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DISH Anywhere App Guide 2021

We’ve tested the DISH Anywhere app for months—its features and functionality are fantastic.

Is the DISH Anywhere app good?

DISH Anywhere lets you and up to four other household members watch a wealth of content on a wide array of devices from pretty much . . . anywhere (as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection or mobile service). That’s already a lot, but it’s not everything.

You can also use DISH Anywhere to set and manage DVR recordings and parental controls—and even convert your phone into a remote control when somebody loses the DISH voice remote again.

So, yeah, DISH Anywhere is good—and, even better, it’s free with your DISH subscription.

DISH Anywhere app pros and cons

Pros

  • On-the-go viewing of your DISH content
  • Offline viewing
  • Parental and data-usage controls
  • Five simultaneous streams

Cons

  • No way to set download quality
  • Auto-deletion of DVR recordings when transferred

What can I do with DISH Anywhere?

DISH Anywhere is mainly for watching TV when you’re on the go—but you can use it at home, too. It’s also a handy way to set and manage DVR recordings and parental controls when you can’t access your Hopper DVR/receiver. Allow us to break down DISH Anywhere’s features for you.

DISH Anywhere features

  • Stream DISH live TV channels, local channels, on-demand titles, DVR recordings, rentals, and purchases
  • Transfer your DVR recordings to your mobile device for offline viewing
  • Set and manage DVR recordings
  • Set and manage parental controls
  • Create up to five user profiles
  • Stream on up to five devices at a time
  • Create watchlists
  • Use your smartphone as your DISH remote

Ready to download the DISH Anywhere app?

Watch DISH Anywhere at home

Nobody likes fighting with family or roommates over what to watch. Ordinarily, to watch DISH on multiple TVs, you’d need another TV (what are you, rich?) plus a DISH Joey receiver ($5 a month)—and that gets you only one more screen. With DISH Anywhere, up to five people can use DISH Anywhere at a time using a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. That’ll help bring some peace to your place.

Watch DISH Anywhere on the go

Again, watching TV when you’re not home is DISH Anywhere’s reason for existing. The only difference between using DISH Anywhere at home and using it on the go is how you connect to the internet. At home, you’ll use your Wi-Fi network. Away from home, you’ll use someone else’s Wi-Fi or your mobile data.

Watch offline with DISH Anywhere

The ability to download movies and shows to watch offline is one of our favorite TV mobile app features. DISH Anywhere has something like it.

Instead of allowing you to download content to your phone, DISH Anywhere lets you transfer recordings from your Hopper 3 DVR to your phone. (Note: Transferring a recording will delete it from your Hopper 3, so make sure someone else in your house isn’t expecting to watch the same title while you’re out.) DISH Anywhere also allows you to download purchased movies and select premium-channel content to your mobile device.

We recommend downloading or transferring content on DISH Anywhere on your home Wi-Fi network to avoid using your mobile data.

DISH Anywhere data usage

All video apps, including DISH Anywhere, use your mobile data when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. This is how much data you’ll use per hour of content:

  • Low-definition: 300 MB
  • Standard-definition (SD): 700 MB
  • High-definition (HD): 3 GB
  • 4K ultra-high definition (UHD): 7 GB

Unfortunately, DISH Anywhere doesn’t let you select download quality like other streaming TV apps (Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, etc.). You can, however, conserve data by setting DISH Anywhere to download only over Wi-Fi (More > Settings > Downloads).

You can also set DISH Anywhere to download only while charging, which keeps your battery from draining. That’s a cool feature that Prime Video and Netflix don’t have.

Other TV providers’ apps

Most cable and satellite TV providers have mobile apps like DISH Anywhere—it’s how they compete with streaming TV services’ flexibility—and we’ve tested and reviewed them for you too.

Filter content with DISH Anywhere

Since DISH Anywhere lets you watch so much content, you’re gonna need some content filters. You can sort your DISH Anywhere content by these categories:

  • On Demand: You get all of the free on-demand content available with your DISH subscription, with additional filters (featured, movies, TV shows, purchases, family, and Latino).
  • Watchlist: This is the best filter of all because it’s content you picked out.
  • Networks: Use this filter when you want to watch content from a particular channel.
  • My Purchases: Did you buy a movie or show on DISH? They’re here.
  • Transfers: These are the movies and shows you’ve downloaded—or “transferred”—to your device from your DVR.
  • Downloads: This is where you’ll find downloaded content from your premium channel subscriptions.

Manage parental controls with DISH Anywhere

Wielding parental power over what your children watch is easy with DISH Anywhere. Under More > Profiles, tap Activate Parental Controls to set a maximum content rating for your children.

We wish, though, that DISH Anywhere allowed us to access the full range of DISH’s parental controls, which are the best in the business. Unfortunately, full parental control settings are available only at home on your DISH Hopper DVR/receiver.

The other DISH mobile app

Besides DISH Anywhere, DISH also has the MyDISH app (Android, iOS), which allows you to do all of this:

  • Manage your DISH TV channel package, premium channels, purchases, and rentals
  • Update account profile and preferences
  • Pay your bill, update payment methods, and download account statements
  • Manage tech appointments
  • View support articles and videos
  • Call or chat with DISH customer support

How to watch DISH Anywhere

DISH Anywhere supports an array of devices, including desktop and laptop web browsers, smartphones, and tablets—but owners of smart TVs and gaming consoles will be disappointed.

DISH Anywhere system requirements

Besides a supported device, you need the following things to use DISH Anywhere:

  • An active DISH subscription
  • A Wi-Fi internet connection (or 3G/4G mobile connection)
  • Your DISH username and password
Device
Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick/Fire HD tablet
Amazon Fire OS
Amazon Kindle, Kindle Fire
Android
Android TV
Google Chrome browser (Mac or PC)
Google Chromecast
iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
LG Smart TV
Mac OS X
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Roku devices
Safari browser
Samsung Smart TV
Windows
Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Samsung Smart TV
Version
Version 5 and higher
Version 5 and higher
Version 5 and higher
Version 6 and higher
Version 5 and higher
Version 90 and higher
Yes (casting only)
iOS 12 and higher
No
Version 10.14 and higher
No
Yes (casting only)
iOS 12 and higher
No
Version 7 and higher
No
No

How to cast DISH Anywhere to your TV

Google Chromecast and Roku device owners: while you can’t run the DISH Anywhere app on your devices, you can cast DISH Anywhere from your phone to your TV. Here’s how to make it happen.

Cast DISH Anywhere with Google Chromecast

  • Open DISH Anywhere on your mobile device or Chrome browser.
  • Click the DISH Anywhere cast icon while using your Chromecast.
  • Watch TV.

Cast DISH Anywhere to a Roku device

  • Open DISH Anywhere on your mobile device.
  • Click the DISH Anywhere cast icon while using your Roku.
  • Watch TV.

Final take

Easy to use, feature-rich, and free, DISH Anywhere is an excellent extension of your DISH subscription, adding flexibility and freedom to an activity we usually enjoy from the same spot on the same couch in front of the same TV.

It’s also worth mentioning that DISH satellite TV service is so good that it earned our Editorial Choice Awards for the best overall TV provider and best TV provider for kids. So DISH is the kind of TV service you’ll want to take everywhere.

DISH Anywhere FAQ

Is DISH Anywhere free?

The DISH Anywhere mobile app is included in your DISH plan.

Do you have to have the Hopper for DISH Anywhere?

For full functionality, DISH Anywhere must be paired with an internet-connected, Sling-enabled* DVR/receiver—either the Hopper 3 or the Hopper with Sling. If you have a different Hopper model, you can still watch limited live channels from your DISH TV package.

(*Although DISH owns Sling TV, “Sling-enabled” refers to Sling technology, which is different from the live TV streaming service.)

What is a Sling adapter?

The Sling adapter is a device that DISH used to sell that enabled older DVR models to work with DISH Anywhere. It is no longer supported by DISH. To use DISH Anywhere, you’ll need a Sling-enabled DVR/receiver like the Hopper 3 or Hopper with Sling.

How many users can use DISH Anywhere?

DISH Anywhere allows up to five users to stream at a time.

How do I get DISH Anywhere to work?

Once you’ve downloaded the DISH Anywhere app (Android, iOS, Kindle), open it and follow the prompts to pair the app with your internet-connected Hopper 3 DVR/receiver. You can also use your DISH login info to watch DISH Anywhere on your PC or Mac computer at DISHAnywhere.com.

Does DISH Anywhere use data at home?

DISH Anywhere will not use your mobile data as long as the mobile device you’re using is connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

Methodology

Our TV experts have logged dozens of hours watching DISH satellite TV at home and on the go with the DISH Anywhere app, so we know what’s good and not-so-good about its content, features, functionality, and value. For more information on our process, read our “How We Rank” page.