How to Install Android TV on your Raspberry Pi 4 | Can this replace your Nvidia Shield or Firestick?
This might look like your regular android tv, but what this is a raspberry pi for now, if you guys have been subscribed to the channel for a while. You know that i purchased a couple raspberry pi’s. I have been tinkering and the main reason why i wanted to get this up and running is to install android tv and eventually see if this can be a viable replacement to your android tv boxes. So this is an opportunity for you to customize what device you want to install what case you want to install and, of course, the bonus that this does have google play installed, so you can install your application. Of course you can install third party apps and everything seems to be working properly. Go to my settings. Let me go to my device, preference all right click on about. Alright, you can see the system information right there. It is a raspberry pi 4. It is running um, android 10 and, like i said i was able to install application. I installed zumo google play services. Are there in this video? I am going to show you how to install android tv on your raspberry pi 4 uh steps a to z, essentially and then in a future. Video i’ll put it up against those other devices test them out, do some benchmarking and stuff just to see where it stands up. So without further ado, let’s go ahead and jump into it, Music. So if you’re new to the channel i’ll, do everything tech from your streaming reviews streaming news, product reviews, unboxings and everything in between hit the subscribe button in the top right smash, a notification bell make sure you select all on notification.
That way, you won’t miss a video or a giveaway, so you’ll need a couple things for this setup guys. Obviously you will need a raspberry pi. 4 you’ll also need a usb drive for your google play, store installation, sd card for your android tv image and, of course, you’ll need a computer to install and download the files. So i’ll leave a link to the website in the description, but once you get to the website, go to your device, raspberry pi 4 and you can just exit out of that and what we’re looking for is the android tv. So these are going to be regular. Android android 10 android 11 and right here is uh os 17.1 equivalent to android tv 10., so i’m, going to click on that and we’re just going to go down i’m going to go to right here, i’m going to go ahead and download it all right. Just give it a second here start the download and we’re just gon na pick a link and we’re just going to let it download right here now, while that’s downloading guys, you want to go ahead and get the g apps on. This is going to allow us to get the google play store, so i’ll put a link to the g apps downloading um it’s, a direct download. So all you need to do with this. One is download, it put it on your usb drive and you’re all set. So what i like to do is just drag everything to the desktop that i need.
The other thing you’re gon na need is etcher and etcher is basically gon na write the image to your sd cards. So the website for that is pretty straightforward. I’Ll link that as well in the description it is compatible with windows, mac, linux and uh. They do have a portable version as well so i’m, just gon na go ahead and download the portable version. We have the three files we’re gon na need now for the g apps, which is right here. All you need to do is copy that, to your usb drive, eject your drive and insert it in your raspberry pi for the actual os we’re gon na need to flash that image to the sd card. So what we’re going to do is just select the flash from we’re going to point to the lineage image, guys so flash from file we’re going to go to the desktop here’s the image right. There, click on that all right, we’re going to select the target. So the target is going to be our sd card, uh mine’s right here, 63 gigs go ahead and select and we’re just going to go ahead and flash. So this is going to take a couple minutes. So i’ll go ahead and fast forward. The video now once you’re done, eject the sd card and insert it in your raspberry pi, 4.. Now at first boot you are going to see this icon right here, uh it is gon na load and then what happened for me is and i’m not sure.
If this happens to everyone, it went to, it went directly to the bluetooth setup and it was searching for bluetooth devices. But after a while, i just went ahead and pushed enter or timed out, but i was able to get to the lineage setup page now, while you’re on this page guys uh, you don’t, really need to do much, remember that this will be replaced eventually. So just go ahead. Click next click next go through the process. Accept the agreement, select your language and just get the setup completed where you can go ahead and get into the system. When you first get in you notice, you don’t have any icons. All you see is your apps and option. Add to your favorites that’s, because google play store has not been installed as of yet and that’s, going to be our next step, so install that you’re going to go to your settings going to go to device preferences. Click on about and go all the way to the bottom to build tap on that seven times and it will enable developer options once that’s enabled back out to the previous menu. And now, when you go back to your about section, you should see developer options at the bottom, go ahead and click on developer options. And now you want to enable two settings in here guys. So the first one is going to be root access, so go ahead and turn that on and the next one is going to be terminal, so scroll down a little bit more enable terminal and go back home to your main screen.
So once we get home we’re going to go to our apps and basically we’re just reading from our usb drive, so we’re going to go ahead and launch terminal we’re going to allow and we’re going to put in two lines of code right here. So first one’s just going to be s. U push enter right and the next one as i’m typing right here, is going to be r pi for dash recovery, dot, sh, all right, so pretty straightforward, i’ll leave them on the screen for a little bit longer push enter again and now all we’re gon na Do is type reboot, click done or push enter, and the pi should now reboot. So what we’re going to do from here is just swipe to the right we’re going to swipe to allow modifications we’re going to click, install i’m, going to go down to the bottom right, where it says, select, storage, so all right, so here’s, the internal here’s. My usb drive, of course we need the usb that’s, where the g apps zip file is, if you guys remember so, select usb click. Ok, now we’re going to go ahead and click the file and i’m going to swipe to the right swipe to confirm flash. So this is again going to take a couple minutes, so i’ll go ahead and fast forward. The video all right, so installation is all done. What we’re going to do is wipe dalvik so go ahead and select that i’m going to swipe to wipe all right now.
We’Re going to go ahead and click in the top left, where it says: dalvik wipe, complete two arrows pointing up and down go ahead and click that so now, we’re gon na go ahead and select wipe i’m gon na go ahead and swipe to the right. I’M. Gon na go ahead and reboot system and again the pi is going to reboot itself. This is the basically the last step of the installation process and if you prompt to set up a remote, if you don’t have one you can bypass this by pushing enter. If you have a usb device in there, you might be able to just push the back button to get out of it now. What you’re going to see here is guys if you ever set up an android device, android tv device it’s going to go through the basic steps so be able to go ahead and set your location. Your time zone log into your google account so i’m not going to go into details. You shouldn’t already know how to set up a google devices. Basic information is going to ask you and when you’re done, this is what it looks like all right. So here we are in the user interface guys. I did go ahead and sign into google uh. Let me just go to my apps. You can see. I have the google play store right there and let’s try to download an application just to make sure that everything’s working properly.
So i do plan on doing a performance test here in a little bit. Maybe do a side by side comparison between let’s say the fire. Stick the chromecast and maybe even the nvidia shield, just to see where it stacks up, but so you guys know this is raspberry. Pi 4. I do have the 8 gig model. I also uh did put on the argon case and, if you guys, haven’t seen any of those videos i’ll go ahead and link the full playlist where you guys can go ahead and check it out. So let me install this and i have an idea how it should work just wanted to verify that everything’s working properly now one of the common issues that a lot of people are saying that they ran into is that audio will not pass through through hdmi. So so that’s something i’ll, definitely be testing out as well. All right so look like that has been fixed. Let me turn it up a little bit. I can’t hear audio. So audio is working fine that’s through the hdmi cable. I am using a usb remote as well so everything’s all set up guys uh for the looks of everything this is smooth as butter um good thing about the raspberry pi is that your sd card is basically your system. So on this one i’ll have the android tv i might have linux on the other one. I might have something else, so you have a lot of options.
This looks very promising so far, very smooth glad that they had the hmi audio paths to uh figure. It out and uh drop your comments in the comments. Let me know if there’s something specifically you want me to test. I do plan on doing a benchmark network, speed, test, wi, fi, speed test. All of that in the next videos, like i said for this one guys i’m very excited uh, just the the possibilities are endless in the raspberry pi. If you guys are new to raspberry pi, i did a couple videos from the first unboxing to the initial setup. How to install your operating system – and this is just an extension of that that’s it for this video stay tuned, make sure you like share and subscribe.