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Android TV has been around in the market for a while. It is a smart TV that’s integrated with all the features similar to an Android smartphone. But it doesn’t have as many software segregations as your Android smartphone. If you’re new to Android TV, setting up the device can seem like a challenge. There are a few basics that you need to know before getting the setup procedure right. The process to set up an Android TV remains the same on every TV regardless of the brand you use. Follow our guide below to set up everything in your new Android TV like a pro:

Pre-setup Requirements

Before setting up your Android TV, the following are some of the things you’ll require in the procedure.

  • A robust Wi-Fi internet connection
  • A Google Account

Some TVs don’t have Android TV built-in, and if that is the case with you, then you’ll require the following things:

  • An external Android TV device
  • One TV or monitor that has HDMI ports and supports High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)
  • One HDMI cable (usually provided within the box)

After getting all the pre-setup requirements, you can start setting up your new Android TV. For setting up your TV, you can use your Android phone, Android TV remote, or computer. Here is a step-by-step procedure:

Initial Setup

Pair the Android TV Remote

Every Android TV makes you follow a different process for pairing a remote, and pairing the gadgets is the first thing you have to do after turning on your TV. By default, most Android TV remotes require you to turn on/off your device with an IR connection. And Bluetooth connection is needed to access all the other features. Following are the steps to pair your Android TV with its remote:

  • Turn on your Android TV or the monitor attached to an Android TV device.
  • Follow the instructions appearing on your screen to pair your remote.
  • As soon as your remote connects to the TV, you’ll see a checkmark on the screen.

Set up your Android TV

After pairing your remote, options for a quick set up of your Android TV will appear on your screen. Here, you can use your Android phone or tablet. Selecting this option, you will be able to transfer your account and network details from your Android smartphone to your TV. You can also skip this option to complete the setup using the TV remote. You can set up everything on your TV using a computer as well. Here are the steps for all the methods:

Using an Android phone

  • When you see “Quickly set up your TV with your Android phone?” prompt on your TV screen, use your remote to select Yes.
  • On your Android phone, open the pre-installed Google app, and type “Set up my device.”
  • Follow the instructions on your phone until you see a code and ensure that a similar code appears on your TV as well.
  • On your phone, tap on the name of your TV.
  • Now, follow the instructions on your TV. Within a few minutes, the setup procedure will be complete.

Using TV remote

  • When the “Quickly set up your TV with your Android phone?” prompt appears on your screen, use your remote to choose Skip, and connect to Wi-Fi.
  • You might have to wait for a few minutes for your system to update.
  • Select Sign in and use your remote.
  • Sign in to your Google Account, and follow the instructions given on the screen to finish the setup.

Using a computer

  • When the “Quickly set up your TV with your Android phone?” prompt appears on your TV screen, use your remote to choose Skip.
  • Connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer.
  • On your TV, click on Sign in and use your computer to sign in to your Google Account.
  • Follow the instructions given on your screen to complete the setup.

Check for software and app updates

After using the above setup guide, you can start using your Android TV, but first, you should check for software updates. To do so, go to Settings on your TV and click on Device Preferences. Go to the About section and click on System Update. You should also check for app updates for the pre-installed apps on your Android TV from Google Play Store that is located in the top row of your Android TV’s homepage. You can also find the apps in the Apps channel from the left side of your home screen. This guide will help you set up your new Android TV within a few minutes as the steps are easy to follow. If you have reset your old Android TV, you can use the steps and methods mentioned above to have the latest interface. Note that the steps might take a few minutes, depending on the health of your Android TV.

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