How to Download & Install Third Party Apps on LG or Philips Smart TV

LG and Philips smart TV both have preloaded apps to give you a head start on your streaming journey. You can find some of the trending streaming services, which only require you to subscribe to a plan and have your account ready before you can start watching its TV shows and movies.

To access and install other apps on your LG or Philips smart TV, all you have to do is navigate to the LG or Philips app store. Browse through the selections and select the app that you want to download and add to your smart TV. Install it and enjoy streaming at any time.

But, what if you want to get access to a particular app on your LG or Philips smart TV, and it is not found on the App Store or App Gallery? Can you install 3rd party apps on your LG and Philips TVs?

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Downloading or Sideloading 3rd Party or External Apps on LG or Philips Smart TV Device

Unfortunately, sideloading third-party apps on your Philips or LG smart TV is not that easy compared to installing it directly from the App Store. Still, several ways will help you stream your favorite apps on your smart TV.

Use a Streaming Media Player 

One of the best ways to access 3rd party apps to your smart TV is to insert a streaming media player device. There are a lot of options in the market that will help you stream and expand the library with more apps on your LG or Philips smart TV.

You can use Google Chromecast with Android TV, Amazon FireStick or Fire TV, Mi TV Box, Nvidia Shield TV, Apple TV, Roku player, and more.

Install Third-Party Apps on LG & Philips using Google Play Store

If you are using an Android-powered Philips and LG smart TV, you can find the Google Play Store in the list of preloaded apps. From there, you can check if the apps you want to install are in the Google Play Store. Open the app and click the Install button.

Download, Sideload or Install 3rd Party Apps from Unknown External Sources on LG or Philips TV

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To sideload 3rd party and external apps on your LG or Philips smart TV, you need to download and install the Downloader app. Follow this guide to enable the tool and use it to install apps from unknown sources.

  • First, enable Unknown Sources by navigating to the Settings menu of your smart TV.
  • Go to the Security Option.
  • Look for Unknown Sources and enable it.
  • Then, launch the Downloader app and install the APK files of the app you want to add to your smart TV library.

What third party apps do you plan to sideload on your LG or Philips smart TV soon? You can share your answers with us in the comment section below.

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