Dropbox on Android TV: How to Access Dropbox storage on Android TV

Install and Access Dropbox on your Android TV

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could access your dropbox cloud storage on a large screen such as your Android TV? Such access allows you to project any dropbox content anywhere in the world to a larger audience.

But currently, the Dropbox app is unavailable on the Google Playstore for installation on your Android TV. However, if you want to view your Dropbox files on Android TVs, you’re at the right place.

This guide will discuss how you can access the cloud storage on your Android TV and the frequently asked question about Dropbox.

What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a cloud storage platform designed to keep files, including documents, photos, videos, and other forms of files. This platform secures and gives access to your stored files anywhere and anytime.

The American-based cloud storage program offers an advanced file sharing system where you can share files of any size. It is available for download and installation on smartphones and PC but unavailable on Andriod TVs.

Due to its unavailability on Android TV, you can’t install the app on your Android officially.

Also, Dropbox storage offers several cloud plans, including free basic and subscription plans. The Basic plan offers about 2GB of space for storage, and you can connect to your Basic account with three different devices. Subscription plans provide more services.

How to Access Dropbox on Android TVs

As previously said, you can’t install the Dropbox app on your android TV officially. But there are alternative ways to install the app and access the cloud storage on your Android TV.

The alternative ways of accessing your Dropbox storage on Android TV include:

  1. Sideloading the third-party (Dropbox) with a  Downloader app
  2. Access through the Android TV web browser
  3. Installation from an external storage device

Several Android TV supports Dropbox on their Operating System (OS). Android TVs that support Dropbox include Hisense smart TV, TCL smart Tv, Google smart TV, Sony smart TV, Toshiba TV, Philp Smart TV, Google TV, Panasonic TV, and all other Android TV and Android TV boxes.

1.     Sideloading through a Downloader app

The sideloading process with a downloader app allows you to install the third-party app (Dropbox) on your Android TV. The sideloading process involves the following steps:

Before you can install the Dropbox app, you must install the Downloader app

  • Connect your Android TV to an internet source through Wifi
  • Go to the App screen on your Android TV and launch the Google Play store app
  • On Google Playstore, navigate to the search bar and type Downloader in the search bar, and proceed to search
  • Choose a Downloader from the list of downloaders on the search result page. Proceed to install the Downloader
Note: This a type of Downloader, there are other Downloaders on Google Playstore you should consider

Once you install the Downloader, proceed to authorize files from unknown sources (this is because you can only install an app verified by Google on your Android TV). Follow these steps to enable this feature.

  • Launch the Settings interface on your Android TV
  • Click the ‘Security and Restriction’ option in the Settings interface
  • Toggle the ‘Unknown Sources’ button to activate it
  • Alternatively, on some Android TV, you should select the ‘Unknown Source’ option and proceed to toggle the button for the Downloader app

After completing these steps, proceed to download the third-party app (Dropbox) with an unknown source to the Android TV (Dropbox app) through the Downloader app. Follow the steps below to download and install the Dropbox app:

  • Launch the installed Downloader app on your Android TV. A request page pops up. Click ‘Allow’ to grant the request
  • Navigate to the search bar on the Downloader interface and enter the download URL of the Dropbox APK file (https://dropbox.en.uptodown.com/android/download)
  • Click ‘GO’ on the interface to prompt the APK file download
  • After downloading the file, click ‘Install’ on the prompt interface.

After installation, you can now access the installed Dropbox app on your Android TV. Create an account on your smartphone or PC if you don’t have a Dropbox account. Then input your account credentials on your Android TV.

2.     Access through your Android TV Web Browser

Consequently, if you don’t want to install the Dropbox app on your Android TV, you can access the cloud storage through you a web browser on the smart TV. In addition, you can only access Drop through the two most recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge web browser.

Follow the steps below to access the cloud storage through the Android TV web browser

  • Connect your Android TV to an internet source and launch your desired web browser from the list above
  • Visit the Dropbox official Login page (Dropbox.com/login)
  • Proceed to input your account credential. You can also access the cloud storage with your Google or Apple account

Once you log in to your account on the browser, you can navigate through the cloud, transfer files, search files, and perform all other actions you can perform on the Dropbox smartphone and PC app.

3.     Installation from External Storage Device

Alternatively, if you don’t want to install the Downloader app on your Android TV, you can download the Dropbox Apk file on your PC and store it on external storage such as a Flash drive, external hard disk, etc.

Follow the steps below to install and launch the Dropbox app:

  • Connect the external storage device to your Android TV through its USB port.
  • Before installing the app, ensure you activate the ‘Unknown Source’ button in the Security setting of your Android TV
  • Navigate to the ‘File Manager or ES Explorer’ on your Android TV to find and install the app

After installing the app, you need to download a Sideload launcher on your Android TV to view apps that Google does not support

  • Connect your Android TV to an internet source
  • Visit the Google Playstore on your Android TV
  • Navigate to the search bar and search ‘Sideload Launcher.’
  • Download and install the Sideload Launcher on your Android TV
  • Proceed to launch the Sideload Launcher  app from the TV app interface and select the installed Dropbox app to access your files in the cloud

General Note: You can connect an external keyboard and mouse to your Android TV to ease navigation and typing into the search bar.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dropbox

Is Dropbox available on Android TV?

Answer: Officially, there’s no Dropbox app for Android TV. But you can still install and access the app on your Android TV. To install Dropbox on your Android TV, you need a sideloading Downloader app or a Sideload Launcher, as explained above.

Can I get Dropbox on Smart TV

Answer: Yes. Provided the Smart TV use an Android Operating system (OS), all methods explained above will give access to Dropbox on your smart TV

Conclusion

Dropbox is a great storage program for you to store your files of any kind with access from multiple devices.

Accessing the Dropbox cloud storage program on your Android TV has been easy. Ensure you follow the step to obtain the expected result, as all methods discussed have proven to give the result.

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