How to access the full Play Store on the Chromecast with Google TV

By now, many people are acquainted with Google TV, the interface layer that Google launched with final yr’s Chromecast and later unfold to different Android TV items. The homescreen is concentrated on recommending exhibits and flicks for you, relegating a few of your apps together with app search and discovery to a secondary tab. A significant aspect impact is the dearth of correct entry to the full Play Retailer, though the app remains to be there. Listed here are some tips you need to use to open it.

Whereas this tutorial is concentrated on the Play Retailer, you may also apply the identical steps for 2 different apps which can be pre-installed on the Chromecast with Google TV however not readily accessible: Google Play Video games and Google Play Motion pictures & TV.

Why accessing the total Play Retailer issues

The Apps tab on Google TV is sufficient for launching the apps and video games you have put in in addition to trying out new ones to attempt. You’ll be able to even use voice search to search for particular apps. However that is the place the interface stops. If you wish to handle your current apps, manually examine for updates and set up them, and alter settings, you have to entry the total Play Retailer.

The Play Retailer app has tabs for looking apps and video games, but in addition a correct settings menu the place you may handle and replace those you have put in, change accounts to seize apps that your associate or roommate purchased, and alter just a few settings relating to automated updates, cost strategies, parental controls, and extra.

Whereas all of this can be trivial to most Chromecast customers, many people nonetheless like having entry and management over these options, and that is the place opening the Play Retailer app is necessary.

Methodology 1: Google Assistant

The best technique to entry the Play Retailer on the Chromecast with Google TV is to only faucet the Assistant button on the distant and say, “Play Retailer.”

The Assistant will open the Play Retailer for you. It is actually as straightforward as that.

Methodology 2: App settings

The second methodology is a little more concerned, however will probably be useful in the event you do not wish to communicate aloud or in the event you’d fairly by no means use Assistant. Open the aspect panel in your Chromecast, then head to Settings > Apps > See all apps > Present system apps > Google Play Retailer > Open. The steps are outlined within the screenshots beneath.

Methodology 3: Button mapping

This third methodology would require a little bit of a setup, however as soon as it is finished, you may have one-button entry to the Play Retailer everytime you need. First, you may have to obtain Button Mapper and observe the steps in our earlier tutorial to put in it and provides it the permissions it wants.

When that is finished, open Button Mapper and select the distant button you would like to make use of to launch the Play Retailer. Within the screenshots beneath, I selected the house button, however solely when it is double tapped. To set it up, choose Dwelling Button > Double faucet, and within the pop-up, change to Functions from the drop-down and search for the Play Retailer. The steps are outlined beneath.

Methodology 4: App shortcut

Just like the earlier methodology, this one is equally difficult to arrange however easy as soon as it is finished. Principally, in the event you’re acquainted with the method of sideloading an APK in your Chromecast, it is a no-brainer resolution as a result of all you must do is seize this small APK from senior XDA member edwaine and set up it. It’s going to create a shortcut in your launcher which instantly launches the Play Retailer when chosen. However in the event you’ve by no means sideloaded an app and you are not thinking about doing it for different functions, you are higher off skipping this.

Methodology 5: Third-party launcher

A remaining straightforward trick is to make use of a third-party launcher in your Chromecast. These do not change the default launcher, however act as one other app which, when opened, is simply an app drawer of your put in apps. As inceptive as which will sound, the true utility right here is launching sideloaded apps that work properly on Android TV, however that Google hasn’t deemed worthy of being formally accredited to indicate within the launcher. The opposite profit is that they show built-in apps too, together with those Google does not need you to see just like the Play Retailer. You simply scroll to it and choose it.

The 2 launchers I attempted that efficiently confirmed the Play Retailer are Sideload Launcher and SideApps. The previous is one the trailblazers of its class, nevertheless it hasn’t been up to date since 2015. It nonetheless works, although, and is free with out advertisements. The latter is extra trendy, saved extra updated, and is free with advertisements (although I have not seen one but).

Left: Sideload LauncherProper: SideApps.

Out of all these strategies, button mapping fits me finest. I simply do the button combo at any time when I have to go to the total Play Retailer app and it launches, no speaking to Assistant or delving six-levels-deep into sub-menus. The shortcut is one other useful resolution when/if I overlook the important thing combo to set off the Play Retailer with my distant.