Set up your Apple TV

To get started with your Apple TV, follow these steps.

      

Here's what you need

If you get stuck on a step, or want to step back, press Menu. To start over at any time, unplug your device from power, then plug back in.

Plug into power

Plug your Apple TV into power. If you want to connect to the Internet using Ethernet, connect your Apple TV to your router with an Ethernet cable. (Wi-Fi setup comes later.)

Connect to your home-theater devices

With an HDMI cable, plug your Apple TV directly into your television. On Apple TV 4K, make sure that you’re using an HDMI 2.0 or later cable. Or, if you use a receiver or HDMI switchbox, use an HDMI cable to plug your Apple TV directly into your receiver or switchbox. If you’re connecting a Apple TV 4K to a receiver, make sure that it also supports HDMI 2.0 or later. Then use a second HDMI cable to connect the receiver or switchbox to your television.

Turn on your television to find the setup screen

Turn on your television (and receiver or switchbox) to see the Apple TV setup screen.

Don't see the setup screen? On your television, check that you selected the same input that you connected your Apple TV to. For help, use your television manual. If you still don’t see the setup screen or hear any audio, learn what to do.

 

Connect your remote

To connect your devices, press to click the Touch surface of your remote.

Need help? If your remote won't connect, press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons for five seconds. Or if a message says that you aren't close enough, set your remote on top of your Apple TV.

Pick language settings

Swipe on the Touch surface of your remote to find your language and country or region. To choose an option, click the Touch surface. If you see the wrong language, press the Menu button to return to the previous screen and try again. Or, if you want to start over, unplug your Apple TV from power, then plug it back in.

If asked, choose whether to use Siri.

 

Set up using your iPhone or other device

To transfer settings from your iOS device to your Apple TV, like login information for iTunes, iCloud, and Wi-Fi, choose Set Up with Device. Follow the onscreen steps on your iOS device and Apple TV.

If you have issues with the "Set Up with Device" process, press Menu on your remote to return to the previous screen and choose Set Up Manually.

 

Get the most out of your TV

If you have an Apple TV 4K connected to a 4K television that supports HDR or Dolby Vision, you may be prompted to run a short display test for these formats. Follow the onscreen instructions to run the test, and confirm that you have a clear picture. Learn more about 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision on your Apple TV 4K.

 

Set up One Home Screen across every Apple TV

One Home Screen keeps your apps and Home screens the same across every Apple TV you own just by signing into iCloud. If you see a message that asks if you want to use One Home Screen, choose Match Home Screens. If you choose Not Now, you can turn it on later in Settings > Accounts > iCloud > One Home Screen.

 

Finish up

Finish the onscreen steps to choose settings for Location Services, screensavers, and analytics sharing. Then you can open the App Store from your Home screen to find and download video apps and game apps—like Hulu, DirecTV Now, Netflix, NBA, HBO, and many more. Need help with the App Store?

 

Get help

  • If you get stuck, press the Menu button on your remote to return to the previous screen. 
  • If your remote won't respond, press and hold the Menu and Volume Up buttons for two seconds. 
  • If your Apple TV won't respond or you get stuck during setup, unplug it from power, then plug it back in.
  • If you have other issues, contact Apple Support.

 

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