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How to Install Jellyfin on Android TV / Android TV Box

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Jellyfin on Android TV

Jellyfin is a free multimedia software that enables you to store media files such as images, movies, videos, songs, etc., on a server and watch them on your device. Jellyfin works on the client-server model, and you need to install the software on both the server and client devices. You can use any device such as a PC or laptop as a server to store media files. Android TV, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and streaming devices can be used as client devices to access the media files stored on the Jellyfin server.

Features of Jellyfin

  • With Jellyfin, you can stream and watch movies, videos, and TV shows from anywhere on your device.
  • It has no limitations on the number of users.
  • It is secure and has more privacy features.
  • Jellyfin application is expandable, where you can add third-party plugins for additional functionality.

Jellyfin on Android TV

By using Jellyfin on your Android TV, you can watch live tv shows and movies or even listen to music from your Jellyfin server. You can also stream content to the Chromecast device on your network.

Supported Android TVs

  • Sony Smart TV
  • TCL Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV
  • Sharp Smart TV
  • Skyworth Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Mi Smart TV
  • Panasonic Smart TV

Supported Android TV Boxes

  • MI Android TV Box
  • Nvidia Shield
  • DIRECTV Stream Box

How to Install Jellyfin on Android TV

1. Turn on your Android TV. Click on Apps on your home screen.

google play store on android tv

2. After that, click on Google Play Store. In the Play Store, click on the Search icon.

3. Enter Jellyfin and click on Search.

4. Now, find Jellyfin from the suggestions and click on it.

5. Next, click on Install to download it on your Android TV

6. Once the installation process gets completed, you can open the app and connect to the Jellyfin server.

Alternative Method 1: Sideloading Jellyfin on Android TV

1. On the home screen of your Android TV, click on Apps.

2. Next, click on Play Store.

3. Search for Downloader in the Play Store, download, and install it.

downloader app

4. Return to the Android TV home screen, and go to Settings.

5. In the Settings, click on Device Preferences.

device preferences

6. Go to Security & Restrictions.

security and preferences under settings

7. Select Install Unknown Apps. Click on the toggle next to the downloader.

enabling downloader to install jellyfin on android tv

8. Open the downloader. You will be asked for media access. Click on Allow.

9. Enter the Jellyfin Android TV apk URL and click on Go to download the file.

10. After downloading the file, open and install it.

11. Once the installation is over, you will see a pop-up message stating to delete the file immediately.

13. To remove the apk file, click on Delete.

14. Get back to the home screen of Android TV and launch the Sideload launcher.

15. From the sideload launcher, launch the Jellyfin app.

Alternative Method 2: Cast Jellyfin to Smartphone

1. First, ensure that your Android TV and smartphone are connected to the same network.

2. Next, go to Play Store.

3. Download and install the Jellyfin app on your smartphone.

4. After installing, open the application on your smartphone.

5. Now, click on Add Server.

6. Enter the host address and click on Connect to establish the connection to the server.

jellyfin server connection

7. Sign in using the server name and password.

jellyfin sign in screen.

8. You can see the media once you are connected.

9. Click on the Cast icon at the top of the screen.

Chromecasting jellyfin

10. Select the Android TV from the list.

selecting device to chromecast

11. Once connected, you will be able to cast all media from your smartphone to Android TV.

Other Supported Devices

  • Android
  • Roku
  • Linux
  • Apple
  • Kodi
  • Discord

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I download the Jellyfin Android TV app?

You can download the Jellyfin Android TV app from Google Play Store or any third-party sources.

Can we download the Jellyfin Beta Version on Android TV?

Yes. You can download the Jellyfin Beta version on your Android TV. But sometimes, it may not work as expected.

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