View iCloud Photos and Shared Photo Library on Apple TV
In the Photos app , photos, Live Photos and videos from your iCloud Photos appear in the Library category in the menu bar. Your iCloud Photos albums appear in the Albums category in the menu bar.
If you’ve set up an iCloud Shared Photo Library on an iPhone, iPad or Mac, you can see photos and videos in your personal, shared or combined libraries on Apple TV.
Turn on access to photos from iCloud
Open Settings on Apple TV.
Go to Users and Accounts > [default user account name], then select Photos and turn on iCloud Photos.
View your iCloud Photos items
Open the Photos app on Apple TV, then navigate to the Library category in the menu bar.
Navigate up or down to scroll through the items, which are organised by date and location.
Tip: If you have a large library with years of photos, do one of the following:
Siri Remote (2nd generation or later): Press and hold up or down on the clickpad ring or swipe up or down a few times quickly on the clickpad to activate a scrolling timeline, then scroll to the year you want to view.
Siri Remote (1st generation): Swipe up or down a few times quickly on the touch surface to activate a scrolling timeline, then scroll to the year you want to view.
To view and scroll through full-screen photos, select a photo, then navigate left or right.
View your iCloud Shared Photo Library items
iCloud Shared Photo Library lets you share a photo library with friends or family, separate from your personal iCloud Photos library. You can join one shared photo library at a time with up to five other people.
To view a shared photo library on your Apple TV, you need to set up iCloud Shared Photo Library with the same iCloud Photos account on an iPhone using iOS 16.1 or later, iPad using iPadOS 16.1 or later, or Mac using macOS Ventura or later. Once your shared photo library is set up, you can switch between your personal and shared libraries on Apple TV.
You can’t create, edit or delete items in your shared photo library on Apple TV, but any changes you or others make in the Photos app on another device automatically appear on Apple TV.
For more information on setting up iCloud Shared Photo Library, see the iCloud User Guide.
Note: The Library View button doesn’t appear until you set up a shared photo library on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
Select to view any of the following:
Both Libraries: See photos and videos combined from your personal and shared photo libraries.
Personal Library: See photos and videos from your personal library only.
Shared Library: See photos and videos from your shared photo library only.
The button in the upper-right corner of the screen changes to indicate the view you selected, and the photos and videos from that library appear below.
To browse library items, navigate up, down, left or right; to browse full-screen photos, select a photo, then navigate left or right.
View your iCloud Photos albums.
In Albums, you can see all the albums created on your iOS or iPadOS devices, or Mac, such as Favourites, Live Photos or Selfies.