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How to Get Opera Browser on Android TV / Box

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Opera on Android TV

Opera Web Browser is one of the user-favorite browsers. With the Opera browser on your Android TVs and Android TV Boxes, you can surf the internet with much ease. The best feature of the Opera browser is the built-in VPN support. When you surf the internet through the Opera browser, your IP address allows you to browse anonymously. You can use the built-in VPN feature for free with three locations.

How to Sideload Opera Browser on Android TV

The Opera browser is not available for Android TVs. You need to sideload the app on your Android TV using the Downloader app.

#1. Launch the Google Play Store on your Android TV.

Google Play Store on Android TV

#2. Navigate to the search bar and type Downloader.

#3. Click on Downloader by AFTVnews.

#4. Install the Downloader app on your Android TV.

#5. Then, install the Sideload Launcher on Android TV from the Play Store. Without the Sideload Launcher, you can’t access any APK files on Android TV.

#6. After installing it, go back to the home screen and open Settings. Choose the Device Preferences option.

Device preferences on settings

#7. Choose the Security & restrictions feature.

Security & restrictions option

#8. Tap on Unknown Sources and click Downloader to enable the Install unknown apps toggle.

Allow option for unknown sources

#9. Go back to the home screen and launch the Downloader app.

#10. Download the AFTVnews Plugin using the URL browser.aftvnews.com. Without the plugin, you can’t install APK files on Android TV.

#11. Enter the Opera Browser Android TV APK URL in the search bar.

Opera Browser Android TV APK URL

#12. Now, click on the Go option to download the Opera browser APK file.

#13. Once downloaded, tap the Install button to install the web browser on Android TV.

#14. Now, launch the Opera Browser and start surfing the internet.

Browsing on Opera/Vewd Browser

How to Use Opera Browser on Android TV

#1. When you open the Opera web browser on your Android TV, you will get the home screen.

#2. Click on the Search bar and enter the URL or search term using a virtual keyboard.

#3. Surf the internet on your Android TV.

#4. As you are sideloading the web browser on Android TV, you need a keyboard or mouse toggle on your Android TV for navigation purposes.

How to Cast Opera Browser on Android TV

For surfing the internet, casting is not necessary. But, if you are live streaming or watching videos, you can cast the Opera browser from your smartphone.

#1. Connect your Android smartphone and Android TV to the same WiFi network.

#2. Download and install Opera browser from the Google Play store.

#3. Launch the browser and enter a URL to start browsing.

#4. Drag down the notification panel and tap Screen Cast, Cast, or Screen Mirroring. The name of the icon may differ based on the brand of the Android smartphone.

screen cast option on Android TV

Note: You can also go to Settings > Connection Preferences > Cast to do the same.

#5. Select your Android TV from the casting device suggestions.

Choose Android TV

#6. Click Start Now to proceed.

Start now option to start casting

#7. It will start screen mirroring your smartphone to Android TV.

#8. Now, play any video from the Opera browser. It will appear on your Android TV.

Features of Opera Browser

  • Equipped with built-in VPN for secured and private internet connection.
  • You will get personalized news updates from local and religious languages.
  • The browser is integrated with the ad blocker. You won’t get any ads while surfing the internet.
  • You can switch to night mode with customizable brightness.
  • With the automatic Text Wrap feature, you can read any PDF file without any zooming.

Opera Browser on Android TV – Limitations

Opera Browser is mainly focused on PC browsing. A lot of features available in the PC version of Opera browser are not available in the smartphone version. As you are sideloading the smartphone’s APK file on your TV, you will have a lot of limitations on the Opera browser.

  • Recently, Opera launched a new TikTok option in the Sidebar to watch TikTok videos. The feature is not available for smartphones. It is only for PCs.
  • The Sidebar feature is available only for PCs. It is not available for the smartphone app.
  • You can’t install any extensions on the Opera browser.
  • The built-in screenshot tool is available on the PC version.
  • The Pinboard feature, to take quick notes, is unavailable for the smartphone version.

To get the Opera browser on your Android TV, your TV should have Android version 4.1 or higher. You can check the Android TV version in the Device Preference menu. If you use an older version, update your Android TV to its latest firmware.

Opera Browser Supported Android TVs

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

Opera Browser Supported Android Box

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does the Opera browser hide the IP address?

Yes, with the built-in VPN, the Opera browser will hide your IP address while surfing the internet. You get three virtual locations for free. For more locations, you need to buy the VPN Pro from the Opera website.

2. Is Opera safer than Chrome?

No, Chrome for Android TV has better security features when compared to Opera.

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