To get the most out of your Google TV streaming device, you want to find and download some apps and games. Unfortunately, doing this on devices like Chromecast with Google TV is not as easy as opening the Play Store, but we̵7;ll go through it.
Devices like Chromecast with Google TV have access to Android TV apps. But you can not actually open the Google Play Store directly, as you can with Android TV. Instead, the store’s search function is built into the “Apps” tab on the home screen.
On the Apps tab you will find new categories to explore. Selecting a category opens a list of apps or games.
The “Apps” tab also has a number of other rows, with “Featured” app and game recommendations sorted by category.
Just select an app or game and then select “Install” on the info page. You can also view screenshots of the item under the “Install” button.
It’s nice to surf, but what if you have a specific app in mind? Since you can not open the Play Store directly, you need to search for that app or game.
In the “App categories” line, just select “Search for apps”.
This opens an on-screen keyboard so you can enter the name of the item. Select the search icon when done. If your remote has a Google Assistant button, you can use it to perform a voice search.
If there are Google TV apps that match your keywords, you’ll see a list of results. Select the app or game you are looking for.
Select “Install” on the information page. Again, you can display screenshots of the object under the “Install” button.
Once the app is installed, select “Open” to launch it directly from the Play Store list. You will find all the apps or games you have just installed at the end of the Apps line on the Home screen. If you have more than 12, you must select “See All” to see the full list.
It’s a little strange that Google does not allow you to simply open the Play Store on their own digital boxes, dongles and TVs, but the “Apps” tab is just as good for surfing. And of course, you can always find everything you are looking for with the search function.
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