If your Apple TV won't connect to Wi-Fi

If you can't connect to Wi-Fi or play movies, songs, or other content on your Apple TV, learn what to do.

Follow the steps below if your Apple TV won’t connect to Wi-Fi. If your Apple TV connects to Wi-Fi but you can’t watch and stream movies or TV shows in the Apple TV app, find out what to do.

Check that everything's on, connected, and in range

Make sure that your Internet router is connected to your modem and that both are powered on. If your router and modem are combined, make sure that the device is powered on. 

Keep your Apple TV in range of your router. If it's too far away, your Apple TV won't get a signal. To avoid signal issues, don't place your Apple TV directly on or within a foot of your Wi-Fi router.


Connect to Wi-Fi

On Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, go to Settings > Network. On Apple TV (3rd generation), go to Settings > General > Network. Choose the name of a compatible Wi-Fi network to join. If asked, enter your Wi-Fi password. If you don’t know your password, get help.

Apple TV can't connect to captive networks, which are networks that require an additional or secondary login. Captive networks can include free and pay networks in places like businesses, schools, dorms, apartments, hotels, and stores.


Restart your Apple TV, router, and modem

After you restart each device, see if you still need help. On Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, go to Settings > System and select Restart. On Apple TV (3rd generation), go to Settings > General and select Restart.

Unplug your router and your cable or DSL modem from power. Then plug them back in.


Use an Ethernet cable and check for software updates

Try connecting your Apple TV directly to your router, or cable or DSL modem using an Ethernet cable. Then, join your network and check for software updates.

On Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, go to Settings > System > Software Updates.

On Apple TV (3rd generation), go to Settings > General > Update Software. If there's an update, install it. Then unplug your Ethernet cable and try to join your Wi-Fi network again.


Still can't connect?

  • Make sure that there isn't interference in the area.
  • If you're connected to Wi-Fi but you can’t get online, try to use your Wi-Fi network with another device. If you can’t get online with the other device, there might be a service outage. Call your cable company or Internet provider for help.
  • Try to connect to a Wi-Fi network in a different location. If your Apple TV connects, you need to get help with your original Wi-Fi network. If your Apple TV can’t connect to any Wi-Fi networks, contact Apple Support.
  • Make sure that your Wi-Fi router has the latest version of the firmware. If you're using an AirPort Base Station, learn how. For help updating a non-Apple router, contact the manufacturer. Also, make sure that the router works with your Apple TV.

Learn more

  • Apple TV connects to Internet with either Wi-Fi or Ethernet. When you use an Ethernet cable, Apple TV automatically uses that connection instead of your Wi-Fi network. 
  • Apple TV might be able to join some education or business networks that use a profile. Ask the network's system administrator for more information.
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