If you’re looking to expand your Sony Android TV’s functionality beyond the built-in apps, installing an APK file is a great way to do so. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to install an APK file on your Sony Android TV.
What is an APK file?
An APK file (short for Android Package Kit) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps. APK files are similar to the .exe files used on Windows PC and Macs.
Enable Unknown Sources
Before we can install an APK file on our Sony Android TV, we need to enable “Unknown Sources” in our settings. This will allow us to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store. Here’s how:
- Go to “Settings” on your Sony Android TV.
- Select “Security & restrictions”.
- Scroll down and select “Unknown sources”.
- Toggle the switch next to “Unknown sources” to enable it.
Download the APK File
The next step is to download the APK file that you want to install onto your Sony Android TV. You can download an APK file from a website or transfer it from a USB drive.
Download from a Website
To download an APK file from a website:
- Open your web browser on your Sony Android TV.
- Navigate to the website where you can download the APK file.
- Click on the download link for the APK file.
- The APK will begin downloading automatically onto your device.
Transfer from USB Drive
To transfer an APK file from a USB drive:
- Insert your USB drive into your computer.
- Move the APK file onto the USB drive.
- Eject the USB drive from your computer.
- Insert the USB drive into your Sony Android TV.
- Open the file explorer on your Sony Android TV.
- Navigate to the folder where you saved the APK file on the USB drive.
Install the APK File
Now that we have enabled “Unknown Sources” and downloaded or transferred our APK file, we can finally install it onto our Sony Android TV. Here’s how:
- Open your file explorer on your Sony Android TV.
- Navigate to the folder where you saved the APK file.
- Select the APK file that you want to install.
- A pop-up window will appear with information about what permissions the app requires. Click “Install” to proceed with installation.
In conclusion, installing an APK file on your Sony Android TV is a great way to expand its functionality beyond what is available on built-in apps. Enabling “Unknown Sources”, downloading or transferring your desired APK file, and installing it are easy steps that can be done in just a few minutes. With these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of new apps and features on your Sony Android TV.