5 Alternatives to Google Play Store You Can Install on Your Android TV

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There are plenty of smart TV platforms out there, but Android TV is one of the best. It may not be as tightly controlled as Apple’s tvOS or as simple to use as the Roku platform, but it makes up for this with sheer customizability.

For proof, look no further than the existence of third-party app stores. There are plenty of apps available in the Google Play Store, but you may not find everything you need. Fortunately, all you need to do is install one or more of the following app stores and you’ll have many more options.

1. Amazon Appstore

If you want to install apps exclusive to Amazon, you might think you need a Fire TV device, but that isn’t true. Simply install the Amazon Appstore, and you’ll have access to many more apps. You’ll also get access to rewards, which can mean free access to otherwise paid apps in the future.

Play Store Alternatives Android Tv Amazon Appstore

The Amazon Appstore is meant to run on phones, but like all Android apps, it will also run on an Android TV device. The app should be easy to navigate with your remote, but you can also use a game controller or other Android-compatible device for easier navigation if necessary.

2. F-Droid

If you’ve ever gone looking for open-source apps for your Android phone, you may be aware of F-Droid already. You’ll only find open-source software here, but it’s one of the best-organized third-party app stores you’ll find.

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Like the Amazon Appstore, F-Droid isn’t built explicitly for TVs. Still, there are plenty of users providing feedback about running the app on Android TV devices, so support is getting better all the time.

3. Uptodown

Uptodown is another third-party App Store with an emphasis on security. The apps in this store are tested for malware, so while you can’t entirely trust any app, those you find on this app store should be safer than some other stores.

Play Store Alternatives Android Tv Uptodown

Because of its emphasis on security, Uptodown has a lower count of available apps than other stores on this list. Still, if you’re wary of installing potentially hazardous apps, this is one of your better options.

4. GetJar

GetJar is an app store that doesn’t only focus on Android. The app also distributes software for iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry devices, among other platforms.

Play Store Alternatives Android Tv Getjar

GetJar is easy to browse, thanks to the categories it uses to sort out apps. If you’re looking for a different approach to Android app stores or you remember GetJar from other platforms, this is a good choice.

5. Aptoide

If you can’t find the app you’re looking for on any of the other services, you can try Aptoide, an independent Android app store. Unlike many of the apps on this list, Aptoide even has a version built specifically to run on Android TV devices.

Play Store Alternatives Android Tv Aptoide

While the Aptoide website claims that it’s one of the safest Android app stores, you’ll want to be careful. This app works by pulling together multiple app distributors, and because of this you can’t always be sure of the origin of the app you’re installing. If you’re going to use this app store, make sure to use caution.

Conclusion

Some people won’t ever need to look beyond the basic apps available in the Google Play Store. It’s even safe to say that most people won’t need to. Still, if you’re looking to push the limits of what you can do with your Android TV device, you’ll need apps not found in the Play Store.

In the meantime, if you’re a new Android TV owner and aren’t sure what to install, we can help. Just take a look at our list of the best apps available for Android TV.

One comment

  1. Very simple and easy to follow along, good layout no frills. I’m very new at this got my first ever computing device , a samsung galaxy 4 tablet other than a cell phone 3 years ago , I’m 60 years young. After researching and seeing you tube tutorials ,
    unboxings and reviews / comparisons on android tv boxes I bought a mxq pro max 4k . I see it as tv box 101 as in the
    last week I’ve learned much more about cpu numbers different chips core designs, quad core hexacore, octacore
    and rock chip as well as newer android versions . The mxq is android 7.1 probably a. dinasaur by you tech guys ! Lol !
    So I’ve been learning about so much about how to set up the box installs , app apk , downloads, etc etc . Well I
    better get back to my stuff to do today, I hope I didn’t go T.M.I. on ya. So I hope to hear back from you sometime.
    So have a good one !
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