How do you give your Apple TV a new sleeping look? By changing the screensaver, of course!

When you're not actively using your Apple TV, it keeps your television screen from holding on a specific image with a screensaver. By default, you'll see Apple's Aerial drone footage of various cities as your screensaver, but you can change this at any time. Here's how.

How to change the screensaver on your Apple TV

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.
  2. Select General.

    Select Settings and then select general.

  3. Select Screensaver.
  4. Select Type.

    Select screensaver and then select type

From here, you have a choice of one of five different categories of screensaver: Aerial, Apple Photos, My Photos, Home Sharing, or My Music.


These gorgeous, slow-motion videos were filmed by Apple, and let you peek at a variety of cities from a birds-eye view. To enable the Aerial screensaver, just select this option.

Apple Photos

These images are also supplied by Apple (who'da thunk?) and include Animals, Flowers, Landscapes, Nature, and an assortment of stills from the company's popular Shot on iPhone campaign. To enable one of the Apple Photos collections, click on the one you prefer.

My Photos

If you have either My Photo Stream or iCloud Photo Library enabled on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, you can select images or albums from this list to incorporate into a screensaver on your Apple TV. (Just remember, other people will likely see these images, so choose wisely!)

  1. From the Type screen, select My Photos.
  2. Select the photo album you want to use as your screensaver.
  3. Select Set as Screensaver.

    Select the shared photo album you want as your screensaver and then select Set as Screensaver.

  4. Select Yes.


Home Sharing (iOS 10 only)

This feature, coming in iOS 10, allows you to select videos, podcasts, or music to play for your screensaver.

My Music (iOS 10 only)

Want to look at album covers while your Apple TV sleeps? Just pick this option.


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