Having the urge to get a fully-functional Android TV at your home, but don’t have the budget to get your hands on these expensive beasts? Don’t worry folk, we got to cover this up. You may smile to hear this out, you can convert your old PC into a fully-working Android Smart TV, just like the original one you got from the market.
Rather than installing only Android TV OS, you can Dual Boot Android TV OS alongside your existing operating system. After the process, you can switch between Android TV OS or your existing operating system (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS respectively).
Let’s now talk about the procedure, how are we gonna install Android TV on pc? Which Android TV OS works best for your PC? All these questions will be answered in this article. Make sure to go through the entire article without missing any step, so things won’t get messed up.
System Requirements to Install Android TV OS
First, we gonna take a quick look at the system requirements to install Android TV OS on a PC.
Minimum System Requirements to Install Android TV OS:
|1 GHz Dual-Core 64/32 bit Processor
Recommended System Requirements to Install Android TV OS:
|1.5 GHz Dual-Core 64/32 bit Processor
- USB Storage device (at least 16GB of free space)
- Working OLD PC with Windows/Linux Installed on it
- Rufus Software (for creating bootable disk) => Download Rufus
- Android TV x86 ISO file (Link 1 – Link 2)
Take your time, and gather all the materials once the materials are ready. Then we will move to the next section.
How to Install Android TV OS on Your PC?
Finally, we are gonna explain the entire process of installing the Android TV OS on your PC. In general, there are a bunch of ways you can achieve the process. But, in this post particularly, we were gonna explain the old-fashioned style of installing the Android TV OS.
Step 1: Create Separate Partition on Hard Drive for Android TV OS
Firstly, turn on your PC, on which you gonna install the Android TV OS. If you want to dual boot Android TV OS and your existing operating system, then this process is compulsory for you.
Otherwise, you can skip the Step1 process entirely, if you don’t have a plan to dual boot Android TV OS and your existing operating system.
- Use the Search bar on Windows OS, Search for Create and Format Hard disk partitions. Click on that option.
- This will land you straight on disk management. Where we have to do the rest of the things. Which looks a little bit similar to the above image.
- Next, Select the storage device on which you want to Install the Android TV OS. Right Click on that Storage device to reveal more options and Click on the Shrink Volume.
NOTE: In our case, we choose the SSD device, on which our current Windows OS is installed. It does not matter what storage device you choose, just make sure there is enough space available for the Android TV OS.
- Now you have to enter the amount of space in MB that will be allocated to the Android TV OS. Enter the shrinking amount and Click on the Shrink button.
NOTE: Enter any amount greater than 1024MB, as it’s the least amount required to install Android TV OS.
- Wait for the volume to shrink down, and once done, you will see unlocated space with a black border. Simply right-click on that space and Select the New Simple Volume option.
- The rest of the process is pretty straightforward, Simply Click Next again and again.
NOTE: After the volume is created rename the drive Volume with a different name, so we can differentiate that drive volume easily from the rest of the Volume.
Step 2: Create Android TV OS Bootable Disk
- Take your USB drive and connect it to your PC, and Launch the Rufus software.
- The software will automatically detect the connected USB drive, Just Click on the Select button and browse the Android TV x86 ISO file.
- Try to keep the rest of the settings to their default state, Click on the Start button, Click on OK to confirm.
- Now finally Click that Start button and wait for the bootable drive to complete. Once completed we can move ahead to the next step.
Now, that we have our USB drive, now just restart your computer system. Put your system into the boot menu, by pressing the ESC key. Once you are in the boot menu, Select the USB drive.
NOTE: Every computer has its own specific key to go into boot menu, however this key may vary depending upon your PC manufacturer, so in your case it might be different key.
Step 3: Install the Android OS
- After selecting the USB drive, you will be granted the below screen. from there just Select the Installation option, by using the down arrow key and the enter button respectively.
- Now, it will load up some files, wait for it. Next, it will ask you for the drive to install the Android TV OS files, We have to select the Drive volume. And Click on OK, by using the enter button.
- After selecting the drive, We have to format it, So Select the ext4 format option and click on OK. Again Click Yes to confirm the format of the partition.
- Now, it will ask you for the installation of GRUD, If you want to Dual boot both OS then Select Yes, or if you intended to go for Android TV OS only, then skip the GRUD.
- Eventually, the Android TV OS installation process will start, Wait for the installation to complete. Once complete it will ask you to Run Android TV or Reboot the system, Select the Run Android TV option and Click on OK.
Step 4: Setup Android TV OS
Now, after all the hurdles, we have successfully installed the Android TV OS on our PV. The next step is to set up the Android TV, this process is kinda simple. So let’s see how to setup Android TV OS:
- At first, it will ask you to Select your preferred language, Select English, or any language you prefer, remember you can change your language in the settings.
NOTE: You can use both mouse and keyboard to select options.
- It will ask you to transfer apps and data from your Android to your Android TV, But we will go from scratch and Skip this option.
- Next, sign in to your Google account by clicking on the Sign in button.
Next name your Android TV and congratulations, your Android TV OS has been successfully installed on your computer system. Make sure to check for any updates, if available then update your Android TV to the latest version to make sure everything works crisply and clearly.
Step 5: Smartphone as an Android TV Remote
After getting your hand on Android TV, you can take your experience to the next level by getting a remote to control your Android TV. This can be possible in a variety of ways, but the most simple and easiest one is by using your smartphone as a remote.
- On your smartphone install the Android TV Remote app from Google Play Store.
- Make sure your smartphone and Android TV are connected to the same wifi network.
- Launch the app on your smartphone.
- The app will automatically detect your Android TV and a display pairing code on the Android TV screen.
- Enter the pairing code in your app on your smartphone and click on the pair button.
- Now, your smartphone will function as a remote control for your Android TV, allowing you to navigate and control its functions from a distance wirelessly.
Enjoy your Android TV experience with full functions, you can install your preferred apps from Google Play Store, but sometimes the app you are searching for is not available in your region, you can sideload the apps using a downloader app on Android Smart TV.
Step 6: How to Switch between Android TV OS and your Existing Operating System
If you want to switch between the operating systems, then all you have to do is restart the Android TV, and on the boot menu select the Windows OS, and that’s it you will be booted into Windows OS automatically, Isn’t that amazing?
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So that’s it for now. Hope you like this article and find it interesting. If you have any type of queries related to this topic, feel free to ask in the comment section.
Troubleshooting and FAQs:
I encountered an error during the installation process. What should I do?
If you face any error during the installation process, then make sure your PC meets the system requirements. Try using a different USB drive, if not fixed then definitely try reinstalling Android TV OS from scratch
Can I dual boot Android TV OS and my existing operating system?
Yes, it is possible to dual boot Android TV OS alongside your current operating system.
What is the minimum amount of space required to install Android TV OS?
The minimum amount of space required to install Android TV OS is 1024MB (1GB).
Can I use a wireless keyboard and mouse with Android TV OS on my PC?
Yes, Android TV OS supports wireless peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, and even headphones.
Is it possible to transfer content from my smartphone to Android TV OS on my PC?
Yes, you can transfer content from your smartphone to Android TV OS on your PC. But make sure you have an Android smartphone.
Can I uninstall Android TV OS from my PC?
Yes, you can uninstall Android TV OS by formatting the partition on which you have installed it. However, this process is reversible and deletes all the data associated with Android TV OS. It is better to back up your data, before executing this process.
How can I use my smartphone as a remote for Android TV?
To use your smartphone as a remote for Android TV, follow these steps:
1. Install the “Android TV Remote” app from the Google Play Store on your smartphone.
2. Make sure your smartphone and Android TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
3. Launch the app on your smartphone.
4. The app will automatically detect your Android TV and display a pairing code on the TV screen.
5. Enter the pairing code in the app on your smartphone and click the pair button.
6. Your smartphone will now function as a remote control for your Android TV, allowing you to navigate and control its functions.