How to Install Google Photos on Android TV / Box

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Google Photos is one of the most used gallery applications worldwide. It is the default gallery application on Android smartphones and Tablets. Unfortunately, the Google Photos application was unavailable on the Google Play Store of the Android Smart TV. However, you can sideload the app on your Android TV to stream its content on the big screen. Moreover, Iit also has a built-in Chromecast feature that allows users to cast their content from the smartphone to the TV without any hassle. From this article, you will learn how to stream Google Photos on your Android Smart TV.

How to Sideload the Google Photos APK on Android TV

As we mentioned earlier, the Google Photos app is not available for Android TV. So, to stream its content, you need to sideload its APK file with the help of Downloader on Android TV.

1. Turn on your Android TV and connect it to a standard WiFi connection.

2. On the home screen, tap the Apps section to launch the Google Play Store.

3. Search for “Downloader for TV” and select the app that comes with the following logo.

Select the Downloader app

4. On the application information page, hit the Install button.

Click the Install button to download the Downloader for TV app on Android TV

5. Wait for a while to install the app on your device.

6. Once the app is installed successfully, press the home button on your remote.

7. Now, navigate to the Settings icon from the home page.

8. From the options, go to More SettingsSecurity.

Choose Security

9. Click Unknown Sources → Turn on the toggle for the “Downloader for TV” app.

Toggle the button to enable Downloader for TV to download the app

10. Now, go back to the home screen and launch the “Downloader for TV” app.

11. Accept the storage and other permissions asked by the app on your TV.

12. Choose Home from the left pane, and type the below-mentioned URL in the required field.

Download link for the latest version of Google Photos APK:

13. Click Download to download the APK file on your Android TV.

Search for the Downloader for TV app

14. Once the file is downloaded, click Install from the popup.

Click Install

15. After the downloading process, return to the homepage and navigate to the Apps section.

16. Then, click Open to launch the Google Photos app and watch your desired media content.

How to Watch Google Photos Using Browser

Google Photos has a dedicated webpage that includes your extensive photos saved in the cloud. As the simplest way, you can access the Google Photos platform on your TV through its web version. For that, you have to use any of the best web browsers on your Android TV.

1. Open a web browser on your Android TV.

2. Enter the URL ( in the address bar and go to that website.

3. The website’s home screen will appear on the TV screen.

Google Photos from the browser on Anroid Smart TV

4. Click the Login button and enter your credentials.

5. Then, you can access your favorite content on your Android TV.

How to Cast Google Photos on Android TV

If you aren’t interested in sideloading the Google Photos APK, you can cast the app from your Android smartphone to TV. Fortunately, the Google Photos is compatible with the built-in Cast support. With that, you can easily cast the Google Photos from your smartphone to Android TV if you don’t want to sideload the app.

1. Install the Google Photos from the Google Play Store.

2. Connect Android TV to a WiFi network. On the other hand, connect your smartphone to the same network.

3. Open the Google Photos on your smartphone and log in with your account if needed.

4. Play the content you want and click the Cast icon from the app.

5. Choose your Android TV from the list of available devices.

Select your TV to stream xxx on Android TV

6. Now, the content will appear on your Android TV.

Supported Android TVs and Boxes

Smart TVsSmart TV Boxes
Sony Smart TV
TCL Smart TV
OnePlus Smart TV
Sharp Smart TV
Vu Smart TV
Philips Smart TV
Xiaomi Mi Smart TV
Hisense Smart TV
Nvidia Shield TV
MXQ Pro 4K
Mi Box 4K

Google Photos Alternatives

If you feel that Google Photos isn’t for you or if you are unsatisfied with the service it provides, you can switch over to some other platform to stream the media content. Here are the best options you can choose as an alternative solution to Google Photos.

Apple iCloudFreemium
Amazon PhotosFreemium
Microsoft OneDriveFreemium


1. Can I Chromecast Google Photos on Android TV?

Yes, you can Chromecast Google Photos on Android TV.

2. How to fix Chromecast not working on Google Photos to cast on Android TV?

Ensure to connect your Android TV and smartphone to the same WIFI connection to cast the content successfully.

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