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 “Channels” and three sections across the top. These channels are horizontal rows that display content from services. There’s also a lot of content discovery going on, as well as a basic apps list. Let’s dive in.
Add (or Remove) Shortcuts to Your Favorite Apps
We’ll start on the “Home” tab with the row titled “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.”
Scroll through the list of installed apps, and select the one you’d like to add to the row.
To remove an app from the row, highlight an app, and hold down the “Select” or “Enter” button on your remote.
Long-pressing the app will reveal a menu with some options. Select the “Remove From Favorites” option from the menu.
To rearrange the order of your favorite apps, select “Move” from that same menu.
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.
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. It can’t be moved, but it can be turned off.
Scroll down to the very bottom of the home screen and select the “Choose Channels” button.
Select the “Play Next” option from the top of the menu.
Switch the toggle at the top of the screen to the “Off” position.
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.
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 until you’re on the row you’d like to remove.
Navigate to the left until you’re highlighting the “-” button. If the channel can’t be removed, this will not be an option. Simply select the button to remove the channle.
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 “Choose Channels.”
Scroll through the list of apps, and toggle the switch on for the app channels you’d like to add.
Some apps include multiple channels, and you’ll have to select the app to go in and choose which ones you want to add.
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.
Now you can use the arrow buttons on your remote to move the row up or down.
Click the “Select” or “Enter” button on your remote when you’re done moving the channel. It will now be in its new place!
Add Movies & TV Shows to Your Watchlist
The “Discover” tab on the Android TV home screen has a “Watchlist” feature. It’s a place for you to save movies and TV shows that you want to watch or be able to easily find. The Watchlist is connected to your Google account, so it can sync across your Android TV and Google TV devices.
To get started with the Watchlist, navigate to the “Discover” tab on the home screen. The Watchlist is only available on this tab.
Next, simply browse the movies and TV shows on the tab. When you find something you want to add to the Watchlist, hold down the OK or Select button on your remote.
An “Add to Watchlist” option will appear under the title, click OK or Select on your remote again to add it.
Alternatively, you can select the movie or TV show and add it to “Watchlist” from the details page.
That’s it! Your Watchlist can be found on the Discover tab as well.
Organize the Apps Page
To see all of your apps in one place, you can go to the “Apps” page. This is the third tab at the top of the home screen.
These apps can be re-organized as well. Simply use your remote to highlight an app and long-press the Select or Enter button.
Select “Move” from the menu.
Now use the directional buttons on your remote to move the app in the list. Tap the Select or Enter button when you’re done.
The Android TV home screen offers a lot of customization and recommendations. With a little setup, you can have the perfect lean-back experience.