How to download apps on Sony Smart TVs

You have bought a Sony Smart TV for a few days, but you can’t figure out how to install some applications on it that you used to use on your old TV: you have tried in all ways, but you just can’t find the right way to succeed. That’s the way it is, am I right? Then don’t worry, I’m here to tell you just how to download apps on Sony Smart TV.

The procedure to download applications on Smart TV is really simple, regardless of the operating system used by it, but first you will need to understand how to connect your TV to the Internet, if you have not yet done so (since, without Network, it is not possible to access the app store). Also, I’m going to show you several alternative methods to download applications on non-Smart TVs, where there is no Internet connection and built-in store.

When you’re ready to start, all you have to do is roll up your sleeves and follow the quick directions below. I already anticipate that, remote control in hand, you will only have to spend a few minutes of your free time reading this tutorial to achieve your intent. That said, I just have to wish you a good read and a good time!


  • How to download apps on Sony Smart TVs
    • How to download apps on Sony Android Smart TV
    • How to download apps on non-Android Sony Smart TVs
  • How to download apps on non-smart Sony TVs

How to download apps on Sony Smart TVs

Before actually understanding how to download apps on Sony Smart TVs, it is necessary to explain how Smart TV gives you the opportunity to do so. First of all, it is good to clarify that Sony develops its Smart TVs both with the Android operating system and with the Linux operating system.

While the first uses the very famous Play Store (the same that is found on smartphones and tablets), the second allows you to download apps through the Opera TV Store, which is less used and therefore can rely on a catalog of very popular apps. more limited. In any case, these Smart TVs should have many pre-installed apps, which update periodically along with the operating system.

In any case, to download the apps, you must connect your TV to the Internet. You can do this either via Wi-Fi connection (on Sony TV models with Wi-Fi support), or via a LAN cable, connected directly to one of the Ethernet ports of the TV and the router (this is the most recommended choice to avoid problems with interference or signal drops).

Connecting the Sony TV to the Internet is really simple: first, access the Settings of the same through the Options button on the remote control, or press the HOME or MENU button, and navigate the on-screen comparda screen until you find the Settings.

Once in the aforementioned menu, scroll down to find the Network item, select it, then choose that Network configuration. Once this is done, choose whether to complete the configuration through Quick connection settings (which I recommend) or Advanced.

If you have chosen Quick settings, select the connection mode, choosing one of the options between Wi-Fi or Wired LAN. If you want to connect the Smart TV to the Internet with a LAN cable, make sure you have wired the cable by connecting it to one of the Ethernet ports of the modem/router and to the LAN port on the back of the TV.

So, select the Wired LAN item and wait for the successful connection of the TV. If you cannot connect the LAN cable, choose the Wi-Fi item. In the menu that appears on the screen, choose whether to connect the TV by choosing one of the connections in the Search list, or with the WPS button on the modem.

In the first case, choose your network from those appearing on the screen, then enter, if present, the password and confirm. Wait a few seconds, until the connection is complete. Otherwise, press the WPS button on the modem and choose the WPS button item. The connection takes place automatically. Read more here.

How to download apps on Sony Android Smart TV

On Sony Smart TVs with Android operating system, downloading applications is really very simple: just rely on the famous Google Play Store. First, press the MENU or HOME button on the remote control and access the App section of the menu that opens.

Now scroll through the menu until you find the Google Play Store icon and access it by pressing the central button on the remote control. Once inside the store, you will be asked to login to your Google account. Then enter your e-mail address and password and press the Next button.

Once inside the Play Store, you can search for applications just as you are probably used to doing on smartphones and tablets: move through the menu using the directional arrows on the remote control and reach the magnifying glass icon at the top.

If the TV remote control has a microphone, you can use the red microphone icon to say the name of the application to download out loud, otherwise type it on the keypad that appeared on the screen and press Enter when done.

All the applications corresponding to the name entered are shown on the screen, so choose the one you prefer and select it with the central button of the remote control to install it. Then confirm the operation by pressing the Install item.

To start the application you just downloaded, return to the main menu using the MENU or HOME key: you will find the app icon corresponding to the submenu called App. On Smart TVs with Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, you can reach the Applications menu to take a look at the installed applications.

In case you want to uninstall a previously installed application (know that it is not possible to do this for the pre-installed ones), go back to the Google Play Store and choose the My apps item on the left, in order to view the menu with all the apps installed. Therefore, choose the one to uninstall, press on it and press Uninstall to confirm.

How to download apps on non-Android Sony Smart TVs

As already mentioned above, Sony has marketed different types of Smart TVs, including some with Linux operating system, without Google Play Store. In this case, it is possible to download applications directly from the internal Opera TV Store.

You can find this platform by pressing the HOME or MENU button on the remote control, then navigating the menu until you find and select the Applications item, therefore that Opera TV Store.

Within this application, you can find a section called Apps, which allows you to take a look at the applications most downloaded by other users in a certain category.

Then use the directional arrows on the remote control to navigate within the Opera TV Store main menu, otherwise go to the Search submenu to search: type the name of the application you are interested in using the on-screen keypad, then confirm the your choice.

Once you have found the app of your interest, click on it, then click on Install to start the download. The downloaded applications can be found both within the Opera TV Store app and in the SEN ( Sony Entertainment Network ) menu.

If your remote control is set up, then go to the application menu by pressing the SEN button. Opera TV Store over time has undergone several changes in the interface and in the name, so you may also find it under the heading Vewd.

The app works pretty much the same, but the interface is slightly different. In any case, you can search for the applications that interest you through the Search button, or you can view the most downloaded by categories ( VideosAppsGames and so on).

These types of stores can be addressed to a non-European audience, therefore some apps closely linked to the Italian market, such as RaiPlay or TIMvision, may not be available. To install it on models such as non-Android Sony BRAVIA TVs, I recommend that you take a look at the solutions that I will propose to you in the next chapter.

The Sony TV is not Android, however, are periodically updated and are added from time to time new applications from those preinstalled. The most famous international applications, such as Netflix or YouTube, in fact, are almost always included with the Smart TV.

How to download apps on non-smart Sony TVs

In case your Sony TV is not Smart, therefore without an Internet connection and application store, know that it is possible to make it Smart through various alternative solutions, which involve the purchase of dongles, set-top boxes and other external devices.

Among the best solutions there is certainly Chromecast, a dongle produced by Google that connects to the HDMI port of the TV and allows you to transmit the contents of applications such as NetflixYouTubeNOW and Amazon Prime Video from smartphones and tablets.

The price is 39.99 euros for the basic model, which supports Full HD resolution up to 1080p and 69.99 euros for the one including Google TV, which allows you to install apps directly on the device (so without having to do the streaming from smartphone or tablet) and can support a resolution up to 4K. Connecting Chromecast is really simple: you can find everything explained in my dedicated tutorial.

Another solution that I would like to recommend is Amazon Fire TV Stick, a dongle developed by Amazon capable of making Smart even TVs that are not. This dongle is very comfortable as it is really small and handy, thanks to the typical “pen” shape.

To put it into operation you need to connect it to an HDMI port on the TV and power it with USB or socket. The device is available in Lite version (with maximum resolution at 1080p Full HD ) and in 4K version. The operating system that animates it is FireOS, a modified version of Android, within which there is a proprietary store from which to download applications. Also, app installation through APK packages is supported.

In the box, there is a remote control with Alexa voice support useful for navigating the menu of the Fire TV Stick. The initial setup is very simple, I suggest you take a look at this guide to deepen it.

Alternatively, there is also the Fire TV Cube, which integrates all the features of the Fire TV Stick 4K plus those of an Amazon Echo speaker.

Another device that you can consider is Apple TV, a multimedia box produced by Apple that allows you to install apps from its integrated store and receive content from iPhone, iPad and Mac, using AirPlay technology. It is available in Full HD 1080p version and in 4K version of 32 or 64 GB, including support for Dolby Vision.

Connecting Apple TV to your TV is really very simple, just get an HDMI cable and connect the device to the power supply. Go here to learn more about the procedure.


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