How to set up and start using your new Apple TV
Apple TV is a small, $99 box that runs a version of iOS on the inside and streams iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, MLB, NHL, and dozens of other services in up to 1080p directly to your big screen HDTV. It can also AirPlay content from, and even mirror the display of, your iPhone or iPad. What's more, the Apple TV is Amazingly simple to set up and use... once you know how!
- How to set up your new Apple TV with an iPhone or iPad using Bluetooth LE
- How to manually set up your Apple TV with the remote provided
If you have a newer Apple TV and an iPhone or iPad that meet the system requirements, you can use the tap-to-set-up method in order to quickly transfer settings from one device to another. Check this guide out first to see if your devices are compatible. If not, return here to set up your Apple TV manually in the next section.
- Connect your Apple TV to your television and plug it in.
- Switch to the input on your tv that you chose to connect your Apple TV to in step one.
- Now using the silver remote provided, select the language you'd like to use with the click wheel. Once you've found it, click the center button to select it and move to the next screen.
- Now scroll through the list and select your wireless network.
- If you have a WiFi password, you'll be prompted to entire it now. Just be sure to enter capitals exactly as they appear for your password. Also, keep in mind the pause/play button on the Apple TV remote is a quicker way to cycle through the different menus (capitals, small letters, and symbols).
- Your Apple TV will now connect to the network and activate and do any updates if necessary.
- On the next screen choose whether or not you'd like to allow Apple to collect data in order to improve their products. This choice is completely up to you.
- You should now see the main screen of your Apple TV, which means you're done!
That's all there is to it. You can now start to explore your new Apple TV. The top row of icons all represent Apple services such as iTunes Radio, Music, Movies, and TV Shows. The next several rows feature channels such as PBS, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. For some services, you may need a specific subscription in order to access them. Clicking into a channel should tell you any information you need to know about accessing it.
As a side tip, if you don't fancy using the little silver remote that comes with the Apple TV, which most people don't, you can pick up the Remote app for iPhone and iPad in the App Store for free. This gives you better range as well as a full keyboard for text input. It's a much better way to experience the Apple TV and if you have an iPhone or an iPad, it's a must download app.
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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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