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Tips & Tricks for Using Tablo on your Smartphone

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We now have downloadable apps for iOS and Android smartphones! Links to all of our apps can always be found at Did you know that you can use the Tablo web app on your smartphone and watch live and recorded content from your Tablo OTA antenna DVR anywhere in the world?

Yes, it might be a tiny screen, but when you’re missing the game, on the bus, or waiting in line at the DMV, it’s a great option to watch content, or if you’re running late, to schedule a recording so you don’t miss a show.

How It Looks:

On your smartphone, the Tablo web-based app (available at looks and behaves much like it does on other web-enabled devices like computers and tablets. Yes, there’s a much smaller viewing window so there’s a bit more scrolling, but you can still browse, record and stream all of your awesome HDTV content.

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There is one caveat though – if you want to watch live TV, you need to click on the station ID instead of the show ID to launch the player.

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Getting More Screen Real Estate:

Since display space is at a premium on a smartphone, gaining some extra pixels is always helpful and you can do this easily AND make accessing Tablo on your phone easier by setting a home screen bookmark.

On iOS, simply select the bookmark icon and then select ‘Add to Home Screen’.

On, Android select the menu bar and then select ‘Add to Home Screen’.

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Once you have the web-based app saved as a home screen bookmark, you can easily launch it just like any other app on your phone. This will also remove the URL toolbar at the top, giving you a bit more space to enjoy TV on your phone.

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How to restart your phone/tablet

Sometimes, just restarting your smartphone or tablet can clear up issues with apps. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone

Android smartphones 

Most Android smartphones and tablets can be restarted by holding the POWER button and then selecting RESTART or POWER OFF and RESTART from the POWER OPTIONS menu.

NOTE: Newer Samsung devices require you to hold the POWER/SIDE button and VOLUME DOWN to make the POWER OPTIONS menu appear. On the Google Pixel 6, hold the POWER and VOLUME UP buttons.

How to force close your Tablo app?

Sometimes, just restarting the app can fix things. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone/iPad

Android smartphones/tablets 

Need help with the final steps?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Follow the steps in the video below for a full walkthrough of the remaining parts of the Tablo setup process.

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