Xiaomi Mi TV Stick how to load Android apps: 20th August 2020 Guide
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick has Android TV on board: this allows you to upload your favorite applications, here’s how.
Here we are, you finally have your new Xiaomi Mi TV Stick in your hands and you have configured it. However, you have noticed that there is not everything you are looking for on the application store and – considering that the operating system is Android TV – you have imagined that you could upload manually. Well, you are absolutely right and doing it is very simple: here’s what you need to do.
- Xiaomi Mi TV Stick: application upload
- Xiaomi Mi TV Stick and app upload: recommendations
- Xiaomi Mi TV Stick: application upload
You will not need to obtain ROOT permissions or perform complex operations to load your favorite applications on your Xiaomi Mi TV Stick: the procedure is very simple . In the meantime, here’s what you need:
- a Xiaomi Mi TV Stick;
- an Android smartphone;
- a TV to which to connect the stick;
- a couple of applications that we will show you shortly.
Here we are, you finally have your new Xiaomi Mi TV Stick in your hands (if you don’t have it yet, find it here ) and you have configured it. However, you have noticed that there is not everything you are looking for on the application store and – considering that the operating system is Android TV – you have imagined that you could upload manually. Well, you are absolutely right and doing it is very simple: here’s what you need to do.
Are you ready? Let’s get started, here are the first steps you need to follow step-by-step on your TV Stick:
- connect the device to the TV, configure it if this is the first time you use it, and start it;
- open the application store and download the “ Solid Explorer ” app first and “ Send Files to TV ”.
The first application is nothing more than a file manager for Android , it’s not free, but you can try it for free for 14 days. Later, you might think about downloading another free one (such as File Commander), or buying it. Meanwhile, practice with this application, which is the best for Android TV . The second app is used to send files from the TV to the smartphone and vice versa, but we will see it shortly.
Now that you have the first tools on Android TV (especially if you have one of the most recent versions of the operating system) you need to:
open the Android TV settings ;
Choose the tab dedicated to security (“device preferences” – “security and limitations” and authorize the installation of applications from unknown sources , enabling the permission for “Solid Explorer”.
Now, let’s move on to the only tool you need on your smartphone, the ” Send Files to TV ” application: yes, it is the same one you downloaded on the TV a few seconds ago and – as anticipated – it will quickly put your smartphone and television into communication, as long as are under the same WiFi network .
Now, to give it a try, you will need to get the APK (installation file) of the application you want to carry on your Xiaomi Mi TV Stick . You have many sites where you can search for them, but beware: any app downloaded outside the Google Play Store can pose a threat, so consider where you choose the APKs from. Just to give you some advice, portals like APK Mirror and APK Pure are among the most “reliable” from this point of view. Here’s what you need to do:
- Choose and download on your smartphone (but do not install it!) the APK you are interested in uploading to your Android TV;
- open ” Send Files to TV ” on your smartphone ;
- open the same application also on Android TV;
- on the TV choose ” receive “;
- on your smartphone choose ” send ” and select the APK you are interested in sending;
TV and smartphone will be in communication (if you have followed all the steps correctly) and the APK will be sent to the television.
Well, now we have brought the installation file to your TV , you just have to install the app! Open the file manager you previously downloaded, choose the “download” folder, you will find the APK waiting for you. Click on it and follow the steps to proceed with the installation: done!
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick and app upload: recommendations
The procedure we have shown you takes a few seconds, it is longer to read than to perform. Now you are free to bring all the applications you want to your Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, but we make two very important recommendations:
Be very careful about the APKs you get, they may contain malware , viruses or be dangerous in some way for your TV;
Many of the applications that you load in this way may not be supported by Android TV or in any case not be usable correctly: they are not developed and tested for the OS, otherwise they would be on the Google Play Store, right?