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5 Tips and Tricks For Android TV Box Owners 2017

By echip | May,10, 2017

5 Tips For Android TV Box Owners Overview
Android TV boxes have become very popular for streaming media into homes and playing games.
While they are mainly used as entertainment units they are capable of much more.
Here we list some of our favorite tips and tricks to help keep your box running fast, and some features that can came in handy.
1… Close All Background Apps 
Having apps running in the background use up unnecessary memory causing slow downs which can be freed up for better use.
Android TV does a good job at memory management, but sometimes apps don’t close right, or have an error and keep running in the background.
Some apps can still be running in the background even after powering down a unit.
It is easy enough to close out of background apps depending on the controller used.
Closing Background Apps with a Remote Control 
Some boxes don’t work with this method if it doesn’t work for you read the keyboard method next.
Using a standard remote control look for the symbol with three lines.
5 Tips For Android TV Box Owners
Once the button is pressed all the background apps will pop up in minimized boxes.
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Using the arrow keys go to the app you want to close and click the right arrow key.
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Clicking the Right arrow key will close the app, do this for each one you want to close.
Closing Background Apps With a Keyboard 
An alternative method is to use a keyboard. This method has worked on all the units I have tested.
It can be any keyboard from the small mini ones to large USB keyboards.
Press the ALT key and keep it pressed.
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While holding the ALT Key press the TAB key once and the background apps will come up.
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Keep holding the ALT key and press the back arrow button
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Keep pressing the back arrow to close each app running in the background.
2… Edit MS Office Documents 
While Android TV boxes do a great job playing videos and playing games, they can do a lot more such as edit and work with Microsoft Office documents.
Its free to do and simply requires downloading an app from the Play Store.
There are several apps available with one of the best being Smart Office 2.
To get it go to the Play Store and search for Smart Office 2 and install it.
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Using Smart Office 2 you can view, edit, create, print, save as a PDF and share MS Office documents.
3… Use a Mini Keyboard Remote Control 
The standard remote controls that come with Android TV boxes can be limiting at times.
A much better way is to use a mini keyboard with a touch-pad or one of the many other types of controllers.
Use a Mini Keyboard Remote Control
The onscreen keyboard does work but it is much faster and easier to have a small keyboard to type with.
There are many low cost keyboards available in all shapes and sizes.
Read Here for Our Picks for Best Mini Keyboards and Remote Controls. 
4… Hook Up a USB Web Cam 
Android TV boxes make for great video chatting devices.
They plug in to a USB slot and stream the video on a TV, which is a nice feature if you do a lot of Skyping with friends or relatives.
Not all Web cameras work with Android but many will. I use a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 which works very well.
If you already have a Web Cam it likely will work, be sure it has a built in Microphone to pick up audio since most android boxes will not have a built-in mic.
5… Use a Keyboard to Restart an Android TV Box 
If you use a Keyboard there there is no need to physically get up to restart a unit having problems.
Like PC computers Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del will reset the box.
Most small mini keyboards will have the controls all located on one button that simply requires pressing it plus the FN Key.
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Pressing each Ctrl+Alt+Del key individually also works just as well.
The above tips are just a few of the many things that can be done with an Android TV box.
There are no doubt many more good ideas such as adding a printer or USB hub.
While most will continue to use their boxes for entertainment, keep in mind they are nothing more than small computers that can do many things a standard computer can do.
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How to download showbox APP


Show Box - Free Movies App Show Box App Download

Show Box is a free movies and TV shows streaming app for the Android. It is regarded as one of the best free Android apps as it allows users to watch movies in HD for free. Show Box is not available in the Google Play store so users will need to sideload it to the device. The tutorial will show you how-to install Show Box to an Android (phone or tablet) or Android based (Kindle Fire, BlackBerry, etc.) device.


Download Show Box App

1. Go to Settings > Security > Turn on ‘Unknown Sources‘ (This step may vary depending on Android version or device but basically you will need to turn on the option that allows you to install non-market apps)

Unknown Sources

2. Open the browser and click on the following link to download the latest ShowBox .APK file:

Show Box APK Download

3. Once the file is finished downloading, open the file to install the app.


That’s it! You will now be able to watch free movies on your Android device!


The music section was a test and has been removed in the latest update. It may get added again in the future.

Having issues downloading videos? Downgrade to version 4.69. Uninstall ShowBox and download and install the ShowBox 4.69 .APK file here.

If you are getting the “Unfortunately, Show Box has stopped” error or any other issues, go to Settings > Apps > Show Box > Storage > Clear data & Clear cache and restart or re-install Show Box. If you are still having difficulties using Show Box, you can try Movie HD.

If you are not seeing the “Watch Now” button, change your server option from torrents to a server to stream video instead of download.

Change Servers

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