Article ID : 00258140 / Last Modified : 20/04/2021

Featured functions for 2021 BRAVIA with Google TV™

    This article describes the main functions of 2021 BRAVIA with Google TV and how to use them. For more detailed descriptions, refer to the Help Guide.


    What’s Google TV?

    Google TV brings together movies, shows, live TV* and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you. Discover new things to watch with recommendations based on what you watch and what interests you, from across your subscriptions and content available to you. Ask Google to find movies and shows, answer questions, control smart home devices, and more, using your voice. And with the Google TV app, you can watch anywhere, anytime.

    *May not be available depending on your country/region. 


    • To use the full functionality of the TV, logging in to a Google Account is needed.
    • Google Assistant is not available in certain languages and countries/regions.


    Set up Google TV

    • Select Set up Google TV at the initial setup screen, and complete network settings and Google Account settings.

    • If you selected Set up basic TV at the initial setup, select Set up Google TV from the Home or Settings menu.

    Enjoy content and apps

    Enjoy content

    Content from various apps is displayed throughout the For you tab*.  You can access rented or purchased content on your Google Account under the Library tab. Content added to your watchlist will also appear in your library. You can even add content to your watchlist from your smartphone while you are out and it will be waiting in your library when you return home.

    *May not be available depending on your country/region. 

    Search content and apps with your voice

    Speak to the mic on the TV remote control while pressing the Google Assistant (or MIC) button on the remote control.

    Enjoy preinstalled apps

    The list of installed apps is displayed by selecting See all located at the rightmost position of Your apps on the Home menu.

    Install apps

    Select your favourite apps which are organized by category in the Apps tab.
    If you want to install an app using a search function, search by voice by pressing the Google Assistant (or MIC) button on your remote control, or search by using the on-screen keyboard. You can also search the app you want to install from Search for apps under the Apps tab on the Home menu.
    Remember that the Google Play Store app is not displayed on the Home menu.

    Casting from mobile devices

    With Chromecast built-in, you can easily cast your movies, shows, photos and more from your Android mobile or iOS device right to your TV.


    With Apple AirPlay, you can stream movies, music, games, and photos to your television right from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

    Voice Control

    Access Google Assistant or voice search by pressing the Google Assistant (or MIC) button on the remote control.

    *Google Assistant and voice search require an Internet connection and setting up Google TV. Google Assistant is not available in certain language and countries/regions.

    Other functions and notes

    Living Decor

    The Living Decor function allows you to use your TV as a photo frame, clock, or as a decorative part of your interior. For instance, your favourite image and sound are played at the set time by selecting Living Decor for the On timer function. The number of content selected by Living Decor will be increased with future updates.

    Timers and clock


    You can set time notifications with sound such as the On timer, Sleep timer, and Alarm. With the On timer, you can turn on the TV with your favourite channel or input.
    Select Timers & Clock from Your apps or select each timer from (Quick Settings).
    (Alarm can be added from + (Edit) in Quick Settings)


    The clock can be displayed on the TV screen all the time, or every hour. To display the clock, select Clock display from Timers & Clock. It is useful to display the clock when you don't want to lose track of time. 

    For OLED models: in order to reduce image retention, the clock cannot be displayed all the time.

    Hands-free voice control (only TVs with built-in MIC)

    To use the built-in MIC on the TV, the Built-in MIC switch needs to be ON, and the setup to use the built-in MIC feature has to be completed.
    When you press the Google Assistant (or MIC) button on the remote control for the first time, the confirmation message to enable the built-in MIC feature is displayed. If you want to enable the built-in MIC on the TV, turn the feature switch ON by following the on-screen instructions. (The location of the Built-in MIC switch on the TV is illustrated on the screen, but you can also find detailed information in the Reference Guide)

    If there's no response after saying Hey Google or Ok Google followed by a voice command, then the Built-in MIC switch on the TV may be set to OFF. When the Built-in MIC switch is set to OFF, an amber LED (A) light will appear at the bottom of the TV.

    Linking with Smart Speaker (TV Control with Smart Speakers app in supported country/region only)

    By linking the TV with your smart speaker supporting Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you can control the TV by voice. In order to use this function, select the TV Control with Smart Speakers app from Your apps, and sign-in to Sony's Cloud Service for Home Entertainment & Sound Products by following the on-screen instructions to complete linking with your smart speaker.

    *Whether the TV supports the TV Control with Smart Speakers app varies depending on your country/region.

    Hint: You can use this app even if you did not select Set up Google TV as a default setting.

    Bring the cinematic experience home, enjoy movies included with BRAVIA XR™ (Only Z9J/A90J/A84J/A83J/A80J/X95J/X94J/X93J/X92J/X90Jseries)  

    BRAVIA CORE™ is where entertainment meets technology, developed to add value and showcase a unique Sony experience. The BRAVIA CORE app is a video service included with every eligible BRAVIA TV - offering access to a range of the new releases and classic catalogue SPHE films, the largest IMAX Enhanced movie collection, lossless UHD quality with Pure Stream, behind the scenes Studio Access, and more! Offers vary by market & device. Visit the Bravia CORE website for more information.

    Availability: BRAVIA CORE is not available, or may not be supported, in every country and language.

    Added IMAX Enhanced in the Picture mode setting(Only Z9J/A90J/A80J/X95J/X90J series)

    IMAX Enhanced, which is optimised for viewing IMAX Enhanced content the way it was intended, is added to the Picture mode.

    *Google, Google TV, Google Play, Chromecast built-in, and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC.
    *iPhone, iPad, Mac and AirPlay are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
    *Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.