android tv home screen

The Android TV home screen is your gateway to a world of streaming content. Personalizing this screen can make it easy to find your favorite streaming services and discover new TV shows and movies to watch. We’ll show you how to do it.

The home screen is made up of what Google calls “Channels.” These channels are horizontal rows that can be scrolled through. Android TV includes some built-in channels, but the majority of them are from the apps you install. Customizing these rows can greatly improve your experience.

Add (or Remove) Shortcuts to Your Favorite Apps

At the very top of the Android TV home screen is a channel row for your favorite apps. To add an app to this row, navigate all the way to the far right of the row and select “Add App To Favorites.”

android tv add favorite apps

Scroll through the list of installed apps, and select the one you’d like to add to the row.

android tv add favorite apps

To remove an app from the row, highlight an app, and hold down the “Select” or “Enter” button on your remote.

android tv favorite apps

Long-pressing the app will reveal a menu with some options. Select the “Remove From Favorites” option from the menu.

android tv remove from favorites

To rearrange the order of your favorite apps, select “Move” from that same menu.

android tv move favorite apps

Use the arrow buttons on your remote to move the app left or right in the row. Press the “Select” or “Enter” button when you’re done.

android tv move favorite apps

Customize (or Remove) the Play Next Channel Row

By default, the Android TV home screen has a “Play Next” channel. This row is for continuing shows and movies you didn’t finish, and for recommendations based on things you’ve watched. It can’t be moved or removed in the same way as other rows, but it can be turned off.

Scroll down to the very bottom of the home screen and select the “Customize Channels” button.

android tv customize channels

Select the “Play Next” option from the top of the menu.

android tv play next

Switch the toggle at the top of the screen to the “Off” position.

android tv remove play next

Alternatively, you can customize what appears in the Play Next channel. Leave the toggle from the previous step “On,” and scroll down through the menu to toggle on or off the apps you wish to appear in Play Next.

android tv add to play next

Remove Channel Rows from the Home Screen

Not all of the channels can be removed from the home screen, but most of them can. First, scroll down the home screen, and highlight the row you’d like to remove.

android tv highlight row

Navigate to the left until you’re highlighting the “-” button. If the channel can’t be removed, this will not be an option.

android tv remove row

Select the “-” button to remove the channel. Now it’s gone!

android tv remove row

Add Channel Rows to the Home Screen

Android TV comes with several channel rows on the home screen already. Sometimes, channels from apps you install will automatically be added. You can manually add channels yourself as well.

On the home screen, scroll all the way down to the bottom, and select “Customize Channels.”

android tv customize channels

Scroll through the list of apps, and toggle the switch on for the app channels you’d like to add.

android tv add netflix row

Some apps include multiple channels, and you’ll have to select the app to go in and choose which ones you want to add.

android tv add disney+ row

Move Channel Rows on the Home Screen

To move a channel row up or down on the home screen, highlight the row, scroll to the left, and select the Move button.

android tv move row

Now you can use the arrow buttons on your remote to move the row up or down.

android tv move row

Click the “Select” or “Enter” button on your remote when you’re done moving the channel.

android tv move row

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