Want to become a smart Android geek? Start from Google Play Store
Google Play Store provides applications, streaming services and games for the Android TV box. From 2015 TV brands such as Sharp and Sony are combining Android TV with their smart TV models which have direct access to the Google Play Store and Android TV from various sources that include TV tuners and HDMI receivers.
Using Google Play Store improves the Android TV experience. It's sometimes necessary to install the Play Store manually if you unintentionally uninstalled it or want to roll back to a previous version to avoid bugs.
How to install the Play Store
The simplest method to install the Play Store should be quite familiar to you if you're an avid follower of AndroidPIT: just install the Play Store APK manually. An APK is the Android equivalent to an .exe program on your computer.
Instead of downloading an app from the Play Store, you simply install it yourself without the Play Store's help (see our guide on installing apps outside of Google Play). This is extra useful when the app you want to install is the Play Store itself.
There are two ways to get the Google Play APK installed on your device: directly on your phone or with your computer. We'll see the easiest option first.
● Install Google Play (method for phones)
Enable "Unknown Sources" by going to Settings > Security, then ticking the box next to Unknown sources. Don't be alarmed, unknown sources are simply locations outside of the Play Store, which is critical if it's the Play Store itself that you want. (Don't forget to cancel this option once you're done.)
Using the browser on your mobile device, download the APK for the latest version of the Play Store.
You may get a message warning that "this type of file can harm your device". Ignore it (trust us) and tap OK.
Open the APK (you can tap the completed download in your notifications menu), read the new permissions (if any) that the new Play Store version requests, then tap Install.
● Install Google Play (method for computers)
If you don't have a data or Wi-Fi connection on your device, you can download the APK to your computer instead. Apply the same process:
Enable "Unknown Sources" on your device.
Using the browser on your computer, download the APK for the latest version of the Play Store.
Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and copy the APK over to your Android device.
Launch the APK, accept the permissions and tap to Install.
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