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.

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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. The platform offers an On-Demand service with a plethora of movies, series, and even live TV. For a free service, it has a lot of great content and it’s legal. Finding your shows or movies on Pluto TV is an entirely different matter.

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.

Unfortunately, it mimics old fashioned TV in that there isn’t a search option. Instead, you can channel surf just like you do with basic cable television.

How to Search for Content

The platform is available on a wide array of supported devices that we’ll list below. But, to make it easier for you to find something to watch, we’ll first jump into how Pluto TV works with finding content.

Visit the channel list

One of the best things you can do to search content is understand which number is associated with your favorite channel. Check out this website to locate the content you’re interested in.

Open Pluto TV on your web browser or in the app

Select your Genre

On the left-hand side of the web browser, you’ll see your genres. You can use this to find Comedy, Sitcoms, New Movies, etc.

Access On-Demand Content

At the top of the screen, you can access both Live TV and On-Demand content

Access Live TV

If you’re looking for something on Live TV, tap “Live TV” at the top.

Click on the genres to the right to narrow down your search or scroll through the TV Guide just like Basic Cable to see what’s playing.

Keep in mind, all of Pluto TV’s content is organized by genre. It isn’t alphabetical and can’t be tweaked or searched to be any other way. As stated previously, Pluto TV is an excellent source of free media so even without the search option we’ve become so accustomed to, it’s definitely worth the search.

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 Chromecast, Roku devices, Roku TV, Xbox One, 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 the 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 actually offers a lot of great content from popular channels.

Do you love old TV? Then yes, Pluto TV is definitely worth it, but it offers a lot of new content too. If you’d like more information on the value of Pluto TV, check out our review here.

Can I get local news with Pluto TV?

No. Local tv stations seem to be an issue for a lot of cord-cutting services. Pluto TV is no exception.

Do I have to create an account?

No. Pluto TV offers the content without asking for any personal information or payment info. Simply download the app or go to the browser and hit play. That’s all there is to it.

Is there a channel list somewhere?

Yes. Pluto TV updates their channel list on this website. Check it out to make your search easier.

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!

30 thoughts on “How To Search Through Pluto TV”

Avatar GEORGE says:
What happened to the Dean Martin Roasts late at night? They were great. Now gone and no search to find them. I can see little rascals now on certain days.
Avatar jeff says:
Hitchcock channel popped up tonight, which I like……..watched an old flick which was great…… that channel has disappearred! just that fast! Pluto is really a pain in my ass.
Avatar Nicholas Giles says:
Went to try and find something to watch… search. Uninstall channel from ROKU. Sorry, without search I don’t have time to go looking through everything looking for the show that ROKU told me was on Pluto. I found it elsewhere. My time is too valuable to try and sift through all the titles.
Avatar dianew says:
Can’t even reply
Avatar John Ullman says:
No search. I won’t use it much if at all.
Avatar Christopher Keller says:
“Let’s see if it’s on Pluto TV”. WHAT? “No search function”?

Sit and dick around for an HOUR before you find something to watch? PLUTO NEEDS A DEDICATED SEARCH FUNCTION.

Channel surfing? That’s what we did in the 1980’s. This is 2020. Pluto needs a search function.

Avatar Old Church Guy says:
I watch it via my Android phone, cast to a smart TV, because I have no internet service here. No data limit Straight Talk plan makes this affordable. I don’t mind the “no search” so much, except that when I have to stop watching a movie and close the app I have to hunt for it again – which doesn’t always work. A history to resume movies would be useful.
Avatar Clare says:
How do you cast onto your tv?
Avatar Kelly says:
No search feature renders this app useless. Deleting….
Avatar Eva Lados says:
i activated my pluto tv but I do not have the channels I chose– just the ones I had. How do I watch the ones I chose when I activated?
Avatar Marina Gonet says:
How can you just pick a channel by inputting the number only on my vizio remote? I wanted to go specifically to channel 661 but couldn’t do it. I’d hate to have to scroll through all the channels just to get to the one I want!
Avatar vufindr says:
What year is this? No “search” option?
Avatar Nick says:
Its free jughead
Avatar michael robinson says:
My time isn’t free.
Avatar Amy says:
I agree with all the comments on having a search tool. It’s very user unfriendly otherwise.
Avatar kurt says:
fine. But what year is this? no “search” option?
Avatar Dawn McNaughtan says:
It advertises you can watch intruders for free through Pluto tv via amazon prime but it is not listed in the films – totally useless !!
Avatar Wendy says:
Tubi has the search function Just saying
Avatar KENNY says:
What part of “SEARCH” ?? does PLUTO not UNDERSTAND??
Avatar TCVAN says:
Let me know once you have a search option. Until then, I’m GONE!
Avatar Jake says:
Kenny, what part of “they don’t provide a search option” don’t you understand? What part of “they set out to be a strictly channel surfing app/apk, to keep things free and have a different platform than other apps” don’t you understand? There’s hundreds if not thousands of other apps that have search, go use one of those, and don’t let the door hit you and the other crybabies in the ass.
Avatar Mark says:
Listening, Pluto? A search tool really is needed with the number of channels you offer ( which is great !)
Avatar Turbo says:
Jake- sorry but that is one lame excuse for a poorly designed app/channel. There are plenty of free streaming channels with search function.
Avatar Kirsty says:
I searched for a film on my firestick and it came up watch for free on pluto TV. I installed it and the film isn’t there! Very frustrating that I can’t search for it on the app itself
Avatar Jeff says:
Kirsty, it probably *is* there, but without a search function, it’s nearly impossible to find. Same thing happened to me. What I ended up doing was browsing through categories until I found it. Extremely tedious!

I don’t believe the claims that say to keep it free, they chose not to add search. There are other free apps that have search.

Avatar Brad says:
I bet there is no search because it is free. They likely don’t have the rights to use a search function or face legal action. Look up the term “patent trolls” and learn about it
Avatar Debra S. says:
I also just put Pluto TV onto my Roku. OH my gosh yes I wish there was a search feature, it takes FOREVER to get to what you want..
Avatar Tom says:
Pluto has no search feature at all.
Avatar Shelton Bissell says:
Absolutely! Got to have a search for the movies.
Avatar Rae Smith says:
Please, please, please give us a search option. There is so much available I simply don’t have time to wander through the offerings when I’m looking for a particular program. I have a Roku, but it’s an older one and the general search doesn’t always include all channels.
Avatar tam gore says:
Truly needs a search engine !! Free or not
Avatar lilbitwayward says:
Come on Pluto really ? No search option ? What a let down !
Avatar 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
Avatar 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
Avatar 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
Avatar 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.
Avatar Bob says:
Come on guys….The Pluto TV app is initially attractive, however, ultimately, it is absolutely useless. Simply add a SEARCH FEATURE.
Avatar Vic says:
Why can’t they just add the free Google html search function?
Avatar 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.

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