Android TV is basically a smart TV that requires internet connectivity to play content from online services. In many ways, Android TV is not seen as a media consumption device for local files, unlike Kodi Boxes and other digital players. However, that is just the misconception. You can very well play local media files on Android TV, be it a rare video format or an MP3 clip, or an image file. So if you want to access and play local media files on your Android TV then follow this guide point by point.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV (2021)

Here, we have mentioned two methods for media files stored on your Android TV and files stored on another device. Depending on your need, you can click on the link below and follow the guide accordingly.

Play Media Files Stored on Android TV

To play local media files on Android TV you need a file manager or a media player on your Android TV. Since file managers nowadays come with a built-in media player, you will likely not need a separate media player.

That said, when you have to play video formats such as MKV, MOV, WMV, etc. then you need a dedicated media player. So in this article, first I will show you the file manager method and then will move to the media player. With that out of the way, let’s begin.

1. First of all, install Solid Explorer (Free, offers in-app purchases) on your Android TV from the Play Store. It’s one of the best file managers for Android TV and lets you play video, MP3 audio, open images, and more.

Sideload Apps on Android TV in 2020

2. Once the app is installed, locate the media files stored on your Android TV and just open it.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV

3. In all likelihood, Solid Explorer will be able to play the local media file on your Android TV.

4. And if you want a dedicated media player then I would recommend getting VLC (Free, offers in-app purchases) on your Android TV. It’s one of the best media players in the Android ecosystem, and can be easily installed from Android TV’s Play Store.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV

5. After the installation, open the app and VLC will automatically scan all the local files stored on your Android TV.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV

6. From there, you can smoothly play any video or MP3 audio file.

Play Local Media Files From Other Device on Android TV

The above guide deals with media files stored on Android TV’s internal storage. If you want to play media files stored on your computer or smartphone on a larger screen then this section will help you out. So here is how to begin.

1. The easiest way to play large media files that are stored on another device is to simply transfer the file using a thumb drive. Simply copy the content to a thumb drive and connect the thumb drive to the TV through the USB port. After that, you can access the content in Solid Explorer under the hamburger menu.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV

2. If you have a small media file on your smartphone then you can wirelessly transfer the file to your Android TV by using the SFTV app. Keep in mind, for the SFTV app to work properly, both your smartphone and Android TV should be connected to a common WiFi network. In case you are not on a common network then you can transfer the media files to your Android TV using a cloud service.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV

3. Alternatively, you can play media files on your Android TV using the Chromecast feature, available on Android, iOS, and Chrome on desktop. Just open the media file through the Google Photos app on your smartphone and tap on the cast button at the top-right corner. Remember, the cast button will only show up when your Android TV and smartphone are connected to the same WiFi network.

Note: While the casting is done locally, it still requires internet connectivity to verify the devices.

4. After that, it will ask you to select the TV. So identify the TV and simply tap on it.

5. Voila, there it is. Your local content stored on another device will play on Android TV just like that.

6. As for Chrome on the desktop, open the media file on Chrome by dragging the media file to a new tab. After that, right-click on the tab and select “Cast”. Here, you will find your TV. Click on it and you are done.

Play Local Media Files on Android TV

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can You Play Local Video Files on Android TV Through Mobile Hotspot?

No, you can’t play local video files through a mobile hotspot. To stream local content through Chromecast, you must have a common WiFi access point.

Q. Does Chromecast Streaming Support Audio Output on Android TV?

Yes, Chromecast does support internal audio output on Android TV. No matter if you are using a Chromecast-compatible app or simply using screen mirroring, audio output works pretty well.

Q. How to Play Local MP3 File on Android TV?

You can use VLC Media Player on Android TV to seamlessly play local MP3 files.

List of Popular Android TVs (Continually Updated)

The above tutorial will work with most of the popular Android TVs. You can find a list of popular Android TVs below. The list is not exhaustive by any means and is only to serve as an example.

BRANDModel NameSize
Marq (flipkart)Marq 43AAUHDM43
Marq 43AAFHDM43
Marq 32AAHDM32
Marq 65SAUHD65
Marq 49SAUHD48.5
Marq 32VNSSHDM32
Marq 49SAUHD/49SAHD-Black49
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iFFALCON 65V2A65
iFFALCON 65K7165
iFFALCON 55H7155
iFFALCON 65H7165
iFFALCON 43K3143
iFFALCON 50K3150
iFFALCON 55K3155
LLoydLLoyd 32HS301B32
LLoyd 43FS301B43
LLoyd 43US900B43
LLoyd 55US900B55
LLoyd GL32H0B0ZS32
LLoyd L32HS670A32
MicromaxMicromax L32CANVAS432
Micromax L32TA6445HD32
Micromax L40TA6445FHD40
Micromax L43TA7000UHD43
Micromax L55TA7001UHD55
MIMI L40M5-5AIN40
MI L32M5-AL32
MI L43M5-AN43
MI L43M4-4AIN43
MI L50M5-5AIN50
MI L55M6-EQG55
MI L32M6-EI32
MI L55M4-4XINA55
MI L65M5-5SIN65
MI L49M5-AN49
MI L32M5-AN32
MI L43M5-AI43
MI L32M5-AI32
MI L40M6-EI40
MI L75M6-ESG75
PanasonicPanasonic TH-65HX700DX65
Panasonic TH-55HX700DX55
Panasonic TH-43HX700DX43
Panasonic TH-55HX635DX55
Panasonic TH-43HX635DX43
Panasonic TH-43HX625DX43
Panasonic TH-58HX45058
Panasonic TH-50HX45050
Panasonic TH-65GX655DX65
Panasonic TH-55GX655DX55
Panasonic TH-49GX655DX49
Panasonic TH-43GX655DX43
SanyoSanyo XT-43A081U43
Sanyo XT-49A081U49
Sanyo XT-55A081U55
Sanyo XT-65A081U65
Sanyo XT-43UHD4S43
Sanyo XT-50UHD4S50
Sanyo XT-55UHD4S55
Sanyo XT-65UHD4S65
Sanyo XT-43FHD4S43
Sanyo XT-32RHD4S32
SonySony KD-55X7400H55
Sony KDL-49W800G49
Sony KDL-43W800G43
Sony KD-55X9500G55
Sony KD-49X8000H49
Sony KD-55X8000H55
Sony KD-43X8000G43
Sony KD-49X7500H49
Sony KD-65A8F65
Sony KD-55A8G55
Sony KD-55X8000G55
Sony KD-65X9300E65
Sony KD-65A8G65
Sony KD-55X9300E55
Sony KD-65X8000H65
Sony KD-65A9F65
Sony KD-65X9500E65
Sony KD-55A8F55
Sony KD-75X8500F75
Sony KD-65A9G65
SonyKD-55X7500F55
Sony KDL-43W800F43
Sony KD-49X8000G49
Sony KD-55X8500G55
Sony KD-43X7500F43
Sony KD-65X8000G65
Sony KD-49X8500F49
Sony KD-43X8500F43
Sony KDL-49W800F49
Sony KD-43X8200E43
Sony KDL-43W800D43
Sony KD-65X9500G65
Sony KD-75X8000H75
Sony KD-55X9000E55
Sony KD-49X9000E49
Sony KD-55X9500E55
Sony KD-65X9000E65
Sony KD-55X9000F55
Sony KD-65X7500F65
Sony KD-49X8200E49
Sony KD-65X9000F65
Sony KD-55X8500F55
Sony KD-55A9F55
Sony KD-55A155
Sony KD-65A165
Sony KD-49X7500F49
Sony KD-55A9G55
Sony KD-85X8000H85
Sony 43X7400H43
Sony 55X7500H55
Sony 43X7500H43
Sony 65X7400H65
TCLTCL 50C71550
TCL 32S65A32
TCL 55C71555
TCL L65C2US65
TCL 55P71555
TCL L55C2US55
TCL 65P865
TCL 43P843
TCL 43S6500FS43
TCL 85P8M85
TCL 32S6500S32
TCL 65P71565
TCL 55P2MUS55
TCL L55P2MUS55
TCL 43P8B43
TCL 43P71543
TCL 55C81555
TCL 50P71550
TCL 65P2MUS65
TCL L65P2MUS65
TCL 55P8E55
TCL 55P855
TCL 49S6500S49
TCL 65P8E65
TCL 65C665
TCL 75P71575
TCL 55P8S55
TCL 65X4US65
TCL 50P8E50
TCL 65C71565
TCL 50P850
TCL 75C81575
TCL 55C855
TCL 40S650040
TCL 43P8E43
iFFALCON (by TCL)iFFALCON 43K6143
iFFALCON 50K6150
iFFALCON 32F2A32
iFFALCON 55K6155
iFFALCON 43K3143
iFFALCON 55K3155
iFFALCON 55H7155
iFFALCON 43F2A43
iFFALCON 55K7155
iFFALCON 43K7143
iFFALCON 40F2A40
iFFALCON 65K3A65
iFFALCON 65V2A65
iFFALCON 55K3A55
iFFALCON 65K2A65
iFFALCON 55K2A55
iFFALCON 75H2A75
iFFALCON 65K3165
iFFALCON 65K7165
iFFALCON 50K3150
iFFALCON 49F2A49
iFFALCON 65H7165
VUVU 43US43
VU 32US32
VU 55PM55
VU 50PM50
VU 43GA43
VU 55UT55
VU 85QPX85
VU 65PM65
VU 50UT50
VU 32GA32
VU 43PM43
VU 43CA43
VU 43UA43
VU 43UT43
VU 55-OA55
VU 43-OA43
VU 65UT65
VU 50-OA50
VU 43 OA43
VU 43 OA -V143
VU 55-OA55
VU 55-OA V155
VU 50CA50
VU 55CA55
VU OAUHD7575
HisenseHisense 43A71F43
Hisense 55A71F55
Hisense 55A73F55
Hisense 40A56E40
Hisense 32A56E32
Hisense 50A71F50
Hisense 65U7QF65
HaierHaier LE43K6600UGA43
Haier LE40K6600GA40
Haier LE43K6600GA43
Haier LE50K6600HQGA50
Haier LE32K6600GA32
Haier LE55U6900HQGA55
Haier LE65S8000EGA65
Haier LE50U6900HQGA50
Haier LE32W200032
Haier LE55U6500UAG55
Haier LE50F9000UAP50
Haier LE55K6600HQGA55
Haier LE65U6500UAG65
Haier LE65U6900HQGA65
InfinixInfinix 43X143
Infinix 32X132
KodakKodak 50CA707750
Kodak 65CA010165
Kodak 32HDX7XPRO32
Kodak 43CA202243
Kodak 55CA090955
Kodak 43UHDX7XPRO43
Kodak 55UHDX7XPRO55
Kodak 40FHDX7XPRO40
Kodak 43FHDX7XPRO43
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 32HDXSMART V132
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 55UHDXSMART55
Kodak 40FHDXSMART40
Kodak 40FHDXSMART V140
MotorolaMotorola 55SAUHDMQ55
Motorola 55SAUHDMG55
Motorola 43SAUHDMQ43
Motorola 43SAFHDM43
Motorola 43SAUHDMG43
Motorola 65SAUHDM65
Motorola 40SAFHDME40
Motorola 55SAUHDM55
Motorola 32SAHDME32
Motorola 32SAFHDM32
Motorola 50SAUHDM50
Motorola 43SAUHDM43
Motorola 50SAUHDMQ50
Motorola 75SAUHDM75
NokiaNokia 43TAFHDN43
Nokia 32TAHDN32
Nokia 43TAUHDN43
Nokia 50TAUHDN50
Nokia 55TAUHDN55
Nokia 65TAUHDN65
Nokia 43CAUHDN43
Nokia 55CAUHDN55
Nokia 65CAUHDN65
OnePlusOnePlus 43FA0A0043
OnePlus 32HA0A0032
OnePlus 55Q1IN-155
OnePlus 55Q1IN55
OnePlus 55UA0A0055
PhilipsPhilips 58PUT660458
Philips 50PUT660450
Philips 43PUT779143
RealmeRealme RMV200443
Realme RMV200550
RedmiRedmi L50M6-RA50
Redmi L55M6-RA55
Redmi L65M6-RA65
ThomsonThomson 43TH600043
Thomson 50TH100050
Thomson 40M409940
Thomson 40M4099 PRO40
Thomson 32M3277 PRO32
Thomson 43TH009943
Thomson 43TH6000_UD943
Thomson 32PATH001132
Thomson 50OATHPRO121250
Thomson 55 OATHPRO 010155
Thomson 43 OATHPRO 200043
Thomson 43PATH454543
Thomson 55PATH505055
Thomson 65 OATHPRO 202065
Thomson 40PATH777740
Thomson 32PATH0011BL32
Thomson 50PATH101050
Thomson 43PATH000943
Thomson 75 OATHPRO212175
Thomson 43 OATH 100043
Thomson 49 OATH 900049
Thomson 32M327732
Thomson 55TH100055
ToshibaToshiba 32L505032
Toshiba 55U505055
Toshiba 43L505043

Play Local Content on Android TV Without Internet

So that is how you can access and play content on your Android TV without requiring internet connectivity. We have mentioned two methods: for media files stored locally on your TV and for files stored on another device. In any case, you can follow the guide and play the content right away.

Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn similar tips and tricks for Android TV then go follow our linked guide. And if you are facing any issues then let us know in the comment section below. We will surely try to help you out.

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