Set up your Apple TV

To get started with 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 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 setup, press the Menu button on your remote. To start over, unplug your Apple TV from power, then plug it back in.

Plug it in and turn on your TV

Plug your Apple TV into power and connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable. To watch movies in 4K HDR on Apple TV 4K, make sure that you’re using an HDMI 2.0 or later cable, and have a TV that supports 4K, HDR, or both. You can also set up your Apple TV 4K to play sound in Dolby Atmos.

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 setup, 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 choose the wrong language, press the Menu button to return to the previous screen.

If asked, choose whether to use Siri.

Learn more about using your Apple TV Remote to control your Apple TV.

Touch surface on Apple TV remote.




Continue setup 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 onscreen 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 onscreen 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 forgot your Apple ID, learn what to do.


Sign into your TV provider

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

If you receive an Apple TV from your cable provider, then your Apple TV should already be authorized for your subscription right out of the box.


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. And download Aerial screen savers.

If you have an Apple TV 4K connected to a 4K television that supports HDR or Dolby Vision, you might be prompted to run a short display test. Follow the onscreen instructions to run the test, and confirm that you have a clear picture. Learn more about 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision on your Apple TV 4K.


Get apps and start streaming

When setup is complete, you'll see the Home screen. From here, you can watch your favorite shows, movies, 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 might also want to check for updates on your Apple TV.

To learn 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

Make sure that your Apple TV is plugged in to power and check the HDMI cable is securely connected to your Apple TV and television. If your Apple TV still doesn’t power on, show video, or play sound, learn what to do.

If you can't use the remote

You might need to charge your Apple TV Remote. If your remote is charged and isn't responding, press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons for two seconds.

If you 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 setup, unplug your Apple TV from power, then plug it back in.

If you can't get past a screen during setup, try connecting your Apple TV to a different Wi-Fi network, like a personal hotspot from your phone. After setup is complete, go to Settings on your Apple TV and connect to your home Wi-Fi network.

If you have other issues, contact Apple Support.

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