How to Install Downloader on Google TV for Sideloading Apps

Downloader on Google TV

If you like to sideload apps on Google TV, you need the Downloader app. Fortunately, Downloader is officially available on Google TV and can be installed from the Play Store.

Downloader lets you sideload the apps that are unavailable on the Play Store. With the help of an APK URL, you can download and install the app on your Google TV right away.

In this article, we have guided the steps to get a Downloader and more importantly the process of installing third-party apps. We have also explained the DIY troubleshooting steps which will be handy to resolve when Downloader is not working properly.

How to Install Downloader on Google TV

Connect the Chromecast with Google TV to a strong WiFi before installing the Downloader app.

1. Turn On your Google TV and hit the Search menu on the top right corner of the screen.

2. Type and search for the Downloader app in the search bar. You can also use voice commands to search the app.

3. From the list of search results, select the Downloader app offered by AFTVnews.

4. Click on the Install button to get Downloader on Google TV.

Install Downloader on Google TV

How to Sideload Apps on Google TV Using Downloader

After installing the app, you need to make a few changes to your Google TV settings to install the apps. First of all, you need to enable Developer Mode on Google TV. To do it, refer to the steps below.

1. On the home screen, click the Profile icon in the upper right corner and then choose the Settings menu.

Tap Settings on Google TV

2. On the settings screen, move to System and click the About menu.

Click About

3. Select the “Android TV OS build” option 7 times to enable the Developer Mode. You will see a message stating, “You are now a developer” at the bottom of the screen.

Select Android TV OS build

4. After enabling that, you need to allow permission for sideloading apps via Downloader.

5. Get back to Settings and scroll down to choose “Device preference.”

6. On the next screen, click on Security & Restrictions and select the Unknown Sources menu.

7. Choose Downloader and slide the toggle located next to the Downloader.

Enable Downloader on Google TV

8. Return to the main screen and launch the Downloader app.

9. Select “Allow” to grant access to the required permissions.

click Allow to grant permission

10. Now, you need to install the Downloader Browser Plugin. It helps you in browsing web pages.

11. Enter in the URL field and click GO.

install Downloader Browser Plugin

12. Once it is downloaded, select Install on the pop-up menu.

Download Browser Plugin

13. Now, move to the Browser section and enter the APK link of the app you want to download.

Enter Downloader APK link

14. After downloading the apk file, tap Install on the app info page to download the app on your Google TV.

How to Fix Downloader Not Working on Google TV

If you find any issues in installing or using the Downloader app on Google TV, make use of the troubleshooting steps listed below.


1. Can I install the APK file on Google TV?

Yes. By using Downloader, you can install the APK file of any app on Google TV.

2. Do I need to use a VPN while streaming videos from third-party apps on Google TV?

If you are streaming content on third-party apps, make sure to install and use VPN on Chromecast with Google TV to stream the content anonymously.