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How to Install and Access 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 and stream local content from your smartphone or PC on your TV. Instead of casting from a smartphone/ PC, upload the required file on your Google Drive and stream it from your TV. If you don’t have Google Drive on your Android Smart TV, it’s time to install and access the Drive with the below installation guide.

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

Google Drive on Android TV

Google Drive does not have official support on Android TV, but there is a way to access Google Drive and its content on your TV.

Supported Android TVs

  • Sony
  • TCL
  • VU
  • Hisense
  • Haier
  • Infinix
  • Kodak
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • OnePlus
  • Marq
  • Aconatic
  • LLoyd
  • Micromax
  • MI
  • Panasonic
  • Sanyo
  • Philips
  • Realme
  • Redmi
  • Thomson
  • Toshiba

Supported Android TV Boxes

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

How to Access Google Drive on Android TV

The best way to access all your Drive files on your Android TV is by using the Solid Explorer File Manager. So let’s see how to do it.

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

Google Play Store

[2] Navigate to the search bar and 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.

Solid File Explorer

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

[6] Choose Storage Manager from the menu.

Sorage manager - Google Drive on Android TV

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

Google Drive on Android TV

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

Display name - Google Drive on Android TV

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

Login - Google Drive on Android TV

[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.

Allow - Google Drive on Android TV

[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.

Google Drive on Android TV

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

Alternative Ways

Apart from accessing Google Drive via Solid Explorer File Manager, there are some alternative ways too.

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, you can access the web version of Google Drive: 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).

How to Sideload Google Drive on Android TV

Sideloading Google Drive APK on Android TV is another way you can use to access the Drive on your TV. But this method is applicable only on the latest Android TVs and Android TV OS versions.

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

Google Play Store

[2] Search and install Downloader from the Play Store.


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


[4] Go to Security & restrictions >> Unknown Sources >> Downloader >> Enable.

unknown sources

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

[6] Enter the Google Drive APK URL 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.

Other Supported Device

Google Drive is accessible on various devices for free of cost like

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Web App
  • Chromebook


[1] Does Google Drive available on Android TV?

No. Officially, there is no standalone application for Google Drive, but you can access it with the help of some file explorers.

[2] What is the file type I can access from Google Drive on Android TV?

You can access any files that support your Android TV. Most commonly, pictures, audio, and videos.

[3] How do I watch Google Drive on my TV?

Access Google Drive via any of the methods mentioned above. Then, you can open the Drive and stream any of the available pictures, video, or audio content.

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