Apple Tv Tips

How to set up your accessories with HomeKit

Just picked up a HomeKit-compatible gadget? Awesome. Here's how to set it up.

Apple has made it incredibly easy to set up your new home automation accessories with its HomeKit system — assuming, that is, you've picked up an accessory which works with HomeKit. (If you're not sure, look for the "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge on the accessory's packaging; additionally, this list from Apple currently lists all the currently compatible devices.)

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How to set up and use the Apple TV Remote on your Apple Watch

With the Remote app on your Apple Watch, you can control your Apple TV right from your wrist.

The Remote App for Apple Watch works similarly to the Remote app for iPhone, but you don't have to download it from the App Store — it's built right in. With Remote, you can pair with your Apple TV — or iTunes on your computer — and use your Watch just like the hardware remote. Menu, select, pause, play, skip forward or back, it's all there. All you have to do is set it up first.

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How to use Apple TV: The ultimate guide

Complete guide to the Apple TV, Apple's iOS-powered, 1080p streaming set top box.

While rumors of a new Apple TV continue to make the rounds, the current Apple TV has just seen a price drop to $69 an exclusive agreement signed for HBO Now in the U.S. It also lets you stream all sorts of content — including iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, MLB, NHL, and much, much more — to your HDTV, even if you don't have an iPhone or iPad in-hand. If you do, it lets you AirPlay video and even mirror the screen of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac straight to the big screen. There's a lot more you can do as well. Here's our complete guide!

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How to AirPlay from Photos on your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV

With AirPlay you can send whatever you're looking at on your iPhone or iPad directly to your Apple TV, including the pictures and videos in your Photos app. Whether they're from the big game or the latest trip, a must-see moment or just a bit of fun, you're only ever a few taps from taking your photos from the small screen in your hand to the big one in your living or conference room.

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How to access the chapter menu on the Apple TV

When watching movies on the Apple TV, you may come across a time where you want to jump back or forward several minutes and scenes. While you can always scrub by rewinding and fast forwarding, it's much easier to use the chapter menu to jump right to where you need to be. The best part is you can even see preview frames so you know exactly where to skip to.

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How to use your Photo Stream as the screen saver on your Apple TV

If you own an iPhone and an Apple TV, you can use your Photo Stream photos as your screen saver. They're likely far more personal and meaningful to you than the natural photography Apple includes as default. Best of all, as you take new photos, they'll automatically update and you'll always have new and fresh photos for people to see!

WARNING: If you set up Photo Stream as tour screen saver on Apple TV, make sure you don't include any pictures you or those seeing them might find inappropriate or embarrassing.

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How to browse the web on your Apple TV with AirWeb

Apple doesn't offer their Safari web browser on the Apple TV. However, if you have an iPhone or iPad with AirPlay ad the AirWeb app from the App Store you can easily and conveniently beam an optimized web browser right to your Apple TV. What's more, it's by far one of the best ways I've found to browse the internet on a television.

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How to use VoiceOver on your Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV but find it difficult or impossible to see and navigate the menu system VoiceOver is there to help. An accessibility option meant to help those with visual challenges, VoiceOver "speaks" the controls to you, letting you hear what you can't see. You can even set up shortcuts to turn VoiceOver on and off with just two taps.

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How to enable restrictions on the Apple TV

If you have kids in your home, it may be a good idea to enable parental restrictions on your Apple TV. Not only does it ensure that no one can rack up charges on your iTunes account on rentals and purchases, it can also set your mind at ease that your kids aren't viewing content they shouldn't be. Here's how:

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How to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV

While navigating and selecting with the Apple TV remote control works fine, trying to enter a search term or a password is tedious and frustrating. The Remote app can help ease the pain, but nothing beats a real keyboard when it comes to typing. Luckily, Apple makes it possible to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV so that you never have to struggle again!

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