These days, staying at home has never been better thanks to large LED TVs that virtually double as a movie screen. Now, people no longer have to leave their homes just to watch movies. Every member of the family can enjoy bonding over endless movie titles and snacks.
What makes the experience even more exciting are TV Media Boxes (usually Android-powered), which are all the rage right now. A TV box is a black box you connect to your Internet at home on one end and to your TV on the other. What it does is give your TV computer/tablet-like functionality while letting you do the normal things you do on it. It also allows you to stream content from Netflix, Amazon, and others seamlessly.
However, there are some tips you’d do well to consider for you to fully enjoy the experience of using your Android TV media box.
- Remove apps that are not being used in order to clear space on your TV media box.
- “Refresh” your box every week by unplugging it from the main power source for 10 seconds. The same should be done to your Internet modem. Doing so would clear the cache and force both modem and media box to connect to new lines, foregoing old, unused ones that tend to slow down not only the devices but the connection, too.
- Keep an SD card handy, loaded with the latest firmware that you can use to do fresh software install on the media box every so often. At least a 2GB SD card is highly recommended.
- Invest in an air remote that you can use much like you would a Wii controller to control the cursor on the screen. An air remote has a full QWERTY keyboard you can use to search for apps or film titles. That way, you no longer have to use the on-screen keyboard with the regular remote.
- There are apps that are meant to reboot a media box into recovery mode. You can install one and use it along with an SD card updated to the latest firmware. Running the reboot app will automatically reboot straight into getting the latest version of the firmware so you wouldn’t have to do so manually.
- Over the air or OTA updates are crucial for updating the media box and keeping it in good working order. The OTA updates come in handy when there’s a bug in the box that needs quick fixing or if there are new manufacturer-released features that need to be added to the box.
- Always clear cache. If you want your TV media box to continue running smoothly, and if you abhor slow-as-turtle connection speeds, make sure to clear the cache regularly. In fact, you should make it a habit, something you do each time you turn off the box when you retire for the night.
These are just some helpful tips you would do well to follow if you want to have an enjoyable experience with your TV media box.