make sure to download the latest stable version of RetroArch for optimal performance and compatibility.

Step 3: Install RetroArch

Once the RetroArch APK file has finished downloading, it’s time to install it on your Android TV.

  1. Open the File Manager app on your Android TV.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you saved the RetroArch APK file.
  3. Select the APK file and click on it to start the installation process.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Note: Depending on your Android TV model, you may need to grant permission for installing apps from unknown sources during the installation process. Simply follow the prompts on your screen.

Step 4: Configure RetroArch

Congratulations! You have successfully installed RetroArch on your Android TV. Now, let’s configure it so that you can start playing your favorite retro games.

  1. Open RetroArch from your app drawer or home screen.
  2. Navigate to “Settings” in the main menu.
  3. Select “Input” and configure your game controller or keyboard for optimal gameplay experience. RetroArch supports a wide range of input devices, so make sure to choose one that suits your preference.
  4. Next, go back to the main menu and select “Online Updater.

  5. Select “Core Updater” and download the cores (emulators) for the platforms you want to play games from. For example, if you want to play NES games, download “NES (FCEUmm)” core.
  6. Once the cores are downloaded, go back to the main menu and select “Load Core. “
  7. Navigate to the folder where you have your game ROMs stored and select the appropriate core for each game.
  8. Finally, select the game you want to play and enjoy!

Note: Game ROMs are not included with RetroArch and should be obtained legally. Make sure to only use ROMs for games that you own or have the rights to play.


Congratulations! You are now ready to enjoy retro gaming on your Android TV using RetroArch.

With its extensive library of supported platforms and customizable features, RetroArch provides an immersive gaming experience like no other. So, grab your gamepad, dive into nostalgia, and have fun playing your favorite classic games!