5 Tips and Tricks For Android TV Box Owners 2017

By | March 24, 2017

5 Tips For Android TV Box Owners Overview
Android TV boxes have become very popular for streaming media into homes and playing games.
 
While they are mainly used as entertainment units they are capable of much more.
 
Here we list some of our favorite tips and tricks to help keep your box running fast, and some features that can came in handy.
 
1… Close All Background Apps
Having apps running in the background use up unnecessary memory causing slow downs which can be freed up for better use.
 
Android TV does a good job at memory management, but sometimes apps don’t close right, or have an error and keep running in the background.
 
Some apps can still be running in the background even after powering down a unit.
 
It is easy enough to close out of background apps depending on the controller used.
 
Closing Background Apps with a Remote Control
Some boxes don’t work with this method if it doesn’t work for you read the keyboard method next.
 
Using a standard remote control look for the symbol with three lines.
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Once the button is pressed all the background apps will pop up in minimized boxes.
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Using the arrow keys go to the app you want to close and click the right arrow key.
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Clicking the Right arrow key will close the app, do this for each one you want to close.
 
Closing Background Apps With a Keyboard
An alternative method is to use a keyboard. This method has worked on all the units I have tested.
 
It can be any keyboard from the small mini ones to large USB keyboards.
 
Press the ALT key and keep it pressed.
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While holding the ALT Key press the TAB key once and the background apps will come up.
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Keep holding the ALT key and press the back arrow button
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Keep pressing the back arrow to close each app running in the background.
 
 
2… Edit MS Office Documents
While Android TV boxes do a great job playing videos and playing games, they can do a lot more such as edit and work with Microsoft Office documents.
 
Its free to do and simply requires downloading an app from the Play Store.
 
There are several apps available with one of the best being Smart Office 2.
 
To get it go to the Play Store and search for Smart Office 2 and install it.
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Using Smart Office 2 you can view, edit, create, print, save as a PDF and share MS Office documents.
 
3… Use a Mini Keyboard Remote Control
The standard remote controls that come with Android TV boxes can be limiting at times.
 
A much better way is to use a mini keyboard with a touch-pad or one of the many other types of controllers.
Use a Mini Keyboard Remote Control
The onscreen keyboard does work but it is much faster and easier to have a small keyboard to type with.
 
There are many low cost keyboards available in all shapes and sizes.
 
Read Here for Our Picks for Best Mini Keyboards and Remote Controls.
 
4… Hook Up a USB Web Cam
Android TV boxes make for great video chatting devices.
 
They plug in to a USB slot and stream the video on a TV, which is a nice feature if you do a lot of Skyping with friends or relatives.
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Not all Web cameras work with Android but many will. I use a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 which works very well.
 
If you already have a Web Cam it likely will work, be sure it has a built in Microphone to pick up audio since most android boxes will not have a built-in mic.
 
5… Use a Keyboard to Restart an Android TV Box
If you use a Keyboard there there is no need to physically get up to restart a unit having problems.
 
Like PC computers Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del will reset the box.
 
Most small mini keyboards will have the controls all located on one button that simply requires pressing it plus the FN Key.
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Pressing each Ctrl+Alt+Del key individually also works just as well.
 
Summary
The above tips are just a few of the many things that can be done with an Android TV box.
 
There are no doubt many more good ideas such as adding a printer or USB hub.
 
While most will continue to use their boxes for entertainment, keep in mind they are nothing more than small computers that can do many things a standard computer can do.
 
Do you have any favorite tips or tricks let us know in the comments below.
 


 




 

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27 thoughts on “5 Tips and Tricks For Android TV Box Owners 2017

  1. baybye

    I have an android M8 tv box that I accidently erased everything on,how do I get it working again? All it does when I turn it on is it keeps searching continuously.

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  2. baybye

    Sometimes I get a notice to “check the log for more information”how do I do that and what does it mean?

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  3. tejasmed

    I might suggest a few things concerning SD chip cards. I have several due to other use for photography and sound recording… but, in case you need to use one… I found it is better to use a chip reader on your regular computer and just FAT format the chip and check it to see if it works. Then, when adding the chip to your TV box, you have to make sure you have it inserted the correct side up…usually, it will only go in just a little bit if inserted on wrong side. But, say it does go in…. make sure you press it in with a blunt object or finger nail so that it clicks and locks into place. Or else it will now read. Go into settings from main screen and find Storage and reset… click over to device storage…. select Removable storage…. click on it and it will give you instructions to format the SD card to work with the Droid unit. You can usually use 16 gb or 32 gb….but very few units will be able to use 64 gb. remember, this is for external storage…. so you can use it to down load apps or movies and such and either play them from the SD or save them for later.
    What some people do is download an app from another source, save it on the SD then transfer it over to the Droid box for installing. In order to install an app… you down load from the APP store an .apk installer…lots of them free on the store. Insert the SD and open up the .apk installer and it will look for the app and install it…

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  4. tejasmed

    Be cautious when buying a TV box on line. You have to read the fine print. A great many of the so called “deals” are that of the older model below 16.00 Droid…. Make sure you are getting only the newer updated chip of the 16.0 Droid. To answer the question of how many channels, unlimited…but, due to the crack down on the addons, you have to learn how to install several new sources and hope the new links are working. About the best suggestion here is getting one of the little hand held key pads. But…be cautious there too… While they may look alike….one type is blue tooth for Fire Stick…and the other is Blue tooth for Droid. The one for Fire Stick has built in blue tooth and the Fire stick is the receiver and you have to pair it in the Fire stick settings. The other is a blue tooth…but it has a small dongle that comes with the pad…but you remove it…and plug it into the Droid TV box in a USB port. You have to go into settings on the Droid box and pair the unit.
    Both work well…but, the one for Fire Stick is very sensitive on the touch pad and rather hard to control…but it works great for typing.
    For the newbies….if you have Firestick use your Droid phone and install Apps to Fire from app store. Download KODI 17.3, then push it to the Fire Stick. I also like I HEART radio and that app works well also.
    For your regular Droid TV box…you have to have a Google app acct… you down load apps from the app store directly and not have to push them from your phone.

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  5. Will

    I have a Kingpin tv box which was working fine until the addons started to go away. How do I see what Kodii version I have? Will it update the same as the firestick which I am familiar with updating. Can one update an Apple TV 2 to Kodi 17.3?

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    1. tejasmed

      Cannot answer on the Apple. But for the Droid box…….first check to see what droid version you have… if you have Droid 16.00 you are ok and can use the new Krypton 17.3.. Less than 16…. then suggest you just use the box for simple apps.
      If you have KODI installed, you probably have Jarvis 16 which is out of date and prone to problems.
      Bite the bullet and delete the old KODI Jarvis.

      Click on settings and go to Device…. then go to apps…. find the app you want to delete and it will usually let you just delete or un install it.

      Then, with the wi Fi working and your acct set up…go to Google Store and down load KODI Krypton 17.3.

      It will take usually 5 min or so to settle down.
      Before you try to install any add on links…… it is better to go to your regular computer and search usually asking for the most working links as per the month and year you are currently in.
      Indigo and Fusion are not working….so just live with it. There are other links…and you need to know how to set up KODI to install those links.
      Rather than take time here…it is best to read the detailed instructions on those sites that lead you to usable addons. For the first time usage….do not try to change your skin settings… it is easier to just leave them alone and follow the instructions they give you using the skin that first comes up …..much easier to follow.
      Absolutely the first thing to do is go to System Settings logo click…and then go to ADD ons and click unknown sources to the right or on…. if you do not do this you can waste hours of your time… nothing will install unless you do this first. old saying…. all else fails…read the instructions…. some of the add on links are quite detailed and very helpful.

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  6. Jonh

    I have a old mxq android box what’s the best kodi for it I’m not that bright I try a few url from youtube not great sorry if I seem doom

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    1. Tim VanDe

      MXQ is usually android 4.4.2 and will not handle Kodi 17 or above. Goigle Kodi 16.1 apk download and install it. Or try teatv.net and terrariumtv.com and download their .apk no need for Kodi if you have them for movies or TV

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    1. tejasmed

      check what Doid number it is…. if 16 Droid, you are ok…

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  7. JC

    I have a 2017 Model GooBang Doo MXQ Android 6.0 TV Box, MXQ Android TV Box 64 Bits Amlogic S905X Marshmallow Os – it is stuck on the screen stating E:cannot load voulume/misc! – its is recovery mode but I don’t know how to fix it. It just stays on this screen….any help would be so much appreciated.

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    1. tejasmed

      For grins, take a close look around the back and bottom for a small tab or hole. Usually these units have a re set there. You power off, hit reset… then power on…and hold reset down.. Usually the unit will be like a computer and re boot. If you can get to the first screen…. try to get to Settings and explore what you need to get started. Usually when you reset, they usually want you to go to settings and set up a wi fi connection. Then most of the Droids will request that you fill out a Google account to use the Google store to get apps. If you already have an account with the app store, just log in. Usually they have a screen that you put the info on to. Using just the remote you get with the unit, you have to learn how to use both the cursor arrow, and the click direction ring. Usually, there is a little picture of a mouse on one side…press it and you can use cursor…..press again and it will use click directions.

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  8. Paul

    Just to add, I used a cordless mouse + keyboard when arriving at that solution

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  9. Paul

    Remote on new H96 pro plus didn’t work properly on home screen so…I pressed ctrl+alt+delete, it went to black screen then re-set and wow the remote worked on home screen again and also in kodi.

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  10. Jeffrey rubinstein

    Hi, great info thanks, I have the minix neo u1 . I want to download movies etc to sd card or flash drive. Please give some instructions on this. Thanks

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    1. Shrude

      Make sure your SD card or Flash drive is inserted into the box

      As you select your download you should be able to select its destination eg; 0disk

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  11. tammy

    My android box cant seem to get the wifi.. does it have to be hooked to the router

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    1. Shrude

      You will need to check you have all your WiFi details input into the TV Box – settings – area
      your SSID and password

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    2. tejasmed

      The Droid Box XL96 that I have, requires at times for me to go into Settings… then a black and white screen comes up. Go to DEVICE and click on NETWORK
      As I did this just now after not having the unit on for a while… the wi fi was not connected. OK It actually says on the screen….WI Fi not connected… so you highlight it and is says AVAILABLE NETWORKS then says
      please turn on WI FI . Find the selection that says Wi Fi Device…. on off….. select on (highlight it) It will start scanning for an open site. High light your site and click. Sometimes you might have to put in your pass code…but mine was already remembered from earlier. I am now connected to Wi Fi and can down load apps…or make other things like KODI work.

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  12. Ronnie Goodson

    Is there any way off hiding from virgin media (cable) I’m sure I’m being blocked from mamas sports channels. They was working fine last night I started loosing connection same today?

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    1. Shrude

      Virgin have no lawful right to block you.
      Phone them and ask them directly, sometimes an ISP might see this data transfer outside their fair use policies, double check. If so,. let them know you will go ahead and change ISP

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  13. shane

    I have an old 2014 avov box. Can’t get it working without ethernet. When I try to add one thru wifi icon it just say ‘add’ but there’s no list of routers..any ideas?

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  14. carl

    How much does this android tv box cost and how many channels can you get.

    carl

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    1. Shrude

      They can be had on eBay from $40 – but i would spend around $100 – get one with a minimum 2gb ram and 16gb hdd space. Android 6 as a minimum as well, the Kodi version doesnt matter as it can be updated.

      You can download Apps which will give you dozens of channels in english or foreign language.
      But essentially, all your favourite tv programs are in a ‘library’ ready to watch eg; full seasons of Breaking Bad or full seasons of Two and Half Men etc

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