How to Watch TV on an Android Smartphone


Many Android smartphones have built-in TV tuners that allow you to watch live television. You can subscribe to a satellite TV service for mobile phones or use one of the free applications available on the Android Market website. You will need a Google Gmail account to use this service. Then, download a mobile TV application to your Android smartphone and start watching live TV broadcasts.

  • Download and install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for Android phones. The plug-in will allow you to watch Flash videos, animation, games and multimedia content on your phone. The software can be downloaded from the website.

  • Configure and sync your Gmail account with your Android phone. Press the "Home" icon on the phone and open the "Email" application. Select "Next" on the "Your accounts" page. Type your Gmail address and password, then select "Next." Create a nickname for your account that will display on your outgoing messages. Tap "Done" when you are finished.

  • Verify your settings from the "Inbox" view. Tap "Menu" and then "Account settings." Check to make certain that the information for "Incoming Settings" is set up for "IMAP server:, Port: 993, and Security type: SSL (always)." For "Outgoing Settings," the information should be set up for "SMTP server:, Port: 465, Security type: SSL (always)."

  • Open the Web browser on your phone. Enter "Android Market" in the search field and tap the "Search" button. After the Web page loads, sign in using your Gmail account. "Click the "Sign In" link located near the top of the page. Type your login credentials in the appropriate fields and click "Sign In."

  • Choose a mobile TV application that is compatible with your Android phone. Type "TV" in the "Search" field located near the top of the Web page. On the left side of the Web page, you will see a list of TV app icons. Scroll down until you see an app that you want to install on your phone. Click the "Install" button next to that icon.

  • Follow the on-screen prompts on your phone to install the downloaded app. Click the "Logout" link on the Android Market page when you are finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a Gmail account, you will need to create one before you can download apps from Android Market. To set up a Gmail account, type "Google Gmail" in the search box on your Web browser. Click on the "Create an account" button when the page appears. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up your Gmail account.

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  • "Google on the Go: Using an Android-Powered Mobile Phone"; John Eddy, Patricia DiGiacomo Eddy; 2009
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