How to Make Your Android TV Look Like Google TV
Google TV is the newer version of Android TV, the most popular TV operating system. Some Android TV devices have received the Google TV update, but most have not.
If your Android TV device hasn’t received the Google TV update, and you want to get the new looks, then you can manually install the Google TV launcher on your Android TV device.
What You Need to Know Before We Start
It’s worth noting that doing these steps will make your Android TV home screen look like Google TV. However, your Android TV device will still have the older Android TV operating system. In short, you’ll have the same old software with more modern looks. With that out of the way, here’s what you need to do.
1. Install the Google TV Launcher on Your TV
The first step is to install the Google TV launcher. Fortunately, the APK for this app is available on the internet. Once you have downloaded it, you need to install it by sideloading the app on Android TV.
Download the Google TV launcher APK.
Move the APK files to a USB flash drive and connect it to your Android TV device.
Go to the file manager on your TV and install the APK file.
2. Get Your TV Ready for ADB
With the new Google TV launcher installed, it’s time to disable the old Android TV launcher. However, you can’t do this directly from the device itself due to Android TV’s restrictions. For this to work, you’ll need to use ADB.
In short, ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, and it is a tool that lets you run console commands directly on your Android device.
You’ll need to connect ADB wirelessly to your Android TV, but you need to turn on developer mode and enable USB debugging before you do that.
How to Turn On Developer Mode on Android TV
Go to your Android TV’s settings.
Select Device Preferences and then go to About.
Inside About, find Build.
Press OK until you’re a developer.