In my tutorial on how to cast Windows 10 on Android TV, many discovered that you can actually use your Android TV as a computer as well. There are dedicated web browsers for Android TV that allow you to open specific websites, play videos from anywhere on the internet, check email, and whatnot. So if you are looking to browse the web on your Android TV then you have come to the right place. Here, we bring the 5 best browsers for Android TV that are optimized for the TV platform and works fluidly with Android TV’s remote. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Best Browsers for Android TV in 2021
Here are the best web browsers for Android TV that works pretty well and without much fuss. We have tried to include browsers that are currently in development and behave properly with Android TV’s remote navigation.
There are a lot of browserts like Opera, TVWeb, Kiwi, etc. that claim to work on Android TV but they are not optimized for the TV platform. Hence, I have not mentioned them on this list. But if you’re a Chrome lover, you will find some of the best Chrome alternatives included in this list as well. With that out of the way, let’s go through the list.
Android TV Web Browsers
1. Firefox for Android TV
Firefox is perhaps the best web browser for Android TV on this list. It’s a dedicated browser for Android TV, built using its APIs, and has a card-like interface with a scrollable navigator on top. You can either enter the URL, search using the voice button, or just open any card from the many options it has.
The best part is that it allows you to sync your Firefox account that brings your passwords, clipboard, preferred websites on the homepage, and much more. It’s worth noting that Mozilla started working on a TV version of Firefox in 2017 and it has continued the development even in 2020.
I would say if you want a dedicated browser for Android TV then Firefox has you covered. Having said all of that, keep in mind, the app is not available on the Play Store for some reason. You can learn how to sideload Firefox APK on Android TV from our linked tutorial.
Download: Firefox for Android TV (Free)
You may have heard of the JioPages browser for Android, but Reliance Jio actually has a version of that browser available for Android TVs as well. The app is available directly from the Play Store, so you don’t need to worry about sideloading an APK or anything. Just download the browser and you can start accessing the internet from your TV. Apart from all the browser stuff, JioPagesTV also offers a bunch of additional content. You get a selection of curated videos and the browser supports regional languages as well. Moreover, you can use incognito browsing here as well, which is quite useful.
There’s also a built-in PDF reader here, a great download manager, and a section for news so you can stay updated with the latest happenings around the world. Overall, this is a good Android TV web browser that you should definitely try out.
3. TV Bro
TV Bro is a surprisingly useful web browser for Android TV that works quite well and is currently in development. The browser is not available on the Play Store so you will have to sideload it on your Android TV. Coming to the browser, it’s open-source and uses Android’s built-in web rendering engine (WebKit). It’s fully compatible with Android TV’s remote and supports tabs, bookmarks, history, shortcuts, and voice search as well.
In my testing, I found the app works as good as Firefox which is quite a feat. Not to mention, there is a download manager as well. And all of this is available absolutely for free. I would say, just go ahead and install the TV Bro browser on your Android TV right now.
Download: TV Bro (Free)
4. Puffin TV Browser
Puffin TV Browser is my third pick for the best Android TV web browser. The best part about this app is that it’s available on Android TV’s Play Store which means you can easily install and run it on your TV set. Apart from that, Puffin TV Browser has a similar, Firefox-like design with cards and a search bar for custom URLs.
If you intend to watch videos from a variety of websites then Puffin TV Browser will be of great help. The only con of this browser is that it has limited free usage every day. Once you exhaust that limit, you need to subscribe to its paid plan. If you find the browsing experience seamless then you can go for the paid plan.
Download: Puffin TV Browser (Free, offers in-app purchases)
5. Google Chrome
It may come as a surprise, but Google Chrome on Android TV is not as seamless as the smartphone version. In fact, Google Chrome is not even available on Android TV’s Play Store. So you only have the option to sideload the smartphone version of the app on your Android TV.
If you are wondering how the experience is? Well, it’s not that good. There is no overlay navigator and the scrolling sometimes gets stuck in some targets which makes the experience really annoying.
Further, the voice search often does not work and the typing keyboard does not pop up at times. That said, you do have the option to sync your Google account which brings personalized webpages on the homepage but that’s about it. I would say, if you have connected a wireless mouse and keyboard to your Android TV then only Chrome is usable. Otherwise, it’s not optimized to be used with Android TV’s remote.
Download: Google Chrome (Free)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is There a Web Browser for Android TV?
Android TVs don’t ship with a web browser, but there are a couple of web browsers for Android TV that work quite well. Firefox for Android TV and TV Bro are some of the best browsers for Android TV. You can go through our above list to find the best browsers for Android TV.
Q. Can You Install Chrome on Android TV?
Yes, you can install Chrome on Android TV, but you need to sideload the APK file. I have mentioned a way to run incompatible apps on Android TV, so go through the guide and you will be able to run Chrome on Android TV. You can download the APK file from the link mentioned under the Chrome section of this article.
Q. How Do I Browse the Internet on Android TV?
You can browse the internet on Android TV through a web browser. Go through the above list and install a web browser of your choice and start browsing the web on your Android TV.
Browse the Web With the Best Browser for Android TV
So these are the four best web browsers for Android TV that you can use right now. There are some other web browsers too that we have mentioned above but in my testing, they were filled with ads, the rendering was extremely slow ,and videos refused to play. So I have refrained from mentioning such browsers. Anyway, that is all from us. If you have any questions then comment down below and let us know.