How to Set up Your New Apple TV

What is Apple TV?

A digital media player and microconsole called Apple TV was created and marketed by Apple Inc. It enables users to stream multimedia content from the Internet over a television.

Apple hit it out of the park with the latest Apple TV launch. The streaming device packs an A15 CPU, double the base storage, and a smaller footprint with a cheaper price tag. If you have already bought one, read our dedicated guide to set it up.

Apple TV offers a seamless setup experience for iPhone users. If you don’t have one, you must login with your Apple account details manually. We will cover how to set your Apple TV in both ways, download your favorite streaming apps, change video settings to your preference, and more.

How to Set Up your Apple TV

Before you can set up Apple TV, there are some requirements you must meet to have a seamless streaming experience,

Apple TV

Let’s look at the following requirements for setting up Apple TV.

  • A TV or any display device with an HDMI port.
  • An HDMI cable.
  • Robust internet connection.

Let’s get started.

  1. Connect your Apple TV to an outlet.
  2. Connect your Apple TV with a TV, monitor, projector, or other display device you choose to use by using the the HDMI cable.
  3. Make sure to use HDMI 2.0 or later cable and have a TV that supports 4K, HDR, or both if you intend to watch movies and television shows in 4K HDR on Apple TV 4K.
  4. Turn on your TV and change your source of output to HDMI.
  5. Connect your Apple TV to a router if you have a more expensive model with an Ethernet port if you want a quick internet connection.
  6. Set Siri and select your preferred language before using your Apple TV.

How to Select Your Prefer Language On Apple TV

  1. Press up/down or use the swipe gestures on your Apple TV remote to set your preferred language.
  2. If you accidentally choose the wrong language, use the back button to return to the previous menu.

Sign in with Apple ID

You need an active Apple ID to start downloading apps and sync photos and music from Apple Music and the Photos app. You have two ways to sign in to your Apple account on an Apple TV.

Sign in with iPhone

Before you sign in with your iPhone or iPad on an Apple TV, make sure to follow the below requirements.

  • Unlock your iPhone or iPad.
  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network from the Control Center.
  • Turn on Bluetooth from the same menu.

Now, move your iPhone close to your Apple TV, and a pop-up will appear on your phone to complete the setup. It may take a while as per your Wi-Fi speed.


Sign in Manually

Not everyone has an iPhone or iPad. Android users can select Sign in Manually and connect the Apple TV to a Wi-Fi network. Now, type your Apple ID and password for successful authentication. If you don’t have an Apple account, create one.

How to Download Streaming Apps from the App Store

Similar to iPhone, iPad, and Mac, your Apple TV comes with default apps to explore music, TV shows, movies, photos, and podcasts. You should familiarize yourself with default Apple apps.

  • App Store: A single go-to source for downloading third-party streaming apps.
  • Arcade: Download all Apple TV games. It requires an Apple Arcade or Apple One subscription.
  • Fitness: Apple Fitness+ subscribers can access on-demand workout videos, health data, and other stats.
  • iTunes Movies: Check your rented or previously bought movies from iTunes.
  • Apple Music: It’s the default music streaming service on Apple TV. It requires Apple Music or an Apple One subscription.
  • Apple TV+: Home to some of the best TV shows and movies on Apple TV. It’s a part of the Apple One subscription. You can get it for a separate subscription too.
  • Podcasts: It’s a free app to listen to your favorite podcasts at home.
  • Settings: The default Settings app to make changes to your Apple TV.
  • Photos: It shows all your photos and videos from the iCloud library. You can check folders, memories, and your shared albums too.

You shouldn’t limit yourself to the default Apple TV apps only. The App Store is packed with popular streaming services to explore. Let’s download Netflix, YouTube, and other apps to complete your setup.

  1. Open the App Store on your Apple TV.
  2. Use the search bar at the top or glance over the app library.
  3. Select an app and click Get to install the app.
  4. Repeat the same for all your preferred apps and games. If you plan to purchase an app or game, make sure to set up a payment method for your account.

You shall find all your installed apps and games on the home screen. You can use the Apple TV remote trackpad or navigation buttons to switch between them.

How to Customize the Apple TV Home Screen

Five of Apple’s apps are prominently displayed at the top for convenience. The steps listed below can be used to customize it and add your favorite apps.

  1. Hover the select over your preferred app and long-press on it.
  2. Use the navigation buttons to place it at the top.
  3. Repeat the same for your top five apps and place them at the top.
  4. When you select an app, the tvOS shows the relevant content right at the top.

How to Change Apple TV Theme

Apple TV uses a dark theme by default. We recommend changing it to automatic for the best experience.

  1. Open Settings from your Apple TV home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll to Appearance.
  4. Select Automatic from the following menu.

The option changes the appearance to Dark at night and Light during the day.

Explore Video Settings

For the best viewing experience, adjust the video settings on your Apple TV if your TV or display supports HDR or Dolby Vision. What you must do is as follows.

  1. Head to Settings.
  2. Select Video and Audio.
  3. Open Format.
  4. Select 4K Dolby Vision (with the highest frame rates available) and confirm your decision from the following menu.

You can adjust audio settings, the display color on your Apple TV, the frame rate to play the content at its original frame rates, and other options from the same menu. To personalize your Apple TV experience, we strongly advise exploring the Video and Audio menu.



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