Use the Apple TV App on your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Continue to watch your favorite shows and movies, discover new content, and find new video apps. With the Apple TV App, you can do it all from a single location.



The Apple TV App is available in select countries and regions. You can use the Apple TV App on your Apple TV* with the latest version of tvOS or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the latest version of iOS.

*The Apple TV App isn’t available on Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier).

Explore the Apple TV App

To get started, open the TV app: On your Apple TV, select the TV app from your Home screen or press Home button on your Siri Remote. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the TV app on your Home screen.1

To find the content you want, use these four tabs in the Apple TV App:

Watch Now

This tab has two sections: The Up Next2 section displays your current shows and movies, while the one below features recommendations for new content across your apps, curated by our experts. The content you see in Watch Now is instantly playable,3 because Watch Now filters by free content, plus your subscriptions, purchases, and rentals. In the United States, you can also browse live news channels and special events.


In the United States and Canada, you can see all of your favorite sports in the Apple TV App.

Browse the Sports tab to find live, upcoming, and re-aired games to watch. And, you can check scores for games in progress. Choose your favorite teams to automatically add games to Up Next, and receive notifications when a game is about to start.


To find a list of all shows and movies that you purchased or rented in the iTunes Store, open the Library tab and select TV Shows or Movies. On your iPhone and iPad, the Library tab also shows your recent purchases and any home videos that you transferred to your device. To see more of your recently purchased content, tap See All.


Use the Store tab to install apps that support the TV app, like ones you can subscribe to individually and ones that work with your cable or satellite TV subscription. And, if your pay TV provider supports Single sign-on, you just sign in once to enjoy instant access to supported apps included with your pay TV subscription. You can also browse the latest TV shows and movies from iTunes. 


Use Siri or the Search tab to find TV shows and movies by title, cast, or crew. If you ask Siri to play one of your current shows or movies, the content starts right where you left off. You can also use the Search tab to see trending content. See something you like? Ask Siri to add the show or movie to Up Next. (Or just add the content to Up Next from the content's main product page.) 


Change your settings

On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Apps > TV. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > TV. Then you can adjust these settings:

  • Turn Up Next on or off: If you don't want to display the viewing history in the TV app on your device—past or future—turn off Up Next. When you turn off Up Next on your device, the setting turns off only on that device, and your viewing information won’t sync to your other devices anymore (until you turn Up Next back on). 
  • Remove content from certain apps: To remove an app's past or future content from the TV app, select the app that you want to clear. Then choose Remove or Remove and Clear Play History.4
  • Clear viewing history: To remove your viewing history from the TV app, select Clear Play History.4
  • Hide sports scores: In the United States and Canada, you can hide game scores from showing in the Sports tab. Just turn off Show Sports Scores.

  1. In available countries and regions, the Apple TV App replaces the Videos app when you update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Any videos stored in the Videos app, like ones you synced from iTunes or use through Home Sharing, will transfer to the Apple TV App.
  2. With your consent, Up Next displays only content that you watched on an Apple device after you update the device. And if you sign in to iTunes with the same Apple ID on multiple Apple devices, Up Next displays your current content from all of those Apple devices.
  3. Any content that you see in the Watch Now tab should be instantly playable, unless you manually add shows or movies to Up Next that aren't available (like content that's offered through apps that you haven’t signed up for, or content that you haven't rented or purchased yet).
  4. If you use the Apple TV App on multiple devices that share the same Apple ID for iTunes, your adjustments to this setting apply to all of those devices.


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