How to manually check for software updates on an Apple TV

How to manually check for software updates on an Apple TV

When there's an update available for the Apple TV you'll get a popup notification telling you about it. However, you might be in a hurry to watch a movie, listen to music, or do something else when it happens, and you may not want to stop and do the update right then and there. Luckily, you can check for and apply Apple TV software updates at any time. Here's how!

How to manually check for and install Apple TV software updates

  1. From the main menu of your Apple TV, click on Settings.
  2. Now click on General.
  3. Scroll down in the list and click on Software Updates.
  4. Now click on Update Software.
  5. If there's an update available you can install it now. If there isn't, you'll see a message saying your software is up to date, which is what I can see in the images below.

That's it. If you had an update, just let the Apple TV do its thing and install the update. Just be sure not to disconnect it during the update process. If you do accidentally, you can restore it in iTunes to fix it.

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!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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