How Do I Install an APK File on My TCL Smart TV?

APK, APK Installations

Installing an APK file on your TCL Smart TV can seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite simple. Before we dive into the steps, let’s quickly define what an APK file is.

An APK file is an Android Package Kit that contains the installation files for an Android app. It is similar to a .exe file on Windows or a .dmg file on Mac OS. With that said, let’s get started.

Step 1: First, you need to ensure that your TCL Smart TV is running on the Android operating system. If your TV does not have Android as its operating system, then you will not be able to install APK files.

Step 2: Next, you need to locate the APK file that you want to install on your TCL Smart TV. You can download APK files from various sources online, but make sure you download them from reputable sources.

Step 3: Once you have downloaded the APK file, transfer it to a USB flash drive. Make sure that the USB flash drive is formatted in FAT32 or NTFS format.

Step 4: Plug in the USB flash drive into your TCL Smart TV’s USB port.

Step 5: On your TCL Smart TV, navigate to “Settings” and select “Security & restrictions”. Then enable “Unknown sources” by toggling it on.

The Installation Process

Step 6: Now that you have enabled “Unknown sources”, open the File Manager app on your TCL Smart TV and navigate to the USB flash drive where you transferred the APK file in step 3.

Step 7: Select the APK file and click on “Install”. The installation process will begin immediately.


If for any reason, your TCL Smart TV is unable to install the APK file, follow these steps:

  • Ensure that your TCL Smart TV is connected to the internet.
  • Check if the APK file is compatible with your TCL Smart TV’s Android operating system version.
  • Try downloading the APK file again from a different source. The file may have been corrupted during download.


Installing an APK file on your TCL Smart TV may seem intimidating, but it is actually quite simple. Just follow the steps outlined above, and you will be able to install any APK file of your choice. As always, make sure that you download APK files from reputable sources to avoid any security issues.