Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Connecting the cables

Learn how to connect cables to your Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation).

Before you begin

  • Look at the back of your TV or receiver and find an HDMI port (see below for an image of how the port is shaped).
  • Make sure you have the appropriate cables.

Connecting the cables

  1. Connect one end of an HDMI cable from the back of your TV.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the back of your Apple TV's HDMI port.

  3. The built in 802.11 Wi-Fi technology should connect Apple TV to your wireless network. If there are multiple wireless networks available, choose the one you wish to use.
    If your network is Ethernet based, connect Apple TV to your network using an Ethernet cable.
  4. If you're using an optical audio cable for audio (which is optional), connect one end of the cable to the audio input port on your receiver or TV, and the other end to the optical digital audio port on the back of the Apple TV.


Connecting the power cord

Connect the power cord to the back of the Apple TV and a working power outlet.

Learn more

Learn more about the Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) ports and connectors.

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