Update the software on your Apple TV

Learn how to check for updates or set Apple TV to automatically update the software for you.

Check for updates

  1. On Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > System > Software Updates and Select Update Software.*
  2.  If there's an update, select Download and Install. Wait for your Apple TV to download the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes.
  3. After the update downloads, your Apple TV will restart and prepare the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes.
  4. After Apple TV prepares the update, it will install it. When the update is complete, your Apple TV will automatically restart again.

*To update the software on Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), go to Settings > General > Update Software. If there's an update, download and install it. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes.

Update your Apple TV automatically

You can set your Apple TV to automatically install new updates when they're available. Just go to Settings > System > Software Updates and turn on Automatically Update.

To update the software automatically on Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), go to Settings > General > Update Software and turn on Update Automatically.

Get help

  • If you can’t update your Apple TV, make sure that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network.
  • If the progress bar for the update appears stuck or paused, don’t unplug your Apple TV. Allow more time for the update to complete. If you've been waiting for more than an hour, contact Apple Support before you restart or unplug or Apple TV.
  • If there is an issue during the update, you might see a message that asks you to Erase All Settings or Restart. Try the Restart option first. If you see the same message again, select Erase All Settings.
  • For other issues, contact Apple Support.
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