Apple TV is a powerful device that can transform your TV into a smart TV. With Apple TV, you can stream your favorite movies, TV shows, and music on your TV. Here’s how to set it up.
The Apple TV app (also known as Apple TV, TV, and the TV app) is a line of media player software programs developed by Apple Inc. for viewing television shows and films delivered by Apple to consumer electronic devices. It can stream content from the iTunes Store, the Apple TV Channels a la carte video on demand service, and the Apple TV+ original content subscription service. On iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Apple TVs it can also index and access content from linked apps of other video on demand services.
The app was released in the United States in December 2016 for iOS and tvOS Apple devices and was rolled out to other countries starting in late 2017. During the course of 2019 and 2020, it was brought to Mac and the third generation Apple TV and gradually, with certain feature omissions, to non-Apple devices: post-2015 Roku and Amazon Fire TV models and some newer television models on the Roku TV, Fire TV Edition, Samsung Tizen, LG webOS, and Vizio SmartCast smart TV platforms, with select new Sony Android TV models gaining access in October 2020.
Content from the TV app may also be streamed via Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol from a device supporting the TV app to particular smart television sets from Sony, Vizio, LG, and Samsung.
Connect your Apple TV to your TV
The first thing you need to do is connect your Apple TV to your TV. To do this, connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the back of your Apple TV, and the other end to an available HDMI port on your TV. If you have Apple TV 4K, you need an HDMI 2.0 or later compatible cable.
Connect your Apple TV to the internet
Once you’ve connected your Apple TV to your TV, you need to connect it to the internet. You can connect your Apple TV to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. To connect via Wi-Fi, go to the Settings app on your Apple TV, select Network, and then select Wi-Fi. Choose your Wi-Fi network and enter your password. To connect via Ethernet, simply connect an Ethernet cable to your Apple TV and your router.
Set up your Apple ID
To use Apple TV, you need an Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID, sign in to your account. If you don’t have an Apple ID, create one by visiting the Apple ID website. Once you’ve signed in to your Apple ID, you can access all of the content available on Apple TV.
Set up Home Sharing
Home Sharing allows you to share media between your Apple TV and other devices in your home. To set up Home Sharing, go to the Settings app on your Apple TV, select Accounts, and then select Home Sharing. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then turn on Home Sharing.
Install apps and enjoy your content
Once you’ve set up your Apple TV, you can install apps and start enjoying your favorite movies, TV shows, and music. To install apps, go to the App Store app on your Apple TV, search for the app you want, and then download and install it.
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