How Do I Install APK on Shield TV?

APK, APK Installations

If you are looking to install an APK on your Shield TV, then you have come to the right place. An APK file is an Android app package that contains all the necessary files for installing an app on your device. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install an APK on your Shield TV using different methods.

Method 1: Install APK from Google Play Store

The easiest way to install an app on your Shield TV is through the Google Play Store. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Play Store app on your Shield TV.
  • Search for the app you want to install and select it.
  • Click Install and wait for the installation process to complete.

Method 2: Install APK using a USB Drive

If the app you want to install is not available in the Google Play Store, then you can sideload it using a USB drive. Follow these steps:

  • Download the APK file from a trusted source onto your computer.
  • Insert a USB drive into your computer and transfer the APK file onto it.
  • Eject the USB drive from your computer and insert it into your Shield TV.
  • Open ES File Explorer or any other file manager app on your Shield TV.
  • Navigate to the USB drive and select the APK file.


You may need to enable Unknown Sources in order to sideload apps onto your Shield TV. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings on your Shield TV.
  • Select Security & Restrictions.
  • Toggle on Unknown Sources.

Method 3: Install APK using ADB

If you are comfortable with using command-line tools, then you can use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to install an APK on your Shield TV. Follow these steps:

  • Download and install ADB on your computer.
  • Enable developer options on your Shield TV by going to Settings > About > Build and clicking on Build number several times until it says “You are now a developer”.
  • Enable USB debugging on your Shield TV by going to Settings > Developer options > USB debugging and toggling it on.
  • Connect your Shield TV to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Open a command prompt or terminal window on your computer and navigate to the directory where ADB is installed.
  • Type in the following command: adb install [path/to/apk/file.apk]
  • Wait for the installation process to complete.

Make sure that you have the correct path to the APK file when using ADB. It is also important that you have enabled developer options and USB debugging before attempting this method.

In conclusion

These are three ways to install an APK on your Shield TV. Whether you prefer using the Google Play Store, sideloading with a USB drive, or using ADB, there is always a way to get the apps you need onto your device. Just make sure that you download APK files from trusted sources and follow all necessary precautions to keep your device safe.