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How to Use WhatsApp on Android TV / Android TV Box

by Natalie
WhatsApp for Android TV

WhatsApp is one of the most used communication apps in the world. Recently, WhatsApp has introduced a lot of features for smartphones and PCs. You can react to messages with any emojis, send file sizes up to 2GB, and more. But, the one update that still lags in WhatsApp is the support for Android TV and Android TV Box. As of now, you can’t directly install WhatsApp on your Android TV from the Play Store. You have to sideload the app on your Android TV.

WhatsApp on Android TV

WhatsApp brings your family and friends closer to you even though you are a country apart from each other. Apart from chatting, WhatsApp also has the audio and video call feature to connect with your friends. WhatsApp gives you the best privacy as the chats are end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp on Android TV

To get WhatsApp on Android TV, you have to carry through a lot of steps which involve installing Downloader on Android TV, changing the Android TV Settings, and more.

Supported Android TVs

  • TCL Smart TV
  • Sony Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Panasonic Smart TV
  • Mi Smart TV
  • OnePlus Smart TV

Supported Android TV Boxes

How to Sideload WhatsApp on Android TV

1. Turn on your Android TV and open the Google Play Store.

WhatsApp on Android TV

2. Click on the Search icon on the Play Store.

WhatsApp on Android TV

3. Search for Downloader by AFTV news in the search bar.

4. Select the Downloader app icon.

WhatsApp on Android TV

5. On the overview page, select the Install button to get the Downloader app.

6. Within a few minutes, the download process completes. In the same way, install the Sideload Launcher app from the Play Store on your Android TV. Sideload Launcher on Android TV will help you to launch the sideload apps using Downloader and other third-party installers.

7. Go to the Settings option on your home screen.

8. Next, click on the Security & Restrictions option.

9. Select the Unknown Sources option.

10. Choose the Downloader app and turn on the toggle.

11. Launch the new Downloader app on your TV.

12. Follow the prompts and then click on the Allow option.

13. Enter the AFTVnews Plugin download URL (browser.aftvnews.com) to install APK files on the Downloader app.

14. Then, type the WhatsApp Android TV APK URL in the search bar.

15. Click on the Go option and download the APK file on your TV.

16. Once done, install the WhatsApp app on your TV.

17. Launch the new WhatsApp app on your TV and start chatting with your friends.

How to Cast WhatsApp on Android TV

Though the cast option is not effective while chatting, you can cast the WhatsApp video calls to Android TV to get a bigger view.

(1) First, install the WhatsApp app on your Android smartphone or tablet from the Play Store.

(2) Pull down the Notification Panel and then tap the Cast icon. The name of the Cast icon may vary based on the brands of smartphones.

Cast icon

(3) From the list of available devices, choose your Android TV.

(4) With this, you will get your smartphone or tablet screen on the TV.

(5) Next, launch WhatsApp and make a video call to your friend.

(6) Now, you can see the WhatsApp video call on your Android TV.

Other devices that support WhatsApp

Let’s explore the devices that let you access WhatsApp

  • Android smartphone/tablet (OS 4.1 and newer)
  • iPhone (iOS 12 and newer)
  • KaiOS (2.5.0 and newer)       

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I install WhatsApp on my TCL Smart TV?

You can get the WhatsApp app on your TCL Smart TV using the sideloading method.

2. How do I install WhatsApp on my Samsung Smart TV?

You can’t install the WhatsApp app on your Samsung TV as the app is not available on the Smart Hub.

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