Consider the Nvidia Shield is one of the best and most powerful Android-based streaming devices, it’s easy to think Apple would support it. But is Apple TV+ available on the Nvidia Shield? The answer is more of an “it’s complicated”.
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Apple TV+ on the Nvidia Shield
There is no Apple TV+ app on the Nvidia Shield. However, things are a bit more complicated than that.
Note that the Nvidia Shield runs on the Android TV operating system. Apple has made it a point to not support Android for the Apple TV, as Android phones are its chief competitor. However, the company does offer a supported app for Amazon Fire TV devices which run a modified version of Android.
That being the case, there are some guides across the web offering advice for sideloading Amazon Fire TV apps onto an Nvidia Shield.
Alternatively, as the Nvidia Shield has a Chrome web browser, you may be able to log into the Apple TV+ website and stream from there. This option may not work particularly well, however, as it’s not natively supported to run Apple TV+ from an Android-based web browser.
While there’s no direct support for the Nvidia Shield, Apple provides TV+ apps or support for the following devices:
- iPod Touch
- Apple TV (and Apple TV 4K)
- Mac computers
- Windows computers
- Apple AirPlay
- Newer Samsung Smart TVs
- Newer Roku Players and TVs
- Amazon Fire TV
Apple TV+ supports 6 simultaneous streams per account. You can install it on multiple different devices listed above, making a subscription easily shareable with family and friends.
There’s currently no word on when, or if, Apple will provide wider support for non-Apple devices. It’s unlikely they’ll open the service to native support for most Android devices, however.
If you’re in the market for a device, however, you may find it valuable to purchase an iPod, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, or Mac computer. Apple is currently offering 1 year of Apple TV+ free with the purchase of a new Apple device.
Sam Cook is a full-time content strategist by day, a part-time freelance content writer since 2015. In another life, he was a high school English teacher for nearly a decade. Based in sunny New Orleans, he writes long-form educational content on technology, including Insurtech, Fintech, HRtech, and content streaming. He loves whittling down complex ideas within these areas that make decisions easier for buyers. When he’s not reading books with his son Miles and playing video games with the family, you can find him immersed in his growing collection of Euro-style board games.