Ever thought of opening Google drive on Android TV? What if I tell you, it is possible to open Google drive on a Google or any Android TV.
The cloud-based software Google Drive not only lets you save data over the internet but also syncs that data to all the devices. Over time the dependability of Google Drive has increased so much that users wish to access it from every device that can be connected via a Wi-Fi network.
Google Drive has become the primary storage source for many users to save their images, videos, and documents. And that’s the reason users want to access Google Drive from their Android TV too. So, they want to watch the media directly from Google Drive, and why not?
Is Google Drive App Available on Android TV Play Store?
Google Drive, which is easily accessible on laptops and smartphones, doesn’t have a dedicated app in the Play Store of Android TV.
But there is a workaround for it, and we can integrate Google Drive via File Explorer.
Now, you must be thinking that we can sideload Google Drive’s APK on Android TV.
Sure, we can. But since the Google Drive app isn’t optimized for Android TV, sideloaded Google Drive’s performance won’t be as smooth, and you will frequently face issues in scrolling or navigating through the Google Drive.
How to Integrate Google Drive with File Explorer on Android TV?
Google Drive media files can be opened on your Android TV if you integrate Google Drive on a File Explorer. Many File Explorers such as X-Plore or Solid Explorer give you the option to link Google Drive or any other Cloud-based service like One Drive. But here, we will open Google Docs on Android TV with Solid File Explorer.
Here is a step-by-step method that you can follow.
Step 1: Go to Google Play Store on your Android TV.
Step 2: Search “Solid File Explorer” on the search bar and install it by allowing it to access your media files.
Step 3: Launch Site Explorer and click on the three-dash menu at the top left.
Step 4: Next, click on the three vertical dot menu and select “Storage Manager” from the drop-down list.
Step 5: On the next window, you will be given the choice to select “Connection Type.” Here, choose Google Drive; you can also access DropBox or One Drive by choosing its name.
Step 6: Give a name to this Connection: For Example: if the Gmail address is [email protected], you can give it a display name as Chris Julien GD. Its only purpose is to remember and distinguish it from other connections. So, you also leave it empty.
Step 7: Next step is to log in to your Google Drive by inputting your credentials.
Step 8: After successfully logging in to Google Drive, click on the “connect” to get started.
Step 9: You can set up a password at this step to protect Google Drive’s access on android TV.
Step 10: You can easily access the Google Drive Files by clicking the Solid File Explorer’s menu.
Note: The method of downloading other File Explorers is also similar; you will just have to follow the on-screen instructions to integrate Google Drive on them.
Other Methods of Opening Google Drive on Android TV
Yes, there are a few other methods of opening Google drive on Android TV.
- You can try and access your Google Drive by using Android TV’s browser. However, navigating Google Drive on Android’s web browser isn’t as user-friendly as we see it on our mobile or laptop.
- You can also sideload Google Drive’s APK file, but as we mentioned above, you will face glitches and errors by doing so.
- Another method is casting Google Drive’s files via any mirroring or casting app. It requires an android phone. You will have to download the casting app such as Mirrormeister, ApowerMirror, or Let’s View on both devices. Both the devices will then connect, and whatever’s on your mobile screen will be mirrored on the Android TV.
- There are also a few casting apps, such as AllCast, LocalCast, or ServerCast, compatible with Google Drive; you can use these apps to cast Google Drive images to the Android TV. Their premium version offers ad-free access to users.
“You can check the detailed method of casting an app on Android TV here.”
Above are some of the methods to open Google Drive on Android TV. The easiest and the most effective is downloading a File Explorer and logging in to your Google Drive account with it.