How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast on an Android Smartphone (No Internet Needed)

By | November 10, 2020

How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone
Watching over-the-air TV broadcast is a great way to get free TV and can be easily watched with an Android smartphone or Tablet.

While there are apps that can be used with an internet connection such as Locast, there is also TV Tuners that can convert an OTA broadcast with an Android device.

This means no internet is needed to watch the signals with only a small TV Tuner and standard antenna.
How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone No App
The TV Tuners will include a small antenna which works well enough if you are close to the TV transmission towers.

If you are located far away from the TV transmission towers a connection to a large standard antenna can also be done.

There are several small low-cost Android TV tuners available with a popular option being the MyGica TV Tuner.

MyGica TV Tuner on Amazon
MyGica tv Tuner for Watching ATSC Digital TV Anywhere You go with Type-C Connector on Android Mobile or Pad (PT682C)

They have both the older style micro-USB plug and the new Type-C plug so be sure to match the correct one to your smartphone.

The setup is very easy by first downloading an app from the Play Store called Pad-TV.
How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone Pad TV

After plugging in the tuner the app Pad-TV will scan for available channels which can then be watched.
How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone Pad TV Overview

How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast on an Android Smartphone

  1. Download the Pad-TV App from the Google Play Store.
  2. How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone Step 1

  3. Attach the antenna.
  4. How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone Step 2

  5. Plug the tuner into the Smartphone
  6. Open the Pad-TV App to search for channels and watch TV broadcasts.
  7. How To Watch Over the Air TV Broadcast With an Android Smartphone Step 4

Summary
Watching the free OTA TV broadcast is easy to do with an Android Smartphone or tablet.

There are no devices currently for Apple iOS devices with only Android devices able to receive the signals.

If you have an internet connection, apps can also be used to stream OTA broadcast.

If you are traveling, camping, or similar, when internet access will be limited a small low-cost Android TV tuner may come in handy.

The small antennas included with most units will likely work up to around 20-30 miles from a TV transmission towers.

They can also be connected to standard TV antennas with an extra adapter that usually needs to be bought separately.

Have you used a small Android TV tuner with a smartphone or tablet? Let us know your thoughts below.

 




 

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