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How to Get Google Drive on Android TV

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Google Drive on Android TV

Google Drive is a cloud storage service launched by Google to save files online and access them anywhere worldwide. Having Google Drive on your Android TV allows you to access content from your smartphone or PC on your TV. Unfortunately, the Google Drive app is not available in the Play Store for Android TVs. You need to sideload the app on your Android TV.

Google Drive Pricing

By default, every Google Drive user has access to 15 GB of free storage in the Drive. After exhausting the 15 GB free storage, they can extend the storage by upgrading their plan.

Basic100 GB$1.99 per month
Standard200 GB$2.99 per month (or) $29.99 per year
Premium2 TB$9.99 per month (or) $99.99 per year

How to Sideload Google Drive on Android TV

Sideloading the APK file on Android TV is the easiest way to access Google Drive on your TV. But this method is applicable only on the latest Android TVs and Android TV OS versions. So, make sure that your Android TV is updated to its latest version.

[1] Launch Google Play Store on your Android TV.

Google Play Store

[2] Search for the Downloader app.

[3] Install the Downloader app on your Android TV from the Play Store.


[4] After installation, open Settings from the home screen.

[5] Go to Security & restrictions โ†’ Unknown Sources โ†’ Downloader โ†’ Enable.

Downloadr toggle

[6] Once enabled, launch Downloader on your Android TV.

[7] Enter the Google Drive Android TV APK URL (https://rb.gy/mmlq) in the required field.

Downloader - Google Drive on Android TV

[7] Click on Go to download and install the APK file.

[8] After installation, click on Open to launch the app.

[9] Once launched, sign in with your Google account and access your files.

Alternate Ways to Access Google Drive on Android TV

Apart from sideloading the app, you can also use third-party apps to access Google Drive files. You can use X-Plore File Manager or Solid Explorer File Manager on Android TV.

Using X-Plore File Manager

[1] Open the Google Play Store and install the X-Plore file manager app on your Android TV.

[2] Then, launch the X-Plore app on your TV.

[3] Go to the Settings menu and choose the Web Storage option.

[4] From the drop-down list, click the Add Server button.

[5] Select the Google Drive option and sign in with your Google account.

[6] If linked successfully, you can access all the Drive files on the X-Plore app.

Using Solid Explorer

[1] Go to Google Play Store from your Android TV home screen.

Google Play Store

[2] Search for Solid Explorer File Manager.

[3] Click on the Install button to download and install the app.

[4] Once installed, click on Open to launch the app.

[5] Tap the hamburger icon from the top left corner.

[6] Choose Storage Manager from the menu.

[7] Select Google Drive on the next page and click Next.

Access Google Drive on Android TV

[8] Enter any display name or just leave it empty and click on Next.

[9] Here, click on Login to Google Drive at the center of the screen.

[10] Choose your existing account or click on Add another account to create a new one.

Choose account

[11] Click on Allow to provide permission for Solid Explorer to access Google Drive.

[12] Review all your details and click on Next to proceed further.

[13] Click on Connect to connect your Google Drive to solid explorer.

[14] You will be asked to create a password for the Drive for security purposes (optional).

[15] Finally, tap on the Hamburger icon to view the menu.

[16] Under the Storage section, you can find Google Drive.

[17] Open it and access all the media files available in your Google Drive.

ES File Explorer – It is another file explorer which is not officially available on the Android TV Play Store. But you can still access the application via Downloader or Aptotide as an APK file.

Web Version – If you have installed browsers like Chrome or Firefox on your Android TV, you can access the web version of Google Drive using the URL drive.google.com

Cast from Smartphone or PC – You can also access Google Drive files on Android TV by casting them from your smartphone (Android/iPhone) or PC (Windows/Mac). Similarly, you can also cast OneDrive on Android TV.

Supported Android TVs

  • Sony Smart TV
  • TCL Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV
  • Panasonic Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Toshiba Smart TV

Supported Android TV Boxes

  • Mi Box
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • AT&T TV
  • AIR TV


How do I open a video from Google Drive on Android TV?

Using the VLC Media Player app on Android TV, you can access Google Drive videos.

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