How To Search Through Pluto TV

Posted by Arch on July 19, 2019
How to Search Through Pluto TV

Television is moving to the internet at an unbelievable speed, as people can usually find whatever they want to watch online much more easily than they would on linear broadcast TV.

This is why streaming TV services have grown in popularity so much over the last several years. People can watch whatever they want for less than they would pay for cable television. To view content on services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and HBO Now, you need to pay a monthly subscription.

On the other hand, there are also completely free online TV services. Pluto TV is among the more popular ones. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this service, find out which devices it supports, and how you can scroll through channels in Pluto TV.

Search Through Pluto TV

What Is Pluto TV?

In case you haven’t heard of it before, Pluto TV is a free online TV service. It manages to stay free due to the ads it shows, which might annoy some users, but these ads are still much shorter and appear less frequently than they do on broadcast TV. The main difference between Pluto and the likes of Netflix and Hulu is that it is not focused on watching specific shows, but rather on channel surfing, just like your everyday cable television.

This does mean that you cannot search for a specific show, but you can search through channels in a manner similar to television in multiple ways. Before we explain, let us just briefly go over the supported devices.

Supported Devices

It is worth mentioning that Pluto TV works on a lot of devices. It works on all current iOS and Android devices, multiple Android TV models, fourth-generation Apple TV, Chrome Web App, Google Chromescast, Roku devices, Roku TV, and most Amazon devices. These include the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Kindle, and Kindle Fire tablets.

Note that, while all Android, Google, and iOS devices are supported, not all Roku devices are. Only those with Firmware 7 or higher are supported, whereas those below Firmware 7 aren’t. The Roku channel can be downloaded from here.

You can download the app for Windows and Mac here, and the version for Android here. You can get the Chrome Web App version here, and the channel lineup can be located on this link.

If you would like to watch Pluto TV directly from a browser, all you need to do is visit this link. You don’t even need to register.

Searching Through Channels

If you want to access Pluto TV on your computer or you’re watching Pluto TV via web, open the Channel Guide and click on a channel. Other methods of changing the channel on the web version include scrolling with your mouse and using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

If you’re using a mobile device, tap the channel you want to watch. You’ll be taken to the fullscreen mode. To change the channel, you need to get to the channel options, which you can open up by just tapping the screen.

Devices such as Apple TV and Roku have their own remotes you can change the channel with.

You can also use your smartphone as a remote, but only on an activated device. According to the official Pluto TV website, the only devices that can access the activation process are the Sony PS4, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices. The activation steps are as follows:

  1. On the guide, go to Channel 2, or just click Activate.
  2. A 6-digit activation code should appear.
  3. If you’re logged in, you should take your phone and look for MyPluto, find the activation option, and finally enter the activation code. If you’re not logged in, or you don’t even have an account, you can always go to the activation page and follow further instructions.

If you want to get code for another device or a new one for your current device, all you need to do is visit channel 2. If you want to unpair a device, do the following:

  1. Go to MyPluto.
  2. Find “Activate”.
  3. From there, go to “Select Device”.
  4. Tap the X to unpair your device.
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Should You Use Pluto TV?

All in all, Pluto TV is great for cord-cutters who miss the ritual of watching linear cable TV. Pluto TV will grant you the same experience while allowing you to save money along the way. It may not have a lot of popular channels, but the fact that it’s completely free makes cutting the cord a tempting offer.

Do you plan on giving Pluto TV a try? If you’re already using it, what are your favorite channels? Let us know in the comments below!

13 thoughts on “How To Search Through Pluto TV”

tam gore says:
Truely needs a search engine !! Free or not
lilbitwayward says:
Come on Pluto really ? No search option ? What a let down !
Michael McMath says:
OMG YES!!! I completely agree I only ended up on this chat because I was searching for a search option yes serious let down lame how do you not have a search option stupid unforgivable I love you Pluto app but you broke my heart LOL
Ember Taylor says:
Love Pluto for the channel surfing not being able to scroll ahead does not seriously bother me when i just want to channel surf. However for the On demand programming portion there should be a search function
Sherm says:
I’ve found that you can search for movies with Apple TV’s built in search and then open the film with Pluto
Vona says:
Not being able to search for shows or movies makes Pluto TV pretty much useless for me. If I could search for what I want I would definitely use it.
Bob says:
Come on guys….The Pluto TV app is initially attractive, however, ultimately, it is absolutely useless. Simply add a SEARCH FEATURE.
Vic says:
Why can’t they just add the free Google html search function?
Terry Firma says:
I was excited for five minutes after downloading the app. But the lack of a search function makes Pluto almost unusable. I wanted to watch the new show “Ambassadors” and with Pluto’s shitty interface, I can’t even figure out what channel it’s on. Pluto could be so great in theory. Pity that it’s so flawed in practice.
Talena Marie Irwin says:
I don’t understand why there is no search window. I have bot found a reason yet.
Luna says:
Pluto TV is a bit frustrating without a search window
Sean Dengler says:
To be honest…. with not search… I love the concept of the app…. but I just wont use it now…. I was never a channel surfer.. I like to find my show and watch it…. if it had a search and dvr, id be all over it
Ernest Parvis says:
Why can’t I search ahead on a channel to find a ball game or movie that will be on a week from now and record it. I do like Pluto and it’s content but the lack of a search mode is very unused friendly. I hope you can bring Pluto into the 21st century with being user friendly.
Thanks, Ernie Parvis
taMMy says:
Love Pluto’s tv but it seriously needs a search window

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