SmartTubeNext: Youtube Alternative For Android TV To Improve Playback Without Losing Favorites Or Subscriptions


SmartTubeNext is an unofficial YouTube client for Android TV that not only allows you to play videos on TV but also perfectly adapts the interface to the use of the remote control. And without losing advanced options, such as synchronization with the Google account to add subscriptions, favorites, or history and ad-free.

It is not that Android TV lacks options when it comes to playing YouTube videos since it not only includes an application created by Google, it also allows the sending of videos from the mobile thanks to its integrated Chromecast. Even so, there is always room for more options, like the one we suggest here: SmartTubeNext. This new YouTube client is based on open source and offers an excellent service if you got tired of the official application.

SmartTubeNext, great experience without losing features

Installing a YouTube client when you already have the official application may seem redundant, but it doesn’t have to be: the idea is to complement the experience with an application that not only allows you to view the videos on the TV screen but also to access them having a large number of playback options. And without the hassle of ads, which is another great benefit of using SmartTubeNext.

Since it is an Apk file, the installation process will be similar to that of any other APK file on the Android TV-based device. 

This guide accompanied by screenshots will show how to install SmartTubeNext APK on Mi TV stick. The process can apply to all devices sharing the same Android TV OS.

The process will take three steps:

  • First, we will install the Downloader app from the Play Store
  • Second, we will enable installation from unknown sources for the Downloader app
  • Finally, we will find, download and install the APK file

If the first two steps are already done for you, then skip directly to the third one

Install Downloader app on Mi TV Stick

The first thing you need to do is to install Downloader, a powerful browser, and file manager specifically designed for android TV-based devices, and this is the element that interests us the most since we will use it to download any APK on the net.

Say that Downloader is available in the official play store, so you can download it directly to your Android TV or Mi TV Stick.

Open Play Store, search Downloader, then install and open the application


Once launched it will ask you to grant permission to access local storage. Since this is a file manager, it will need permission to functio
n. Just press Allow


Most importantly, you will have to activate the browser option for this app. To do so, a plug-in must be installed. In the search box type, the following address: a press GO


Wait for the download to finish then press Install.


When the installation process is over, press Done.


It will take you back to the previous screen, here you should select Delete to get rid of the installation package and free storage space.


Next, confirm the deletion


That’s it, your browser is now ready to use. Just go to the search box, type an address or query to start surfing the net. And this is exactly how we are going to find and install APKs on Mi TV Stick device.

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Enable Installation from unknown sources

The most interesting apps for Android TV and Mi TV Stick are found in third-party sources. So, the first thing you have to do is enable installation from unknown sources. If not already done, just follow these steps:

Launch Mi TV Stick and click on the “System Settings” Icon.


Select Device Preferences


Go to Security and restrictions


Enter Unknown sources option


Allow Downloader app to install from unknown sources


Install SmartTubeNext APK on Mi TV Stick

After having enabled installation from unknown sources, your device can now install any app you want from outside the official Play Store.

Once the downloader app is ready to use, all you have to do is click on the Browser option and use the web browser to download any application in APK format.

To install SmartTubeNext APK, follow the steps below:

Launch Downloader app and in the search box and type the download link then press GO


Once the file downloaded, press Install


Now click Doneto go back to the previous screen


Delete the installation package


Confirm the deletion


That’s it, you can now use your SmartTubeNext app.

Go back to the home screen, in the app drawer, find and open your app normally, open the player, and enjoy everything it offers.


The app does not involve any difficulty since its interface is perfectly adapted to Android TV. Large cards with videos, recommendations, lists, and side menu with different categories: Gaming, News, and Music. Each one of them produces results according to that theme and depending on how you have used the application on your Android TV. You can also search from the same side menu, going to the top icon of the magnifying glass.


SmartTubeNext allows you to log in with your Google account to bring all the stored content to the TV screen, similar to what the YouTube app itself does. In this way, you can access your subscriptions, playlists, favorites, and even the playback history. And everything you do in SmartTubeNext will be registered in your Google account.

The player itself allows you to vary the playback quality (video and audio) to adjust the playback speed. Favorites can be added, thumbs up or down, it allows the activation of subtitles, and even quick search in the video by moving the playback line. As we said, the controls are perfectly adapted to the remote control.


If you are interested in trying SmartTubeNext, you just have to go to the developer’s GitHub and download the latest available Apk. We have tested the application and it works perfectly.

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