Best Free IPTV Apps: How to Watch Live TV on Android

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This guide will provide you with a comprehensive list of the best free IPTV services. IPTV or Internet Protocol Television is a way to get rid of cable for live TV broadcasting over an Internet connection.

Most often you will find paid IPTV services where users can expect to pay $5-15/month for a subscription. However, there are also free options available that cost nothing.

It’s easier than ever to watch on-demand TV shows and movies on your Android device thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Huhu. But what about live TV?

Yes, there are services like Sling and YouTube TV. However, if you know where to look, you don’t need to sign up for their expensive plans. You can use IPTV for free instead; You just need an IPTV app and a source for IPTV files.

But what is the best IPTV app for Android and Android TV? Keep reading until you find what suits your needs.

What is an IPTV app?

IPTV apps are somewhat similar to the Kodi app; These are empty players that cannot stream any content without the necessary information being entered by the user. You are responsible for adding channels, playlists and other resources.

Normally, you can’t use apps to watch Netflix, Hulu, or other providers’ live content. You need to get the M3U file, which you add to the IPTV app.

1.IPTV Smarters Pro

If you have ever subscribed to a paid IPTV service, chances are the provider will give you access to a branded copy of the IPTV Smarters Pro app. It is the favorite application of many distributors.

However, you don’t need to rely on branded copy. As long as you have the M3U file link from your provider, you can add it to the app and enjoy the same features. Even better, this Smarters Pro version can accept multiple connections, while branded versions usually cannot.

The app supports on-demand movies and TV shows, as well as live streaming channels, if offered by your service provider. It even integrates with third-party video players (like Perfect Player and VLC) if you prefer to use their respective interfaces.

IPTV Smarters Pro is great on mobile devices, but it really shines on TV. It is definitely one of the must-have IPTV apps on Android TV.

Download: IPTV Smarters Pro (free and paid version available)

2. Lazy IPTV

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Lazy IPTV supports M3U playlists in OpenView, ZIP and GZ formats. The app can also play playlists in XSPF (XML Shareable List Format).

It’s easy to add new content to Lazy IPTV. You can access media on your local file system, as well as paste URLs directly from the web or your phone’s clipboard. The application works with HTTP and UDP broadcasts and can play videos directly from YouTube and the VK social network. There’s also a built-in audio player for internet radio channels.

Most important for IPTV application, Lazy IPTV supports Electronic Program Guides (EPG). It can play XMLTV EPGs saved in OpenView, ZIP or GZ formats.

From a usability perspective, Lazy IPTV lets you add favorites lists, supports nested folders, and lets you create groups of playlists. You can export your playlists if you ever decide to switch to another app. The app’s home screen is also fully customizable, offering the ability to add shortcuts to most-watched channels and change the way content is displayed.

Lazy IPTV is ideal for mobile devices. However, it is less suitable for large screens like Android TV.

Download: Lazy IPTV (Free)

3. TiviMate

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In our opinion, TiviMate is comfortably the best IPTV app for Android TV. But it is not available in a phone version.

The app supports multiple playlists, renaming channels, categories and hidden categories. You can import your own channel logos, customize the order in which channels appear in the TV guide and take advantage of the search function (which works with both channel names and current shows).

The free version of TiviMate will be enough for people who have a single playlist that they don’t watch often. If you are a premium IPTV user, you must upgrade to the pro version. It costs $4.99 per year and lets you install the app on up to five devices.

Download: TiviMate (Free, subscription available)

4.GSE Smart IPTV

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GSE Smart IPTV is one of the most popular IPTV apps in the Google Play Store, and for good reason. First, it is one of the best IPTV apps designed for Android. Its clear design and TV-like EPG design make it easy to forget you’re using the app.

Secondly, GSE Smart IPTV is available on many more platforms than most of its competitors. You’ll find versions for Android, Android TV, iOS, and Apple TV. The app is also compatible with Chromecast. And remember, you can even install Android apps on Amazon Fire TV devices if you know how to sideload APKs.

In terms of features, GSE Smart IPTV supports EPG content in XML, ZIP and GZ formats. It also supports parental controls and embedded subtitles (SRT files). It can play live streams from HTTP, HSL, M3U8, MMS, RTSP and RTMP sources. The app is ad-supported and suitable for both Android TV and Android mobile devices.

Download: GSE Smart IPTV (free and paid version available)

5. Perfect IPTV Player

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Perfect Player IPTV is another very popular application. It is especially popular among Android TV users who are looking for an alternative to the original Live Channels app.

The app supports M3U and XSPF playlists. And if you want to add an EPG, you can use XMLTV (ZIP, GZ, XZ) and JTV formats.

There are also several decoder options to choose from: native, software, hardware, and hardware-accelerated. Other features include the ability to watch locally saved content, UDP to HTTP proxy support, and automatic synchronization with the desktop version of the app for a consistent experience.

Like GSE Smart IPTV, Perfect Player uses an eye-pleasing look and pulls its own design elements from cable and satellite EPGs.

Download: Perfect Player IPTV (free and paid version available)


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This simply named IPTV app is one of the most downloaded IPTV apps for Android, with over 10 million installs.

As you’d expect, you can add M3U and XSPF playlists to the app. EPG support comes in the form of XMLTV and JTV. If you have a UDP proxy (installed on your local network), you can use the IPTV app to play multicast.

The app also offers customization options. It can display the channels you’ve added in a list, grid, or tile view, depending on your preference.

Finally, if you have a dedicated Android decoder that you use to watch IPTV, this app is worth upgrading to the pro version. Which includes a feature that allows the app to start automatically when the host device is turned on. The pro version also removes ads and adds a resume watch feature that can automatically play the most recently watched channel.

Download: IPTV (free) | IPTV Pro ($2.99)

7. Browser

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OTT Navigator is TiviMate’s direct competitor IPTV application on the Android TV platform. Like TiviMate, it is very popular among advanced users.

There is no difference between them. Both apps share many similar features. OTT Navigator supports filters (by channels, categories, genres, seasons, years, favorite channels, rating, country), channel customization, categories and a search tool.

In our opinion, TiviMate’s interface is a bit more modern and the UI is more user-friendly, but you might think differently. Be sure to check out both options before deciding which is the best IPTV app for your needs.

Download: OTT Navigator (free in-app purchases available)

What about free IPTV addons for Kodi?

In this roundup, we have focused on apps that specialize in IPTV. Kodi can stream IPTV content, but it also does so much that we didn’t think it was a fair comparison.

If you prefer to use Kodi, you don’t need to install third-party Kodi add-ons. Support for M3U playlists is built into the Kodi app – you just need to add the correct extension. To get up and running, go to Add-ons -> My Add-ons -> PVR -> PVR IPTV Simple Client -> Configure. Enter the title of your M3U playlist when prompted.

To learn more, check out How to Watch TV for Free.

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