8 Simple Ways to Customize the Android TV Home Screen

MakeUseOf | 4/9/2019 | Dan Price
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Like the smartphone version of the Android operating system, Android TV is a highly customizable platform. One of the areas where the customization options are most apparent is on the main home screen.

There are several settings you can play with. They include different ways to display your apps, recommended content lists, watch next lists, third-party launchers, and a whole lot more.

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Here’s how to customize your Android TV home screen.

You might need to install several apps that you don’t use every day. For example, lots of people keep VLC or MX Player around as a third-party video playback tool for apps that don’t have their own native player.

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Given that you’re unlikely to use these apps every day, there’s no point in letting them clutter up your Android TV home screen.

Thankfully, there’s a way to customize your favorite apps. Favorites are the ones that appear in the top row on the home screen. The list can include both regular apps and games.

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To select your favorite apps, scroll to the right-hand side of the Apps row, select the Plus icon, then choose the app you want to add.

Note: You can access your non-favorite apps by using the Apps icon on the left end of the row.

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When you scroll down on the Android TV home screen, you’ll see some of the apps that you have installed, along with recommended content within those apps.

Most mainstream video apps such as Netflix, Plex, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video can display recommended content. You have complete control over which are visible, and which are not.

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Some apps even allow you to display multiple recommended channels from the same app. For example, if you’re a Plex user, you can view both news recommendations and regular video recommendations in separate rows. Similarly, YouTube offers rows for Recommended, Subscriptions, and Trending.

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