Set up your Apple TV

To start using your Apple TV, follow these steps.

      

Here's what you need

  • Personal internet*
  • A TV or other display with an HDMI port
  • An HDMI cable (On Apple TV 4K, you will need an HDMI 2.0 or later compatible cable)

If you want to set up your Apple TV with your iOS device, do these things first on your iOS device:

*Apple TV doesn't support public or subscription networks with sign-in requirements.

Choose your Apple TV

Set up your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD

To go back to a previous screen during the setup process, press the Menu button on your remote. To start again, unplug your Apple TV, then plug it back in.

Plug it in and turn on your TV

Plug in your Apple TV and connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable. To watch films in 4K HDR on Apple TV 4K, make sure you’re using an HDMI 2.0 or later cable, and have a TV that supports 4K, HDR, or both. Then turn on your TV and select the HDMI input that your Apple TV is connected to. 

Don't see the set up screen?

If you don't want to connect to Wi-Fi during the setup process, you can connect your Apple TV to your router with an Ethernet cable.

Ports and cables on Apple TV

Choose your language, and turn on Siri

Swipe on the Touch surface of your Apple TV Remote to find your language and country or region. To choose an option, click the Touch surface. If you select the wrong language, press the Menu button to return to the previous screen.

If asked, choose whether you want to use Siri.

Find out more about how to use your Apple TV Remote. Or find out what to do if your Apple TV remote isn't working.

Touch surface on Apple TV remote.

 

 

 

Continue the setup process with your iOS device or set up manually

To automatically add your Apple ID and Wi-Fi settings to your Apple TV, choose Set Up with Device. Then unlock your iOS device, hold it next to your Apple TV and follow the on-screen steps on your iOS device and Apple TV.

If you don't want to set up your Apple TV with your iOS device, choose Set Up Manually. Then follow the on-screen steps on your Apple TV to connect to your home Wi-Fi network and sign in with your Apple ID.

If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one. If you have forgotten your Apple ID, find out what to do.

 

Sign in with your TV provider

In some countries and regions, you may be able to sign in with your TV or cable provider on your Apple TV to watch TV shows and films included in your cable or TV subscription

 

Choose settings

Turn on One Home Screen to keep the Home screen and apps the same across every Apple TV. Choose a room where your Apple TV is to automatically add it to the Home app on your iOS device and Mac. Or add users to your Apple TV

 

Get apps and start streaming

When you've finished setting things up, you'll see the Home screen. From here, you can watch your favourite shows, films and discover more of what you love to watch in the Apple TV app. You can also download games and apps from the App Store.

You may also want to check for updates on your Apple TV.

To find out more about your Apple TV, read the Apple TV user guide.

 

Need help?

To learn what to do next, find your issue below.

If your Apple TV won't turn on

If your Apple TV doesn’t turn on, display video or play sound, find out what to do.

If you can't use the remote

Find out what to do if your Apple TV remote isn't working as expected

If you have purchased an Apple TV from someone and it didn't come with a remote, then you'll need to buy an Apple TV Remote to set up your Apple TV.

If you can't set up your Apple TV or see an error message

If your Apple TV stops responding during the setup process, unplug your Apple TV, then plug it back in.

If you can't get past a screen during the setup process, try connecting your Apple TV to a different Wi-Fi network, such as a personal hotspot from your phone. After you've finished the setup process, go to Settings on your Apple TV and connect to your home Wi-Fi network.

If you have any other issues, contact Apple Support.

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