How to remove new ads from NVIDIA Shield and other Android TV devices
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New updates to this story are added at the bottom …
The original story (as of June 23) follows:
Nvidia Shield TV officially started adopting the latest Android TV home screen a few days ago and the new Discover UI is rolling out for users as well.
While the new interface retains a similar navigation scheme to the previous one, there is now a new “content recommendations” feature that consumes much of the home screen.
Of course, the ads are quite relevant, being exclusive to movies and TV shows that can be viewed on Android TV, but are an eyesore to the eyes nonetheless. As a result, most reviews for the new update have been negative.
Disturbed users have complained about the new inclusion of ads on social media and NVIDIA forums.
New announcement bar? Who do we have to pay to get rid of this atrocity, consuming about 30% of screen space on a 65 ″ TV… it’s horrible. (I didn’t even accept the last update!) $ ‘To get rid of it.
I now have ads on my home screen. I don’t want them. I did not accept the update. I tried uninstalling the update, but the fucking ads are still there. I downloaded fdroid and blokada, but the fucking ads are still there.
The Android TV Home app listed on the Google Play Store has also been bombarded with 1-star reviews since the dreaded update began, dropping its rating to just 1.1.
While there has been no official word from NVIDIA or Google to date regarding the future of the advertising feature on the NVIDIA Shield TV, some users have found a way to block them.
Yeah. All you need to do is go to Settings> Apps> View all apps> View system apps> Google Play Services and turn off the app.
Keep in mind, however, that Google Play services are a crucial component of Android TV, and disabling them can lead to unexpected issues, such as sign-in errors on apps that require sign-in to Google accounts.
You can also try uninstalling the latest Android TV Home app update by going to Settings> Apps> System apps> Android TV Home.
If this is indeed successful in killing the ads, then you’ll want to head over to the Google Play Store and turn off the app’s automatic update to make sure the old version stays true.
The above methods of removing ads are not endemic to NVIDIA Shield TV, as they will likely work on other Android TV devices as well. Other device owners are therefore encouraged to try them out as well.
Update 1 (June 24)
Based on the information shared by one of the community users, reset to factory settings is what worked for them. So you can try the workaround (at your own risk though).
Update 2 (June 25)
Installing a third-party launcher on Nvidia Shield TV is another alternative that can be used to get rid of ads (however, it goes without saying that you will lose the functionality of the default one).
This is how a user Explain he:
The best solution here is to simply replace the new default launcher “Google TV”. Below are the steps I used, so hopefully it’s clear enough for non-techies to follow.
On your Nvidia Shield, enter the Google Play Store and install another launcher
Some recommend ATV Launcher, but I prefer the free TVLauncher (pictured)
Go to Settings> About
Scroll down to Build and click until expand options are available
Enter developer options and enable USB debugging and network debugging
Note the IP address associated with network debugging
On another machine, make sure ADB drivers are installed (user manual via XDA)
Open terminal / command line / powershell window
Type: “adb connect [ip address from previous step]”
Type: “adb devices” to make sure you are logged in
Type: “adb shell pm uninstall -user 0 com.google.android.tvlauncher”
There are discussions here about replacing the Nvidia Shield with an HTPC or switching to another solution like Roku. HTPCs are great if you want to fine-tune every detail, but sometimes it’s much more important to have a simple solution that works well. In addition, we have a few different Rokus in this house. They also put ads in your face and collect a fair amount of personal data, but that’s a whole other discussion.
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