How to enable Home Sharing on your Apple TV

Home Sharing is a great way to stream content from your Mac right to your Apple TV. It lets you quickly and easily get anything from the iTunes library on your desktop to the HDTV without it having to be on Apple's servers, like iTunes in the Cloud, or you having to be at your computer, like AirPlay. It's an older feature, more pull than push, but for home movies, personal video collections, ripped CDs, and more, it still works great. Here's how!

How to set up and start using Apple TV Home Sharing

  1. Click on the Settings icon from the main menu of your Apple TV.
  2. Scroll down and click on Computers.
  3. Now choose Enable Home Sharing.
  4. Either enter your Apple ID when prompted or confirm that the Apple ID already associated with your Apple TV is the one you'd like to use.

If you find that it isn't working or your computer isn't showing up, be sure your Mac has Home Sharing enabled in iTunes and that you're on the same network. Once it's set up, you can even use the Apple Remote app for iPhone or iPad to easily browse and choose from your iTunes library.

How to get more help with your Apple TV

If you need any additional help or have specific questions check out our Apple TV Forum!