Apple TV+ 2020Source: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore

Officially introduced in March but long-rumored for months before, Apple TV+ has finally launched after a massive build-up across Cupertino's many product lines, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and of course, tvOS. Consider this your one-stop spot for all things Apple TV+. Let the entertainment begin!

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What is Apple TV+?

Like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu before it, Apple TV+ is a premium video streaming service featuring original content. In this case, surprise, surprise, it comes from the iPhone maker, which, with this endeavor, hopes to become a force in Hollywood by producing web-based series, films, and documentaries.

At launch, Apple TV+ offered a limited, but growing, content library. However, the first titles released have featured some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and many others. The service continues to expand its content library on a regular basis.

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What does Apple TV+ cost?

Apple TV+ is priced at $4.99 per month and allows up to six family members to share the same subscription. New Apple device owners receive a free one-year subscription of Apple TV+. You must claim the free subscription within three months of activating the new device.

How to sign up for Apple TV+

If you aren't entitled to a free subscription, you can sign up for the service through the TV app on any Apple device or by visiting tv.apple.com. Each new subscription comes with a seven-day free trial.

How to select a TV show and start watching on Apple TV+

If you're familiar with watching content through the Apple TV app, you should have no problem enjoying Apple TV+ content. (Hint: the steps are the same.)

Watching content through your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad:

  1. Tap on the TV app on your mobile device.
  2. Click on an Apple TV+ show on your Up Next list.
  3. Alternatively, scroll down to What to Watch or one of the other TV and movie sections.
  4. Click Play Episode.
  5. Alternatively, scroll down and click on the Download cloud to save the episode to watch offline.

    To select a TV show and start playing Apple TV+, tap on the TV app, then click on an Apple TV+ show on your Up Next list. You can also tap on a show under the What to Watch section. Click Play Episode. Click on the Download cloud to save the episode to watch offline.Source: iMore

Watching content on Apple TV:

  1. Tap on the TV app on Apple TV.
  2. Click on an Apple TV+ show on your Up Next list.
  3. Alternatively, scroll down to What to Watch or one of the other TV and movie sections.
  4. Click Play Episode.

    To watch on Apple TV, tap on the TV app, click on the Apple TV+ show on your Up Next list. You can also scroll down to What to Watch and find something to watch. Click Play Episode. Source: iMore

Watching content on Mac:

  1. Open the TV app from your Dock or Applications folder (macOS Catalina required).
  2. Click on an Apple TV+ show on your Up Next list.
  3. Alternatively, scroll down to What to Watch or one of the other TV and movie sections.
  4. Click Play Episode.
  5. Alternatively, you can click Download to save the episode for offline viewing.

    To watch on Mac, top the TV app, click on an Apple TV+ show on your Up Next list or find one under the What to Watch section. Click Play Episode or click Download to save for offline viewing.Source: iMore

Watching content through the web:

  1. Go to tv.apple.com through your web browser.
  2. Click Sign In at the top right of the screen.
  3. Log in to your account with your Apple ID and password.

    To watch Apple TV+ on the web, visit the Apple TV+ website, then Sign In. Log into your account with your Apple ID and password.Source: iMore

  4. Click Play Next next to the series you wish to watch.
  5. Alternatively, click Go to Show for more series information.

    To watch Apple TV+ on the web, click Play Next, or select Go to Show for more series or movie information.Source: iMore

How to set parental controls for Apple TV+

You can set parental controls for Apple TV+ content just as you would for other content. These changes are according to the device.

Through the web, you can adjust parental controls for Apple TV+ as follows:

  1. Go to tv.apple.com through your web browser.
  2. Click Sign In at the top right of the screen.
  3. Log into your account with your Apple ID and password.

    To change or set Apple TV+ parental controls, visit the Apple TV+ website, then Sign In. Log into your account with your Apple ID and password.Source: iMore

  4. Click on your account at the top right.
  5. Select Account Settings.
  6. Scroll down, make changes under Parental Controls.

    To change or set Apple TV+ parental controls, then click on your account at the top right. Select Account Settings, then scroll down to make changes under Parental Controls. Source: iMore

How to use Family Sharing with Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is $4.99 a month, and included in this low price is the ability to share with up to five other family members through Family Sharing.

If you don't use Family Sharing, then Apple TV+ will still cost the same and work with your Apple ID. But the best value is to share your low-cost subscription with five other people.

Once you setup Family Sharing, other people in the Family should be able to access TV+ across all platforms. Launch the Apple TV app, making sure you're logged into your Apple ID on the device.

How to pick up and watch on another device

Apple TV+ has been designed to make it easy for you to watch content across all of your devices. To move back and forth between devices:

  1. Pause the content on your device.
  2. On another machine, tap the series under Up Next.

You'll pick up on your new device where you left off on the other.

How to manage or cancel your Apple TV+ subscription

An Apple TV+ subscription is just like any other app subscription across the Apple universe. As such, managing or canceling your subscription is also the same.

Note: If you have a free one-year subscription to Apple TV+ and cancel it, you can't receive another free subscription at a later date.

Enhance your membership with bundles

In August 2020, Apple announced what is hopefully the first of many television bundles exclusive to Apple TV+ subscribers. For $9.99 per month, you can gain access to CBS All Access and SHOWTIME after a seven-day free trial. Users can watch content online, offline, ad-free, and on-demand through the Apple TV app only.

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share the subscriptions to Apple TV+, CBS All Access, and SHOWTIME using just their Apple ID and password.

The easiest way to sign up for the bundle is through the Apple TV app on iPhone:

  1. Tap the Apple TV app.
  2. Select the CBS/SHOWTIME bundle under the Only for Apple TV+ Subscribers section on the Watch Now tab.
  3. Choose Try It Free.
  4. Select Subscribe.

    CBS/SHOWTIME BundleSource: iMore

That's it! You're now subscribed to the CBS/SHOWTIME bundle. You can cancel before the seven-day trial ends and pay nothing.

Troubleshooting Apple TV+

If you are having issues with Apple TV+, we may suggest the following:

Updated August 2020: Includes information on bundling.

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