Use an iOS device to set up your Apple TV (3rd generation)

Learn how to get started with your Apple TV (3rd generation).

You can use your iOS device to transfer the following to your Apple TV during setup: Wi-Fi login information, iTunes Store information, and language and region format preferences.

Here's what you need

Plug in to power and connect your devices

Connect your Apple TV in to power and plug it into your television with an HDMI cable. Then wait until you see the Apple TV setup screen on your television.


Unlock your iOS device and turn on Bluetooth

On your iOS device in Settings > Bluetooth, make sure that Bluetooth is on.


Set your iOS device next to your Apple TV

Then wait for Automatic Setup steps to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV. If you don't see the Automatic Setup screen, press the Sleep/Wake button to lock your iOS device. Then press the Home button, slide to unlock your device, and try again.


Enter your Apple ID and password

When asked, enter your Apple ID information on your iOS device.

Choose preferences

Choose if you want Apple TV to remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple. This won't change your iOS device preferences.

Wait while your Apple TV finishes setup

Give your Apple TV time to finish the setup process.


Wait for the Home screen to appear

When you see the Home screen, it means that your Apple TV is ready to use.

If you need help with setup

  • Make sure that your iOS device stays within 10 to 15 feet of your Apple TV throughout the entire setup process.
  • If you go out of range or the setup won't finish, you can restart your Apple TV by unplugging it from power for a few seconds. Then reconnect and try again.
  • If you still can't finish setup, use the included Apple Remote instead of your iOS device to set up your Apple TV.

Learn more

Setting up your Apple TV with your iOS device does not do any of the following:

  • Set up multiple Wi-Fi networks or install network configuration profiles
  • Transfer account information for third-party services like Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu Plus
  • Enable iTunes Match, Home Sharing, iCloud Photos, or the Remote app for iOS

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