About Apple TV (4th generation) software updates

Learn about new features in each software update for Apple TV (4th generation).

Learn how to update your Apple TV (4th generation) or about software updates for earlier models of Apple TV.

tvOS 10.2.2

This update includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 10.2.1

This update includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 10.2

This update includes general performance and stability improvements and these features:

  • Fast scroll: To rapidly scroll through lists, swipe on the right edge on your remote’s Touch surface. If a list has an index—like your song collection in the Music app—you can quickly jump forward or backward.
  • iTunes Movies: Enjoy your iTunes movie rentals across your devices when you sign in with the same Apple ID on every device. For example, rent a movie on your iPhone, then watch it on your Apple TV
  • Apple TV Remote app for iOS: Now with full support for iPad, the Apple TV Remote app lets you select movie chapters, audio tracks, and closed captions. You can also see music lyrics and playlists in the app. 
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM): Remotely configure and manage your Apple TV with MDM solutions, which offer special settings to help you in business and educational environments. Learn more.

tvOS 10.1.1

This update includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 10.1

  • TV app: Discover new content or pick up where you left off in a current show or movie—all in one unified place. The TV app brings together all your shows and movies from services that you subscribe to, plus your purchases from iTunes. This feature is available only in the United States for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Additional: This update also includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 10.0.1

This update includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 10.0

  • Siri:Siri now understands Spanish in Mexico, Dutch in Netherlands, and Norwegian in Norway, and Swedish in Sweden.
  • Search with Siri: Ask Siri to find movies by topic or theme. For example, ask for spy movies or the best movies about football. This feature is available only in the United States.
  • Siri for Podcasts: To find what you're looking for, just include the word “podcast” in your Siri search. Learn more.
  • Dictation: You can now use Dictation with Dutch, Norwegian, and Swedish system languages, no matter where you are in the world.
  • App Store: Automatically add apps that you purchased on your iOS device to your Apple TV. Just sign in to iTunes on your Apple TV with the same Apple ID that you use for iTunes on your iOS device. Then apps from your iOS device appear on your Apple TV Home screen. Learn more.
  • Music: Experience a fresh, streamlined design that makes it easier than ever to find the music that you love.
  • Photos: Enjoy the new Memories feature, which highlights moments from your Photo Library in a lively presentation for the big screen.
  • Single sign-on: Sign in to your cable or satellite-TV provider and enjoy instant access to supported video apps that your pay TV subscription includes. This feature is available only in the United States for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • HomeKit: From your Apple TV, ask Siri to turn off the living-room lights, change the temperature, and more. You can also use your Apple TV as a home hub. Then you can set up Automations or access your home remotely from the Home app on your iOS device or Apple Watch.
  • Appearance: You can change the look of your Apple TV. To make your Home screen and menus pop in bright or dim settings, choose a Light or Dark background Appearance
  • Apple Remote Keyboard: With this feature, a keyboard appears on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch whenever you select a text field on your Apple TV. Then you can quickly enter text on your Apple TV using the keyboard on your iOS device.
  • Display Accommodations: Color Filters can help you distinguish colors or read onscreen text.

tvOS 9.2.2

This update includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 9.2.1

  • Apple TV Remote app for iOS: With your iPhone, navigate your Apple TV though touch gestures, ask Siri to find something great to watch, enter text with the keyboard, and much more.
  • Additional: This update also includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 9.2

This update includes general software and performance improvements and these features:

  • Dictation: Press Microphone button on your remote and use your voice to quickly enter text on screen. This feature requires English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish as the system language.
  • Live Tune-in: Tell Siri to go to a live channel in a supported app, like CBS or ESPN.1 This feature is available only in the United States.
  • Siri for App Store: Search for apps by title, category, or developer.1
  • Siri:1 Siri now understands Spanish in the US and French in Canada. If English is the language that you use for Siri and you live in Australia, Canada, the UK, or the US, you can choose Australian English, UK English, or US English.
  • Photos: Enjoy your iCloud Photo Library, including Live Photos, on the big screen.
  • Folders: For easier access, create folders to organize your apps.
  • Bluetooth keyboards: Use your Apple Wireless Keyboard to control your Apple TV. 
  • Conference Room Display: Lock Apple TV in Conference Room Display for business and education environments. Show onscreen instructions for how to use AirPlay.

tvOS 9.2 also includes an update for your Apple TV Remote. This update adds compatibility with Samsung sound bars and improves general performance. Your Apple TV will attempt to update your Apple TV Remote once a day when both devices are idle. After the update completes, the firmware version number in Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote will read 0x0245.

tvOS 9.1.1

  • Podcasts app: Enjoy your favorite podcasts on the big screen. 
  • Additional: This update also includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 9.1

This update includes general software and performance improvements and these features:

  • Siri for Apple Music: Search, play, and control your music on Apple TV.2
  • Remote app for Apple Watch: Use your Apple Watch to navigate Apple TV.

tvOS 9.0.1

This update includes general performance and stability improvements.

tvOS 9.0

  • New user experience: Enjoy a new TV experience, with innovative new ways to use Touch and voice.
  • Siri:1 Simply say what movie or show you want to watch.
  • App Store: Search, browse, and download apps directly to your Apple TV.
  • Music: Enjoy Apple Music2 on the best speakers in your home and get access to your iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match.
  1. Siri availability and functionality vary by country and region.
  2. Apple Music requires a subscription.
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