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How to Use Apple TV

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Ready to cut the cable and free yourself from the glut of commercial programming? With Apple TV, you can rent or buy high-definition movies, listen to podcasts, stream Netflix, Hulu, and other video, watch sports, even access the music and photos on your computer, all from the comfort of your couch. This article will show you how to set up and use your Apple TV and start enjoying television again.


Hooking Up Your Apple TV

  1. Unpack Apple TV.Set it up near your television, with access to power, and if using a wired network (optional), to an ethernet port.
    • Don't place Apple TV on top of other electronic equipment, and don't place objects on top of Apple TV. Doing so could cause overheating or interference with the wireless signal.
  2. Connect the HDMI cable.Insert one end of the cable into the HDMI port in the back of Apple TV, and the other end into the HDMI port of your television.
    • Note: this article will describe a direct connection to your television. If using a receiver, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, though generally the receiver will simply be inserted between Apple TV and your television.
    • Apple TV also provides a TOSLink digital audio output. If you are using that, connect one end of the TOSLink cable to Apple TV, and the other end to the TOSLink digital audio input on your television.
  3. Connect the ethernet cable.If you are using a wired network, connect Apple TV to the ethernet port with the proper cable.
    • Apple TV has built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi that you can connect to your wireless network during the setup.
  4. Connect the power cord.Once your other connections are in place, plug the small end of the power cord into the Apple TV power port, and the other into a nearby power outlet.
  5. Turn on your television.It's time to jump into the world of Apple TV! Using your television's remote, set the input to the HDMI port that Apple TV is using.
    • If this is your first setup of Apple TV, you should see the setup screen. If you do not, check to make sure everything is plugged in correctly, and that you've selected the correct input.

Configuring Apple TV

  1. Understand your Apple Remote.You will use this to perform virtually all functions on Apple TV.
    • Use the black ring to move your cursor up, down, left, and right.
    • The silver button in the center of the ring is the "Select" button, which you will use to select menu options, enter text characters, and more.
    • The Menu button pulls up the menu, or backs you out to the previous screen.
      • Press and hold Menu to return to the main menu.
      • Press and hold Menu while watching a movie to access closed captioning
    • The Play/Pause button does just that!
    • Press and hold the Menu and Down arrow to reset Apple TV. When resetting, Apple TV's status light will blink rapidly.
    • To pair a remote with Apple TV, press and hold the Menu button and the Right arrow for 6 seconds. This will prevent Apple TV from being controlled by other remotes.
    • Note that there is free app, in App Store (cleverly named "Remote") that give you all the functions of the Apple Remote, and more. If you have an iPhone or iPad, it's a great addition to the Apple TV experience.
    • Note that the Apple Remote isnota universal controller. You'll still want to control volume and other functions with your television or receiver's remote.
  2. Connect to your wireless network.Using the on-screen prompts, select your wireless network from the menu. If your network is hidden, enter your network name. When your network is selected, enter your password (if you use one), and when prompted, click Done.
    • If you don't use DHCP for your network, you will need to assign the IP address, subnet mask, router address, and DNS address at this time.
  3. Set up Home Sharing.To access the music and videos on your computer using Apple TV, you will use Home Sharing.
    • Set up Home Sharing on Apple TV. From the main menu, choose Settings, then select Home Sharing. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    • Set up Home Sharing on iTunes. From the File menu, select Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing. Enter the same Apple ID and password that you used for Apple TV.

Enjoying Content

  1. Watch movies galore!With iTunes on Apple TV, you have access to the latest movies in full 1080p resolution (v3) or 720p resolution (v2). Using the onscreen browser, you can preview movies, rent them, or buy them for your collection.
    • While virtually all content in iTunes can be previewed, many movies cannot be rented—only purchased—for the first weeks after release to iTunes. Subsequently, most can be rented. Occasionally, a movie willonlybe available for rent or for purchase.
    • Television shows from iTunes are purchase only, though you can subscribe to an entire season. Current television series offered on iTunes are usually delayed by a day or two from initial airing.
  2. Stream content from your iOS devices.On select content, you can use AirPlay to wirelessly stream movies and photos stored on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. You can also use mirroring to use your television as a giant screen for your iPhone 4S or iPad!
  3. Check out Netflix and Hulu Plus.You'll need a Netflix and/or Hulu account to view content, but with that in hand, you can stream enough content from the past and present to keep you entertained for the rest of your days—even if you were just born yesterday! To access that content, click on the Netflix or Hulu buttons on the main menu, then select your options.
    • If you have another iOS device, download the app for Netflix. If you're watching a movie on Netflix, and you decide you'd rather finish it in bed as you fall asleep (not recommend for a shoot-em-up), turn off your television (it will pause Apple TV), then launch Netflix on your iOS device. The movie will be queued up right where you left it! Hulu+ offers similar features.
  4. Enjoy the game.If you're a sports buff, subscribe to MLB.TV,, and NHL GameCenter. You can watch the games live and in HD as they happen, and watch previous games from the archives "on demand." If you don't have a subscription to these services, you can still check schedules, scores stats, standings, and highlights of previous games.
  5. Enjoy other people's lives.Check out YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr from the Main Menu. There's a world of user-generated content out there, and it's easy to access with just a click of a button.
  6. Break out of your musical box.Using Radio, you can choose from hundreds and hundreds of internet radio channels, sorted by category. Ready for some Classic Blues? Classical? Radio talkers? Click on the desired category, then pick your pleasure. Some of it is commercial-free, some of it interspersed with promos, but all of it is free and hi-resolution.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I connect Airplay to my Apple TV?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you have an iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of your phone. You should see multiple "tools" like flashlight, wifi, clock, etc. There should be an icon there for Airplay.
  • Question
    How do I know when to charge the remote and how will I know when it is finished?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You need to charge when it stops working and there should be a light that changes when its done charging.
  • Question
    How can I operate my Apple TV if my remote does not work?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use your iPhone and download the remote app. Sign in with the same Apple ID you used to activate home sharing on the Apple TV and you can control it with your phone.
  • Question
    Do I need an Apple account to set up an Apple TV?
    Sharmindh Lakshmanan
    Community Answer
    For initial setup, it is not required, but if you a have Apple ID/account you can enjoy it enjoy fully.
  • Question
    Why have I got a script on screen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Install the Remote App from the iTunes store and ensure your phone and Apple TV are connected to the same network as the Apple TV. Launch Remote. On the Apple TV, navigate to the Settings menu, then General, then Remotes, and finally Remote App menu. Then, scroll to the bottom and choose your device from the iOS Remotes list.
  • Question
    How do I start a TV show on YouTube?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
  • Question
    Why can't I get YouTube on my Apple TV?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Check to make sure you have an internet connection and that you've downloaded the YouTube app. You might also need to log into your YouTube account through the app to get it to work.
Unanswered Questions
  • How do I watch real time networks with an Apple TV?
  • How do I know if my Appled TV will connect to my TV via wireless?
  • How can I turn off the voice on my Apple TV?
  • Having put in my password how do I submit?
  • If your apple tv is on, how do I pair it to my apple tv?
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Things You'll Need

  • Apple TV
  • High-definition (HD) television with HDMI input, capable of 720p or 1080i resolution
  • An HDMI cable to connect directly to your TV, or two HDMI cables if connecting to a receiver first.
  • Network (wireless is recommended, at least 802.11g)
  • Network name and password
  • Broadband internet connection
  • iTunes account for renting or purchasing movies and TV shows
  • A Netflix and/or Hulu account for streaming content from those providers
  • If streaming becomes sketchy or intermittent, try resetting Apple TV either through the menu, or simply unplugging the power for a few seconds, then plugging it back in.
  • Use iTunes or iPhoto to set up folders for slide shows.
  • If you turn on your television, and find no signal, press any button on the remote control. Apple TV will go into sleep mode, and pressing a button will wake it up.
  • Cut the cord to the cable company. At first you'll miss the steady stream of network television, but before long, you'll be watching the latest movies, television shows commercial-free, and endless reruns of Star Trek.


  • Microwave signals can interfere with the network. Microwave your popcornbeforeyou start watching the movie.

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