Apple TV

Tired of the same old Aerial screensaver on Apple TV? How about using your entire Photo library instead!

The fourth-generation Apple TV gives you a number of different screensaver options. The newest and default is Aerial, which includes helicopter and drone footage of cities, landscapes, and other scenic wonders. If you want to change things up, though, you can switch to a more personal screensaver, including using all pictures in your Photo library.

How to change the screensaver on Apple TV

If you are ready for a change, you can easily swap your screensaver at any time.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select General.

    Settings and General on Apple TV

  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. Select Type.

    Screensaver Type on Apple TV

  5. Choose a different screensaver from Aerial, Apple Photos, My Photos, Home Sharing, or My Music.

    Choosing screensaver type on Apple TV

Currently, My Photos can only be used to make shared photo albums into a screensaver, but there is another way to use your Home Sharing photo library instead.

How to change the screensaver transition on Apple TV

When you are not using the Aerial screensaver, you can select a different visual transition style, like cascading, origami, or snapshots.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select General.

    Settings and General on Apple TV

  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. Scroll down to Transition and select an option.

    Screensaver transition on Apple TV

If you select Random you'll see a different transition every time your screensaver starts.

How to change when your screensaver starts on Apple TV

If you want your screensaver to appear more or less often, you can adjust how soon it switches on after being inactive.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select General.

    Settings and General on Apple TV

  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. Select Start After.

    Selecting when screensaver turns on on Apple TV

  5. Change the start time to Never, two, five, 10, 15, or 30 minutes

    Setting when screensaver turns on on Apple TV

How to change how often Apple TV downloads new Aerial screensaver videos

If you prefer the aerial screensaver — it is pretty cool! — but want to change it up more frequently, you can increase how often Apple TV downloads new videos.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select General.

    Settings and General on Apple TV

  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. Select Type.

    Screensaver Type on Apple TV

  5. Select Aerial.
  6. Tap the Menu button on the Siri Remote to back out. It is the top button on the left side of the face of the remote with the word "Menu" on it.
  7. Select Download New Videos.

    Selecting how often aerial videos download on Apple TV

  8. Choose how often Apple TV downloads new vidoes from Never, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.

    selecting how often aerial videos download on Apple TV

Aerial video downloads are about 600MB each, so keep that in mind if you are worried about storage space on your Apple TV

How to set Home Sharing to use all pictures from your Photos app as a screensaver on Apple TV

If you have Home Sharing set up, you can send album art, audiobook cover art, and pictures from your computer to Apple TV. In order to share all pictures from your Photos app to Apple TV, though, you'll have to set it up.

  1. On your computer, open iTunes.
  2. Select File from the menu bar in the upper left corner of your computer's screen.

    Opening iTunes on Mac

  3. Select Home Sharing.
  4. Click on Choose Photos to Share with Apple TV.

    Selecting Home Sharing options on Mac

  5. Make sure Share Photos from is selected.
  6. Select the Photos app from the dropdown menu.
  7. Click on All photos and albums.

    Selecting All Photos on Mac

If you keep all of your pictures in a specific folder on your computer, you can select that folder instead of the Photos app.

  1. On Apple TV, open the Settings app.
  2. Select General.

    Settings and General on Apple TV

  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. Select Type.

    Screensaver Type on Apple TV

  5. Select Home Sharing.
  6. Select Photos.

    Home Sharing on Apple TV

  7. Pick an album, or select Photos at the top of the list to use your entire photo library.
  8. Select Set as Screensaver.

    Setting Home Sharing photos on Apple TV

This will make it possible for you to use your entire Apple Photos library as a screensaver on Apple TV.

Anything Else?

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