The Apple TV app includes Apple TV+, a collection of popular streaming services, leading cable TV providers, premium channels, and newly released movies. However, if you don’t have an Apple device, can you still enjoy Apple TV on your Android phone, tablet or smart TV?
The answer is yes, albeit with certain caveats. Unlike other streaming platforms like Netflix or Disney+, Apple TV doesn’t offer a dedicated app for Android devices. However, you can access it via your web browser as long as it supports HTML5 video playback. Here’s how to do it.
Can I watch Apple TV without an Apple device?
Yes, Apple TV can be accessed without an Apple device. Although initially limited to Apple devices, the service has expanded its reach to other platforms, including Android and select smart TVs. This development allows users to enjoy Apple TV content without owning an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV device. Besides, you can also use the web browser to access the app.
Is Apple TV on Google Play?
Apple TV is not available as a standalone app on the Google Play Store. However, you can still watch Apple TV content on your Android device using alternative methods as explained below.
How to Watch Apple TV on Android Phone/Tablet?
On an Android phone/tablet, Windows PC (including Microsoft Surface), or Chrome OS, you can view Apple TV+ and MLS Season Pass using Chrome and Opera web browsers.
To start watching content on Apple TV+, an Apple ID and a subscription to the service are required. Even without Apple products, you can create a free Apple ID on Apple’s website with an email address and password.
Time needed: 2 minutes.
Go to tv.apple.com and click the Sign In button in the top right corner.
Enter your Apple ID or click Create a New Apple ID, then follow the onscreen instructions.
Sign in to Apple TV+ with an Apple ID on the same website. A 7-day free trial is available, followed by a $6.99 monthly fee. After getting an Apple ID and Apple TV+ subscription, you can enjoy the content on your Android device. How do I watch Apple TV on my Smart TV (Samsung and more)?
For those who don’t have an Apple TV device, you can search your smart TV or streaming gadget’s Home screen or Apps folder for the Apple TV app (initial installation may be required). Then start the app and authenticate yourself with your Apple ID. Note that not all smart TVs support the Apple TV app, but the list of devices that do is pretty decent.
Apple list of devices supported by Apple TV app
You can also find smart TVs that support AirPlay 2 in the provided list. That means you can share Apple TV from your Mac, iPhone or any other Apple device directly to these TVs mentioned.
If you have an LG TV and are finding AirPlay not working, check out our dedicated guide on how to fix it.
That’s it! These were the ways you can enjoy Apple TV on your Android device or Smart TV. While they’re not the most seamless of methods, they’re viable options.