Android TV has the YouTube application as standard, but you may be looking for an app compatible with the video platform and that allows you to perform advanced functions, such as downloading the videos to your TV. Well, now you have it: NewPipe launches a version for Android TV of its excellent mobile application. We have tested it and it works as expected.
If you have been on Android for a while, and you use applications that access YouTube videos, surely you know NewPipe, an app that adds remarkable options to YouTube for Android. Downloading videos or playing in the background are two of the advantages, hard-to-find options on Android TV. And the good news is that the developers of NewPipe have finally adapted their application to the requirements of Android for televisions: you can now download and test it.
NewPipe perfectly adapts to Android TV
The application is an excellent alternative for those who are used to playing a significant number of YouTube videos. Developed on open source (GPL 3.0 license), NewPipe maintains an updated development that has been incorporating numerous new features to the application. For example, with the latest version 0.19.3, NewPipe has gained compatibility with Android TV.
We have been testing the version on our Nvidia Shield TV and the truth is that it works great. Open all YouTube videos, select the resolution at which they will be played, offers access to download these videos (with quality and format selection, in case you want only MP3), enables playback in the form of a floating window (you need the permission to superimpose applications) and even includes support for SoundCloud, MediaCCC and FramaTube, all three in beta. Access to YouTube is stable.
One of the downsides of NewPipe is that can’t login, but you can easily import your subscriptions from YouTube. Playback is just as stable as with the official app, it does not include ads, navigation through the different sections is very well adapted to the Android TV control, NewPipe gives access to comments (it does not allow writing since it does not log in) and even offers the option of turn autoplay on or off. As you can see, it is an application that you can get a lot out of.
If you want to try NewPipe on your Android TV you need to download the APK from its GitHub: is not in Google Play. The process is the following:
- Since you have to fight with APK files on your TV, it is best to use a file manager. Our recommendation is TV File Commander, download it from the store of your TV or player.
- Download the APK with version 0.19.3 from NewPipe’s GitHub and upload it to your Google Drive. The best place is the root folder.
- Access the newly installed file manager on your Android TV and go to the Drive section. Sign in with your Google account.
- Go to Google Drive, look for the NewPipe file and click on it: your Android TV will install it as any APK is installed on your mobile.