Android TV on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

In this segment, we are going to show you how to install Android TV on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

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What is Android TV?

Android TV is a version of the Android operating system designed for digital media playersset-top boxessoundbars, and TVs and developed by Google. Serving as a replacement for Google TV, it features a user interface designed around content discovery and voice search, surfacing content aggregated from various media apps and services, and integration with other recent Google technologies such as AssistantCast, and Knowledge Graph.

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STEP- 1: Downloading & Installing “Android TV on Raspberry Pi”

  • First of all, we need to download the “Android Pie” image to setup Raspberry Pi.

Formatting the SD Card

  • Now, We need the SD Card Formatter tool to format the SD card.
  • Once, the card is plugged in, It will automatically detect by the computer then you need to click on the format to format the Card.
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Flashing the SD Card

  • After the SD card formatted successfully use Etcher and flash the Android Pie image to the SD card.
etcher

Insert the SD Card to Raspberry Pi

  • Once the card successfully got flashed then plug it in the Raspberry Pi. Follow the setup wizard to boot into Android Home Screen.

STEP- 2: Downloading Open Gapps

Visit the Official Open Gapps Website.

  • Select the Package as shown in the picture for minimum apps requirement. After that click on the download button to download the file.
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STEP- 3 : Enabling “Developer options”, “Root Access”, “Terminal”

Enable Developer Options.

  • To enable Developer Options, We need to navigate to Settings –> “About phone” –> Click “Build Number” several times.

Enable Root Access.

  • To enable Root Access, We need to navigate to “Settings” –> “Developer Options” –> Enable “Root Access“.
root

Enable Terminal.

  • To enable Terminal Access, We need to navigate to “Settings” -> “Developer Options” -> Enable “Local Terminal“.
  • Now, we need to reboot the device.
  • Press & Hold F5 key, this will bring Power Options and you can reboot the device.

STEP- 4: Boot into “TWRP Recovery Mode”

Boot Android into TWRP Recovery Mode.

  • Open the Terminal App, Then type the below-given commands to Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
 su
 rpi3-recovery.sh
 reboot

STEP- 5: Boot out from “TWRP Recovery Mode”

Boot into Normal Mode

  • Now, navigate to install and select the file from the storage. i.e recovery2boot.zip
  • This file will boot our system into Normal Mode.

STEP- 6: Installing Open Gapps in Android Pie

Boot Android into TWRP Recovery Mode.

  • Open the Terminal App, Then type the below-given commands to Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
su
rpi3-recovery.sh
reboot
  • Now, navigate to install and select the file from the storage. i.e open_gapps-arm-7.1-tvstock-xxxxxxxxxxx.zip.
  • Now, once the installation finishes. Then go back and select wipe –> Wipe Factory Reset

Boot into Normal Mode

  • Now, navigate to install and select the file from the storage. i.e recovery2boot.zip
  • This file will boot our system into Normal Mode.

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Now, You are ready to use Android TV on your Raspberry Pi. If you come across any issues or have some feedback related to this tutorial, Please share your thoughts. Smile (“_”)

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quni
quni
9 months ago

not working on rpi 3 b+

elviz
elviz
7 months ago

working, but the boot is a too slow. I wait for a night to boot… Its an issue? I think that maybe is my sd card.. but its a kinsgtone 32gb

Marius Fourie
Marius Fourie
7 months ago

Thank you for the great content.

I am trying to convert a raspberry 3 to an android box. I can only load version 16 of lineage on my SD card. The lower versions do not want to take.

I goo through all the steps, The last boot to get out of the recovery menus, my unit goes on a boot loop on the lineage main page loader.

What can cause this?

Regards

Athul
Athul
4 months ago

can i install andoid tv on raspberry pi model b+ v1.2 2014?

Eduardo Huerta
Eduardo Huerta
4 months ago

Hi, Friend, thanks for the post. I have a problem in my rpi 3 model B, I’m doing all the steps described here, but when I turn on, it always keep saying “The app Live Channels stop working”, same for “android TV Remote Service”. It’s an known issue? What step I’m possibly doing wrong?

Martin
Martin
Reply to  Harish Kumar
3 months ago

How please ? 🙂

Brem
Brem
4 months ago

Nice tutorial,
However, after installing gapps, the pi remains stuck on lineage splash screen despite the fact that my SD card is a 100Mb/s (Samsung EVO + 32 GB)

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

Also stuck at boot animation. Problem is flashing the gapps tvstock on a non androidTV build.

Richote
3 months ago

I’m using a 32GB SD, but when I burn the SD with the LineageOS 14.1 image, the SD doesn’t have enough space for open_gapps-arm-7.1-tvstock-20200820. How did you manage to allocate unused space on the boot partition? Thank you.

Mrjellofun
Mrjellofun
3 months ago

Will Android TV get rid of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B operating system?

Also do micro SD cards work for Android TV

Last edited 3 months ago by Mrjellofun
Mrjellofun
Mrjellofun
3 months ago

Does a Micro SD Card work for Android TV

Yoganath
Yoganath
3 months ago

Is it work on raspberry pi model b pluse

Mrjellofun
Mrjellofun
3 months ago

Thanks for that info, Also can you get Android TV on a Raspberry Pi 3 model B V 1.2 2015?

Guillermo
Guillermo
3 months ago

Hello, I performed the whole process, at the end in LINEAGE Setup I am getting a message related to Android Remote Services not working…it doesn´t let me finish the setup. Can you please let me know how to disable it?

Nick
Nick
2 months ago

I get a black screen when i reboot following, Boot Android into TWRP Recovery Mode. I rebooted fine after giving root access, and enabling the terminal. But now i am getting nothing.

Jasanpreet Nagra
Jasanpreet Nagra
1 month ago

not working on the raspberry pi 3b

Cleanderson
Cleanderson
22 days ago

I  goo through all the steps, The last boot to get out of the recovery menus, my unit goes on a boot loop on the lineage main page loader.
What can cause this?

Yello624
Yello624
7 days ago

There is no “terminal app”. And how to copy the files in the “Storage” ?
On your video at 9.19. How to get into that screen?
That very important moment is not shown in the video.