Best Android TV Box Apps

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If you’re looking for the best Android TV apps for your new streaming device, you’ve come to the right place!

There’s nothing worse than getting a brand new gadget, opening it up and getting stuck on where to start.

When you get your shiny new Android TV box, you’ll want to install the best Android TV box apps around so you can hit the ground running and get the most out of your investment.

I’ve pulled together a few of my “must have” Android apps for your TV box. These apps span everything from media players to gaming, offering you hours of entertainment.

Let’s get into it.

1Kodi

Kodi, everyone’s favorite media center app, is a must have on any Android TV box so it’s a no surprise that it’s made my “Best Android TV Box Apps” list.

Kodi handles almost everything related to multimedia. Whether it’s playing movies or providing an attractive interface for browsing your music collection, Kodi has you covered.

There’s also an impressive array of add-ons that cover everything from gaming to media library management to streaming.

Kodi should be the first thing you download on your Android TV box.

If you’re wanting a step-by-step guide to getting Kodi up and running, check out my extensive Kodi setup guide.

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2Netflix

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you should know about Netflix.

Widely considered the leading video streaming service, Netflix offers a wealth of movies and TV shows that can be streamed with the press of a button.

The standard Android app works well though I’d recommend picking up an air mouse to make navigating the touch-centric user interface easier.

Netflix offers a free 30 day trial to get a feel for the service, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

I’ve been a long time subscriber and use it far more than I probably should!

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3Amazon Video

Amazon Video is the online retailer’s media streaming service that comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Offering a variety of movies and TV shows for on-demand streaming, including a number of exclusives, Amazon Video is incredibly popular.

This is no doubt in part due to the exceptional perks that come with Amazon Prime such as free 2-day shipping, Prime Music streaming, unlimited photo storage and more.

Amazon offer a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime so you can get a taste of what’s on offer. It’s definitely worth a look, particularly if you regularly buy from the retail giant.

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4ES File Explorer

File management is an important part of any PC and EStrongs’ ES File Explorer really is the gold standard for file managers.

ES File Explorer packages a powerful  file manager with other value added tools such as a storage scanner.

The remote management tools are particular are incredibly useful, allowing you to manage your Android TV box’s storage via FTP rather than having to be in front of it.

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5Retroarch

If you love retro gaming, you can’t go past Retroarch.

Retroarch packages a number of number of emulators (called “cores”) for popular consoles such as the PlayStation and Super Nintendo into an attractive user interface.

You’ll need to bring your own games along (don’t ask where to get them from) but once it’s all up and running, hook up a Bluetooth controller like the Gamesir G4S and enjoy some of that sweet retro gaming!

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6Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus

The internet is a dangerous place and with the growing importance of mobile devices in our lives, it’s no surprise that Android has become a target for malware and viruses.

Avast’s mobile security software offers a comprehensive set of tools to keep your data safe.

From a virus scanner to a vulnerability scanner to identify possible weaknesses, Avast will keep you safe.

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7Plex for Android

Much like Kodi, Plex holds a special place in the hearts of media enthusiasts hearts.

Originally starting as a fork of Kodi, Plex has become a beast of its own. The app offers a comprehensive media player in addition to tight integration with Plex Media Server, DLNA media software that handles everything from Library scraping to video transcoding.

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8Minecraft Pocket Edition

There’s no denying that Minecraft has become a phenomenon so it’s not surprising that I’ve included Minecraft Pocket Edition on my “best Android TV box apps” list. It’s hard to go anywhere without coming across Minecraft in one form or another.

Minecraft is a great way to lose a few hours. Everything from building your own house to fighting off creepers makes for an entertaining experience – though some will be put off the opened ended nature of the gameplay.

The mobile-optimized version for Android doesn’t have quite as many features as the PC version, though the gap shrinks with every new release.

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Are there any apps that should have made my best Android TV box apps list? Let me know in the comments!

  • Paul Adrian

    You left off SPMC which pisses on k o d i .

    • Thanks Paul. Will update and add SPMC – I’m a big fan on certain Android devices.