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Follow this guide to speed up your TV, unlock Developer Mode, stop spammy pre-loaded apps, fix Chromecast and more!

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Demonstration TV Model: Sony X8500D

ANDROID TV SETUP
Alright first choose your Wifi, you will have to use the remote control keyboard.
Then jump on your laptop and type in the pin to connect your Google account.
Set your location, then your local, agree to the privacy policy.

Then enable/disable automatic software updates, I personally like to check mine manually the reduce the number of background services running as Android TV can be quite slow.

Now setup your channels.

Then setup how your TV is positioned to help the TV tweak its sound settings for best hearing.

Remote start is one of the best features on a Sony TV as it allows you to start the TV directly when streaming to Chromecast so I keep mine on.

That’s it your TV is ready to rock.

BASIC SETTINGS
You’ll find a lot of advertisement for paid content by default, but we’ll get into disabling this soon.

If you scroll down to settings you can go ahead and re-run the initial setup, or the channel setup.

In Storage & reset you can see how much space you have left and more importantly reset back to factory settings.

SOFTWARE UPDATE
Or manually search for software updates. If it’s your first run, an update probably will be available. Software updates say they can be downloaded in the background, but in my experience if you do try to go in the background the download may sometimes crash as Android TV tends to not have much system memory available, so to ensure it works, just keep the download page in the foreground.

Once the update is downloaded you can update it now or later, updates tend to take around 20 minutes to complete.

BEST SETTINGS
Also in the About section you can rename your TV – this will affect things like how it’s named in Chromecast, and opting out of Ads personalisation – which can also improve performance as less information is stored on your System.

In Google Cast, I disable Share usage for a negligible but compoundable performance boost.
I also make sure in Date & Time I use network time as this also helps alleviate Chromecast connection issues.

In usage and diagnostics I make sure sharing is disabled too.

In location, while it’s un-necessary as I won’t be taking the TV out and about, I do keep it on to help apps automatically setup quicker, but this can be disabled for more gains.

In Speech I disable block offensive words to help with voice recognition…

APP SETTINGS
Going into Performance the Apps section is one to check into
As you can see it lists the running apps, and there are plenty.
So it’s always best to uninstall ones you don’t use.
For me this included YuppTV
Note even though the app is removed it’ll still appear in Sony’s Featured list.
If there’s an app you can’t install you can always disable notifications, for example disabling notifications on Sony Shelf gets rid of the Sony Featured Apps spam list in the home screen… win!

OTHER SETTINGS
There’s lots of settings to play with in the menus, the top ones I tweak is reduce Motionflow, and turn off ClearAudio, which I find makes the picture and audio sound better especially with lower quality sources, your preferences may vary.

DEVELOPER MODE
You can also unlock more settings to boost performance by enabling developer mode.

To do this go to settings, about, scroll down to build and press ok eight times until you’re notified that you’re a developer.

In the system preferences row at the end you’ll now have developer options.

Inside you’ll find a lot of cool toggles.

I like to speed up animations to give make the TV feel faster too. You’ll find this option in Drawing.

The best one to change is in the Apps menu, where inside you can specify if you like your TV to keep activities running in the background. As Android TV is quite slow I tend to disable this and reduce the background process limit to 1. Which does actually speed up the TV, especially if you run unoptimised apps like Plex, Kodi or pretty much most apps on the Play store.

Alright that’s it, let me know if you found this guide useful, or have any tips to share on this subject.

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20 Comments

  1. Stian Bakke

    March 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Funny shit. Btw good tips

  2. Joe L

    March 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Hey man, thanks for the video! What did you change on the daydream settings? Does changing this have any effect on the performance?

    I find for me with my 4K 2015 Bravia that the Amazon player is fucking useless! Which was really annoying after buying an entire boxset. After some googling it looks like Sony blame Amazon and Amazon blame Sony, so the chances of a fix are very minimal. I really hope your suggestions help! Thank you.

  3. dhowser2008

    March 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    looks cool but doesn't it output at 4K?

  4. Unsinkable Ship

    March 31, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Youtube logo stuck when starting the YouTube app in Sony bravia TV. Is there any solutions?

  5. Artur

    April 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Awesome. Thanks mate!!

  6. Dimitrios728

    April 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Is there a way to hide from the home list some pre-installed apps?
    Like "Album", "Video", "music".

  7. gammalite

    April 25, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Legend TY ! – great commentary too !

  8. Adam Vulture

    May 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    You're a bro, this was useful and made the TV faster, thanks. I am on nougat btw but it is very similar.

  9. Jorge Prieto

    May 4, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks mate. Great video.

  10. Man-K

    May 8, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    what app was that which you used to control the tv?

  11. Jimmy Leonardsson

    May 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks dude! Saved many coming nights in front of the Android TV. It's so much faster now.

  12. suraj raut

    May 22, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for this video very much man.
    Really increased the speed of my TV.

    Ty

  13. Kef103

    May 28, 2018 at 2:55 am

    This tv is 2 years old

  14. Flappo Spammo

    June 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    crazy you have to do all this crap just to watch the tv

    so much for progress eh ??

  15. audioman205

    June 21, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    7:44 nice

  16. Ulysses M.

    June 22, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks! Enjoyed the commentary too.

  17. CMF

    June 27, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I have a Sony Android TV the XBR series, it's two years old. When I first bought it, everything works without any issues, but a few months later the TV starts to take a rather long time to turn on which it had never done before. Why does a TV take 30 seconds to 1 minute for the screen to turn on? I contacted Sony and they sent a tech to change the motherboard, but the problem persists. Strangely, I have an Amazon Firestick and when I turn it on, the TV turns on immediately, but when I turn the TV on with its own remote (Sony Remote), it takes a long time even when the batteries are new. The TV remote is not defective, it's brand new. If anyone is having the same problem, please help me.

  18. antiglobe

    July 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I love your voice man 🙂

    A question. Is it possible to categorize apps under apps/video like e.g. MX Player? Needs different settings than general apps. E.g. Youtube and Sony Video are categorized as such by default.

    Another question. Is it possible to disable the "USB drive connected" welcome screen? I have no use for that.

    Thaks for the speedup tricks. I'll check them when at home.

  19. Laurens B.

    July 6, 2018 at 9:27 am

    5:19 whose reflection is walking there??

  20. Catherine Jordan

    September 20, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Should I have ADB debugging on or off I've apk. Apps for streaming movies apk time for streaming live tv

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