Chromecast with Google TV is the new entrant in the streaming devices lineup. After a string of casting devices, Google finally decided to launch a streaming device of its own. Chromecast with Google TV has its own OS and a newly designed UI. Unlike Chromecast, you can install apps and games on Google TV. It has thousands of apps and games in its Play Store. Similar to Firestick, you can also sideload apps on Google TV with third-party installers like Downloader.

Downloader on Google TV

The Downloader app has no sign-in or registration for installing the apps. Just by entering the APK URL, you can install any app on your Google TV with ease.

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How to Install Downloader on Google TV

Before getting into the steps, make sure that your Google TV is updated to the latest version. Check our guide on how to update Google TV.

(1). Connect the Google TV to the TV HDMI port and launch it.

(2). Go to the home screen and select Apps at the top.

select Apps

(3). Move to the Apps Categories and click on the Search for Apps option.

(4). Enter Downloader using the on-screen keyboard and tap the Search button.

(5). Select Install to install the Downloader app on Chromecast with Google TV.

Install Downloader on Google TV

How to Use Downloader on Google TV

To use the Downloader app on Google TV, you have to modify the Google TV settings. To do so,

(1). Click the Profile icon on the Google TV home screen and select Settings.

(2). Scroll down and select System.

Select System in the settings

(3). Click the About option and choose Android TV OS build 7 times until the “You are now a developer!” prompt appears.

Click Android TV OS build

(4). Now, you have entered into the developer mode.

(5). Go back to the Settings menu and select Apps.

(6). Scroll down and click Security & Restrictions.

(5). Select the Unknown sources option.

(6) Choose the Downloader app and turn on the Install Unknown Apps toggle. This will allow you to install apps on Google TV.

Select Downloader to install unknown apps on Google TV

(7). Now, launch Downloader on Google TV.

(8) Select Allow if any prompt appears.

(9). Click the Search Bar and enter the Then, click the GO button.

Search bar on Downloader

(10). Without the AFTVnews plugin, you can’t sideload any apps using Downloader.

(11). Click the Install button on the next screen to get the plugin on your Google TV.

AFTVnews plugin

(12). Now, enter the APK URL that you want to sideload on your Google TV and click the GO button.

(13). Tap the install button to install the APK file.

(14). Then, open the app on your Google TV and use it at ease.

In the latest version of Google TV, the sideloaded apps won’t appear on the Apps screen. To get the sideloaded apps on your Google TV, you have to install Sideload Launcher app. The app is available on the Google Play Store.


1. Can you download Downloader on Google TV?

Yes, you can download the Downloader app on Chromecast with Google TV from the Play Store.

2. How do I install an APK file on Google TV?

Yes. With the help of Downloader on Google TV, you can install any APK files.