One of the most difficult parts of setting up an Android TV box is, well, the lack of a manual. Sure, they package a dinky little pamphlet on connecting your cables, but that’s as far as they’ll go in terms of helping. That sounds like the exact opposite of helping.

At any rate, setting up your Android TV box is, thankfully, not a difficult task. However, it will take some time, and your knowledge of cables and strength of your network is going to have a hand in how quickly you can get everything set up and ready to go. A weak network signal, for example, isn’t going to bode well when it comes time to update your TV box.

With that being said, if you needed help setting up your Android TV box, you came to the right place. Before you know it you’ll be streaming your favorite content.

What You Will Need…

Like any electronic there’s a number of cables and peripherals that come packaged with the device itself, like the power cable and HDMI cable.

  • Android TV Box
  • HDMI cable (should come with the TV box, but if not, check at a nearby store that sells electronics)
  • Power cable
  • Android TV remote, along with 2 AAA batteries (should come with them, but also have some on hand if you bought the TV box secondhand)
  • A TV with an HDMI port
  • A working network connection
  • Ethernet cable (for wired connection)

It may seem like a laundry list of items, but in reality, most–if not all–of the items listed come bundled with your brand new Android TV box. Now, if you bought it second hand, you may have to go out and buy some of the items, like an HDMI cable or an Ethernet cable.

Plugging in the Right Cables

Before you do anything, your first move is to plug in the necessary cables. Now, depending on your setup, you’ll need two or three different cables. You’ll need:

  • Power cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet cable (optional)

Now that you have those three cables, let’s get started. Start by turning your TV on. This is going to help you visualize if what you’re doing is correct.

1. First, plug in one end of the HDMi cable into the HDMI port. Either end will work. The HDMI port itself resembles a trapezoid and you should also see it labeled “HDMI” in black or punched into the metal plating in the back of your Android TV box.

2. Next, plug the other end into the HDMI cable into your TV’s HDMI port. It doesn’t look any different from your Android TV’s HDMI port.

[NOTE]: Make a note of the HDMI port you use on your TV. Most come with more than one, and they’re labeled, like “HDMI 1,” or “HDMI 2” and on.

3. Plug in your power cable. In doing so, your Android TV box should power on immediately. If not, press the Power button if it has one.

Now, what kind of network do you plan on using? If you’re streaming a lot, then an Ethernet cable is going to be optimal. Sure, you can use Wi-FI if your Wi-Fi signal is strong enough, but if you plan on streaming, say, in 4K, then an Ethernet connection is going to be your best option.

If you’re using Wi-Fi, you can skip the next step and move on with the guide. If you’re using an Ethernet cable, then move onto the next step.

4. In the back of your Android TV box, plug either end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port. It may or may not be labeled with “Ethernet.”

Linking Your Google Account

The first time you power on your Android TV box, you’ll be immediately met with a sign-in screen for Google. In order to install your favorite apps to your device, you’ll need a Google account. This will link your Google account with your TV box.

Punch in your Google account credentials and continue on. In doing so, you’ll be able to sync your Google account with your TV box, including any currency you currently have linked to your Google account. It won’t sync your data until after you hook your TV box to a network.

Once you’re linked, you’ll be able to access everything the Google Play Store has to offer.

Connecting to a Network

Now that your Android TV box is powered on and ready to go, it’s time to connect to a network. It’s primary purpose relies on the power of your network, such as installing apps and updating.

1. Press the Home button on your Android TV remote. When you see the Home menu, locate and select Settings. Look for an app icon that has a gear or a bunch of sliders.

2. In your Settings menu, you’re going to look for Network. When you’ve found it, select it with your remote.

Ethernet connection

3. Now, if you have an Ethernet connection, then you can simply test the connection. It should’ve connected you automatically. However, if you’re going for a Wi-FI connection, select your Wi-Fi network from the list.

4. Provide the correct network password. Let the process finish and now you’ll be ready to update your Android TV box.

Updating Your Android TV Box

Updating Android TV Box

Updating your Android TV box can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some make it really easy to install updates, and others make it incredibly hard.

Regardless, that’s no reason to ignore updates. NEVER ignore updates. Not only do they keep your system running as best as it can (usually), system updates can come with patches to your security, providing a much safer and more secure device. By refusing to update your system, you are putting your system at risk.

So, here’s how you do it:

1. Press the Home button on your Android TV remote. When you see the Home menu, locate and select Settings. Look for an app icon that has a gear or a bunch of sliders.

2. In your Settings menu, you’re going to look for About Device. When you’ve found it, select it with your remote.

3. Next, choose System Update and or Update; it depends on your device.

4. In some cases, your Android TV box will come preinstalled with its own “app” for updating the system. These can come in the form of “Update & Backup” or “System Update.”

How to Install an App

The primary function of your Android TV box is, like any other Android device, is to install apps to the system. These apps can range from Netflix, to Skype, to Twitter. For all intensive purposes, it’s like having a mobile device, but on your TV. And now that your device is up to date, you won’t run into as many optimization problems.

Most of the apps you want can be found on the Google Play Store. However, there’s a number of unmentionable apps that can provide services that aren’t supported by the Google Play Store’s own guidelines, so let’s discuss those quickly.

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With that being said, here’s how you install an app:

1. Press the Home button on your remote to visit your Home Screen.

2. Now, with the navigational keys, highlight and select the Google Play Store. It’s the app icon that’s a colorful triangle.

YouTube

3. Once it’s been launched, select the search bar at the top of your screen. Punch in an app that you would like to use, something like “YouTube” is a good first step.

4. On the app’s info page, choose Install.

Since your Android TV box is a streaming device, you can stream content from other sources to your box. For example, a popular application that goes by the name of “Kodi” is a wonderful example of this.

What the Kodi app does is provide a hub for content you own, and gives you the ability to stream that content to other devices on the same network. To be clear: Kodi doesn’t provide any content–no TV shows, no movies, nothing. It’s only a hub for your content. Kodi often gets misconstrued for something it isn’t. It’s nothing more than home theater software.

If you plan on using Kodi, you’ll need a PC to be your primary storage and then install the Kodi app to devices you wish to stream to.

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Set Up a VPN (Optional)

If you plan on streaming Netflix or Hulu, and so on, then you should consider installing a VPN to your Android TV box. This is because content you see on, say, Netflix, is region-locked. This is due to your country’s regulations or rules.

By installing a VPN, you can bypass the region lock because a VPN can alter your location. Want to see the content UK has? You can do that by switching over to a UK server.